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  • Let’s talk about post chemo hair growth

    I lost my hair during my battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I didn’t just lose it once though, because I relapsed I lost it twice. The first time I shaved my head just after finishing chemo for six months, I tried to keep it for as long as possible as my hair was very thick but I knew when the time was right and then the second time was about a week after I was told the cancer had come back, the chemo I had was a lot more intense so I lost it way quicker than the first time.

    Chemo hair

    I’ve always had long thick hair and when I saw it coming out in clumps and strands in the shower I was devastated. Not only was I losing my hair but my eyebrows and eyelashes as well. I wore a few wigs while my hair was growing back and I felt like me again and I had my little security blanket back but ultimately wearing wigs really didn’t help my hair grow. It’s now been about 3 and a half years since I finished treatment and my hair is BACK and long again. I’ve had a few trims and some colour put in and I’m obsessed with it now even though I do need to get it cut again real soon.

    My plan is to keep growing and keep it as healthy as possible then I would love to be able to donate it to the Little Princess Trust. To all of you at the awkward stage of hair growth, it does get better and eventually your hair is going to look amazing, just be patient although if you want to do as much as you can to get your hair to grow I’ve got a few tips that may help it along.

    Vitamins and hair volume supplements.

    I left it about 3/4 months after finishing chemo before I started taking vitamin A, D & C. A couple of people recommended these tablets as they help recover your hair and they are also really good for you which is a bonus.

    Oh & I have recently been trying out some hair volume gummies from New Nordic. They are an apple flavoured chewable that includes biotin and zinc. Thankfully they look and taste like a sweet so it doesn’t feel like your taking a vitamin. Biotin seems to have become one vitamin in everything hair related recently so that’s got to be a good sign. The gummies supply nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles where the hair is formed.

    As I said before I’m trying to grow it as much as I can then I’ll able to donate so anything to help my hair grow and keep healthy I’m all for. I’ve been really impressed with these for the last few weeks, my hair seems to be more healthy and manageable and I have also seen a little growth which is amazing, I’m very excited to keep using these to see more results.

    If you are still in treatment or just recovering then definitely talk to your consultant before taking any supplements.

    Chemo hair

    Don’t over wash your hair.

    I know it’s a little strange but making sure not to over wash your hair is important. Washing it as little as possible, 2 to 3 times a week is the best. Oh and dry shampoo will be your best friend..

    Fast shampoo & conditioner.

    Again, I got this recommend to me by a couple of other people who had just finished treatment and they said how amazing this shampoo and conditioner was and I was really intrigued so I decided it was worth buying and I am SO glad I decided to purchase even though it was around £30 which obviously isn’t cheap for shampoo and conditioner. My hair grew at such a rate and wether it was down to using these or just a number of things but I’m pretty sure this made a big difference.

    Trim your new hair.

    I remember when my hair first started coming back, I didn’t want to cut it because I was way too nervous for anyone to touch it, I just wanted it to grow but I did eventually get a trim because it was starting to resemble a mullet and no-one wants to see that. The best thing you can do is go for regular trims by cutting off the split ends. It’ll make it look so much tidier and you will feel so much better for it.

    Chemo hair

    Oils are your best friend.

    Every few days I would massage my head with oils, mainly castor oil because you can also use this on your eyebrows and eyelashes as well and it worked a treat. It increases the movement of blood to your scalp so helps stimulate growth. It also leaves your head feeling very soft!

    Avoid straighteners.

    It may be hard when you notice your hair getting longer and you want to try to straighten or curl but DON’T. You want to try and not damage it too early. My hair came back really wavy and I was so tempted to buy some of those tiny straighteners but I resisted and it was one of the best things I did. You really don’t want to use any harsh products on your hair until it’s grown to a point you are really happy with.

    Some stages of hair growth can be very frustrating. Through some of the awkward stages I got to a point where I wanted to shave it all off and start again. It’ll take a long while for your hair to get where you want it to be but just be patient, it WILL get there.

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    1. Jenny in Neverland
      February 28, 2019 / 10:06 am

      This is such an informative post for anyone who might be going through the same thing. I’m so sorry to hear how difficult it was losing your hair – I can imagine that’s quite a significant thing for most patients, especially Women. But your hair is bloody lovely and it looks so healthy! Also, your photos are stunning <3

      Jenny
      http://www.jennyinneverland.com

      • Samantha
        Author
        February 28, 2019 / 2:30 pm

        It’s definitely a massive thing to go through even though treatment was tough losing my hair one of the worst things. Awh, thank you so much Jenny! 💕

    2. February 28, 2019 / 10:12 am

      What a brilliant post, I’ve got a few friends going through chemo at the moment, so this is really helpful x

      • Samantha
        Author
        February 28, 2019 / 2:31 pm

        Aw, I’m so glad it’s helpful! Thank you so much for your comment lovely x

    3. February 28, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      What a lovely post, your hair looks lovely <3 I can't imagine what it must have been like to lose your hair, but it's a great thing to share as I'm sure there's many people who may be going through the same thing. I remember when I was younger and I was a kid that just never wanted to get my hair cut but my mum would always say to me if you trim it every so often it'll grow quicker and I never used to believe her because I'd just be like, how is it going to grow longer if I keep trimming it?? But it's very true! haha.

      Chloe xx
      http://www.chloechats.com

      • Samantha
        Author
        March 3, 2019 / 1:35 pm

        Thank you so much, Chloe! That’s exactly why I wanted to share because I know there’s people going through what I went through and I just want to help 💕 Haha, YES. It’s weird isn’t it but it does work x

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