• How long does it take for hair to grow back?

    Asked by Horselady46 on Friday, March 22, 2013

    How long does it take for hair to grow back?

    It has been six weeks since my las chemo. So only some very short fuzz is showing. When will it really start growing.?

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      That depends on what you consider really start growing is. Fuzz is growth. Average hair growth is about 1/2 inch per month.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Congratulations on the fuzz, means hair is behind. I started getting real air (skipped fuzz) at 2 months.

      Because I had no fuzz at 6 weeks I freaked some, and started reading a lot more about hair growth. I found a published MD Anderson study that treated women's scalp with monoxidil (Rogaine) and hair came back "faster".

      I used rogaine and at 2 months has hair. My hair did grow slower than the promised 0.5 inch per month for about a year. I find it's growing at the regular rate now.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      The short fuzz is your hair growing.....it takes time, but before long, you'll have a cute short hair do!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Everyone is different. It takes some time for your hair to realize that it can grow again. as others have pointed out fuzz means your roots have gotten the message. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      It varies for everyone. If you are seeing fuzz then you are headed in the right direction. It's hard to be patient.

      My experience: About ten weeks after I finished chemo my scalp was fully covered by 1/2" long hair and I stopped wearing a wig.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I am two month's out from the end of my chemo and at first, the hair I got was very sparse and WHITE. Now, however, it has thickened with dark hair in between. It is fuzzy, but I have noticed it's looking better. Still uber short, but thick now (can't see bald spots in between anymore.) I still wear wigs out, but at home am much happier w/o. Good luck w/your locks!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My last Chemo was April 12 -- by the end of August, I had enough growth that I felt I could go without my baseball cap. By Thanksgiving, it had developed into a short hair style. By Christmas, I started getting some length -- and I now have the fullness to go with it. So -- with me -- it was a good 7 or 8 months before I felt like I had hair again. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      Mine grew back about the same rate that you are describing. However, it was not healthy hair. I kept mine buzzed short until I could tell that it was healthy. Congratulations for completing chemo :)

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Hi Horselady.. my first trim was at 6 months! I'm about 8 months out from chemo now and have had 2 trims. But, I started a semi perm color in about the 3rd month out because I was getting weird patches of gray. I only recommend getting this done professionally. Our scalps are sensitive as the hair grows and it wouldn't make sense to try to do this yourself. So, at about 6 months, just the sides and back needed shaping. The front bang area seems to take forever to grow in, so I sort of felt like helmut head with the sides growing in faster. The shaping helped! My stylist also told me about other patients she worked with that used Biotin. I asked my onc first before taking advice, and she was all for it. Biotin is a B vitamin that helps cell repair and promotes healthy nails and hair growth. It has really helped! Have to read the labels though, so many of them has soy in them, not good for those of us who are ER+. But, they are available. Took about 3 weeks to notice a difference. My nails are finally a nice texture again too. They were ruined from Taxol. Definitely ask you oncologist first too before taking any supplements, I just have to say that because we are all being treated as individuals and I'd just make sure it won't interfere with some other thing you may take.

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i feel like fuzz is the TIPPING POINT! it's the prequel to feeling like hair is growing again. i think you're running a hair early (ha ha - pun intended). looking back, i don't think i really had much fuzz until 2 months after the last treatment. watch out for extra curliness - my new hair was SUPER CURLY, and i had no clue what the heck to do with it. it was .... nutty! but now, i just have a wave, which i kind of like. wondering if the wave will stick around. ...

      i also had my first trim around 6 mos...

      so - have a fuzzy day!

      ps - does your head feel like a baby kitten? soooooo soft... it's basically like baby hair.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Short fuzz becomes longer fuzz becomes whatever style you like. All in good time.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I miss hair. Sigh. I'm about the same hair growth you are. Last chemo was Jan 10. At least I can look in a mirror and tell it's growing now. My hair is light colored, so it's almost invisible. We'll get there! I have faith. And fuzz...

      over 3 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      When did you lose your hair? Mine started to fall out so I got it shaved, but it grew back to a fuzzy length and acts like velcro on my knitted caps. Although, it's not growing. My onco doc said "3 months" for it to grow back. I start Taxol in 3 weeks, so maybe that's when it falls out? Onco doc said I'll lose my eyelashes and eyebrows then; is that true?

      over 3 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      Hair grows at about 1/2 inch a month, so it is going to take a while before you are going to see a noticeable hair growth. I know our hair is very personal to us, and the loss of it can be traumatic. However, look at the bright side. When going through chemo and/or radiation, you don't have to wash it, condition it, curl it, color it, or cut it. Think of the money you are saving! And, thnk how fast you can be ready in the morning by just donning a wig! I almost didn't look forward to a head full of hair!!! Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • hmt1070's Avatar

      Hi Horselady! I think I had a good "whiffle" about 4-5 mos after my last chemo and finally went to the salon at about 8 mos. I think it was probably a year later that it jealousy seemed like a typical head of hair - just a shorter style than I was used to!

      Fiddler - I started chemo with Taxol. My doctor told me that my hair would start falling out 2 1/2 to 3 weeks later. He was exactly right! After two days of it, I shaved my head and tried out my wig. I lost my eyebrows and lashes which was more frustrating than losing the hair on my head. Within a couple of weeks of finishing the Taxol, my lashes and brows started to return.

      over 3 years ago

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