How Soon After Chemotherapy Does Your Hair Start To Grow Back?

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Asked by Joyce

How Soon After Chemotherapy Does Your Hair Start To Grow Back?

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This varies a lot for everyone, just as everyone's hair varies in general. Some people's hair grows fast, some slow, some thick, some fine... One thing's for sure - after having lost your hair to chemo, it can never grow back fast enough! You're going to have to have some patience here.

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Your hair can actually start to grow back during treatment, though that doesn't usually happen. Within a month of finishing, though, you should start to see some fine, downy hair on your head. The entire process will be gradual; I wouldn't expect anything even approaching "normal" hair for 6 months, and then it'll be like a boys' cut - maybe a couple of inches long.

Interestingly, your hair almost always grows back different than it was - a different color, and/or curly if it was straight, straight if it was curly.

Best of luck if you're about to start chemo - make sure to check out our Chemo Guide for lots of helpful information.

Answered by PJ Hamel