• Is there anything I can do to help my hair grow in?

    Asked by bikedog on Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Is there anything I can do to help my hair grow in?

    I'm 7 weeks out of A/C and taxol. The hair on the back and sides of my head is coming in nice and thick. But the hair on the crown of my head is very thin, you can see scalp through the hair. Is there anything I can do to help make this hair start to grown in thicker?

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      It seems like the back of the head comes in first. It just takes time. I used to wear headbands to give the illusion of having bangs. It took 6 months before I could go without a wig, and it was still too short then (but it was getting hot outside).

      over 7 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      nothing i've heard of that people say ACTUALLY works….

      patience grasshopper….

      i feel it was a solid three months before i had actual hair… and it was as soft as a baby mouse's fur. is yours soft like that? sadly, the grey ones came back first… so i was super grey before the browns started re-dominating…

      ARGH - not what you want to hear i am sure.

      BUT - on another note - why is your handle BIKEDOG? love it? do you ride bicycles? i ride and race bikes a ton, so your handle really grabbed my attention.

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Talk to your doctor of course to make sure that it is alright- but try Rogaine or the generic. I use the Kirkland MINOXIDIL sold on Amazon about 28 for a 6 months supply. The men's version works better than the women's only because it is a little stronger. It takes about 2 or 3 months to notice a difference but it definitely helps tremendously especially with patchy baldness because you can use it in the areas where the hair is thinnest only if you like. Note- you have to keep using it, once you go off of it the hair will start to thin out again. I also take 1500 mg of MSM every day which helps with hair, nails, and also joints. And the Trader Joe's version works fine with me. I've got good hair now, finally and hopefully you will too!
      Good luck and take care!

      over 7 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar
      ladyhawk

      when you see your nail bends return to normal color, thats when you know the chemo is truly out of your system, just keep hydrated to push it along,,,also try the biotin shampoos or if your into taking biotin vitamins, this will surely help thats for sure! :)

      over 7 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I am not that far along yet but I am not getting my hopes up. My hair grew slow as molasses before so I am not expecting it to do any miracles now. I just went today and got a wig. It looks like a wig but it is hair and makes me look different.
      There are some great ideas on here tho'. My mother takes the biotin, and thanks for the tip ladyhawk, about the nail beds.

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Yes.

      Oil of rosemary dabbed with your fingertips onto your scalp. Rub it on gently.

      It promotes growth and smells great.

      I make it in a coconut oil base.

      It is just foodstuff so have no fear.

      over 7 years ago
    • QueenB's Avatar
      QueenB

      I've been off 4 months now and I have a full head of hair. It's short which I am enjoying but full. I take Shen min and extra biotin. I would massage the top to stimulate blood flow. The top was the last to fill.

      over 7 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar
      KLC

      The bulk of the stimulation will come from within so proper nutrition is esstential, but, in the current issue of women's health on page 44 - - -"your scalp is the bedrock of your hair, keep it healthy and your hair will grow in healthy" .they recommend scalp massage with a shampoo that contains mosa mint oil. The plus for someone who just finished chemo is that you can probably by the oil at a health food store and massage it directly onto your scalp. Right next to that article is an ad for Pantene Expert, Minoxidil solution /Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women. Good luck bikedog - are you a Harley bike dog ? ? or a bicycle bike dog ? ?

      over 7 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar
      Misty

      I bought some generic vitamins with biotin called "Hair, Skin & Nails." It really does work! I started taking it only a month ago and can see a big difference in my nails, and my hair has grown and is filling in the thin spots. Wish I'd known about this when my hair started growing in a year ago!

      over 7 years ago
    • Mikilog's Avatar
      Mikilog

      Hi,a couple weeks before Christmas I started using the " nutri-ox" shampoo from Sally's and I really do think it has helped w/ my hair coming in thicker ,soft and looks full! I recommended the shampoo to a friend who was thinning on top and she swears it has helped.

      over 7 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      Oddly enough my hair grew back differently; the crown, upper part of the back, and the sides came in first; then the back at the nape of the neck slowly started coming in and is still slightly thinner to this day. My scalp is no longer showing andhasn't done so since November. I want to say it was late December before I had any semblance of bangs, and here in February, I am able to go out without my wig. Thing is my hair is still quite short for my liking, though I have gotten complements on it. I say use a skin, hair nails supplement and some natural shampoo designed for scalp stimulation. My sister gave me Aveda products; shampoo, conditioner, and scalp stimulater. HTH Hugs and God bless.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      I have no real suggestions but I agree with KLC that growth comes from within. Because my oncologist had me on a boat load of nutritional supplements and a nighly nutritious semi-vegan diet, I didn't take anything else. I did put olive oil on my scalp (someone on here suggested it) and massaged it and then used a heating pad on low during the day and night periodically. I started doing it mainly because my head was cold (it was winter of 2013) but then I thought, well my husband uses heating pads on low to help with the seed starts he does every year as well as the grow lights so it surely won't hurt. MIne started coming back in a month after chemo and by 5 months post chemo it was thick and curly and about 3/4 inch long so I had a friend come dye it (which only used about 1/3 of the dye) because it had more white than I had before chemo, and have gone without my wig ever since. It was May 2013 and I was going to be working at the Farmer's Market for my husband so I didn't want to wear my wig as it was hot and I figured it would be less transition for people to notice than going from my semi long wig to short hair--so just did it all at once. I love my new hair and have really enjoyed the curl. I just got it cut for the first time a couple weeks ago so a lot of the curl is gone but if I just wash it and comb it and let it dry on it's own, I still have some curl and it suits me just fine. I never had wanted short hair but it's been sort of fun to try it short and curly. I did end up dying it again a couple weeks ago but I don't know that I'll continue to do that long term. I just take it as it comes and enjoy having hair Good luck with yours--it will come back but in what format is different for each of us. .

      over 7 years ago
    • D63's Avatar
      D63

      Sounds exactly like me! I think it is pretty common to have it come back this way. The top of my head is slowly getting more hair but my overall hair is much thinner than before C.
      I think the arimidex also affects the hair growth. I have been off all chem since sept 2013. Also I would be careful with some of the hair growth products (Rogaine) that have hormone type things in them if you are on a hormone blocker.

      over 7 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      One other thing that can be done is to use only microfiber towels and do not rub your scalp dry. The friction can cause the new hair to break off. My hairdresser looked up about hair growth after cancer and this is one the things that were mentioned.

      over 7 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      For some reason the top of the head and bang/forehead area seem to come in later. It sort of reminded me of the way a baby's hair grows. My stylist suggested taking Biotin vitamins. Of course, I asked my onc first, and she said that it was perfectly fine. My hair did pick up in growth and my nails got better as well. Also, make sure you are getting proper nutrition and lots of fluids. Good proteins like organic eggs, chicken, etc. and lots of greens like kale, brussels, spinach. Also fruits. And a nutritionist turned me on to the good oils like Walnut oil, coconut oil, and of course olive. Love them now and have eliminated canola and all other GMO or processed stuff. My hair grew like a weed since this diet transformation! This time last year, I had a very short short hairdo, and now I have to go every 4-6 weeks for trim to keep the shape, and keep it only shoulder length. Just be patient, your body is still adjusting and those growth cells in the scalp are still coming back, it is too soon to think that this is permanent for you. Just keep up with gentle scalp treatment. But diet supports good health so make that your priority! Best to you!

      over 7 years ago

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