• How long does it take your hair to grow back after chemo and radiation is finished?

    Asked by Jbogardk on Saturday, April 4, 2015

    How long does it take your hair to grow back after chemo and radiation is finished?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      I think it can vary from person to person; mine started to come back within two weeks. My hair happens to grow slowly - about 4 inches a year. I ended treatment in October, and my hair is now about 2 inches long. The best was the return of my eyelashes and eyebrows!

      almost 6 years ago
    • sharkme's Avatar
      sharkme

      It starts growing as soon as you finish radiation and chemo. I have straight hair; but first growth after chemo came in curly. That didn't last long now I have my straight hair back. Don't worry it will grow in fast.

      almost 6 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Mine took about 5-6 weeks before we noticed it coming in. It grows in slowly. I was the kind of person that would get a haircut every 6-7 weeks before I was bald, and then once the hair started coming back, it was a haircut every 3 months or so. But now I'm back to where I was again. Just be patient.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      After about 4 months I could go out without a head cover & look like a regular person (with a short haircut).

      almost 6 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar
      liznparadise

      Hair grows about 1/4 " a month. It was about a year to my usual short haircut. Mine is thin, fine and white, so it didn't show a lot right away. I know others with thick dark hair that showed hair growth sooner.

      almost 6 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      My hair grew back tight curls. The only products that would give it enough moisture were products for women of color which are really fantastic products and reasonable in price. All natural and beautiful conditioner products because curly hair is really fragile.

      But my hair is only back to normal now..2 1/2 years out from last chemo. I still use the same products because I love them.

      almost 6 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I was supposed to get 2 rounds of chemo but some technician messed up and I got 1 round and one round of slightly tainted water. Looking back, it was a blessing but I did not ever lose my hair but it got thinner for the next dozen years.

      At this point, I'm using herbs against hair loss and it seems to have stopped.

      almost 6 years ago
    • sue57's Avatar
      sue57

      Mine took about two months to reappear. What didn't fall out turned white, but the new growth came in black and curly. I was a blonde with straight hair! Now a year later it is brown with blonde in the front and grey throughout! The curl isn't as tight as it was and had my hair cut a lot over the year, but now am letting it grow out. Who knows what the next incarnation will be!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      My hair started growing back after my third-to-last chemo infusion. I went out bareheaded three months after finishing chemo -- hair was still very short but my bald spots were covered.

      almost 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I completed chemo end of Jan 2013. I got mad and stopped wearing hats & scarves at the beginning of May 2013. A bit longer than GI Jane, but hey, it was hair! Had the first "shaping" done in July. Prior to surgery, I had my hair half-way down my back. I've kept it short, but I'm thinking of letting it grow back out.

      almost 6 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Once I stopped the taxol/carboplatin chemo and started on my every-three-weeks taxol-only regiment, my hair started to slowly grow back. Now it's been three months since I've had chemo and my hair is very short around the back and sides and longer on top. It also grew in all white and, as some others have said, started out super curly. The curls are gone now and the newer growth is dark.

      Not sure where it will end up color or texture-wise but I'm super happy to have eyelashes and eyebrows again.

      almost 6 years ago

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