I wouldn't hold out much hope for that. Hair growth, pattern, and balding is primarily genetic. The most likely and realistic expectation is that your hair will eventually grow back and be pretty much as it was before.
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Hair: Regrowth question
Asked by jad on Friday, March 8, 2013
Hair: Regrowth question
My hair is beginning to regrow. It was very sparse for years, even before I ever had chemo. I had a couple of bald spots that I was sometimes teased about. And one time some dummy outright asked me if I was having chemo ---- years before I ever did have chemo.
What little I can see sprouting now looks very fine and thin. Does anyone know if it is possible for the previous bald spots to fill in, i. e. grow in denser than it was?
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My hair came back very thick, curly and dark with a lot of white. Nothing like it was before. I colored it, got some good hair product and enjoyed it. But after several hair cuts it eventually went back to my fine, limp and old color. I hear that is common, but not always. My first hairs were fine and white. Try not to worry too much. If it you get bald spots later, perhaps you can experiment with new hair styles, scarves, or even re growth product. I know it must suck to have bald spots, but honestly, after all we have been through, hair is the least of our worries, right? People really are dummies sometimes, but we are Survivors! We can wear cute hats and they are still going to be dummies! Concentrate on your health now and don't let concerns over hair bring negativity into your positive life. Life is too short for that. Good luck to you!
Actually, I do know of a woman that worked with my sister that had the same issue and her hair grew in after chemo better than it had been before. She also had the bald spots before. You may want to also start taking Biotin ..it is a B vitamin and my onc said it was safe to take. It helps hair and nail growth. I have a thick crop but since I started taking it, my nails have gotten almost back to normal and look healthier (Taxol did a number on them!) and my hair is growing like a weed! I also I make sure I'm gentle to my scalp right now using low detergent products that won't damage anything further. Best to you!
Jad, my hair is normally fine and regrowth is happening now and it's the same as it was. I have a whole lot of white hair and while there's now a white short covering, no volume to it. I'll wait a while and begin seeing how I might enhance it. Meanwhile, I know we have so much to be grateful for; and while some think we're a bit silly to mince over the return of our hair, we know the days it feels like it means a lot more. I liked SandiD's input. I purchased a short wig and it's a lot like my hair; just more volume to it. As warmer weather approaches (I think), I'll be wearing more hats. I can tell my wig just might bug me in hot weather. : ) All the best....
Jad, rogaine (cheaper non branded, monoxidil) works very well in female pattern baldness according to the American Association of Dermatology.. Here's a link to an article about that issue:
You could also get a referral from your oncologist to see a dermatologist, now that you have alopicia due to chemo, it is likely that your insurance will cover the visit as well as treatment.
Wishing you good health and a great head of hair!