• How long doe is take for hair to grow back?

    Asked by Horselady46 on Saturday, February 9, 2013

    How long doe is take for hair to grow back?

    Just finished 4 a/c and 4 taxol every two weeks. So wondering how long it takes for hair, eyebrows and eye lashes and other types do hair to grow back in.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      It varies from person to person so your best gage is how your hair grew before chemo. Mine has always been pretty fast growing and I actually got a little be of fuzz that grew between each chemo treatment only to fall out again with the next one. After my final treatment it again started growing back right away and it took about 3 months for it to be long enough that I was comfortable going without a hat, wig, or scarf. As of now, it has been not quite a year since my last chemo and I have a full head of hair and similar body hair growth.

      about 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      My hair grew fast before chemo. I have been on chemo break for 4 months and have about 2 inches of hair. It grows very slow now. It was also very straight before and now seems to be growing in with curls. I was also told it takes up to 6 months for the chemo to get out of your system.
      My eyebrows grew in fast and my eyelashes are in but growing in length kinda slow. Of course I am back to having to shave my legs. That seems to be the fastest growing hair.:)

      about 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      I also had 4 a/c and 4 taxol every two weeks. My last one was 4/12/12 -- the eyebrows and eyelashes started back within the first few weeks. The hair started -- but it seemed forever to me. I was still wearing my baseball cap on our July 4th vacation (I hated the wig). However, I had enough hair to go without my cap at the end of August. Then, it seemed to speed up whereby I had a nice length of wavy "salt & pepper" hair for the Fall of 2012. I seem to be at a plateau at present -- I am wondering if the Arimidex has any effect on the growth. My new hair is very soft and fine -- like a baby. The top and bangs are shorter -- whereas the back is longer and fuller. I am just glad to have hair again!!! Good Luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • annogden's Avatar
      annogden

      Mine came back in quickly. The first fuzz was uneven and had some strange looking straight black hairs in it so I had a friend shave it off so it would come evenly, which it did. It also came back in tight curls, known as chemo curls since they are so common. i don't have curly hair normally, and I really enjoyed them! After about 6 months my hair started to grow normally. It was then that I had my first haircut since being bald. It was a very emotional experience, and I wasn't expecting it, so be prepared.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar
      Nomadicme

      I had dose dense AC and T Herceptin, followed by a year of Herceptin. My hair was visible 1.5 months after chemo stopped, I skipped the fuzz stage. I started using topical monoxidil (generic for rogaine) a month after chemo, as I wasn't getting the promised fuzz. I believe it worked quite well.
      My hair came out super curly, andi had it straightened 10 months after chemo. My hair was also growing slower than the "average" of 0.5 inch per month (I think that was my growth rate before). I think it's growing at the regular rate now, and that started about a year after chemo (I'm 1 yr 5 months out now). I'm not sure if it was the Herceptin slowing my hair growth, or if it just took that long for my body to recuperate enough to grow hair the regular rate. Wishing you a beautiful head of hair :)

      about 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      Hi Horselady. I finished my treatments last August, by October I had enough to go without the scarf or wig, just a very short hair cut. Eyebrows and lashes grew back very quickly. Now they are fuller than ever and I'm back to plucking again! Figure the hair grows about 1/2in/month. That is what my stylist told me and it seems to be accurate. The only thing is the front (bang area) seems to take longer. So, in January I actually got the sides and back trimmed and shaped up so I wouldn't look like I was wearing a helmet. I was also told to take Biotin every day. I asked my oncologist if it was ok, she said yes, and boy does it help the nails and hair! Since I started taking it in Jan, my hair has really grown. Just ask the Dr first before taking something new. As of now, 6 months after chemo, I'm getting bushy again and ready for another trim to shape things up! Bang area still only about 2 ins. It will happen!

      about 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar
      Joachima

      Chemo ended in April 2012. Fuzz started back almost immediately, and by August, my whole head was covered. Because I have had my hair at mid-back length or longer during my entire life, I was not comfortable being without a head covering until November 2012. My hair is now about 4 inches long - a little shorter on top as that was the last place to grow/fill in, and a little longer in the back. It grew back curly and thick, just as my pre-chemo hair. For a while I thought it was growing far too slow - don't know if that was true or if I am so ready to have my pre-cancer look back. I now feel like I am in a bit of a growth spurt ... YAY !!! Body hair came back almost immediately, and my eyelashes & eyebrows took a little longer - bare spots in my eyebrows are just now filling in.

      about 4 years ago
    • Kenilynn's Avatar
      Kenilynn

      I started taking Biotin and my hair is growing in pretty fast. My last chemo was in Oct. 2012 and on Thanksgiving I stopped wearing a scarf or hat except when it was cold.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kenilynn's Avatar
      Kenilynn

      I started taking Biotin and my hair is growing in pretty fast. My last chemo was in Oct. 2012 and on Thanksgiving I stopped wearing a scarf or hat except when it was cold.

      almost 4 years ago

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