Hair growth after chemo could be a priority for those who have just finished this intense and difficult treatment. Chemotherapy targets not only the... 10 Tips to Stimulate Hair Growth After Chemo

Hair growth after chemo could be a priority for those who have just finished this intense and difficult treatment. Chemotherapy targets not only the cancer cells but the healthy cells in your body, including hair roots, which is why hair loss after chemo is a common occurrence. The dosage of the chemotherapy medication you receive will determine whether or not you have hair loss.

The good news is, hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. Once the chemo stops, your hair will grow back to normal within three to ten months.  Your hair may be of differ shade and texture though. It could be curlier, and shafts may have bands of pigmentation. It could be grayer than it was before until the cells that control the pigment begin to function again.

Two to three weeks after the chemo therapy ends, a soft fuzz will develop, but one month later; real hair starts to grow at its normal rate. After two months, you should have about an inch of hair growth. Basically, the hair that fell out first is the hair that grows back faster. Meaning, your hair on the head will grow before your eyebrows or eyelashes.

 

2 months after chemo By: Jenny Mealing

 

Hair care techniques and products to stimulate hair growth after chemo

No treatment can prevent hair loss during or after chemotherapy. The best way to deal with the impending hair loss is to plan ahead. Here are some hair care techniques and products to help you grow your hair faster.

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Tip #1

Use gentle products as your hair grows back. Choose a shampoo that contains ingredients like niacin to improve circulation in the scalp and salicylic acid to clean the scalp. Look for ingredients that reduce DHT as it can cause hair loss.

Do not go for shampoos that contain harsh chemicals like sodium laurl sulfate. This is like a bleach that can cause hair follicle miniaturization and can be toxic if absorbed through your skin. Use a shampoo that contains biotin, cysteine and proteins. One of the best shampoo out there is DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo.

 

3 months after chemo
By: Jenny Mealing

 

Tip #2

You are encouraged to use Minoxidil (Rogaine) before and during chemotherapy. It is a hair growth stimulant that widens the follicle when used properly. While it will not prevent hair loss, Minoxidil is effective in hair regrowth after chemo. Minoxidil was first used as an antihypertensive tablet, but it was noticed that patients taking it developed excessive hair growth as a side effect. Further research also showed that applying minoxidil solution to the scalp can stimulate hair growth. Two percent concentration is for men and women, but 5 percent use is for men only. It takes up to four months before new hair is noticeable.

Nizoral shampoo is an anti-dandruff shampoo that helps unclog hair follicles to allow healthy growth. It contains ketoconazole an antifungal medication. Ketoconazole blocks the action of DHT hormone that blocks the hair follicles from receiving nutrients.

Tricomin can be used alone or in conjunction with Rogaine to help promote hair growth. It comes in a shampoo, conditioner, and follicle therapy spray. Tricomin uses peptides to shorten the resting phase of the hair follicle and has been proven to stimulate hair growth.

 

4 months after chemo
By: Jenny Mealing

 

Tip #3

Our hair is essentially made up of protein. Eating high-protein foods like beans, meats, lentils, and eggs are  very crucial to regrowing your hair quickly. Eat a well-balanced diet to promote hair growth after chemo. Hair growth vitamins like vitamin B, Amino Acids and herbs are essential aspects for healthy hair.

 

Tip #4

A regimen of certain vitamins can help restore hair. To nourish your hair, try to add extra vitamins and minerals to your diet to speed up its growth. B vitamins can influence cell turnover and help stimulate circulation. Vitamin C can strengthen follicles, while Vitamin E helps promote capillary growth. Supplement your diet with vitamins B6 and B12 for faster hair regrowth. Beta carotene can also help protect the fibers of your hair.

 

5 months after chemo
By: Jenny Mealing

 

Tip #5

Individuals who have completed chemotherapy treatments know that hair regrowth typically takes several weeks or even months depending on genetics and age. One of the ways to expedite the hair growth process after chemo is to avoid washing and rinsing your hair in extremely hot water as this can damage the hair follicles. Use cool water instead.

 

Tip #6

A widely used remedy can be found in most kitchens like olive oil. It can be used straight from the bottle. Take two capful of oil and massage it into the scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair regrowth.

 

9 and a half months after chemo
By: Jenny Mealing

 

Tip #7

Find a competent hair stylist. She can offer advice and help find the finest solutions for your specific hair and which style looks best on you. She can recommend treatment products to help your hair restore its natural volume and luster.

Once you can grasp your hair between your fingers, it’s time for a trim, says celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, who has designed looks for Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Celine Dion. By eliminating frizzy ends, you will help keep your hair look healthy.

Before you color, bleach, or perm your hair, consult your oncologist or dermatologist.

 

Tip #8

You can consider scalp hypothermia or cryotherapy during your chemotherapy by placing an ice pack on your head to slow blood flow to your scalp. Chemotherapy drugs are less likely to affect your scalp. While scalp hypothermia has worked for a majority of people who tried it, but it may cause a small risk of cancer recurring in your scalp because it doesn’t receive the same amount of chemotherapy dose as the rest of the body.

Penguin Cold Caps have been around for over 30 years, but became popular only recently. Penguin cold cap is worn by chemotherapy patients every 30 minutes for seven hours on the day that they will receive the treatment. The caps are filled with a silicon gel and chilled to -22 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold caps have been known to help retain about 70 percent of the patient’s hair. The theory is that the blood flow diminishes below freezing temperature and narrows the blood vessels to keep the chemotherapy drugs from traveling up the hair follicle.

 

Tip #9

Inositol can help regenerate healthy hair cells. Eating foods high in Inositol such as beans, whole-grain bread, brown rice, cantaloupe, wheat germ, nuts, liver, citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables promotes health cellular growth and helps your scalp generate hair cells. Inositol can be consumed in food or taken as supplements. Inositol is also found in cereals and is called phytic acid, which is Inositol mixed with phosphorus.

 

16 and a half months after chemo
By: Jenny Mealing

 

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Tip #10

Hair loss during chemotherapy cannot be prevented, but it can be managed by following these tips:

  • Before the chemotherapy treatment, be gentle to your hair. Don’t bleach, color or perm your hair because this can weaken it. Avoid hot rollers or curling irons. Air dry your hair. If you strengthen your hair now, it is more likely to stay in your head longer during chemotherapy.
    Try to consider cutting your hair. Shorter hair looks fuller, and it won’t be as noticeable when your hair starts to fall out.  It will help you make a better transition to total hair loss. Plan for a head covering. It is time to start thinking about scarves or wigs to conceal your hair loss. Your doctor can write a prescription for a wig if you ask for it.
  • During your chemotherapy treatment, you should baby your remaining hair. Continue using gentle shampoo and soft hair brushes, and only wash your hair when necessary. Continue these hair strategies throughout your chemotherapy treatments. Consider shaving your head. Many people complain about itchy and irritated scalp during their treatment and while their hair is falling out.
    Shave your hair to reduce the irritation. This could also save you from embarrassment of shedding. This is better than patchy hair loss you might experience. Protect your scalp. Protect your head with sunscreen and a head covering if you are going to be exposed to the sun or too cold air. During treatment, your scalp may be sensitive to sunshine or extreme cold. A head covering can make you comfortable.
  • After the chemotherapy treatment, continue with gentle hair care. Hold off on coloring or bleaching until your hair grows stronger. Processing could damage your new hair and irritate your sensitive scalp. Be patient because it takes time for your hair to grow back slowly and look normal.

Chemotherapy is a life-saving treatment. Hair loss is one of the things cancer patients fear most because they are associated with trauma and treatments. Thankfully, there are many ways to help stimulate hair growth after chemo to speed up the process.

Anastasia

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  • Donna goodman

    May 21, 2015 #1 Author

    I cannot thank you enough for this website. It’s been so helpful to me during this cancer process. I especially would like to thank Jenny Mealing. Her pictures have given me much needed insight into each phase of my hair growth. I’m constantly reverting back to each picture to compare where I am and where she was each month. She has no idea how much encouragement and hope this has given me. (Thank you so much, Jenny1 You’ve really helped me and, I’m sure, so many others!)

    I also want to tell you that I’ve tried the Revita Hair Growth shampoo that you suggested. It’s been great! I had been using another product which had the sodium laurel sulfate (which was harsh to my scalp) and switching to the DS Laboratories shampoo that you recommended was the answer for me!

    So…thank you Artemiy Ageyev too! You and Jenny really are touching lives and I feel it’s important to let you know that. This is much more than a website….it’s guidance…it’s hope.

    Thanks again,

    Donna

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    • Artemiy Ageyev

      May 22, 2015 #2 Author

      Tnank you, Donna! I hope you happy and healthy everyday!

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  • Chiara

    August 21, 2015 #3 Author

    Thanks so much for this article! I just finished up with chemo and my oncologist couldn’t believe how much hair I still had at my last treatment. Using the tips in this article saved me from a ton of emotional trauma and I can’t begin to express how grateful I am!

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  • Lori

    August 31, 2015 #4 Author

    Can you use minoxidil during chemo and will the cold caps work wothout dry ice?

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    • Ann

      January 4, 2016 #5 Author

      I was told not to use anything during chemo that would cause cell regeneration ( minoxidil ). I did use the penguin cold cap and yes, until the treatment centers start equipping the facility with the gel machines, you must get dry ice each treatment day. I will earn you, it is very expensive and a process to endure but I ended up with about 40% of my hair after 16 treatments. I know others that had shorter treatments and better success. Hope this helps!

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      • Jennifer

        March 17, 2016 #6 Author

        Elastogels are now FDA approved in the US and require less dry ice. You can buy the caps for about $76 each versus the $400/treatment the Penguin charges. 🙂

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  • vitamin e oil for hair regrowth

    September 27, 2015 #7 Author

    I am priyanshi 23 year old please suggest me the top
    remedy as i am experiencing baldness and regular hair loss today also
    despite consulting physician and that I have lost width of
    my hair too n baldness do suggest me the best option where hair loss and baldness might be handled in mininmum little while
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  • RosiE

    February 28, 2016 #8 Author

    Thank you for writing this blog post! I finished chemo 2 months ago and it is helpful for me to see how quickly I can expect my hair to grow and things I can do to encourage hair growth.
    One thing I wondered if you had any advice upon is – I have a slight patch where hair is growing more slowly due to the grippy hairline bit inside my wig. Is this something you experienced and did your hair growth even out over time?

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    • Linda

      April 14, 2016 #9 Author

      I was hoping you received an answer to this post. I am experiencing the same problem. I wear a hat when home and a wig when out. This website gave a lot of good info. I especially appreciated the pictures of hair growth at different stages. I am 2 months post chemo, and two weeks post radiation.

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      • Rosie

        June 7, 2016 #10 Author

        I can confirm Linda that the hair growth disguises any patchier bits due to wig wearing – at least it has for me. I’m now 5 months post chemo and my hair growth is pretty much in line with the photos, which is very reassuring.

        I’m still not ready to remove the wig in public as then people will all know about my cancer and I just don’t want people to think any differently towards me. The cancer doesn’t define us after all!

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        • Jo

          September 1, 2016 #11 Author

          I feel the same way you do.

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  • MAC

    March 29, 2016 #12 Author

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THIS LEGIT INFO I AM GOING TO START MY 2 MOUTHS CHEMO TROPHY THIS WEEK AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WILL LOSE ALL MY HAIR FOR EVER BECAUSE OF WRONG EDUCATION SOME STUPID PEOPLE TOLD THAT AND FOR ME AS A LEGIT ACTOR AND FILM DIRECTOR IT WAS SO SAD SINCE I HAVE FULL OF HAIR AND EYEBROW/EYELASHES MY BE I WONT GET THEM ALL BACK BUT YOU GIVE ME HOPE AND RIGHT EDUCATION GODLESS.
    MAC JAY

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  • Tina

    April 17, 2016 #13 Author

    Wonder information, though I didn’t see it until after my treatment. Losing ones hair is scary, but the alternative is scarier. I’m six months out and I have a lot of thick gray curly hair. Thank you for the tip on when to cut it. I was convinced I could ROCK the gray, but to be honest I might dye it. Thank you again, Tina

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    • Mary

      May 7, 2017 #14 Author

      Me too 6 months post treatments. I never had curly hair before so it makes me laugh, and I wonder who the old lady in the mirror is. Like someone who goes to the beauty shop for perms. Gets lots of compliments anyway. 1 1/2 yrs ago I had waist length hair…gray and brown. Husband of 20 years died, then my cancer diagnosis…

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  • Veronica

    May 2, 2016 #15 Author

    I am almost one week post radiation and 2 months post chemo. My hair is also growing faster in some areas. I wasn’t going to start anything until the 3 months when the chemo was out of my body per my Oncologist which is May 19th. I definitely will be ordering a couple of products, being since the only thing that I was ever upset during my entire Cancer journey from my diagnosis, to the awful side effects was LOOSING MY HAIR:( I have worn scarfs a handful of times and my wigs a handful of times. My baldness showed STENGTH to me so I wore it PROUD!!!

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  • Kelly

    June 4, 2016 #16 Author

    Has anyone actually tried the Rogaine (Minoxidil)? If I were going by what the box says it wouldn’t work on complet baldness. Side effects are kind of scary too. Would love to hear someone’s opinion that used it. Thanks so much. Kelly

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  • Jolene

    June 4, 2016 #17 Author

    I finish my chemotherapy about a year ago . I have a healthy head of hair that’s regrown. I also have a Mobility disability I look forward to swimming to gain some of my strength back . will the chlorine in our pool damage my hair ? I’ve always rinsed my hair with water when I get out of the pool but I know new hair is fragile. Do I need to take other precautions other than the specific shampoo you talk about? Thank you

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  • Areeba

    July 19, 2016 #18 Author

    I was a cancer patient about 8 years ago and got chemo treatment. I didn’t know about all these processes of hair care during and after chemotherapy. Now my Hair are not healthy and strong. I feel so much depressed when I remember my old healthy and strong beautiful hair. what should I do ?? I am really depressed because of my hair. such an inferiority complex it is…

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  • maureen

    July 21, 2016 #19 Author

    Since Rogaine makes hair grow can it also make cancer cells grow? I am asking because I was using Rogaine and my white blood cells are very high. I have chronic lymph. leukemia and my last appt. did not go well.

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  • MArion Newton

    August 6, 2016 #20 Author

    Besides vitamins B6 and B12, what other vitamins are good for people when it comes to their hair and chemotherapy?

    Thank-you

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  • Lynne gunavardhana

    August 19, 2016 #21 Author

    Help. I am two years out of chemo and my hair is still space and thin. I have been taking Viviscal for about 18 months, but there doesn’t seem to be any improvement. I am so depressed and feel I have lost all self worth. I am ashamed to go out. Can anyone help

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    • Audrey

      August 10, 2017 #22 Author

      The same here, it’s been 3 years since chemo, I only got 1/4 the amount of hair back AND it has absolutely no body! No one seems to have an answer?

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  • April dent

    August 30, 2016 #23 Author

    I just finished my chemo my hair started growing back before my last one. I had several wigs but wore them only once made me sweaty n itchy. Only time I wore hats or scarves is if I was in the sun, proud of my bald head shows I fought the fight

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  • Barbara orbison

    September 10, 2016 #24 Author

    Reading these comments and suggestions lets me know that I am not in this alone. Thank all of you for your suggestions.

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  • Joy

    October 9, 2016 #25 Author

    Good info.I wasn’t told about anything to help with hair during chemo.Im three years post treatment and my hair is still thin.Very sad about it.Diet is very healthy,I exercise,do lots to help it,but it’s still not that great.
    Anyhoo am going to an acupuncturist and iridologist now,hoping they can help.
    My nails are still peely too.
    I’ve been told my body is still repairing and hair and nails are the last to recover.
    Try to keep smiling,but, I hate how I’ve been affected and am reminded, it’s depressing.And before anyone says, you’re lucky, yeah, I know I am, however I feel sad others have thick locks again and I haven’t.Pretty normal reaction Id say.
    I’m looking at stress because I’m a sole parent and done all this shit by myself.It really does help to have support and some one to smile with.
    Never take it for granted

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    • Donna

      October 30, 2016 #26 Author

      I’m right there w you. I’m a year and a half out and have very little hair. I try not to let it get me down but I’m reminded every time I pass a mirror. There’s no forgetting the experience. 🙁

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  • Brenda

    October 10, 2016 #27 Author

    Finally someone mentions nails. I was terribly afraid mine were going to fall off. They turned all brown and bruised looking all over, and started separating from the nail bed. Happy to say they have recovered now (At 4 months post-chemo). The hair is coming back, but not nearly as fast as I would like. Joy, I am sorry you have to do this alone. I lost my long-time bf to lung cancer back in February, and I am pretty much all alone now (nearest family is about 500 miles away). I sure to miss having someone to smile with, and cry with.

    -Brenda

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  • Lisa

    October 26, 2016 #28 Author

    This is interesting info, I didn’t know about. I have has cancer twice now. The 1st time wss 9 yers ago going through this and the first time lost my hair, eyebrows and eylashes but only my hair grew back with my hir color strawberry blonde but was thinner, the eyelashes only a little amount and eyebrows didn’t grow back and it’s disappointing. I got cancer for 2nd time and am now 11 months out from having to do 6months of chemotherapy again and lost my hair and this time it grew back grey and still no eylashes or eyebrows. Has anyone had this problem and what can I do to fix it.

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    • Susan

      February 25, 2017 #29 Author

      I am still in Chemo and have lost al my head hair but I have continue to use Careprost on my eyelashes and brows, they have thinned out but nothing that a little mascara wont help !

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  • Claire

    November 1, 2016 #30 Author

    I had radiation treatment along with chemo pills foe 5 weeks. No hair loss. However, after 3 months, my hair is thinning. Is this normal, and what can I do?

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  • Tiana Moore

    November 3, 2016 #31 Author

    Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using best hair serum from long and its really effective. SheaMoisture’s Strengthen, Grow & Restore Hair Serum contains Jamaican Black Castor Oil rich in essential omega acids which penetrate deep into the scalp to nourish hair and promote hair growth.

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  • Marsha

    November 22, 2016 #32 Author

    My hair grew back after chemo but it continues to be very thin. Does anyone have an answer for getting it thicker again?

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  • Nevaeh

    January 10, 2017 #33 Author

    Thank you for such an awesome article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using jamaican black castor oil for my hair Because this leave-in conditioner from SheaMoisture is an ultra-moisturizing hair treatment which forms a protective layer while reducing the appearance of split ends making your curls look healthier and shinier.

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  • Judy Dowell

    January 20, 2017 #34 Author

    I believe this article is wrong. My hair was extremely thick before chemo. From December of 2008 until December of 2013, I went through four rounds of R-CHOP V. Then in June, I went through BCNU, CYTOTOXIN, melphallan, carmustine, bendamustine, rituxan and a bone marrow transplant, them more chemo in 2013 to try to find remission. As my hair started growing back, I noticed how weak the shafts were and often referred to my hair as cotton candy. It was brittle and sparse. My mother was a cosmetologist from 1958 and an instructor with a record of 100% for her student passing state board, in other words this woman knows her stuff! She is 83 now, 84 in march, and she knows my hair. The only thing that makes since is that YES, THE. CHEMO THINNED MY HAIR, DRIED OUT MY SCALP AND I AM SUFFERING FROM THIS! I am using rosemary oil on my scalp, Castor oil at night with the rosemary, taking iron, biotin, b6, b complex, inositol, a Centrum vitamin, zinc, c, and eating healthy balanced meals. I am still waiting for my hair to grow back in to fill out the areas that thinned (crown, top, sides in front and hairline). Here we are in Jan. 2017 and still no progress. Chemo is barbaric. From here on, if I come out of remission, I will take dca (dichliroacetate) as Dr. Akbar khan in Toronto at medicos cancer center has Proven to keep you in remission, or Kenneth matsamura at Berkeley international for side effect free chemo SELF CHEMO that uses the drug mesa to protect healthy cells! Why aren’t these methods widely known about and what do insurance cinpanies not pay for them when its so much cheaper? GREED!

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  • Judy Dowell

    January 20, 2017 #36 Author

    “Berkeley international provides SEF chemo using mesa”

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  • Darillyn Lamb Starr

    February 3, 2017 #37 Author

    I’m very happy to find this article! My hair was very thin, before I was diagnosed with stage four uterine cancer, due to severe anemia, from blood loss from the months it took to find out what was wrong.. Anyway, I started heavy duty chemo in November. My hair started falling out in handfuls, two weeks later. By the time it was down to about 10%, I cut what was left about a half inch long, thinking it would soon fall out, but it didn’t! By Christmas, I could feel quite a bit of hair, right on top, starting to grow. I expected it to fall out but it has kept growing! I probably have 15-20% of my hair left. Although I still look like I’m on chemo, I think having very thin hair is definitely better than being slick-bald. Have you heard of anyone else losing hair, early on, and then having some of it grow back in, right away? If so, do you know if the hair kept growing, while chemo and radiation continued, or fell out again, at some point? I still have about seven months, and am hoping to be able to keep what’s left! Thanks for your help!

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  • Susan Miller

    February 11, 2017 #38 Author

    I’m nine years past chemo for breast cancer and while some of my hair grew back, a lot of it is still missing. My eyebrows never grew back so I had “permanent makeup” (tattoo) done at my local spa. My head hair is thin and wispy so I still wear a cap most of the time. Tried the Rogaine, but it didn’t help. Am now trying Latisse for eyelashes, but too soon to tell if that will help & it’s expensive. Pubic hair hasn’t grown back, but that’s ok with me. 🙂

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    • Pam Tschiemer

      June 19, 2017 #39 Author

      This may be happening to me. I’m only 4 months out from chemo for her2 + breast cancer. Still on Herceptin. The top and crown of my head has close to 1/2 inch of growth. The rest of my head has had sporadic growth with large bald patches. My eyebrows are back but very thin, eyelashes very short. I did get pubic hair back but thinner and different texture. I do want hair again, but honestly, I don’t mind caps and scarves. It’s so easy not to have to worry about messing with the trouble of styling my hair. I have a wig that looks pretty good but I can’t stand wearing wigs. During chemo when my hair started falling out I got my husband to shave it all off. That was freeing in a lot of ways. I like scarves, instant face lift! I want my hair back but if not I’ll deal with it. I’ve heard castor oil helps hair growth.

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  • Stephanie

    February 16, 2017 #40 Author

    Directly on the Rogaine website it states:
    “Do not use if
    Temporary hair loss as a result of taking certain medications (cancer chemotherapy) or having certain disease state or nutritional problems, as well as poor grooming habits”

    I would be very careful to do your research and find out the reason it states this before using it!!

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  • Victoria

    March 2, 2017 #41 Author

    Thanks for the article, helpful. After chemo I’ve lost my hair, but now they regrows not evenly. I see some spots on my head, some spots thick some not. I heard I have to bald again with razor is it the only solution?

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  • Zanett

    April 19, 2017 #42 Author

    I have 12 chemo treatments and never lost my eyebrows or eyelashes. i had read that Latisse (you can buy over internet without prescription not) . ( Cost about $100 but lasts several months. ) I brushed it on on the root line of my eyelashes and over my eyebrows. I don’t know why this is not told to chemo patients as saving these can mean so much as you go though the hair loss.

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  • Nancy

    April 19, 2017 #43 Author

    My last chemo was February 1, 2017 for ovarian and uterine cancer. Hair started to fall out three weeks after first tx. Decided to shave my head. Now not quite 2 months after last tx and hair is at least 3/4 of an inch. I have taken Hair Skin & Nails by GNC products for several years and I use coconut oil at least three times a week. Let it soak in, put on a cotton head cap. My nails I have to keep cutting growing so fast. Note this is what works for me. This is only a suggestion. Hope it helps you..

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  • Pam Tschiemer

    June 19, 2017 #44 Author

    I’m 57 y/o. My last chemo was Feb. 12, 2017. I’ll continue Herceptin until November. I begin radiation next week. My hair has been very slow in coming back. Now I have about 1/2 inch growth on the top of my head, but the back and side of my head it stll practically bald. It I is slowly coming back so I’m hoping that eventually it all comes back. I’m thinking of shaving my head to even it all out. Does anyone have an opinion? Also, does castor oil promote hair growth?

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  • Sarah

    June 20, 2017 #45 Author

    I finished my last chemo end sept 2014 and still my hair has not grown back properly! That’s nearly three years and am getting depressed. My hair was thick and wavy and now thin fine and bald at the back!I feel like one of those half bald peodo men you see in the news, and I’m not and I’m a woman. Started taking natural amino acid capsules a couple of weeks ago and have been using Nioxin shampoo for quite a while but just want to know if there is a anything else I can try? Thanks from a very desperate lady.

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  • Katie

    July 24, 2017 #46 Author

    Hi – Thanks for all the information. My 9 year old daughter has been off chemo for almost 2 years and her hair is still so thin and limp. She used to have very thick hair. I was wondering if anyone has used any all natural products that have worked? She definitely wont take any pills but a switch in shampoo/conditioner she wouldn’t mind.

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  • Patricia

    July 28, 2017 #47 Author

    I had 1 chemo treatment and that will be my last, my hair is already falling out in clumps but I don’t know if its from the drugs or the stress on my body from vomiting for 8 hours and not sleeping more
    than 4 hours a night. Also I starving but couldn’t eat because of mouth sores and acid reflux.

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  • Shannon

    August 3, 2017 #48 Author

    Thank you for your article. I am 6 months post-chemo and have a healthy head of hair growing back quickly. I took Biotin for several years before being diagnosed with breast cancer and my oncologist agreed to let me keep taking it during chemo. I never lost my hair fully but it did thin badly and I ended up shaving it very short so I didn’t have to deal with it. I am continuing with the Biotin and my hair is growing back quick and strong. I take one 5,000 mcg tablet per day. I believe this also lessened my fingernail problems during chemo. Best of luck to all of you out there and stay strong.

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  • Laraine Santagato

    August 26, 2017 #49 Author

    My chemo was for 7 treatments then a 4 week break then 6 more treatments. My hair started to grow during treatments and I did shave my head when the hair started to fall out. I have some regrowth but it is totally different texture to what my hair was, its white on top grey in the back ( which bevause of my age is probably right ) I colored my hair prior to loosing it. I just want it to LOOK like hair and NOT like an owlet chick !! It jsut isn’t what I consider normal hair, should I just shave this off and hope it grows more normally ? it looks nothing like the texture of the young lady on this page !! very upset with the way it looks . I am one month out of chemo and almost 3 months out of radiation. I just want the new growth to LOOK like hair and not fuzz !!

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  • anand

    September 15, 2017 #50 Author

    I finished my chemo @may 2010 and still my hair has not grown. I consulted doctor,doctor suggested morr f 5% (minoxidil and finasteriod) . it worked hair regrewth within 2 month but when i stopped morr f again started hair fall.

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