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Regrowing Hair After Chemo
Have patience: Many types of chemo disrupt hair growth and cause the hair to fall out. New hair will start to grow when it gets a chance. First you have to be over chemo, and then your bodily metabolism has to restart the hair growth. Generally you will see a start about 4 weeks after chemo is over but it may take up to 6 months to get a decent crop. This may vary a little with chemo type so ask your onc. ...Read more
After 3-4 weeks: Not all chemo drugs cause hair loss. Some will cause partial, others can cause complete hair loss. It is not seen for the first 3-4 weeks. So the first chemo cycle comes free. Then you start thinning your hair with each cycle of chemotherapy and may be bald in 2-3 months. Some patients prefer to trim their hair, so it is easier to manage when they fall all over your dress and bedding. ...Read more
How long after hair starts growing back after chemo should I trim for the first time and how long should I wait to blow dry or use styling products?
Naturally: The person who had full hair prior to the chemo will most likely get back all of their hair. ...Read more
A few months: Hair can take a few months to fully return after chemo. Two to four months to look like a decent amount of hair, sometimes longer. It takes longer than if someone not taking chemo just shaved their head. Less hair means a cooler head in the summertime! hang in there and good luck. ...Read more
Within few months: After the last course of the chemo, hair buds start growing but may take few months to fully appear. ...Read more
Hair regrowth: Good question. Not sure but often I see softer, finer and even curly hair return in a patient whose chemo induced total hair loss (alopecia). Perhaps the chemo effect resets the hair follicles and the growth that occurs is from a more juvenile set of hair stem cells. But basically, almost all patients have different hair quality after chemo, and most like it better than the hair they had. ? ...Read more
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