• How long did it take for your hair to grow in so that you didn't need additional head covering? Was your hair different? If so, how?

    Asked by coopcrew on Sunday, September 9, 2012

    How long did it take for your hair to grow in so that you didn't need additional head covering? Was your hair different? If so, how?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Dad only lost his hair with his first major cancer. This time around, it thinned a little, but not bad. Different drugs. When he lost his hair it was with taxol and carboplatin. After the last chemo, it took about 2 months to bounce back. It was a little curlier when it grew in.

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I don't remember exactly how long it took, seems like it was a month or better to grow back. First I lost it to chemo. Then it came back, about the same. Second I lost it in the back of my head from radiation, it grew back very fine, and straight, used to be curly. And now it's grey, but I cant blame that on treatments....

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My hair would start to grow back between each chemo treatment but then would all fall out again after the next one. After my final treatment in late April it started growing back in early May and the last time I wore a scarf or hat was the 4th of July. It grew back pretty much as it had always been. Same color, texture, and thickness and still straight..

      over 8 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      It took about 5-6 months before it grew back to a length I felt comfortable going around without wearing my wig. I had always had pretty straight hair, but it came back in very curly. After about 9 months - 1 year, it started to straighten out a little bit. After about 1 year - 1 1/2 years, my hair was just like it was before.

      over 8 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I finished chemo in June. At that point my hair was just past bald. Today in Sept. my hair is very short (like it was cut with a #3 blade) but enough that I no longer feel I need to wear a wig. I asked friends and nurses if I looked to scary without the wig. Hair is more like soft fur on a kitten. The gray is whiter and the dark is darker. I wanted it to come back red and curly to fit my personality from brown and gray straight. No luck on that one. I blame it on being on a randomized study and I never got the bags of curly chemo. Sometimes I need to wear a cap yet, not enough to keep my head warm.

      over 8 years ago
    • vizslagirl's Avatar

      my hair started growing back between a month and 2 months after my first round of adriamycin/cytoxin (A/C). the following rounds of Taxol did not affect my hair. my hair grew back the same, if anything a little softer than before.
      if you end up losing your hair, you probably will end up losing your eyebrows and eyelashes and hair in other private areas. the weirdest thing was it took 2-3 days for my eyelashes to grow back--that itched like XXX! lol lol once they got long enough the itch went away. : )
      i have never been able to stand growing out my hair again after losing it. i never wore a scarf or a wig, but it was winter so of course i wore knit caps due to the cold. it has been 7 years and i still prefer very short hair.
      hope that helps you! hair can always grow back. : )

      over 8 years ago
    • erie94's Avatar

      Since I live in Hawaii, I couldn't wear hats or scarfs during the entire 5 month R-CHOP treatment, but I lost my hair after the first week of chemo, then I kept shaving it since it balds completely, but grows in patches. So after my last chemo I shaved it one last time. But it definitely growing softer, and curly, like a baby's. Used to be as straight as a horse's hair!! LOL I stopped wearing scarves one month after my last chemo, so my hair was like one centimeter long. It was just too hot, and I hated the wigs, they were too itchy, and I didn't feel like ME. Whatever you choose, wigs or not! People will praise you for being out and about!! Just do it!!

      over 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      It really only took a couple of months before I didn't need a head covering in public. Everyone said it would come in curly, but it didn't, it came in straight and darker.

      over 8 years ago
    • 1Survivor4life's Avatar

      Unfortunately for me my hair grew back in places I didn't have hair and my hair on my head thined on the sides. It didn't take long. I lost me hair twice because of the length of my treatment (it grew back once) and then the stem cell transplant finished it off. First time I ever had a hair cut without scissors or clippers. My wife brushed it off into a towel at the hospital. I got tired of it falling in my food. :)

      over 8 years ago
    • KJo's Avatar

      It took about 2 months for me to have a 'buzz' cut look. I was fine with that I was just happy to have hair. It has been about a year now and it is still gray..... But VERY curly, it was curly before but not quite like this

      over 8 years ago

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