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Old 06-09-2001, 04:06 PM   #1
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Hair growth after chemotherapy...please help me

I just recieved my last dose of chemotherapy two weeks ago after six months of treatments. I did not lose all of my hair, but most of it..it is VERY thin, and I do not leave the house without covering it. Before this, I had long, straight, thick hair, that normally grew decently fast. I am desperate to get my hair to grow again, lately I have not even wanted to leave the house...I can't stand it. Does anyone know how fast hair usually grows back after chemo? And does anyone have any suggestions on how to help it along? I started using Nioxin shampoo a few days ago, and I've been taking Prenatal vitamins (as reccomended by my hairdresser) for a few weeks to help it grow. I know I can't expect immediate results, but I am really going crazy and becoming very depressed...I can't stop thinking about it. If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it. Thanks alot.

 
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Old 06-09-2001, 11:40 PM   #2
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Re: Hair growth after chemotherapy...please help me

Hi Happenstance,

I do not know in all cases about how hair grows back after chemo but I do know that it grows back. I have read that it sometimes grows back curly if it was straight before. One thing I do know is that a friend of mine had chemo and now her hair is come back so healthy and thick and straight- she had similar hair before but now it is much thicker. So do not worry- it is hard but just have some patience. Take care.

 
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Old 06-11-2001, 12:57 AM   #3
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Re: Hair growth after chemotherapy...please help me

Thank you for your reply. I have heard about the possibility of it coming back in curly too...and my doctor also told me that it usually comes in thicker and healthier, which is good, although it was pretty thick to begin with. But, either way, I'd just really like to have any hair to work with, and be able to walk outside without a hat again. I guess I should just have patience, but it's alot harder than I thought it would be. I guess I'll just hope for the best. Thanks again <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
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Re: Hair growth after chemotherapy...please help me

Hair grows on average between 1/4" and 1/2" per month, depending on your genetics. If your Mother's hair grows fast, chances are yours will also.

 
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