• When will my hair begin to grow back, especially my eyebrows?

    Asked by ashandali2 on Monday, June 3, 2013

    When will my hair begin to grow back, especially my eyebrows?

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I was much more traumatized by the loss of my eyebrows than the hair on my head. Luckily, for me, the eyebrows/eyelashes were the last to go and the first to come back. I had a naked face for about 3 months.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I stopped wearing my wig about 3 months after I stopped chemo. At this point my hair was a lot shorter than most women would consider acceptable but my scalp was fully covered.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      yes they will grow back, though it may take several months for them to do so once you stop chemo. I stopped infusion therapy in early Jan and my hair was finally long enough to cut (though still short, but needing shape) last week. My eyebrows are still coming in - mostly the uni-brow part is gone.

      On the the other hand I now have dark fuzzy hair on my lips (upper and lower) and chin, where I never really had anything more then a few stray pluckable hairs. Both the Derm & Oncologist gave me the OK to have them waxed.

      over 3 years ago
    • cris' Avatar
      cris

      I finished chemo Feb. 18th, my eyelashes started coming in 3/20, eyebrows came in 4/7 & I got my 1st trim & color 4/19/13. I stopped wearing a hat in May so that was 3 months after chemo finished. I am having my 2nd trim & color this saturday 6/8/13. I keep a journal so that's why I know the dates, keep us updated thanks

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      Last chemo was August 2012. Hair on my head came back in about three months. Just enough to cover my head. Eyebrows and eyelashes remained thin for a few months after that. My hair was soft and straight. Then it started to wave, now curly like a perm. I've had it trimmed once. It's still real curly, especially on top!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I started to have "peach fuzz" about 3 - 4 weeks post chemo.....my eye lashes and brows fell out after chemo, then came right back in!!! go figure!!! I took pictures of my hair monthly to show the growth. Once I was done chemo, I went "naked"...didn't cover my head anymore....

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      Seems like my eyelashes came in first, and FAST. Then eyelashes, very slowly--and they will no longer curl. My hair is coming in very slowly as well--it's been 4 months since last chemo--and it looks like it will be curly and possibly thicker?

      over 3 years ago
    • mommybeatscanc's Avatar
      mommybeatscanc

      Hi there! Fear not, it will return quickly. I just wrote a blog post about this topic this evening complete with pictures. Here is the link if you are interested. I hope this helps. http://mommybeatscancer.com/2013/06/03/how-long-will-it-take-my-hair-to-grow-back-after-chemotherapy/

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      Eyebrows and eyelashes came back fast within a matter of weeks. I gave up my baseball cap after about 4 months -- had a nice short hairstyle in 7 months -- and longer style within a couple more months. I remember when I was shiny bald, I used to look at people with hair and think that they do not appreciate having it. Now that I have my hair back, I can truly say that I appreciate it like never before. Good Luck!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Beverley's Avatar
      Beverley

      My hair grew back slowly, except in the top of my hair along the temples. I've searched the internet to see if there are people like me. I've seen a dermatologist who gave me an ointment to use and have seen minor growth after 4 months of use. I haven't had to shave legs or underarms since no hair grew back. My eye lashes haven't grown back to their original length which means I always seem to have something in my eyes. Based on internet searching, I must be the exception and not the rule for regrowth after treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      It is interesting to hear how different it is for each of us. I suspect that it depends on the chemo you are getting i.e. type and how long; your personal body response; and your genetic makeup to start with. Very typically, my hair started to fall out 2 weeks after my first round of Taxotere/Cytoxan and I was bald for 2 1/2 months except for three random stray hairs that hung on--go figure. My eyelashes and eyebrows thinned very gradually and I never lost them completely. I started to have peach fuzz hair starting about 4 weeks after finishing chemo in Late Dec. 2012 and it has kept growing slowly since. My goal was to have it long enough by May 9, so I could go without my wig when I started back helping my husband sell our organic produce at the local Farmer's market. Thankfully, my scalp cooperated and since it came in with a lot of gray (which I never had before), I decided to learn to dye my hair so I am now a happy redhead again like I was most of my life but with thicker sort of wavy/curly short hair that feels like a puppy's fur. So far it still sort of does it's own thing and I don't want to trim it even to try and style it because I so missed having hair. My eyelashes and eyebrows are still a bit thinner than before chemo but since they have always been so light colored anyway that I use mascara and an eyebrow coloring brush. Ironically, I have gotten a good crop of hair on my legs and arms--just what I needed :( I also have had some increased growth on my face compared to before chemo but again with it being so light blondish/red, it isn't very noticeable except to me so I haven't started waxing it yet, but I have a plan

      over 3 years ago
    • LAPD's Avatar
      LAPD

      My response is to Beverley, because I have had exactly the same experience as you. Was so validated by your letter! I finished chemo in November of 2008. Couldn't get rid of my wig until May of 2009. I had the thickest hair ever before treatment. I thought it was the Arimidex, which I went off of after three years, and I was wrong. My hair is baby fine and I have very little hair on my legs and under my arms. Have been using Rogaine (men's generic from Walmart) for over a year with little improvement. It has been very hard for me, as my thick hair was almost my "trademark." I am 61, had lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, hysterectomy. ER positive, 1 node. Other than that, I am great!...but this is a daily reminder of my cancer journey.

      over 3 years ago
    • LAPD's Avatar
      LAPD

      Forgot to mention that I lost my eyelashes and eyebrows 2 months after chemo, but they quickly returned, albeit much thinner and remain that way.

      over 3 years ago
    • ashandali2's Avatar
      ashandali2

      Thank you all for your responses and support! You are so necessary to my continued healing both spiritually and physically!

      over 3 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar
      Snooks

      From my experience and from others I know that have gone through chemo, it should start to come back in about four months. Since the hair grows about 1/2 inch a month, it will be a while before you see any real hair. My eyebrows never did come back to where they were before chemo and it's been six years. Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, but look at the bright side, you are saving a ton of money on shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and hair cuts!!! Good Luck and God Bless

      over 3 years ago
    • Bethie's Avatar
      Bethie

      About 6 weeks after your last chemo treatment, you should have at least fuzz. Don't be surprised if it is different after it comes back in. My BFF prayed for thick and curly, and she got it!!! I prayed for at least waves, no such luck. But it is softer. So everyone is different, but always remember, bald is beautiful!

      over 3 years ago
    • Kmack927's Avatar
      Kmack927

      @Beverly, I guess I am more like you. My eyelashes and eyebrows have barely grown, and I finished chemo in January, but I continue to have Herceptin every 3 weeks until the end of September. My hair on my legs and arms have grown like crazy, I have to shave more often than I used to. The hair on my head is growing slow, and came in dark gray and I am just 40 so I have colored it. I have only had to once though due to the slow growth. It is interesting to see the variety in all of our answers.

      over 3 years ago

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