Chemotherapy & Hair

Chemotherapy & Hair

January 10, 2011, 1:13 pm

Not all chemotherapies cause loss of hair. My did.

I shaved off my hair as soon as the first strays of hair fell off. My hair grew a little during the periods between the chemotherapy treatments, which were given with three to four weeks cycles. I chose to continue shaving off my hair between the treatments as I preferred the clean look.

My chemotherapy changed the structure and the colour of my hair completely. It is therefore useful to be prepared for the changes. I went from straight hair to very curly and the colour became much darker. The adjustment was huge and it took a long time for me to learn how to handle my new hair. The new hair was thick and grew with normal speed. However, because the hair became so curly, it took one and a half years to grow it into a medium-long hairstyle. And the quality was questionable. Unfortunately, by that time I had to start with another chemotherapy treatment and my hair went off once again. Below are pictures of my hair and how it changed and grew.

4 months ago I ended my second chemotherapy which I received between June 2009 and July 2010. I plan to document the progress in another article.

March 2007 – before my chemos

December 2007

August 2008

April 2009

April 2009 – 1st visit at the hairdresser, 14 months after the chemo

June 2009

September 2009 – 1,5 years after chemo

November 2009 – the hair is off again