Sorry no one has responded to your questions! First let me say, what a trooper you are to have come thru the chemo. I worked in the medical profession for years and dealt with cancer patients on a day to day basis, so I have seen the struggles first hand.
I wish I were a professional hair stylist but alas, I'm not. But I have had to deal with fine, thin hair (family trait!) my entire life so I can relate to you on that aspect. Several years ago, I was perming my fine, thin hair even though I knew it wasn't the greatest thing to do to my hair. I was fortunate to have a great hair stylist that knew how to work with my hair. But after awhile I quit perming it and instead got highlites to give my hair some body. It does help. Perhaps you could first try volumizing products or thickening products before deciding to perm. Or maybe even highlights for body. I've been reading on the other board about how great Rogaine for Women is for fine, thin hair. I haven't tried it yet, but I may go that route soon. Unfortunately, once you start using it you have to continue using it forever, at least that's whats been said. That's why I've been hesitant about using it. It ain't cheap either!
Anyway, Jan, I know how frustrating thin, fine hair can be. I hope maybe some of the other girls that have experience will see your post and can help you out more. When I had the perms, my hair was much easier to manage, but the damage after time was just too much for me to keep it up. I just didn't have hair to lose! LOL! Good luck if you decide to try a perm. Find a knowledgeable hairstylist who knows how to deal with your type of hair. Maybe perms are better now than they used to be. Take care and I'm so glad your chemo is over. Congratulations for getting thru it! Linda
I have to admit that my hair is in much better shape since I stopped perming it. The perms do damage, but so do highlights, but the perms seem to be worse.