Hello ladies and Happy Fall! I usually like Fall weather changes. The air becomes crisp, cool and less humid. I am able to blow dry my hair without worrying about fly-aways and frizz. In the summer, I typically end up curling my hair due to humidity (which on Long Island we have quite a lot of!). I wasn’t able to curl my hair until recently, the last 6 months or so, since my hair was really too short. I like it curly. The curls give my hair more volume, or at least the appearance of more volume.
Unfortunately as my hair grows (and it’s almost all 1 length now – a short bob!), I’ve noticed it’s just not as thick as it used to be prior to chemo. It’s about 30% thinner, which to me is fairly significant. Very frustrating since it’s been almost 2 years since my last chemo treatment (Dec 12, 2016). Some cancer survivors even say their hair grows in thicker after treatment. That’s definitely not the case for me.
So I’ve been trying to figure out what do to and wondering if any of you, fellow cancer survivors/thrivers have dealt with similar issues? I started taking hair vitamins called HairAnew . I found them on Amazon. It has over 5K online reviews, mostly very positive. It’s been 1 month and 20 days since I started taking them. I am honestly not sure if I see a difference yet, but could be with something like this, more time is needed?
I recently started trying this shampoo as well, Biotin Shampoo . I read vitamins help nourish hair and promote growth from the inside, while the shampoo does the same from the outside; so best to do both at the same time! Since I just started the shampoo, it’s obviously way too early to see any results, but I am posting a before pic here and will post another one again in 30 days.
As you can see, I clearly have a larger hair line spot, or bald spot, if you will. I hate using that word, bald!! Also, because my hair is thinner, it’s more wispy and frizzy, even on non-humid days because the weight of my hair is lighter now.
I also looked into using Rogaine, but it seems it’s the type of product you have to keep using and if you stop, its effects will stop as well. Basically your hair will start falling out again. If any of you have tried this product, has that been the case for you?
I must admit, I am very self-conscious and upset about it. I think about it every day. I stress about it every day. I even spoke w/ a co-worker about hair extensions to help thicken it up, but not sure if I want to deal with monthly maintenance. She said you really need to get the extensions tuned-up every 4-5 weeks because they grow out. With a toddler at home and working full-time, I am not sure if I can commit to that.
Any other suggestions or ideas/thoughts here ladies that worked for you…?? I am willing to try almost anything!