Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hair Growth Progression after Chemo- Six Months with UPDATE!

It's hard to believe that it's been six months since my last chemotherapy.  I DO NOT MISS IT!  And one of the things I've been anxiously awaiting is the regrowth of my hair.  Alright, I didn't miss shaving my legs, but I did miss the hair on my head.

When I stopped chemo, my first question was, how long does my hair take to grow in again?  And luckily, there are a couple women out there kind enough to post hair growth.  I want to add to their journeys as well.

About a month ago, I started taking several hair supplements that also kill cancer, like Biotin, Gotu Kola, and MSM.  Since doing so, my hair growth, shine and texture have increased exponentially. My hair grew an inch just in the past month.  If it keeps up, I'll have my long hair back in no time.  I wish I had started those sooner.  But we can't change the past.  So here, after six months, this is my hair growth progression.... side note: Week 14 is missing because of surgery.


 
























This was also the first time I dyed it
















I honestly had no idea I held such a resemblance to Rob Schneider




UPDATE JULY 2016:

My last chemotherapy treatment was January 2014.  I've worked desperately to grow my hair as fast as possible since.  You can see what supplements I take HERE.  I haven't had a single haircut, and I've had great success with keeping split ends at bay by hydrating my hair with Shea Moisture products.  It's now been two years and seven months, and you can see how much my hair has grown!!  It's healthier and stronger now than it's ever been in my life!  Don't lose hope, it will grow!



19 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing! I finished chemo 3 weeks ago and I am patiently waiting (not) to see some growth. ;)

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  2. Thank you so much for posting these photos.... it's an excellent time line. My hair looks a lot like yours in the early stages as I've only just finished chemo two weeks ago. Now I have a much better idea what to expect. I'm most grateful for the time you've put into this ;-)

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  3. Thank you so much for the time you've put in to taking these pics, it's a really excellent record of what to expect in the coming months. My hair looks a lot like yours in the early days (I've only just finished chemo two weeks ago) so gives me a great idea of how long this process will take. Very much appreciated!!! And best wishes on your journey ;-)

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  4. You hair changed color by itself? It looks like gray first.

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  5. Thanks for putting these pics up.You look great. I have 2 more weeks of chemo. I have tiny white hair on my heard now, and I don't know if it will come in grey or tow head blond like when I was a baby. I did not have grey hair before chemo. Did you? Does the color change?

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  6. WOW! Loved these pictures you posted and all the time it took to post these! I am 10 months post chemo! My last chemo was March 23, 2015. I was stage 4 lymphoma. This was the most necessary journey that God wanted me to be on. My hair looked like it was going to be really gray all over, but the very dark brown (almost black) has over powered the peach fuzzy, gray. I do have some gray, but not like it appeared when it was first growing out. I also had very stick straight hair. No body at all! Wow! What a blessing I was given! I have beautiful curly hair. I'm a little disappointed that the Top is not growing faster. I've had two shape up trims around the sides and back to even it out. Top of my head has not been cut yet. One other thing for the readers, the peach fuzz on my face has grown so thick and fast...that I am now shaving my face! Aaaack! I lost my two big toe nails, 3 fingernails too. I was blessed to have such a nice shaped head...and I was able to rock that bald head. I was never ashamed to not wear a hat and to wear a wig? Oh my gosh! The wigs itched my head so bad...I couldn't stand it. So cute baseball hats were a big part of my attire in the cold months. I wore my bald head very proudly...as I was a warrior with God on my side to kick that cancer out of me! Ladies, remember this, God put each of us on a journey, and with faith... we are the "WINNERS"! No matter the result of our fate, we will always be the "WINNERS"! Chemo truly aged my skin, but I don't care! I'm alive and am here to write my testimony! Thank you Jesus for this journey, and my prayer for all those who are reading this, trust in God and thank him for every new chapter of your life. C-Christ H-Heals E-every M-mean O-organism and in time our bodies will heal from the toxic drugs that killed every living cell in our body! Sorry for rambling! Prayers to everyone going through their journey! Cathi Cryan

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    1. Cathi, God bless you for your testimony! I had my last agressive chemo for Lymphoma on Jan. 9th of this year and results from PET scan and genetic test revealed Lymphoma is gone. I am praising God for trusting Him for my healing. I had a hard time with my hair loss but I always felt a peace. Thank you for sharing your testimony, it touched my heart.

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  7. Thank you soo much for posting these pictures. I'm 4 weeks post chemo and my hair is the same as yours was in the early stages. I found losing my hair the worst part of having chemo. You have made me feel more hopeful and positive. Thank you. Best wishes. Dawn

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  8. This is beautiful! My four year old was diagnosed with leukaemia and finished the intense bit of her chemo in October. She was so bald by the end of it that I used to secretly wonder if it would ever grow back. Thankfully it has and it's following a very similar pattern to yours! Xxx

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  9. Wow, I just finished chemo August 2015, I now have 6 inches of hair. I grow on average about an 1 inch a month. I started taking hair vitamins in January 2016 I was scared at first because I thought it would interfere with my tamoxifen. before the vitamins I was only getting a half inch a month. The other thing that the hair vitamins did was take away all that joint pain neuropathy, I was having some days I could barely walk but I haven't had an episode since. great to know that Biotin and MSM kills cancer. I take hair vitamins called Research verified and after 3 months I'm going to switch to hairfinity to see which one works best.

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    1. Hi can I ask what is the hair vitamins called and where can I get them as I finished my chemo October last year and suffer painfull joints so I would like to try them.

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    2. I have neuropathy very bad what vitamins helped you? I was Diagnosed November 2015 breast cancer, finished chemotherapy april 21st 2016.

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    3. try bcomplex 100 . alongwith vitamin d calcium magnesium and pray. claim healing for yourself

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  10. I finished chemo on march 24, 2016 and your pictures really helped me get an idea of how long things might take. My hair is starting to grow much quicker now and I have some good peach fuzz going. I had large grade B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and it was only in my stomach so I was basically cured after my second round of chemo but had to do all six rounds. My hair started falling out right after the second round so I shaved it off Christmas morning. I had poker straight hair and I'm kind a looking forward to the possibility of some curls !

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  11. Amazing! Woowwww! You really are AnnCredible! You have fought and defeated cancer and regaining you hair at the same time is something that an ordinary person can do. I just thought if you had tried for a natural hair growth treatment. They are effective too.

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  12. I just commented on your supplement page but it still applies (:

    ~Mia Marie~ Xo

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  13. Thank you all for the posting of good information. I have been done with TCH chemo since April 2016, radiation, and one more treatment of Herceptin in Dec. 2016 for HER2+ breast cancer. I am clear of the cancer, praise GOD! But my hair growth is only been 1.5in and not thick with thinning on the top of my head. I also have been taking Armidex since July 2016. My question is if anyone knows how to help with this, supplements, topical, I am very disappointing and upset by it. Even though it should be a minor issue compared to being cancer free which I am very thankful, but would like to grow some hair. I admire women who can sport a bald head or lack of hair. I am a young 63 yr old and do not want to draw attention or make anyone else uncomfortable. I want to appear to be normal again even though a person never is the same afterwards. Any suggestions are greatly welcomed. Thanks again Anncredible ...you truly are!!

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  14. Thanks so much for this! I'm in the week 10 part of hair regrowth, and your pictures are a big help. My hair actually looks a lot like yours, started blond, grew in white and brown and although I'm black and my normal hair is natural black tightly curled hair, right now, my hair is really fine and straight and I'm a bit worried that I'll look like Dennis the Menace by the end of spring :) I'm stage 4 breast cancer, so the chance of being back in chemo in another couple of years is very possible, but I'm hoping to enjoy having some hair as much as I can while it is back.

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