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Hair Regrowth After Chemo

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#1 PrincessB


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Posted 14 November 2007 - 02:54 AM


My hair has started to grow back after my chemo, but it is pretty sparse and seems to be growing quite slowly. My friend who had breast cancer said that she shaved that first growth a couple of times and then after that it grew back properly like normal hair.

So, should I shave it? What are your experiences? Thanks.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 07:12 AM

Hi Princess (love that name - we should all be a princess) :)

I don't have any experience with this personally, but as a nurse I've seen it many times, and have often wondered what I would do. I think what I would do is just what your friend suggested. I would shave it at least once, maybe twice, and in the mean time wear all those very cute, and flattering wigs that are available these days!
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:22 AM

Hi Princess,
I never lost all of my hair so I wasn't faced with this situation. I did however loose a lot of my hair but it seemed to fall out rather evenly so I had my hair dresser give me a boys regular and it was easy to maintain. I would shave it.... I always said to myself that if my hair was patchy I would shave it because I never wanted to look sick. That is just my two cents.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 05:29 AM

I am sorry you are having hair issues.
My husband went through chemo and he shaved his head at the first signs of it falling out, and it grew back totally normal!!!
I hope you are feeling well.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 10:02 AM

Hi Princess,

Shaving the head sounds like a good idea. If the wigs are itchy, which they were for my bro's girlfriend... really cute scarves, caps and hats are usually available at
the chemo unit at the hospital... she did, anyway!

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:27 PM

Hi Princess,

Me? I would shave it. I have always wanted to see what I looked like bald and see what it feels like too. But I think I would also get a wig or those cute scarves to go out in public. I'm not that brave with my self-esteem!