Growing Hair After Chemotherapy And Hair Loss

Discussion in 'Hair Loss' started by brenda55, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. brenda55

    brenda55 New Member

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    Hi
    I just finished chemotherapy for my ovarian cancer dx stage 3b. I am shampooing with baby shampoo. My hair has started to grow out and it is straight.I will not be using any chemicals or wild concoctions, I just want to grow my hair out naturally.
     
  2. MoniintheMiddle

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    Hello!! I wanted to say congrats on completing the chemo and happy growing!!!
     
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    Hi Brenda! :wave: I am so happy to hear that you are doing well and finishing up what I know was an ordeal.

    You are like me, I don't get into the wild growth concoctions, I just want healthy regular growth.

    My suggestions would be to use aloe vera and rosemary EO those are two natural things that I stand by and use faithfully. Do your homework on using essential oils because they are very potent. I learned a lot about them doing internet searches and narrowed it down to the oils that would be useful to me. And of course let you MD in on what you are doing.

    Happy Hair Growing!
     
  4. infojunkie

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    Hi Brenda55,

    So glad to hear you're out of chemo and on your way. Just like a master artist you have an opportunity to work with a fresh slate and create a masterpiece.

    Take your time and grow your hair natural and healthy, you'll be glad you did.

    Also in addition to aloe vera and eo's, have you considered ayurveda? There are tons of threads on the subject and that stuff is as natural as they come.

    I wish you continued health and happy hair growing.
     
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    My mom is growing her hair back after chemo as well. She is doing the k.i.s.s method and it is working for her. No poo, cowash daily, air dry and go. Good luck to you and happy hair growing.:yep:
     
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    peep Bargello's Regimen. Do a web search and you find a host of vitamins that helped her nurse her hair back to health.
     
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    I'm glad that you are on the grow! How wonderful!:yep:

    Two cautions: Rosemary essential oil is dangerous to those with high blood pressure. :ohwell:

    Also, some baby shampoos contain SLS (Sodium Laryl (sp?) and/or laureth Sulfate). Your scalp and hair would benefit from an all natural non-SLS shampoo during this delicate time.

    I've reviews for such poos in my drugstore album (See my fotki link in my signature below) and I know the ladies here at LHCF will have many wonderful suggestions as well!

    Happy Hair Growing! :grin:
     
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    I just want to encourage you and say that I am happy you have come through your chemotherapy. I would say proper nutrition and vits are helpful. I agree w/keeping it simple. Wash (w/or w/o poo), I would recommend staying away from SLS, DCing and moisturizing.
     
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    I don't know if you would consider it a "wild concoction", but the Mega-Tek Rejuvenator (black bottle pink writing) was especially marketed to chemotherapy patients. You can get it on ebay from a seller named Greg...
     
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    just chiming in to give a very heartfelt congrats on finishing your chemo! :dance7:
     
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    I would like to join the ladies here in offering you congradulations and encouragement as you continue on your road to recovery!! There is a huge wealth of information to gleen from here to use to develop a re-growth plan just right for you.

    Huge Blessings to you!
     
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    Congrats on getting thru your chemo treatments.
    We lend you all the support in the world. Let us know how you do along your journey.
     
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    Just wanted to send you some encouragement and good luck!:grin:
     
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    Congratulations on completing your chemotherapy and good luck with growing out your hair again.
     
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    Or you can try the Mega-tek Rebuilder. It has worked for chemotherapy patients,also:grin: Good look on your journey and GOD BLESS!:grin: Please keep us posted on how things are going:grin:
     
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    Howdy Brenda!

    Im glad you are Doing Great after your recovery of chemo and i wish you the best of luck on your hair growing Journey!!!
     
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    I am happy to hear that your hair is growing back. I hope that everything was such a success and I wish you the best.
     
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    Many blessings to you! You are a blessing!
     
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    Congratulations on completion your chemotherapy treatment, I think Mega Tek would be good, also taking Royal Jelly 500 mg, also would help also. God Bless you!
     
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    Well first of all CONGRATS for finishing your Chemo!! :) My aunt had stage 3 breast cancer and had to do chemo. It was really tough for her....so congrats again and I wish you well in your continued recovery! Ok so onto the hair. My aunt's hair grew back at first like 3cish. After about 2-3 months it went back to her normal 4b as it was growing out. I know that she has choosen not to put chemicals in her hair anymore. She's just using braids and twist extensions to grow out her hair. it let's her rest, and her hair too. I would just say that if you go the extension route, be sure you read up on proper care, and don't let the braider/twister do them too tight especially round your edges in the front/back.
     
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    Congrats Brenda and welcome. You don't have to use baby shampoo unless you really want to. There are some organic shampoos that work just as well without any SLS dyes or any funky chemicals.

    I've had to do chemo 2 times 4 years apart. The first time was the harshest, 2nd time wasn't as bad, I didn't lose all my hair thankfully.

    However, both times when my hair grew out after chemo the first time it was NOT its normal texture. It was like that for about a year. I'm normally a 4 something and this was like a very loose 3. Believe me, if you've had any type of curly hair, in time it will change back.:yep:

    About the only thing I noticed was how fragile my was even though it was natural. I would do a basic wash and condition and thats it as it was quite thin coming back that first time. All I can say is wait until you know exactly what your hair and scalp will react to something.

    I was told by my doc to not relax for at least a year. Not sure why that is, but I paid attention and let my hair do whatever it wanted naturally. SO anything harsh wouldn't be a good idea to do.

    Good luck to you and I'm sure you're going to look forward to your first birthday.

    -A
     
  22. envybeauty

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    Congrats!!!!!!!!

    Baby shampoo may not be as delicate as you think. Some baby poos are harsher than adult poos because they were created to remove cradle cap. I know that I just bought a big ole bottle of Giovanni direct organic poo from Costco for like $6. It does not have sulfates. I like the poo and I *love* their leave in conditioner. Whole Foods has the leave in conditioner.
     
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    Congratulations on completing you chemo. What a blessing. My daughter completed her radiation and chemo treatments in 2004. She lost all of her hair. Since then, it has grown back to MBL. All I did was treat her hair very gently: shampooed with very diluted castile soap and conditioned with olive oil (that had been prayed over by our pastor). As her hair was growing back she wore satin headbands. When her hair was long enough, I did finger coils and twists.

    We have chosen not to put chemicals in her hair. I did not use any growth aids on her hair, because we had been through enough trauma and we were afraid to try anything that was not natural.

    Now that she is 16, I flat iron her hair periodically.

    I pray that you find what is best for you. God bless you.
     
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    This post just struck something in my whole soul

    I wont bother to put into words. But I have faced a lot myself . possible breast cancer just two years ago and the loss of my best friend to breast cancer around the same time, and you know what, this post is just another wake up call that life is too damn short and precious to even partake in or let even half the hate and bull that goes on around here at times, have any effect on one's heart or soul! ugh


    Thank you for the reminder! I thank God that you made it through this battle and pray he continues to bless you! :bighug:
     
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    May God continue to bless you. remember he is still the same today as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow.

    love you sis
     
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    Hi Brenda,

    I just wanted to wish you health and to say I'm glad you're finished with chemo. Enjoy growing your hair out. :)
     
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    God bless you. I'm sure you'll grow a pretty head of hair in. My cousin went through the same thing not long ago. She truly embraced the short hair look after years of arm pit length hair. Her hair grew in baby soft. She found some really cute and stylish hats for the winter months.
     
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    Chicoro From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!

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    Hi Brenda55!

     
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    Congratulations on completing chemo and good luck on your hair journey.
     
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    I'm just seeing this post and I wanted to reply because I am so happy for you and I understand. Almost 2 years ago I had a bone marrow transplant for lymphoma cancer. I'd never had silky hair and it literally scared me when my hair grew back straight. It's back to normal now, just thicker. The biggest mistake I made though was starting to relax my hair again. But as it grew in I and my husband absolutely loved that sassy short hair look. I'm trying to see how long I can grow it now.
     

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