• My hair is britle and thin now 1 1/2 year after chemo. Does the hair ever return to pre chemo state?

    Asked by Haewon on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    My hair is britle and thin now 1 1/2 year after chemo. Does the hair ever return to pre chemo state?

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      my hair is finer and not quite as thick and coarse as before chemo, but then again, I still have a lot of hair...prior to Dx, my hair was very, very thick and coarse....I have a good head of hair...The AI's messed with my hair, but I'm now off of everything....

      over 8 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      I had medium length thick and curly hair before chemo. When it started growing back it was very curly - almost fro like. Now about three surgeries later and a year on Tamoxifen I feel like my hair is thinning and is more brittle. I go to my hair stylist Thursday and will see wha he thinks. I think keeping my hair short will help. Hopefully this is a temporary thing.

      over 8 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      Correction 4 surgeries since I finished chemo last September - but who is counting.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      My hair is similar to my pre-chemo (4 years ago) hair, but it has thinned. I think the thinning is a side effect of taking Arimidex.

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      My hair has returned to "normal" state - I'm 3 years out from diagnoses and 2 years out from all treatment. I'm not taking any AI's or tamoxifen which might be making my hair healthier. You miight want to check with your salon on products that will help with the brittleness. Mine was extra frizzy so I did a special treatment to reduce that and it worked quite well. Best wishes on finding what will work best for you!

      over 8 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar

      Lost hair with chemo. It came back strong while still on chemo, but kept thinning. Once I was off of the chemo it came back just as thick as before and same texture.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Mine is the same as it was pre chemo, just still shorter than I use to wear it. Remember that we consciously or subconsciously style and use hair products on our hair to mask any flaws we perceive such as it being fine or thin or brittle. When hair grows back in after chemo, it shows all those flaws we have pretty much always had (they are mostly genetic). So technically, it is unlikely that chemo has caused your regrowth to be more brittle or thinner but your regrowth may not yet be old enough or long enough to make it appear to be thicker and less brittle than it always was.

      It is also quite possible that other factors have had an effect on your hair. Some other conditions often associated with aging (whether treated for cancer or not) such as lowered immunity, thyroid functioning, menopause, etc. can effect the composition and appearance of hair.

      over 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I actually miss my chemo curls! It was fun growing it out, though I didn't like the new color. I dyed it & had my hair stylist shape it up as it grew. I am 2 years out from chemo now and my hair has gone back to exactly how it was before. Just keep your hair shaped up, get some product & rock it like you mean it! Good like

      over 8 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      When my hair started coming back it was really thick - which is something I have never had. But before long it reverted back to being thin. Most people I have talked to say that their hair came back as normal pre-chemo. Good Luck

      over 8 years ago
    • Beverley's Avatar

      I have been off chemo for 3 years; am on tamx.......my hair has not grown back as healthy as it was. I still have bald spots at the top which make any styling impossible. I've been taking hair and nail vitamins for a year with no luck. I am going to see a dermatologist.

      over 8 years ago

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