• I have finished chemo and radiation and my hair is finally growing back. My problem is that it's growing where there never was hair before!

    Asked by Dorene on Saturday, September 29, 2012

    I have finished chemo and radiation and my hair is finally growing back. My problem is that it's growing where there never was hair before!

    My hairline is further down on my forehead. If I wear my wigs on my new hairline the bangs are now too long. I have sideburns that I never had before that wigs won't cover. I had naturally curly hair and now it is straight. Has anyone else had these problems?

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    • Devon's Avatar

      My mom is a hairdresser and has seen many people with changing hair after they lose it from cancer. Weird that cancer literally changes everything!

      Hope you find a hair balance soon =)

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      My hair came in funny at first (very curly), but it calmed down after awhile. The weirdest thing about hair and me is that now I don't have hair on my feet or legs up to mid calf. Not that I had hairy feet before, but I did have some fine fuzz on my toes. I think this is the result of the taxol. Anyone else get out of shaving legs most of the year? : )

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      This initial major grow-back will subside and the "side burns" will go away. Your hair after awhile will probably go back to the way it was. Mine was almost all gray when it came in so I colored it right away.(why not? I've been through the worst chemicals of my life, one more won't kill me). After the third haircut (yes you do get to that point) my hair was no longer curly but its natural slightly wavy self, although I had about a third of my hair grow back luckily evenly. And the color it was before chemo came back as well. If you have bangs don't worry about the front hairline...unless its a different color. If it is a different color you could always use root touch-up to fix it to your wig color. For me, I'd just hang up the wig and go natural. It is not ugly and people will not be horrified...you are beautiful and a strong woman, look what you've been through and SURVIVED! hugs!

      over 8 years ago
    • VivianT's Avatar

      The chemo drugs do strange things to your system. My hair came in normal in front and sides but the back came in curly! I felt the I had a bad '80's hair cut. It has been a year since the hair started growing back and the curls have calmed down somewhat. Best advise I have is find a good hairdresser. I had always had long hair before chemo but have now found that I like it short.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Having always had limp silky noodle hair I was thrilled when mine came back in coarse and appearing thick, never mind that the general public mistook my proud short bristles for a gay haircut, but it has since settled back to limp noodles. Dang.

      over 8 years ago
    • DebD's Avatar

      My hair came back super curly. When it first came back it was out of control - eye brows bushy, hair on my face and way down on the back of my neck. I finished chemo in Feb. 2012 and finally in June I had to go get the back of the neck cut. I told the hair stylist to just cut the back to control it and not touch the front. I used a depilatory on my face (only had to use it once then the growth got back to normal). I've since had two more hair cuts and have to keep it short because it is so dang curly and wild. Other than the curly part now it seems to have settled down into the old growth pattern.

      over 8 years ago
    • Dorene's Avatar

      Thank you so much for answering my question. You all made me feel so much better. I am not the only one with strange things happening to my hair. I do have a wig but I am not really satisfied with it. Has anyone had a good experience with any particular brand of wig?

      over 8 years ago

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