• Question about hair regrowth

    Asked by Kp2018 on Saturday, June 15, 2019

    Question about hair regrowth

    Happily, 8 months after finishing chemo treatments, my hair is regrowing nicely. However, the hair on the top of my head is now extremely curly. Previously, my hair was “naturally wavy,” but not tightly curled. I am finding this new mop of curls very difficult to style. A hair stylist who'd had alopecia from chemo told me that the curly growth eventually goes away, and is replaced with the type of hair one had previously. Has this been anyone's experience?

    I realize that in the larger scheme of things relating to cancer and its treatment, this is an extremely trivial question, but who else would know the answer other than those who've had the experience?

    19 Answers from the Community

    19 answers
    • Gigi3's Avatar

      I had chemo over 30 years ago. Unlike you, my hair grew back just as straight as it had been. I am now on Ibrance and my hair is growing slowly. It has a wave in the back and is not very full. The front is a little curlier but thin. I can't seem to do anything with it yet. I guess I'm vain but I'm not a person who could go out without hair, not way back then and not now. I have worn a wig for over a year now and will only go without it around the house. Your hair will grow back with the stopping of the chemo. My treatment will take longer.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Kp2018, it was my experience that my wavy hair grew back curly at first but, as my hair grew, it reverted to its natural wavy state. Yours will, too, I assume.

      6 months ago
    • Bankerpat52's Avatar

      Mine came back really wavy in the back and a lot of cowlicks... it's been six years and still the same. It's a big change.

      6 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Before chemo, I had a lot of thick very wavy hair. Now 5 years later, I have thin and not as wavy hair. When it started coming in, it was curly, but that went away as it got longer. I know exactly how you feel about your hair. After being told I had cancer and would need chemo, my first question to my surgeon was if I would lose my hair. When he said yes, I cried. For many reasons, it was what I feared the most. However when it started coming out after my second treatment, I asked my husband to shave my head, and I surprised myself and didn't she a tear. @Kp2018, no question is trivial, and that is what makes WhatNext the perfect place to ask them. Take care.

      6 months ago
    • Donnie's Avatar

      My hair grew back complet!y straight and it was tightly curly. I always had some different textures in my hair. But not all straight. But eventually it went back to it's natural texture. I just had to learn how to use different products to style.

      6 months ago
    • omaalyce's Avatar

      My hair originally was thick and curly. Right after chemo it came in white with tight curls. As time has gone by it is salt & pepper, mostly salt. LOL and has gotten very thin and straight. Funny I always wanted straight hair and now that I have it I don't know what to do with it. The texture is weird because it will still get frizzy with an occasional wave. There are some spots that there is very little hair, I do believe the Letrozole helps with the thinness. And my hairdresser says it has changed since she started working on me a year ago. I finished chemo on 14FEB17 so it should be back to normal now-I am accepting that this might be my new normal. As mentioned in many answers we all are different and re all react differently so enjoy the "ride" and let us know how it goes. Happy Fathers Day!

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Mine grew back straight, fine, and looked different than the other hair. I lost it only in the back due to radiation treatment. But I lost it all during chemo.

      6 months ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Mine grew back in tight TIGHT curls. That lasted about 6 months, then I got my old texture back. It also grew in very dark but reverted to blonde within that same time period.

      6 months ago
    • Jouska's Avatar

      Mine came back curly and it is eventually reverted to its natural slightly wavy. I had dyed my hair red for years and really didn't know what color it was. It came in a lovely sliver gray (I am in my 60's) so I just went natural and left it silver. I also left it relatively short too. Not as short as my peach fuzz coming back in but definitely short.

      6 months ago
    • Dltmoll's Avatar

      My normally stick straight hair came in very curly but has now gone back to slightly wavy. I enjoyed the curls, but it wasn't meant to last.

      6 months ago
    • Mimi510's Avatar

      I don't think of myself as a vain person but losing my hair was emotionally the hardest for me! Finished chemo 8/18. My pre chemo hair was straight and light brown with some gray. My chemo hair came in black with lots of gray and even more curls!! It has so many cowlicks I don't know how to comb it! I had the curliest mowhawk you've ever seen. I let it grow out a few inches and began cutting. The curls are slowly going away and the black is fading. Yes, it's possible you will get your pre chemo hair back!

      6 months ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Mine did the same as yours...and the texture was very, very fine. Mine did eventually return to my 'normal'. Interestingly...you will notice as your hair grows each strand actually changes as it grows out. I assume as it gets its original nutrients back in it. I also took a supplement."hair/Skin/Nails". I agree with beachbum58817...that is the wonderful thing about this sight; You can ask anything and you are asking the people who have lived it!

      6 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      Thank you all so very much for your responses. They have been fascinating (and, I might add, entertaining) to read.

      I purchased a wig from TLC to wear after my head was shaved. I have never gotten so many compliments on my hairstyle as I have with this wig. I'd love to get the same style with my own hair (with my hairdresser's help, along with whatever products are required), so I'm eager to get my former type of hair back. The Mohawk (thanks Mimi510, you nailed it!) pelt of curls is a temporary impediment to this goal.

      Your experiences have helped me realize that this will probably be a temporary delay. I really appreciate that.

      I guess I'll just keep it cut very short and continue to wear the wig until such time as it takes to grow into something that can be styled.

      Thank you all for your openness and good humor about your hair loss and regrowth.

      6 months ago
    • msndrstood's Avatar

      My answer is just about the same as everyone else's. My hair was straight and came in thick and curly in the back, straight and thin on the sides and on top. The texture is coarse in the back and fine on top. It started coming in grey but now looks semi salt and pepper. I've colored it once and I'm getting ready to do it again, I don't like the grey, at all! I'm 62 not 80! Lol

      I do have a question for everyone though, from the beginning I never lost all of my hair, I have thick very short hair about an 1/8 of an inch all over my head. It has remained that way since chemo last spring, I finished in April of this year and those coarse hairs haven't grown. My hairdresser wasn't sure what is going on with it. Anyone with any input or ideas?

      6 months ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I was light colored and curly. It came back dark and straight.

      6 months ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar

      I am also impatient to get my hair back. My chemo ended in December and I thought I would have more back by now. I look like Peter Pan (I tell everyone I am going for Tinker Bell, so I'm almost there) ;-)
      Mine is also darker and curlier than my natural hair and a lot of cowlicks too. I got some real cute hats for my beach vacation. I'm just happiest to have my energy back.

      6 months ago
    • CancerChicky's Avatar

      Now I'm wondering what mine will do when it grows back in.

      6 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      Mine grew back just as straight as it had been before. I was hoping for some curls, or at least waves! I'm another who had been highlighting my hair for years, so I wasn't even sure what my natural color was. It came back a richer brown with some pretty silver, so I've left it natural and am keeping it short as well. So much easier to maintain.

      6 months ago
    • TerriL's Avatar

      Mine was very straight and fine originally. It is coming in still very fine, but wavy to curly. It will be interesting to see what it eventually does.

      6 months ago

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