• Is it safe to use perm on hair that was left behind after taxol/carboplatin?

    Asked by Carol55 on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Is it safe to use perm on hair that was left behind after taxol/carboplatin?

    About a month out from treatment and what's left is this and lacking body. Would it make my remaining hair fall out or damage it beyond it's already damaged state?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I am by no means an expect on hair care, but intuitively I would think a perm might be a bad idea at this time. I've been told that when hair grows back after chemo it may be different both in color and texture and thus could react very differently to perming than it had in the past. If it were me, I would wait until it had fully grown back and is undamaged. But I would also suggest some expert advice from a professional hair dresser/cosmatologist who has experience with hair regrowth after chemo.

      over 9 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar

      I agree with nancy. You might ask the hair color company if they have done studies with post chemo patients. Chemo changes all parts of our bodies. I know going off my estrogen has also done many changes to my body including my hair.

      over 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      I asked my hair dresser and my oncologist and they both told me that I could not dye my hair because of the chemicals going into my body so I would assume the same for a perm. But like the rest I'm not a pro but I did ask the pros. Good luck Susie

      over 9 years ago
    • Carol55's Avatar

      Thanks for your responses. I am going to avoid perms for now. About 1/3 of my original hair still remains. But the hair coming in is very fine, slightly wavy and actually has more body than my original hair. I have just decided to curl my hair with hot rollers and that gets me by until more grows out. I never shaved my head so got to avoid the conversation with grand kids and it worked well for me. They didn't even notice...I love kids!!! It does grow back!! I even have eyebrows again. That was the hardest. Finally feel nearly normal some days!!!

      over 9 years ago
    • juliec3's Avatar

      My hair that was left was so fine (same chemo drugs), like baby's hair, I just shaved it all off and let it grow back in...now, over 6 months after it started growing back, I have curls! Didn't color it again until May, and my chemo ended in January.

      over 8 years ago

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