Hope I keep my curls! And as you say, anything but a wig! I LOVE my hair now. And as Diddly says, so easy in the mornings
Sleep tight all
I had 3 x FEC followed by 3 x Taxotere. My hair which was always blonde. ( people used to say how young I looked at 44 because didn't have a grey hair in sight.) It's come back grey and curly. I love the curls but not too sure about the grey and am hoping my blonde hair comes back. Everybody says they prefer my hair short as well, so I might keep it short. It's so easy in the mornings...
Hi ladies, sorry to disappoint those of you only just coming to terms with your newfound curliness, but I finished chemo over 3 years ago and STILL have curly hair. Lucky for me I llove it and as some other ladies have said, its in better nick than ever was pre treatment. I used to have very bushy thick and coarse short-cropped hair that I couldn't grow because it looked so bad, now I have long curly dark hair past my shoulders. Its one of the very few gifts BC has given me, so I spend a fortune on shampoos and conditioners these days, and... well could talk about it for hours! I think too once you've had the trauma of losing your hair, it does change how you feel about it. Anything but a wig!
I had FEC and my hair came back a mixture of silver and grey. I had some grey before but nothing like this. I now have it dyed blondish with a hint of red. I had lovely red hair before but think that the blonde doesn't show the grey regrowth as much as red would do. Grey really didn't suit my colouring. My hair is still really curly and I don't like it, I spend ages trying to tame it and then if it rains or I go swimming, I have a mass of tight curls again! I have had it cut 3 times so far and no sign of the curls disappearing.
I had fec and my hair is growing back absolutely white. I can't believe it. No colour in it at all as if it is bleached.
Hi al , glad to hear some of you did lose the chemo curl (those that wanted to anyway !) everyone says I look good but I'm not so sure. I wear a headband to keep the boinginess ? at bay as its shooting upwards and outwards and I feel a bit masculine . Its mousey grey though ( i am 42) and would love to go blonde t am not going to ruin my new hair with peroxide.
I had tax and mine didn't come back grey at all. Mine was dark blonde when it went and is much the same now (I'm 56 by the way). Hadn't ever coloured it at all and not going to start now!. It is curly though whereas it was dead straight so I will have to wait and see if the curls grow out eventually.
Hi Seabird - glad to hear you are still mousy ! it's was just a theory I had and did wonder if it was true ! I didn't know whether to dye mine but people kept saying it wasn't me. They also say that they like my short curly hair and that it's trendy but like you I don't want it short !!
Liz - you ask a couple of times about people who had taxotere and whether everyone came back grey. I'm 48, and had FEC then Taxotere, and my 1 inch hair is so far mousy, with just one or two grey hairs in it. Was "blonde" for years, and wondering whether to dye it again, but it seems a cruel thing to do to new hair! I'm being told that I look very trendy, which is not be at all me really (I had a bob with a fringe) - but might well stay short now - it's certainly easy!
Thank you all for your stories! Goes some way to making me feel better about the curls - I just feel they have aged me - wrinkly face plus wrinkly hair, oh no!
I did have taxotere after 3 lots of fec - lost my hair on the fec and it only started to come back when when all the chemo was over. I was going grey before so I can cope with that - or colour it - don't dare try that yet. Can't blame the grey on tax.
Not sure cutting would help much - it seems to curl from the roots.
I have to say short hair is very easy and cool when it's hot but .....!!
i finished 6 FECand rads end of nov 2007. i thought my hair would never grow back... but it has. It s a very short style. I had my first cut a few weeks ago. hairdresser did a good job, but of course i want my 'old' hair back. it is almost like if my old hair is back nice and long then everythin will be ok.
hair is very wavy and straighters do not seem to help (alhought they are weak ones) i do not want to get into the habit of straightening and have lots of split ends.
I am trying to enjoy mt 'new' hair and looking forward to experiemnting with all the new styles. Hair is healthy and has come back my natural color, a few strands of grey (i only 27!) but they were there before.
Everyone keeps telling me how much my hair suits me and how gorgeous i look. I still wear my wig which is just like my hair before BC.
I find when i at home i try to style and play around with it. What gives me hope i my lovely mum had BC 3 years ago and her hair is now shoulder lenght and in very good condition. She has had a few haircuts in this time.
My hairdresser said just to keep having it trimmed and she is cutting into the top so it won't grow big and out. I'm sure you know what I mean. I feel like Mrs Slaphead - but everybody says the look suits me but as my face is dropping south I don't think I do suit it and will be thankful when its straight. I don't relish the thought of having to colour it every few weeks from now on. I only had grey around the temples before. It's not fair !!!! As I said before I am sure it's the tax but would love to hear from anybody who has had tax and it's come back their own colour, anything but grey !!!!!
I had Tax and it came back as grey as blimmin dust and I have a head full of horrible curls! It's not getting any straighter since finishing chemo on 1st November. I know I thought I'd never moan about my hair again so long as I HAD hair, but I so hate and loathe the way I look now...! I have had it coloured but I still look like a middle-aged lady with a frizzy perm. (I am a middle-aged lady - but I don't want to look it, lol)!
I don't think we lose any hairs for a while...I googled and read that the life cycle of a human head hair is between 4 and 7 years, so no having to pull hair out of the plughole for a while then! Perhaps that's why post-chemo hair seems so thick?
I tried Brewers Yeast but got awful headaches which I put down to that. Hair coming along now and growing quite quickly. I keep looking at it and I am sure I can see dark strands of hair or is that wishful thinking hoping the grey will disappear as well as the curls !!!
I had tax and my hair came back grey - but then again it was grey before so no surprise really LOL
I always wanted curly hair and was happy when I developed lovely waves when my hair came back. Alas they only lasted as long as a couple of trims. My hair quickly reverted back to almost how it had been. I say almost because the texture had changed but otherwise not much difference.
However ,I know lots of women with cancer and some have had their curls stay after a couple of years (and some have been unhappy about this) so its a bit of a lottery and not much you can do about it.
Someone on this site(Pineapple?) had to wait a long time before her hair came back at all and put its eventual reappearance down to taking Brewers yeast. Maybe worth considering?
Just a query - I had taxotere and the ladies I am aware of who have had taxt their hair came back grey. Has anybody noticed this? or has yours come back grey even though you didn't have Tax.
I spent a lot of money on perms over the years - now I want straight hair !!
When my hair started growing back at the beginning of the year, I had a mop of curls, especially on the top... I'd had poker straight hair before. I decided that I didn't want to colour it any more, so have let Mother Nature take her course and it's now silvery grey (maybe a bit young for that look, at 45 yrs, but I actually like it!) Anyway, after a couple of trims, I got my hairdresser to chop into it more and now it's settled with a bit of a wave, but not the curls... I didn't want it to look "mumsy"!!! It's got a lot more body to it than it had ever had before... AND, I don't seem to have lost a single hair so far... you know how there are usually a few hairs in your brushes... well, I've had absolutely NONE... not a single one, since my hair started growing back... weird, eh?!
I had chemo ten years ago and had lovely curls but they went when I had my hair cut. However my hair has been a lots thicker with more body ever since.
I had chemo again last year and now have the lovely curls again but much lighter brown than my hair was but not so many white highlights. Or are they just hidden in the curls.
My Shirley Temple chemo curls were throughout my hair as I had worn the cold cap and had not lost it completely. They took aout a year to go.
My hair came back with frizzy chemo curls and can't wait for it to grow out and be straight again - so I hope it does. Came back totally grey and was brown before - so coloured it. Took the hairdresser a couple of goes as first try it was gingery blonde !!
HATED my frizzy chemo curls too. Mine eventually came back the same as before, but I had to have quite a few cuts to get rid of the chemo curls. Having a hairdresser in the family helped...
Oh I LOVE my curls after all those years of dead straight. Hope they stay! No grey either at 56! Yippee! Any hair is brilliant right now.
Love to all
Lucky you Jameva - I am so envious - (mine was just as you describe yours and then reverted back to type) - I found it easy to manage tho' - it just wanted to stand up on it's own and I let it.
As far as I can remember (it's nearly 4 years ago now), I think the "chemo curls" took about 6-9 months to disappear. I kept having a trim every few weeks and I think this helped. In fact, my hair is in good shape now without a sign of any grey (I'm 57). It's thick, shiny and in good condition - in fact, a new head of hair is my silver lining at the end of the cloud that is bc!
Hope all goes well for you.
Hi, I finished my second lot of chemo 18 months ago and my hair is still curly and wild, it grows upwards and outwards therefore i have to keep it very short. I had straight hair before chemo and i dont know how to handle this curly mass
I don't think it lasts.
I've always had wavy hair and mine came back X-tra curly. I loved it - and then it faded away, quite quickly, after a few months and went back to normal!
Hi - i don't know what mine will look like - apart from grey - because it is still GI jane but maybe us silver haired ladies will be joining the ranks of yoof and using hair straighteners??
It is weird tho when u first notice the fluff starting - at the beginning it was OOH!!!! It is less of a novelty now!!
I know I should just be glad my hair has returned as per schedule but am having real trouble coping with the curls. Hair was always straight before and curly hair just does not suit me. Nor do I know how to deal with it now it's getting longer. I realise this change can happen but is it likely to be permanent? Can live with the grey, it's just the curls! I hate the way I look.