• Yet another hairy question

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Sunday, March 10, 2013

    Yet another hairy question

    When your hair grew back after chemo, did it grow back in unusual patterns. The top of mine seems to be growing but sides & back, not so much. Did others experience similar things?

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Mine keeps growing back lower and lower on my body.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      The very front of my hairline was sparse and I had virtually no hair in back for quite a while. Eventually, things evened out. Well, getting there anyway.

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Most likely it is growing back in the same pattern as it did before. We just don't realize that because we had the hair we had before for a much longer period of time, so the growth pattern was not noticeable due to regular haircuts. That is why most people get their hair trimmed every 6 weeks or so because hair does not grow evenly at the same rate.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My hair seems to be growing back normally. There are sections that have longer hair then others, because I didn't lose all my hair. The one thing that suprised me, was I lost all my brown hair and what I didn't lose was gray. I figured it would all grow back gray/silver. But I'm just as brown as before. DH says he thinks it's darker.

      over 7 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hey B.S.--we should get together & have a transplant party, as mine is very sparse on the top, but is filling in nicely on the sides & back, lol. :-)

      over 7 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      Mine looks like it's growing back pretty evenly, but when I feel it, I can tell that the top and some of the back seems either a little longer, or a softer texture.. I can't tell which. I think mine is coming back greyer, and patchy in the respect that it has different shades of grey. I'm not going to complain about grey though! Hair is hair! Yippee!

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      I'm right there with you. Top is thick, sides and back much, much less. And my eyebrows & eyelashes have not filled in.

      over 7 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I think everyone has a different pattern. Mine grew back first in the lower back of my head. Then the rest followed. At first it was very fine, but now it's coarser and closer to what was normal before. The color is either darker or grey, whereas it was lighter with very little grey before. I had the ends trimmed as there were places that were a half inch longer than most, and that helped the overall appearance. Now I've had it frosted so that the color is more even. Also, it's wavy, and it was broomstick straight before. Some areas are extremely thick, and others are not. I would have said all was thick before, but that may have just been an uninformed impression.

      My eyebrows and eyelashes have grown back the same color, but they seem to still drop out very easily, sometimes several at a time, even though it's been 7 months since the last chemotherapy. I think that just shows that even as your hair grows back, the follicles are still quite damaged for a long time.

      over 7 years ago
    • KimmieJo's Avatar

      I have that issue too! Lots of hair coming in on top but not much anywhere else. After my fontline treatment my hair came back darker and really curly. This time after a reccurance it is coming in much lighter than it was before, but not quite long enough yet to tell if it will curl.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I didn't have hair to begin with but when it started to grow back, the pattern was the same. I loved the baby fuzz stage. I could shave my head with no shaving cream.

      over 7 years ago
    • Brielle's Avatar

      My hair grew back very coarse on top only, curly on top and curly in the back. The sides grew back straight as they had been before the loss. After almost a year and some trims, the top was beginning to straighten out. But due to new chemo, I just lost my hair for a second time. Interestingly, the grey hair started falling out last. What was left is shaved so hopefully, the hair will grow back more evenly. It's exciting to think how it will return the next time!

      over 7 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Mine came in on the back and sides first, then the top filled in. I am about 11 months out of chemo now and the top is thick and curly but not quite as long as the sides & back.

      over 7 years ago
    • denisecoats1's Avatar

      Mine did the same and it is so curly I cant do a thing with it I finally went to my beautician for her to trim the top, it is amazing how different it is.

      over 7 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      My hair grew back quickly on the top. The sides & back were much slower. My pre-treatment hair was brown & grey; now it is various shades of grey. My uber curly/kinky hair is now soft & minimally wavy. Having spent most of my life fighting a rat's nest for hair, I am very, very happy for the changes that were made. Just hope they last. Only problem is that now I actually have to style the hair every day (brush, blowdry & spray). Hard to get used to this new routine....

      over 7 years ago
    • AmyLou's Avatar

      My hair has fallen out 3 times, working on the fourth time now. Each time it has come back different. The last time was the most comical. It was similar to high-low carpet.

      over 7 years ago
    • MariaM's Avatar

      Same here.

      almost 7 years ago

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