• Stupid hair question...

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Stupid hair question...

    So this Friday is 3 weeks since my last treatment. I'm thinking that my body will know the poison isn't coming anymore and my hair will start to grow. Good logic? Right now I look like an ostrich with a fuzzy head... fuzz started coming in on taxotere. Lost it all on FEC. How many months did it take the ladies on here to have hair at least covering your head... even if it was military cut? ;)

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    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      solid two months.... since you already have fuzz, you might be faster than me. i sure hope so! grow hair ---- grow!!!!!

      about 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      PS - congrats on being finished with tx!

      about 8 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar
      HearMeRoar

      Thanks lady!

      about 8 years ago
    • cris' Avatar
      cris

      Feb. 18th was my last chemo & I have my 1st appointment to trim my hair & color was April 26th & 2nd color was June 8th. Now almost 5 months later my hair is thick & curly in the back. My hair did start coming in fuzzy but it will calm done when it get's longer. congrats on finishing chemo

      about 8 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar
      HearMeRoar

      two months for both of you? I'm getting psyched ;) thanks!

      about 8 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar
      MMarie

      HMR
      My last treatment (Taxol) was January 10. I had my first hair cut on May 16. My hair came back very soft and fuzzy.

      about 8 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar
      HearMeRoar

      @MMarie when was it not soft and fuzzy??

      about 8 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I stopped wearing a wig two months after chemo ended. I will warn you that my hair was uber-short, an ugly gun metal color, and an ugly fuzzy/frizzy texture. Still, I felt like my scalp was more or less covered and all the bald patches had filled in at that point.

      The parts that started to grow first where extremely fine and colorless for about the first 1", maybe 1.5". After that the texture was more like human hair and pretty much my usual color. I just recently got my first haircut (7 months after chemo) and my hairdresser trimmed off all the baby-fine, colorless tips. The remaining hair is still pretty darn short (picture Anne Hathaway's character in Les Miserables) and the texture is sorta frizzy/curly which I don't care for. Still waiting for the return of my "own" hair, texture-wise.

      about 8 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar
      flamingogirl

      Today is 4 weeks post Taxol and done with treatment for me. I just noticed that I could grab my fuzzy hair. Looks like its coming in curly too. I didn't really miss my hair, but I'm ready for it to be back. I'm hoping mine is back before I have to be back to work by the end of August. :)

      about 8 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar
      flamingogirl

      And its not a stupid hair question. I've wondered the same myself. :)

      about 8 years ago
    • WendyLew's Avatar
      WendyLew

      oh boy... nothing I can think of slower than watching your hair grow! my last chemo treatment was April 25th and I'm starting to be able to see the color of my hair in the fuzz... so it's been like 10 weeks? maybe a little longer than 1/4 inch? I am very impatient to see enough to spike it or something!

      about 8 years ago
    • CopingWithBigC's Avatar
      CopingWithBigC

      It feels like ages for me but in reality it wasn't that long but I was fixated on wanting my hair to grow faster lol.

      about 8 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar
      ladyhawk

      less than 5 mths here, I helped it grow with biotin,,( salon secrets,) I ,have thick soft horse hair now, wavy, getting use to it, folks like it, I'm okay with it! they tell me i look really young for a mid 40ier! :)

      about 8 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar
      EllasDaddy

      I'm going to chime in even though this was directed toward the ladies. I finished my first rounds of chemo in January and had lost all my hair. As it started to grow back I started radiation and lost it all again. Now on taxol and my hair is growing back??? I keep my had covered when I go out in part ego mainly to protect from the intense sun in Arizona. I give the most respect to those who go a'natural.

      about 8 years ago
    • maggiebarnett's Avatar
      maggiebarnett

      I think it was about four months. Pre-Chemo I had long straight stringy hair. Now I have brownish with a bit of gray mixed in but huge amount of curls, gotta get our silver linings where we can get them. I did wear my warmer chemo hats through out the winter as my head did get cold, so don't get rid of them quite yet.

      about 8 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar
      leslie48240

      Gwendolyn gave the best description of what happened for me. I was so amazed that each shaft of hair changed as it grew in. In other words...each strand of hair got stronger and more color the longer it got. weird ...aye?!? Does take months to get back to luxurious.

      about 8 years ago
    • Vettelvr's Avatar
      Vettelvr

      Hi,
      My last chemo was 12/21/10, and I had decent fuzz by the beginning of March 2011. And stopped wearing my wig to work around the begining of April. I used a shampoo I bought at CVS that was recommended to me that I think really helped all though it was pricey. It's called NIOXIN and was about $16 for a 10oz bottle. My hair grew quickly and came in curly and a little wirey. But by Christmas of 2011 it was all grown out and back to normal. I wear my hair short so it did not take long to have all the curly cut out for me. Good luck!!!

      about 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar
      SusanK

      It took me about three months to have enough hair to go without a hat, but then I felt comfortable going out bare-headed. I really liked the chemo curl and the body it brought. A year later and I am back to my old straight hair again and actually miss those silly curls and waves.

      about 8 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      In a little less than three months after last chemo my whole head was covered. Soft, fuzzy, gray and white, but covered! I stopped wearing a hat then. A few months after that the chemo curls started. I still have them a year later:)

      about 8 years ago
    • Baldredhead's Avatar
      Baldredhead

      Sitting here at 3 months with a decent 5 o'clock shadow, and awaiting more! Odd to have "hair envy", but sometimes when I see long stuff.....well anyway, learning to rock what the chemo gave me! My biggest surprise was losing my eyelashes and half my eyebrows about a month after chemo was done, but they came back SO QUICKLY that it almost surprised me! Congratulations on making it through, and here's to your beautiful, hairy future!

      about 8 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar
      suz55

      I finished Taxol on May 28. My hair also first started coming in white and fuzzy, Told everyone it reminded me of my grandfather's hair. Just this week, I am seeing some color in it, and my eyebrows and eyelashes are beginning to grow!

      about 8 years ago
    • JODYRJ's Avatar
      JODYRJ

      It took me 3 months from the end of chemo to feel like I could go to work and look somewhat normal with what had grown in. I certainly went out in public with my "new" baby hair before then, but to your point, that was when I felt like it was completely filled in even if super-short. I kept having my hairdresser trim it up to the same length during those first few months (no mattr how little I had, it made me feel like I was back in the world with a head of hair.) Now I had radiation on the heels of chemo, so I don't know if that delayed the re-growth -- and you're seeing yourself there is re-growth right away but it takes a while to fill in,

      about 8 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      My last treatment was November 8, 2012. I never totally shaved my head, had a buzz. Seems like the back came back first with a flip then the sides and top started coming in. I probably stopped wearing my wigs in March. Saw my hairdresser in April and she styled and put color over my gunmetal grey! I had my second cut and root touch up with highlights on July 2nd. In April she suggested I use the Enjoy shampoo, conditioner and stimulator which has really made it thick. I now have enough that I sweat when I work outside and my hair is wet--what a great feeling! I think everyone is unique and it will depends on how your hair normally grows! Congratulations on being finished with treatment!

      about 8 years ago
    • FemaleinMotion's Avatar
      FemaleinMotion

      By six weeks post-chemo, I had quite a good buzz cut going. I'm now three months out, and my hair is growing like crazy! Those chemo curls are a lot of fun, too.

      about 8 years ago
    • Harley12's Avatar
      Harley12

      My last treatment was 12/13/12, so after 7 months I barely have a military cut. I am wearing it as is; just cannot handle wigs in Oklahoma heat. Everyone is different - if you had very healthy hair before chemo it will probably come back better than mine. I am also on estrogen suppression meds for next 4.5 years, so that could hender the hair growth. It WILL come back! And mine appears to be thicker than what I had before. I used baby shampoo on my scalp to make sure it was clean but using something gentle. Scalp massage is also good. Best of luck!

      about 8 years ago
    • Harley12's Avatar
      Harley12

      My last treatment was 12/13/12, so after 7 months I barely have a military cut. I am wearing it as is; just cannot handle wigs in Oklahoma heat. Everyone is different - if you had very healthy hair before chemo it will probably come back better than mine. I am also on estrogen suppression meds for next 4.5 years, so that could hender the hair growth. It WILL come back! And mine appears to be thicker than what I had before. I used baby shampoo on my scalp to make sure it was clean but using something gentle. Scalp massage is also good. Best of luck!

      about 8 years ago
    • jad's Avatar
      jad

      No such thing as a stupid hair question....only stupid hair. Obviously I've got my own
      hair issues. All I can say is dealing with a cancer dx, options, treatments etc - hair is not that important. That is my rationalizing mantra.

      Caution re taxotere: I thought when I finished my treatment (similar to yours) it would be over and done with. Not so. Side effects have emerged post-treatment (and I am 6 months post-taxotere) at this time. /signed *stupid hair*

      about 8 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I completed chemo on 1/10/13. Dumped the hats at the end of April. Since then, I've had 2 hair cuts, to trim up and shape it. I was really impatient, too. And it's still way shorter than I'm used to.

      about 8 years ago
    • Marisol's Avatar
      Marisol

      Hello! My new Charlize Theron look can wait, I have always had excellent wanted and unwanted hair, Now it seems to be back as usual. I have her picture in my wallet but I do not dare yet. I finished Paclitaxel on March 7th and I can say that it took me 3 months to have a more than military cut all over and the hairdresser changed scotch for click clack pins this week because my wig covers my ears while my hair does not. She encouraged me to take my wig off once and for all, good advice for me but bad news for heer business, as soon as possible and at least during the night. But I am not so brave and I would need a sombrero anyway because of the sunshine. Therefore, I have a conservative approach and choose to stay covered up for the moment. I have had excellent chemo look and I do not want to spoil it now that it is finished.

      about 8 years ago
    • itsjustme736's Avatar
      itsjustme736

      About 2 months

      about 8 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar
      virginiab

      At about 3 and a half months, I stopped wearing headcoverings. Before that I would sometimes go hatless, which does get you offeres to go ahead of other folks at the grocery checkout line. LOL. I had my spouse buzz my hair for a few months before it was full enough to warrant a "real" haircut, maybe 6 months out from my last chemo.

      about 8 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar
      GypsyJule

      My last chemo was Jan 3, 2013. I had NO fuzz when I was done. I had to have my drivers license photo taken at the end of March and had enough hair that I felt OK with it. Now, six months out, my hair is short with lots of curl and no one would guess that I had been bald just a short time ago. At the suggestion of another whatnexter, I started taking pictures every month so I could see the growth. I'm really glad I did. Good luck, and congratulations on the end of treatment!

      about 8 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      It took my hair a couple of months after intravenous chemo's to start growing back.
      I suggest trying rogaine and MSM because my hair is definitely longer and fuller now because of those supplements, but check with your oncologist first before using them.
      But hey, you never know about hair! I know a woman whose hair started growing back immediately, she had a full head of hair in about 6 weeks after stopping chemos.....lucky lady!

      about 8 years ago
    • VivianT's Avatar
      VivianT

      It was about two months of fuzz for me. Then it started to look like real hair. At about 6 months, it seems to be back to a normal growth rate.

      about 8 years ago
    • Gidget1978's Avatar
      Gidget1978

      Look on Amazon for shampoo called Doo Gro, its pretty cheap & helps it grow. I just had a lil fuzz, got that after only 4 shampoos it is already looking thicker & its bout a half inch long. I'm still on active chemo. Good stuff

      about 8 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar
      Debbie

      Six looooonnngggg months. It's now 7 1/2 and I'm getting a trim Saturday. Some parts are growing longer and culture than others. But no more hats!

      about 8 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      You are so funny! I love your posts, so full of energy and passion! You Rock! Anyway, I finished chemo last August and by Dec, I needed a color and shaping, Figure about 1/2 inch growth per month. I was told it was ok to tak Biotin and that helped my hair and nails grow in nice and healthy!

      about 8 years ago
    • StamPurr's Avatar
      StamPurr

      On AC, started losing hair at 2 weeks, in big clumps. Never lost 100 percent of hair. Maybe 90 percent gone. Most of what stayed, at least on my head was the gray stuff. Never had a whole lot of gray before all this started. Have now started Taxol and have 10 weeks left of that. Onc said hair "might" start coming back. I had to make an emergency run to the vet with my dog this week and did it without hat or scarf or anything. First time. It was weird but it was O.K. too. Should probably try it with more makeup so it doesn't look quit so pitiful. Have never had anything but fine, straight, brown hair. Curious to see what I have when it comes back. No hair, or almost no hair is soooo fast and easy. If I can find something short and cute, I'll keep it. Once chemo is done, I'll add biotin and minoxidil to my routine. Anybody use BIOTIN while on chemo for skin and nail health??

      about 8 years ago
    • mommybeatscanc's Avatar
      mommybeatscanc

      Hi HearMeRoar! I wrote a post about this: http://mommybeatscancer.com/2013/06/03/how-long-will-it-take-my-hair-to-grow-back-after-chemotherapy/ it is a visual, month by month guide of my hair growth post chemo! I hope this helps! :) Congrats on being done.

      about 8 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      My hair just started falling out today. Fabulous. Every day this just gets worse.

      Anyhow, another woman posted this on another hair issue thread, and I think it's the best answer to this question:

      http://mommybeatscancer.com/2013/06/03/how-long-will-it-take-my-hair-to-grow-back-after-chemotherapy/

      almost 8 years ago
    • Suzi's Avatar
      Suzi

      My hair has grown very quickly since finishing chemo (and continues to over a year later - I need a trim once a month rather than every 6 weeks!). It came in first very fuzzy but within a few months I had tight curls. The curls have gradually loosened but my hair remains wavy a year later.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Gardener's Avatar
      Gardener

      Last chemo April and I now have about 1/2" Military cut . I admit I have a great deal of eyebrow and eyelash envy, but they are coming right along. Finally comfortable enough to quit wearing wigs as I guess I have received enough compliments that "Your short hair rocks" It is very freeing to not be concerned about hair especially in the heat of the summer.

      almost 8 years ago
    • RebeccaJ's Avatar
      RebeccaJ

      Hair grows an average of 1/2 inch a month. That should give you an idea of how long it will take to get the length you want.

      That said for me... The grey hairs are growing at three times the rate of my other hair. It's so funny to wake up and see three gray hairs standing straight up and tall amid the soft fuzz.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Hawklady's Avatar
      Hawklady

      Everyone is different. The Aromatase inhibitors I was prescribed interfered with my hair regrowth, leaving it very, very thin. I was five years out last October and my hair is now filling in. That was hard and something my husband didn't understand. I'm happy to say there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

      almost 8 years ago
    • drjacqui's Avatar
      drjacqui

      I think I am not the norm at all. I completed my treatments in August 2009 and I still have very thin spaces on my head. I am a women who has something like male pattern baldness. The hair on the back half of my head is much thicker than the hair in the top and front. It does not bother me any more. I just figure I am supposed to look like this and I am alive!

      almost 8 years ago
    • NenasMom's Avatar
      NenasMom

      I looked like a baby bird one month after my last treatment... then it started to actually cover my head like an intentional hair-do! Five months later I have a full head of hair and it's curly! And I have to say it is the SOFTEST hair ever! best of luck! And when people refer to it as a hair "cut" call it a hair "GROW"! XXOO

      almost 8 years ago
    • SRosidivito's Avatar
      SRosidivito

      Congratulations on wrapping up your treatment!!! I've gone through chemotherapy twice now. Once in 2001 and again in 2007. Each time, it took a good two to three months before I noticed significant 'stubble' growth. The greatest thing during the re-growth process was how not only how healthy it came back (and curly), but also to see how I liked different lengths and styles. All my life I've had poker straight hair. (It's true what they say, we're never happy what have, right)? The curls were fun and kinky-tight until it grew more than two or three inches. It's down to my shoulders now - and it still has a nice wave to it. Wait until the first time you feel the breeze blowing through your hair --- it's one of the high points in your recovery process, that you'll never forget. Enjoy and here's to many 'hair days'!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Summer46's Avatar
      Summer46

      My hair grows real fast...so I had "enough hair" (go out w/o a wig) four months after my last treatment. But it grew back super curly & that was a problem for me. Don't ask me why....but I was able to handle the hair loss as I knew that it was going to grow back. Back to the curly hair....did not know how to manage until I found a hair stylist that had experience with this kind of hair. Two years later I had my hair back.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Jakridge's Avatar
      Jakridge

      I finished my heavy chemo treatments Dec. 2011, and had Herceptin treatments until August 2012. I still don't have a full head of hair. It's growing out in the back but I'm still pretty much bald on top - it looks like male pattern baldness. My oncologist has commented that this is unusual and suggested I try Rogaine or something similar. I have yet to try that, I can see where my hair line is starting to take shape little by little every day. I'm hoping by the end of this year I can finally stop wearing hats and get my first haircut. (I'm also taking tamoxifen).

      almost 8 years ago
    • SupShana's Avatar
      SupShana

      As soon as my treatments finished my hair started to grow back...w/in a few months I was rockin' a pretty funky hairdo that looked cute w/a flower hair band!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • MotherBear's Avatar
      MotherBear

      My last treatment was December 2 and I had hair over my whole head by April. It was quite curly when it first came in, and baby soft. People at work loved to run their hands through it to feel its softness, so much that I had to remind them that I was NOT a dog, and to please stop petting me!!! All in fun! Several of my friends encouraged me to keep it uber short as they felt it looked striking! Maybe some day I'll cut it that short! Hang in there! Your hair will be back before you know it!

      almost 8 years ago
    • parank's Avatar
      parank

      I am 3 1/2 months post Carboplatin and Taxotere, and my head is finally covered with very short fuzzy down. I'm still on Herceptin....that may be slowing things down a bit. It's finally filled in enough that I am considering going to work next week hatless for the first time. But it is still really short.

      almost 8 years ago
    • hscancer's Avatar
      hscancer

      My hair didn't start growing until two months after my final chemo. Now a month later, I have short hair covering my entire head.

      over 7 years ago
    • moreorless' Avatar
      moreorless

      Had my own hair back within two years too bad the hair on my body came back even sooner and not sure it it is from cancer age or chemo but have plenty on my lips and chin now.

      about 7 years ago

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