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Lorikat
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How many lost their hair? At what stage of chemo and/or radiation were you? Not worried about losing hair, it will just give me a chance to try a lot of short hairstyles."....just curious, starting 3rd week of chemo Monday......

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mp327
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My hair started coming out on day 21. It came out in patches all over my scalp, but I didn't lose all of my hair--I'd say perhaps 1/3 to 1/2.

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Lorikat
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Thanks......hmmmmm...wonder how iwill look with spiky hair? Every day is an experience"..

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sandysp
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I asked my stylist to cut my hair so short that you wouldn't be able to tell what was old and what was new. It's grown out a lot now and is really thick already. He did a great job with the goal being to not have any hair the same length. I have never gotten so many compliments from absolute strangers for my hair cut as it has grown out. It was great not to have to worry about my hair. It was depressing when it started thinning and it was long and sticking to my fingers and face. Getting a short hair cut was empowering. Go for it, is what I say. This picture was taken the first day of the cut.

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Lorikat
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Love the hair cut... Soon as I find a shop I am having mine cut short just for ease of maintenance. Just losing a tiny amount for now....

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z
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My hair started coming out about week 3 of tx. It got very thin, and I didn't use a wig and just styled it as best I could. It was obvious that something was wrong with it, but I just didn't care.

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RoseC
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My hair thinned out after the first chemo treatment - not enough to have to do anything about it. Didn't lose any more during the duration of the radiation/chemo.

mxperry220
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Joined: Mar 2011

I had no hair loss.

Angela_K
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Joined: Jan 2011

Lost more than I thought I would. Had I not had a thick headfull to begin with, I would have ended up bald. Like most, started losing mine the third week. Came out significantly for about two weeks til I had about 1/2 of what I started out with. Stopped coming out until another couple of weeks after the final week of treatment(chemo.) Then I lost another quarter.

It started growing back quickly. Got a close-cropped pixie to get all of the remaining chemo hair off and now it's about 4" long, super thick again and curly (wavy before.) Wash and go. Love it.

As you can see, hair loss varies greatly. Keep us updated on what happens with you!!

Angela

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BeaRose
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Lost about 1/2 of my short grey straight hair that came back in darker and curly. I was prepared to shave it off as it was close to Halloween and I was going to costume as Avitar and paint a blue arrow on my head. As we all know if you don't laugh you will cry.

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Lorikat
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No kidding...I laugh at the goofiest things! Keeps me going...as does this site!

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z810840b
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I have thick hair..After chemo..it thinned a little...texture was awful too.But no one even noticed..My oncologist said I wouldn't loose my hair..and he was right...Hugs..alyse

shirlann54
Posts: 161
Joined: Aug 2011

My hair thinned out after the frist chemo not much .That was it .I was lucky

lil lady
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Joined: May 2009

Started to lose my hair about 2 weeks into treatment it got so thin that I just had the rest of it buzzed off. My hair was so thin that I could not do anything with it.

AZANNIE
Posts: 372
Joined: Mar 2011

I didn't lose my hair (on my head). It just started thinning about the 3rd week of chemo. I've been using nioxin shampoo and conditioner and my hair seems to be getting thicker, but maybe it would have gotten thicker anyway. I'm 3 months post treatment.

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Lorikat
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Joined: Jul 2011

Love the "on my head" comment. My daughter says lucky me if I was going to lose hair......that is the way to lose it!

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nancy4
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Joined: Oct 2011

Hi All,
I am going into my 6th week of treatment.....my hair come out in my brush...not too much ,I may get lucky!!! I bought a wig just in case , my sister had breast cancer 2xs and her hair fell out in large clumps. Maybe our treatment as brutal as it is will leave the hair alone...........axcept downstairs....
love ,stength to all!!

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z810840b
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Downstairs...gone Upstairs...no problem ...You 've got to have a sense of humor..LOL

AZANNIE
Posts: 372
Joined: Mar 2011

Yes, humor is helpful. I got a Brazilian and didn't even ask for it, but alas, the hair is sprouting again...

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