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I am mainly bald due to chemo. Have a wig but hate wearing it. How long does it take for hair to grow back?

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JuJu Squee­zey1317835783.92314444 PostsRegistered 4/22/2009Space Coast FL

Can't give you an exact answer but by Thanksgiving I think you will have a short cute haircut. Blessings.

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lulu21317835876.5921776 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I lost my hair due to chemo too. I only did wigs for about 2 months. I kind of liked the different hair-dos I encountered along the way.Smile

Do not be surprised if your hair is a different texture than it was before. Good luck.

raven-blac­kbird1317836034.0114833 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California

Hair grows on an average of 1/2 an inch a month...............now having said that, that's not so much the case with a chemo patient.........It's going to depend on how damaged the follicles are.................it's not the chemicals in chemo that hurts your hair it's the heat........the heat your body gives off from the chemo..............most body heat is expelled out of your head, more so than any other part of your body...............don't be surprised if it grows out another color as well as another texture............it will come back but it may be a whole new you when it does.........................raven

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ford12241317836056.663586 PostsRegistered 6/7/2010

I think it grows about a quarter of an inch a month. It varies though. My hair and nails grow out very quickly, whereas two of my daughters' hair and nails grow out much more slowly.

If you hate the wig, why not try a scarf? They are so "in" these days anyway and there are lots of nice ways to wear one on your head.

Good luck . . . hope you will be looking like your old self very soon.

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millieshops1317836264.61715528 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

First, good health to you as your hair grows back. I remember when my sister was in recovery from chemo, it was about 4 months before she had enough hair to look cute without her wig - although even then it took a compliment from a complete stranger to give her the confidence that she did look attractive.

I thought she looked better without her wig even before that time, but I certainly couldn't say anything that could convince her. Then she came to visit me in Florida and was hating the heat, agreed to go shopping without her wig "because I don't know anyone anyhow" and got that out of nowhere compliment! It was a wonderful moment for her in the many months of her illness.

traveler1317836455.4211581 PostsRegistered 12/14/2004ALASKA

I am about to start radiation. Usually I wear a hat but some family members can't deal with a bald woman.

foundinlv21317836611.985277 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010
On 10/5/2011 traveler said:

I am mainly bald due to chemo. Have a wig but hate wearing it. How long does it take for hair to grow back?

Sorry to hear (((((traveler)))))....are you wearing a wig cap underneath? Also, some wigs are made for petite size heads and maybe yours is too small. At wigs.com they give full descriptions of whether it fits a petite or average size head. The wigs there are pricey but when you subscribe to their emails they let you know of sales which are usually 20% to 25% off. They have some real beautiful ones there. I haven't worn one in ages but would not hesitate to shop there.

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raven-blac­kbird1317836985.1114833 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California

for any of you ladies about to undergo chemo.................there is something you can get, just ask your doctor...........it's called a Cool Cap...........what it basically is, is a ice pack type cap you can wear during and for a day or two after chemo that will help you keep your hair................it helps the scalp not heat up, therefor protect the hair follicles........................raven

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ford12241317837101.2373586 PostsRegistered 6/7/2010

I just bought a black felt fedora from the Q a few weeks ago. I wear it all the time, so if I were temporarily bald, I think I would just plop that on my head with perhaps a scarf under it.

If I were to go permanently bald for some reason, I would "invest" in a very high quality wig. I don't think that would qualify as a luxury, but as a necessity.

But again, temporarily, after what you must have gone through with chemo, the baldness is probably somewhat minor, I would think, because it IS going to grow back.

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JuJu Squee­zey1317837245.74314444 PostsRegistered 4/22/2009Space Coast FL
On 10/5/2011 traveler said:

I am about to start radiation. Usually I wear a hat but some family members can't deal with a bald woman.

Right now your comfort comes above all others. Maybe it's their time to get used to new ideas.

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a h ell-broth boil and bubble.
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SweetWood ­Max1317837336.3912239 PostsRegistered 9/7/2010

best of luck OP

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speedyindi­sguise1317837347.4278733 PostsRegistered 3/30/2009Atlanta, GA

Traveler - First, all the best and sending good thoughts to you. Smile

As for the hair, I agree with Millie -- about 4 months to get full coverage on top of your head. Now, if you're talking chin hairs, they will never stop growing. LOL!

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WriteLady1317837760.187491 PostsRegistered 3/17/2010
On 10/5/2011 JuJu Squeezey said:
On 10/5/2011 traveler said:

I am about to start radiation. Usually I wear a hat but some family members can't deal with a bald woman.

Right now your comfort comes above all others. Maybe it's their time to get used to new ideas.

Listen to JuJu, traveler. She's right.

That said, when I finished chemo a couple years ago, I started going "wigless" about three months aftet the last treatment. My hair was very short, curly (it's straight again) and silver-grey. I liked the look, so I have kept it, except for maybe an extra inch or so. Funny, I never would have had the nerve to go that short if it hadn't been thrust upon me, so to speak!

Also, when I was bald, I wore broad brimmed hats with scarves underneath quite a bit. Much more comfy than my wig, which really did look natural. By the way, my insurance covered mine -- Maybe yours does, too.

You'll look great whatever you decide to do!

traveler1317838060.01311581 PostsRegistered 12/14/2004ALASKA

My insurance did cover a cranial prosthetic and I got one but it does feel secure, it is hot and I wear more comfortable in my hat. Never had long hair so short is fine with me.

PpprMintPa­tty1317839196.0218839 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007Outside our Nation's Capitol
On 10/5/2011 traveler said:

I am about to start radiation. Usually I wear a hat but some family members can't deal with a bald woman.

Seems to me they'd cherish the opportunity to have that bald woman with them! You worry about what you can deal with and not anyone else. Some people need to learn to step out of their comfort zone and put others before themselves.

My gf wore a baseball cap. She hated her wig, and didn't like the scarf look. She plunked her hat on her noggin' and off we went. I was so flippin' happy to have her with me, I didn't care if she went naked.

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CLEM1317844501.7212539 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008PA
On 10/5/2011 traveler said:

I am mainly bald due to chemo. Have a wig but hate wearing it. How long does it take for hair to grow back?

I went through that and my hair started to grow about 2-3 weeks after chemo stopped.

Don't be surprised is your hair is curly for a few months.


PuppyBreath1317845091.83718676 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007Mn. Twins Fan

traveler - bet of luck and health to you! My Mom wore various colored terry turbans, as her hair grew back. Sadly, it never returned on top - just the male pattern baldness prevailed. She did have radiation to her head, so maybe that was the reason.

My aunt's hair regrew super curly, as did mine after severe anemia. 2 years later, and mine is still curly. It took mine about a year to totally fill in all over.

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ratdog1111317846017.78714924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

My mom grew a short sort of crew cut about a month after her chemo stopped. She joked with friends that they could have lunch with Gloria Swansen (turban look) or Sinead O'connor (crew cut)

hckynut1317854520.54320056 PostsRegistered 5/20/2006Nebraska

Think there are a lot of factors involved in hair growth. I know that it grows pretty fast on my face because I have to trim my beard at least 3 times a week to keep it short and neat. Now my head? Whole different story.

For you I hope it grows back faster than fast.


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Lilith_1317854815.9174722 PostsRegistered 3/10/2011

My hair grows about 4 in/year.

Don't worry, your hair will grow soon.

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beach music1317872334.10329065 PostsRegistered 4/16/2007

my mama's started to grow back after 2 months... she joked that her eye brows went away but the stray facial hairs remained.

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only shops­ online1317875377.0135669 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006

My hair grows about 1/2 inch each month, but I'm not dealing with chemo. My SIL's hair grew back very quickly after her chemo treatments, but was really curly for a while. Then it went back to "normal."

Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

rondell1317875639.16313373 PostsRegistered 12/17/2009USA

My cousin lost her hair to chemo and radiation. She says it took several months before she stopped wearing her wig. She says that her came back 100% better than it was before losing it, and likes it more than she ever did. I think that's kind of nice, since the process of getting well is so unpleasant.

Good luck, traveler. I wish the very best God has to offer!

mamaslittl­epotato1317875726.61713329 PostsRegistered 3/7/2007New Jersey

I think the average is 1/2 inch a month.

Good health to you....{#emotions_dlg.wub}



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Shorty2U1317876941.62315290 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007City girl @ heart

Bless your heart. I dont know how long it takes (I had radiation not chemo) but I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your health. I hope you have a full recovery, and that your hair grows back soon.Take care.

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