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Post-chemo: Will my hair be the same?

If you had to undergo chemotherapy treatments and lost your hair in the process, you may be excited to get your tresses back once the chemo is complete. It is important to note that it can take six months to a year before your hair is back to what it was, and there are some important things to keep in mind while it starts to grow back.

What to expect right off the bat
After about two weeks since your last chemotherapy, you should expect some hair to grow back, but it will likely not be the tresses you remember. There could be a change to texture and pigmentation, and it may feel almost fragile. In some cases, the best word to describe it is “fuzzy.” Embrace the fuzz for now – your hair will look like itself in no time.

Wash gently
You should be careful when you start shampooing and conditioning your hair. Stick with shampoo for damaged or dry hair, and only use it twice a week. When it comes to conditioner, opt for one formulated for thin or fine hair. While in the shower, massage your scalp gently to get rid of any dead skin cells.

Do not towel dry or blow dry
Rubbing vigorously or blow drying your newly growing hair can damage the healthy tresses. If you do need to use a blow dryer, try to wait until your hair is barely damp to do so.

Keep away from hair dye or other chemical processes
Until your hair really grows out, it is advisable to stay away from hair dye, perms or other types of chemical processing.

Get a trim
Even though you likely do not want to part with any centimeter of hair on your head, it will benefit you in the long run. By getting a trim, you are getting rid of the fuzzy or fragile ends, and making for a healthier head of hair.

Style as little as possible
After chemotherapy, your scalp will be tender. Do not use heated styling tools like a straightener or curling iron and keep brushing and combing to a minimum. If you need to use some product, only use it every so often until your hair is back to its old ways.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing