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Karen1956

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Bev - great pic - I love onc's response. Hugs, Karen

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Bev! Do you know how much people pay for such perfect curls? I wonder if your onc charges the same! You look wonderful- and what gorgeous eyes.

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I wanted to report that I have been taking the Bitoin and am hoping that it will start working soon.
How long does it take before you notice it?
Warmly,
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Penny,

I take 5000mgs. of Biotin and it has helped my hair - also my hair seems to be loosing some of the gray since I started this dosage.  I had been taking a lesser amount.  It has thickened also and is much more "managable".(Now if I could do something about the weight - but that is another topic and another thread)    It had gotten so fine.  A friend's oncologist told her to take Folic Acid also and it would make the hair grow faster. 

Hope you are well.  Wanted to tell you it took several weeks but I can tell the difference with the Biotin and also to use Folic Acid also to make it grow faster.

Barb love your curls - I had "waves" when I see your curls.  They look great!!

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I think I need to get a trim to cut the unruly hair that is coming in! And boy is it gray! What should I do about that?????

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Lori I dyed my stubble! I was looking like an old man and hated it!

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does your scalp turn color too?

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No, LOL!
How short are we talking??


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I just took off my wiogs! So it is not long at all! My hair is about 1, maybe 1 1/4 inch long. You can still see a little bit of my scalp. I might try a rinse to see how that works.

I have some scarves if anyone needs them. They are winter ones and it doesn't get that cold here for them. PM me and I'll send them to you!

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I am having the worst time with the hair issue. I have always had very fine "baby hair" to begin with but it was mine. My brother was supposed to cut My hair on day 14 of AC I'm going for the 3rd time this week and hair still hasn't been cut. I know that it has rolled itself to the top of my head but I refuse to look at it. I keep a soft cap on it or the wig I just cannot stand the thought of watching it fall out. Part of me will be glad when it all rolls off so I don't have to think about it any more. I am looking forward to it growing back I hope thicker than before. I just needed to vent. THANKS!!!!


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Lori, you aren't wearing wigs anymore?
Junior is at the wig place - he is trying to freshen it up.
If your hair is an inch or longer- then wearing a wig over it is a royal pain because nothing fits over it!
I dyed my hair when it was that long and it was fine.
If you are nervous get a semi-permanent at CVS like Natural Instincts.
If you don't like it you can always wash out semi-permanent color if you use Dawn or Joy dishwashing liquid.
You will feel so good when you see color again instead of that grey!


Natalie.... oh honey you are in the worst place. Don't wait for it to come out. Go get your head shaved. It is empowering. It is so much easier than the water torture of the drip, drip, drip of waiting for the clumps to come out. Get it shaved to about a quarter inch long, then get one of those lint rollers with the sticky tape on them and roll it over your head to get the stubble off when it is time.

Now, I want you to know that one year ago yesterday I had my last chemo.
I had no hair whatsoever. I had no eyelashes or brows.
This was taken of me over the weekend. Hair is back, eyelashes back and brows back!



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Natalie,
Gina is so right. When I grabbed a clump of my hair 14 days after my first A/C,, I cried for a couple of minutes and then decided to take control. I had already cut it from shoulder length to right at the neck, I liked it and would have never done that before, but when the inevitable happened I wanted to be the one to decide when it would come out, so 3 days later I had my mother-in-law come over with her buzzer/clippers and my sister-in-law took pictures of me getting my head buzzed. Then I used duct tape to remove the remaining stubble. It was very empowering. I never cried.  I felt "free". I know that sounds weird, but it's true. I know it'll come back. I still have my eyebrows and lashes. I haven't shaved my legs in a month. I do shave once a month, I get a little stubble by then. Take control and shave it. You will feel so much better. Good luck!!!!!
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Natalie - my hair was down to the middle of my back at the time of Dx.  Just before my 1st chemo, my gf cut my hair in a bob and then two weeks later she cut it very short - this was 1 1/2 w2eeks  after my 1st chemo - and the next day my hair started to come out.  I was going to a friends for dinner and took a plastic grocery bag with me to put in my hair as I was pulling it out.  After 4 days, it stopped coming out - still mostly bald, but it was hair.  I kept is for a while  - wig was so itchy.  In retrospect, I should shaved it right away as by the time I finally did it, the little bit that held on was dead and dry as straw.  I never liked my wig so after about wearing it maybe 10 times, it went on my closed shelf on the foam stand and I only wore hats, mostly baseball hats.  I also did not mind going "naked"
My eyelashes and brows fell out after I finished chemo.  Go figure!!
By one month post chemo, I had stubble on my head - so a friend told me - and after a couple months, it was a very short do. 
I agree with Gina - the anticipation of the hair falling out and when it starts was the hardest part for me - once it was out, I was okay.
It does get better.  Hugs to you.  Karen
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Oh my, G! You look beautiful. I love your hair (elegant with a little "edge" in the spiky bangs), but that face!!! You are certainly lookin' fine for '09!!!

I will hit that magical milestone in March, but my hair will probably be a good bit shorter than yours; it has apparently decided to take a circuitous route! It does seem to be straightening out just a bit now. Do you still have your "messy curls"? Or did your hair come in straighter? Either way, you look amazing.

Lori, the ACS recommends to wait at least 6 months and I tried...but I couldn't do it! I "enhanced" my hair when it was about an inch like yours. MAJOR morale boost! Good-bye, Grizzly Adams!! As G suggested, I used Natural Instincts. The color didn't take quite as well as before chemo, but I was "back in black" and a whole lot happier. I used a hair color brush to apply it to try to avoid my scalp as much as possible, just to try to give my hair follicles a break. I used to massage my scalp with almond oil during my bald days to keep my skin from drying and also with the hope of stimulating the follicles (no science to back up that one, just hope!). I would show you a pic of my hair just after I dyed -er, enhanced it, but can't seem to figure out how to do it (maybe later).

Natalie, the others are right. You just need to get yourself on the other side of the fence, ASAP! And it's not nearly as bad as you may think it will be. As Karen and Gina have said, the anticipation is truly the hardest part. You don't have to go totally bald either. My sweet hairdresser offered to give me a really short "pixie." It wasn't such a visual shock and when the hair fell out gradually it was easier psychologically. My hairdresser also showed me how to tie scarves in a way that looked fashionable (not like Natasia Kinski in "Tess" Lol!). Good luck! You can do this!!



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Dear Coco,
Oh my goodness, I agree with you.
No Surrender, I had no idea how beautiful you are.
I am not just saying that.
You are stunning.
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Well, I tried Natural Instincts tonight and maybe I didn't leave it in long enough because my hair is the same color! Grey! I'll try again in a few weeks!

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How long did you leave it in???
You must have very resistant grey- quite common after chemo.
You don't have to wait that long. But do you have a beauty supply store near you where you can get professional color?
What color are you looking to make it?
I will tell you what formula to get.
Big HAIRY hugs to you, pal.
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I am trying to make it med. ash blonde and left it in for 20 minutes. But I will probably go to a shop and have it done. Grey is not the color for me!
Althought it does look good with black and white outfits! And silver jewlery!


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As long as there is color in a bottle I don't want to be grey.   I tried several different brands of color and finally settled on Nice and Easy.  It seemed to cover the best and stay the longest.  I hope you find something that works for you.

I had mine cut today.  She cleaned a full dustpan of my hair up off of the floor when she was finished and it feels so much better.  I needed to have my curls tamed.



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What a wonderful smile!  Your pic is very pretty!

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