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rene9
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Hi all, my oncologist told me to keep my head uncovered while at home. She said others insist this helped with hair growth. I also had to pick up a bottle of biotin...we'll see!

rene9

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Ritzy
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Good luck Rene with your hair! Keep us updated!

Sue :)

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Emilyfimily
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Hey I've been doing that, too, and I have "new growth" uptop at 4 weeks post last chemo treatment! It's sparse, but I'm sprouting! Arkansasgirl (?) ...can't remember her screen name exactly now... suggested tea tree oil shampoo. I got some at Wal-Mart and have been using it as well. I'm getting a little fuzzy, so something's working! :D

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Hi Emilyfimily

How you been? Glad to hear your hair is coming back in. I've already had 2 hair cuts this
year. My hair has always been curly but I've always kept it short and straight as possible.
Well it's coming back in almost straight and I'm loving it.

God Bless You
ARKANSASGIRL

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Emilyfimily
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Hi! I'm doing great, thanks! Oh, wow, I hope mine comes back straight - I've always had curly hair too. So far it's hard to tell - I'd say it's going to be wavy if it keeps up what it's doing. Fine with me! That tea tree shampoo is the *stuff*. My hair's still sparse and spread out - especially on top - but what's growing is growing fast now, and I'm just barely starting to see little fine ones coming out where it's sparse. :)

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putzie
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Hi Emily...I am just past my 4th treatment and have 2 left. I have a bit of peach fuzz going and am looking forward to my last treatment where I will start to have consistent growth. I, too, have always had very curly hair and am hoping that mine will come in straight....hey, a girl can wish!!! I am also going to try the tea tree products. Just wanted to say...I love your picture!!! Good luck and god bless!!!

Jennifer1961
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HI, just wanted to say that tea tree oil shampoo can be really strong, so if you have sensitive skin, you probably want to stay away from it (itchy, itchy!)

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pinkkari09
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I take Biotin, I'm almost four months out from chemo and I have a good head of hair going. I tried to keep it covered with only lightweight stuff when I was at home. Happy Hair Growing
Kari

rene9
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Okay so I'll stick with the Biotin and see what happens. For wash/condition I use Shea Moisture on my scalp. I said I was just going to use good healthy products with my new hair!

rene9

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MAJW
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I finished chemo last Aug.......my hair is now 3-3 1/2 inches long..MUCH longer than I normally wear it but can't bear the thought of sissors being taken to it....I ditched the wig and all scarves the beginning of Jan....for the New Year! But it was like Christmas every day watching my "new hair" grow back......Every day I had my husband do a "hair check"....we both got a kick out of watching it.......then the BIG surprise.......the top and sides came in SILVER and the back, my natural dark brown.....and the longer it got, the curlier it became.....I got rid of the silver, never had that before, and now I have a HEADFUL of not just curls, but ringlets! Tight ringlets......It's comical but ever so easy......wash, fluff and go! Easiest hair "do" I have ever had........I call myself carrot top!

Enjoy your "new hair!"

webbwife50
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Me Too!!! I have about 3" ringlet all over my head. My husbands shop guys all thought it wasn't my real hair. Sometimes when I am out I'll feel someone touch the back of my head, it's a trip!

waffle8
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Was wondering when does it start to grow back? I am day 14 after first chemo and it is starting to shed.....Just like all you smart pink ladies said.....The wigs are on stand-by..

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greyhoundluvr
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I am a little ahead of you - I am going for #5 out of 6 next week and mine actually grows back in between treatments. The weird thing is that it is only the ones coming back in white or silver and some of them are an inch long. All of my dark hair just stubbles a little bit and then falls out again. Hopefully they will all come out of hiding this quickly when I'm done:)

Chris

rene9
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It is now 3 weeks post chemo and just a little peach fuzz...waiting...waiting...waiting...

rene9

webbwife50
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For me was about 5 months before I felt like it wasn't obvious that I'd been sick.

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my last chemo was april 1 - two weeks ago i noticed my hair was finally starting to grow all over my head - it's about 1/16" long, but i found out this week i need more chemo before they can do my mastectomy so i guess it's bye-bye hair once again!!!

Christine Louise
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Phooey, I'm sorry to hear you need more chemo, Heidi! You know what to expect and that you can get through it, but I'm sure it's disappointing.

rene9
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Hi I'm sorry you have to go through chemo again. You will get through this and do fine!

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So sorry Heidi that you have to have more chemo! Sending you big hugs!

Leeza

webbwife50
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At least you know it's anxious to get growing. It is an interesting process to lose all your hair and then have it grow back in. One of the few possitives!

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arkansasgirl
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Hi Rene9

I've had 6 treatments of chemo with last one on 9/28/09. My daughter went to Sally's
and bought me some Paul Mitchell (generic) TEA TREE OIL. It has worked wonders for me.
I've already had 2 hair cuts this year. I have always had short hair and very curly but now
it's not curly at all and I'm loving it. It's a little expensive ( $6.00 a bottle) but it
was worth every dime for me. If you get some, hope it works well for you.

God Bless You
Arkansasgirl

rene9
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Hey Arkansasgirl! I also went to Sally's about 2 weeks ago and bought some Tea Tree Oil Lavender Generic! I've only been out of chemo for a little over 3 weeks, so just peach fuzz so far, but I see potential. I'll keep you informed. Thanks!

rene9:)

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Megan M
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Hey, congrats on the peach fuzz Rene! Good luck to you!

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arkansasgirl
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Hi

Good to hear even about the small stuff. I've already had 2 hair cuts this year. Really
more than that cause I trim my hair myself sometimes. But that stuff really worked for me.
More important though it's coming in STRAIGHT!!! LOL Loving every minute of it. I don't care if it gets wet anymore as long as it is not curly. When my hair was wet, it always
looked like I had 3 perms and the time and trouble I went to keep it straight. lol I've heard that things do just the opposite. I hope so!!!! Also the color was coming in a little different some gray & brown but I can tell you now it's the color it was when I
shaved it maybe a little lighter.

To all the ladies I hope to see you in the salon gettin a new do matter what it is.
The hardest part of all this for me was NO BOOBS AND NO HAIR, but that was really a
small part considering everything else we have gone through.

My motto: The cancer won the 1st battle and I won the 2nd but the war is not over for I
will not give up. As of Feb 1st I'm cancer free.

Best of luck to ya.

Arkansasgirl

rene9
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I've decided to stop taking biotin and let nature do its thing. Yeah, its only been 4 weeks post chemo and I am going blind looking for hair...I just need to be patient and look every other day right-

rene9

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What a triumph for you ArkansaGirl, rene9, your time will come, just hold on and you'll have purty hair before you know it.

Love to you both, Ronda

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My final chemo was 5/17 and I also have peach fuzz growing sparsely. I am trying to be patient but I am also looking at my head everyday hoping to see it growing in more and everyday it is like ground hogs day....always the same. I had started putting some olive oil on my head because I heard this helps also and have also been taking the biotin. I don't know if it is helping my hair but I know it is helping my nails. You just don't know if what you see is nature taking it course or if it is something you are using. My oncologist said the products are not going to work...that it will grow back on its own. I also am spending more time at home so I can take the scarf off. It just seems to make sense that it will grow faster if there is nothing on your head more often than having something on it but who knows. You just have to do what you think will help and wait on it to show up I guess. I pray for all of us that our hair returns soon because I know for me it is a big deal as far as feeling better about yourself and how you look and I am sure it is for all of you also. Hang in there....this too shall pass. God bless.
Lorrie

rene9
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I decided to stop taking biotin because one, my oncologist said the same thing and that it will grow back on its own and two, the people I've talked to personally who went through this last year or prior say it will grow back on its own. After I wash my scalp I use carrot tea tree oil. Its nice and light and has a pleasant smell to it. So, I can continue to use this as I grow my hair. Yes, we'll have to be patient...But its coming...I can feel it!

rene9

rene9
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Thx Ronda! This means a lot!

rene9

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Rene

Healthy hair grows on an average of 3/4" per month. If you are healthy, that is eat well, etc. you should see a good growth in about 3 months. Keeping your head covered does not help the growth at all. The growth is dependent on how healthy you are and what you eat. As long as the hair folicals are getting good blood circulation and nerve endings are healthy the growth will come back. If your finger nails are strong, don't split or not thin, than you are eating good. I added Salmon tabs (Omega3 faatty acids) to my daily diet which has helped in not just assisting in controlling high choloestrol but my nails, hair, and skin are better. I use the Salmon because the Omega3 is better than what is considered junk fish(mackeral, sardines). But be prepared for strange hair. Sometimes the hair comes back first like a new baby's first hair. Soft, curley or wavy, and changes over a period of time. My hair finally settled down to real straight, my reddish blonde is now a funkie grey, but I still have plenty of white, and my hair is standing up straight all over my head every morning.

I have been using the Aveda line of hair products for about a month now and wish I had been using it sooner. At least I am able to manage the Rod Stewart look easier and control it a bit more.

Scotch Freckles

rene9
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Now I must say, my finger nails are nice and healthy and were quite long, but I always keep them short. I take it biotin is ok if I don't take salmon tabs since I am seeing some results. Then, I'm using Generic tea tree oil lavender shampoo. I got it because I thought it would be very stimulating, but I don't feel any tingling. Though, I've heard its a good product. I also have Shea Moisture products which I plan to use as my product line. Although, I'll run into someone with pretty healthy hair and ask them what products they use, and especially if the products have a lot of healthy ingridients, I'm sold! But, I'll stick with one thing when I find what works best. I had fine hair brownish red. Then, I said I want to make sure I eat whatever my 11 yr old son eats because his hair grows back in less than a week when its shaved off!

rene9

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Scotch Freckles
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Hey Rene

As long as you eat well, plenty of veggies, fruit, fish, chicken, etc. your skin and hair will be good. It is what you put inside not out side. Good shampoos help remove excess oils from scalp that tend to clog hair folicals and hinder growth. Good diet helps keep blood circulating which keeps folicals healthy. Massage of scalp while shampooing is very important, good massage is great any time....Kathryn

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Balentine
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Has anyone else heard that putting a small amount of olive oil on your head helps your hair to grow?
Lorrie

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Scotch Freckles
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Lorrie,

Olive oil was thought to be a good conditioner for dry hair but only coats the hair and cloggs the hair folical which stops growth. The hair folical is coned shaped, has one blood vessel and one nerve ending to it. A hair grows from each of these folicals. The average head has thousands of folicals. A good healthy diet, genetics, and balance in minerals in your system are the secret to good healthy hair. Massage helps stimulate blood flow to each hair folical which stimulates growth. I was having problems with my hair thinning out recently and added an iodine suppliment. I have noticed a regrowth in a couple of areas that were really noticably thinning. We had discontinued using regular table salt that has iodine in it and use sea salt which has no iodine added. Could be the reason for low iodine in my diet. Keep well and healthy, your hair will be back. I really didn't think I was vane until the hair thing. Geeze

Kathryn

Mama G
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My husband called me Billy Idol! too funny.

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For me the hair was nothing nothing then all the sudden it just started... It is curly so it looks less which I dont like, besides never had curly hair in my life and dont know what to do with it. I just want ot go without the hat, but I have some recession on the top sides and it looks weird. anybody else have that?

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Scotch Freckles
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Boy I thought I couldn't have been so lucky to have gotten curly hair when mine grew back. But that didn't last long. Just towel dry your hair, take you fingers or a vent brush and lightly shape your hair in the direction you would like it to dry. Don't mess with it too much, let it dry and fluff a bit with your fingers or vent brush, spray a bit with hair spray if you would like it to stay and off you go. Eventually you will have your locks back. If I remember right it was just about a year after final chemo my hair was back, and in a full Rod Stewart free style. No hassel here.

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Scotch Freckles
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Boy I thought I couldn't have been so lucky to have gotten curly hair when mine grew back. But that didn't last long. Just towel dry your hair, take you fingers or a vent brush and lightly shape your hair in the direction you would like it to dry. Don't mess with it too much, let it dry and fluff a bit with your fingers or vent brush, spray a bit with hair spray if you would like it to stay and off you go. Eventually you will have your locks back. If I remember right it was just about a year after final chemo my hair was back, and in a full Rod Stewart free style. No hassel here.

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carkris
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I know it is strange that I wouldnt be thankful but I want it to grow over the "funny spots and if it was straight it might and I could lose the caps. thanks for the advice.

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Scotch Freckles
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Hang in there, the funny spots could be thin for a bit but should fill in, maybe slower than the rest of your hair. I have the same problem, the hair grows slower and is a bit thinner than the rest. But hey, it's better than nothing, keep smiling.

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Thanks for the advice. I will stop using the olive oil then and try to salt. I also have gotten some tea tree shampoo and hoping that will help. I know patience is the main factor I just wanted to know if there was actually something else out there to use to speed it up. I have been massaging my scalp also during shampoos.
Lorrie

rene9
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Thanks I am trying to eat better and I will definitely massage my scalp more!

rene9

rene9
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My hair was shoulder length and I hope it will grow back to that length or longer since it will be new and healthy and I know how to treat it now. But, I have seen some cute short hair cuts...Then, because I am sooooo waiting on my hair to grow, I know I won't get it cut, I'll just keep it trimmed into a style as it grows. Never knew how much hair impacted me!

rene9

rene9
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I'm 5 wks post chemo! Just waiting...waiting...waiting...I did just buy a scalp stimulating shampoo and conditioner...Hmmmmmm...it can't hurt, it has some good stuff and some stuff I don't like, but if it helps to wake up my scalp, I'll let everyone know!

rene9

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DianeBC
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I don't know what it would be like to lose ones hair, as, I didn't have chemo. It sounds like you are doing everything possible rene9 to make sure yours comes in fast and healthy. Good luck to you!

Hugs, Diane

rene9
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Thx Diane for your encouragement!

rene9

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Scotch Freckles
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Rene,

Hang in there girl, your hair will be back soon. Here is a little bit more info. As you massage your scalp, if it moves good during the message your scalp is in good shape and not tight from stress. Tight scalp hinders good circulation for good growth. Massage it good or get someone to treat you to a good scalp rub. You can spend a fortune on hair products, which won't help growth unless you are health, eat well, etc. Your hair is a living organism, just like your finger nails. When hair gets to be close to 2" in length it is no longer a living organism, doesn't receive any benefits from the folical, that is why good hair products help keep your hair looking and feeling good. If your hair previously grew slowly or quickely you can expect the same results. My hair grew quickely before chemo and continued to grow quickely after chemo.

rene9
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I love reading your posts...You give great advice and information...But, yes my hair grew fast before chemo. The tea tree shampoo and conditioner I just bought by IC feels really good. My husband used it and enjoyed it too! I think we're both going to enjoy these products-I will continue to massage too-

rene9

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Scotch Freckles
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Glad my bit of knowledge is helpful. We all gleen something from this web site. Keep us posted on your hair progress. Kathryn

rene9
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How bout my husband told me not to wash everyday. Normally if I had hair I would only wash it once a week...but I figured since I'm trying to stimulate my scalp...it won't hurt if I at least cowash evryday or every other day until I have hair growth. Anyway, I will keep posting updates and thanks again!

rene9

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Scotch Freckles
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I have washed my just about every day since I was about 13. Besides the chemo bald look I still have my hair. Kathryn

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