Many cancer patients want to know how fast their hair will grow back after chemo, so I thought I’d post a progress photo. This is what my hair looks like now — exactly four months and one day after my last chemo treatment, or about three and a half months since I shaved it down to 1/4″.
I don’t know if this is fast or slow regrowth, relatively speaking, but it’s long enough now to show growth patterns and this, my spiffy bed head look. My double crown/cowlick is doing its thing and standing straight up. Everything else is lying pretty flat but going in all different directions. A wet comb can impose a bit of order, but not much. And I’ve begun thinking about getting the sides and neckline cleaned up. Cruel irony, that. The sides and back seem to be growing faster than anything else.
I’m a bit disappointed that it isn’t coming in all gray, silver, or white instead of the same old salt-and-pepper. But I suppose the darker hair is helpful at this point, making what’s there look a bit thicker and more prominent.
Not much else to say. At the current rate (generally said to be 1/2″ month), it’s going to be several more months before I start trying to pass this off as just a really short haircut. And it could be longer than that if my Herceptin treatment ever gets started. I read somewhere that it can slow hair growth.
Still, hair is hair. I’m not complaining.