317787 tn?1473358451

There is hair..er hope after tx

Hello all, I wanted to pop and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!
All of you have been a life line for me.  Through good times and bad, I have always felt I had a friend here.
This wonderful forum got me through the Incivek, Interferon and Riba.

As some may know I have been obsessed with my hair loss.  While I am thrilled to be SVR and would give up my hair in a second to have a healthy liver, I think the hair is just part of what makes me.  I want the me in me back if that makes any sense.

Saying that, over the last 8 months I have tried so many different products that I could not open a dime store (does that show my age?) with all the products I have tried.  At one point Deb (NYGirl7) told me there was no "magic" potion or lotion and she was so right.  I just love her, she is so kind. As re so many others, poor OH and ID have also listened to me complain about the hair loss.  I think I associate hair loss with chemo and death which nothing could be further from the truth.
I just discovered a product that claims to appear to increase the number of hairs by 6,500 in the first day.
And...over 14 days will thicken even more.
No I do not own the company, nor am I a representative, just a fellow patient wanting to help others and save them the money I have wasted over the past 8 months :).  I tried it and am amazed at how much thicker my hair appears.
I am sharing and hope this is ok. Loreal has teamed up with Olay to make something called Pantene Age Defy thickening treatment.  There are other items in this line but this is all I could afford right now, it is not cheap.
I know there are others on here looking for something to help cover their bald patches or bare spots.  I think I finally found it.

Again, just wanting to share something positive post tx.  I hope this is acceptable.  Nioxin helped quite a bit as well, however this product makes it appear thicker while you are waiting for the hair to grow back

My love to all on this forum.  I wish you were all in my family.  You have all been so kind to me.  I will never forget the people who helped me through the tx.
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Avatar universal
Wow. Thanks Dee for your post.

You are the epitome of kindness Dee and your sweetness permeates the forum. I am so happy your live and your hair are making a comeback.

I know what you mean about hair. I just can't let go of my braid no matter how old I get.
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190885 tn?1333025891
hi dee............i notice when i get good cardio workout time my hair turns darker and thicker ....just plan healthier in every way.....have a nice holiday season and a heathy,happy, new year.....your friend...billy
1652596 tn?1342011626
dee, thanks so much for the info on hair products.  my hair is still thinner than it was but i do have a ton of baby hairs.  i wish it would hurry up and grow.  i haven't had my hair this short since i was in middle school.  i want my long hair back.  best wishes and happy holidays.  belle
163305 tn?1333668571
It seems like these little fine baby hair grows in first, followed by your normal hair. Hair takes time but mine is filling in and growing fast.

Glad you're finally feeling like 'you' again, Dee.
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Anyone notice their nose growing?

Looking at pics. post TX has been kinda freaky. I expect the wrinkles, but what's with the nose?
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hahaha - rivll. No I haven't noticed my nose growing. My pants, on the other hand, are getting tighter so other things are growing. Dang it.

Hair is not growing very fast (9 weeks post treatment) but that is saving me money on haircuts. So it's not all bad. Plus - cause it's thin it is very fast to dry and I use less shampoo.

2136167 tn?1374728651
Thank you Dee, very much  for sharing this infos with us,I lost 3/4 of my hair so far/2more months to go /and my hair is always very fine,so I will definitely try this Panthene product and let you know.I am using Nioxin ,I think it is helping a bit but very slowly.. I am so glad you are doing so  well and your hair is getting back to normal.  ,I wish you Wonderful  Holidays  and very happy New Year.Love Naya
317787 tn?1473358451
Thank you all for your responses, this is the best place to be any time
I get the best feeling when I come on here
So sorry I posted and left for a bit. For the first time in years I am enjoying Christmas and my life
I feel like me again and I could cry with happiness and how great I feel.
I am frazzled but it is a good frazzle and I wish the same for everyone here.  To be healthy and whole and happy and all things you wish for

Merry Christmas!
317787 tn?1473358451
P.S. I meant to say up above that I could open a beauty supply place.
I am constantly talking backwards.  I hope that gets better as I am a talker but when I talk backward that is a bad thing.
Again, thank you for all your responses
I thank God for the day I found this place and everyone one so kind, especially when I relapsed in 2008/2009, it was New Years Eve so hard to say what year LOL
3242988 tn?1359306516
Dee- Thanks for the tip. I'm 6 month post tx & I have about 1 to 1 1/2 inch sprouts shooting up. Do you know when it is safe to color?
317787 tn?1473358451
Don't know if anyone will see this however was wondering if anyone else's hair is growing in curly.
Just curious
1995824 tn?1330379049
Hi Dee!
Just a note...my hair is finally 'looking' as though itis growing back (six months post). I, too, have all these little inch and a half sprouts appearing. Of course, the back bottom is looking thicker than the top because I have kept it shorter since it started to fall out.
I have a definite wave and different texture to the new hair in the back. During one of my recent trips to a hairdresser in the UK, she called it 'chemo curl' and said that it may come in that way initially but tends to return to its more natural state later on. Definitely weird (the hair, not the comment).
Merry Christmas to you!
Avatar universal
  Merry Christmas Dee, and nice to hear from you, you have always been a great comfort to me here :)
  My hair did not start falling out until after my Tx, and it really did bother me, and also it was messy. I had stopped dying it (as I had feared losing it), so when it began falling out, there were these awful long white hairs everywhere, like behind my side of the bed, and my car, lol
   I did take a Biotin pill daily, for 60 days, but not sure if it helped.
At ten weeks post, I couldn't take looking at the white hair anymore, so i pulledit back in a pony-tail, and chopped it off. Then I used my fav brand hair-dye, NatureTint (ammonia free, also called HerbalTint, it's a german import) and dyed it all jet black.  I think just coincidentally, it stopped fallingout then. But like you, I did associate it with ill health, and had worried, etc.
  Hope you have a thick wild mane soon, I noticed that line of products as well, at CVS. I was like, "wait, are they marketing these products for us post tx baby-boomers?"  I think this line is brand new, and yes, very pricey.
   I went into Tx as a blonde, with one blue streak (my kids influence)
and ended up as one of the ranks of people with shiney black hair (until the white stripe appears,lol)
  Merry Christmas1
317787 tn?1473358451
Hey there, thanks for the comments! I too have this curly hair, I did not know it had a name.  I have all these curls and straight hair combined, it is odd looking but better looking than my scalp.
I know I have obsessed about it, sorry, it does grow back so that is a comfort.
Everyone here has been the best.
I will always be so grateful to each and every one of you

All my best to all of you
317787 tn?1473358451
Hi I think it is safe to dye your hair, it sounds as if you have enough growth
Good luck,

@ Looking Forward, thank you so much!  I appreciate all the comments! I am also loving your under id as I am trying to look forward, some days I slip, trip and fall, but get back up again.

@Bo, thanks for the comments, I too tried Biotin and hair vitamins, I think I have tried everything out there.
I did see the Pantene Age Defy and thought it was very timely.  Not sure about the shampoo and conditioner, the thickener was too pricey to be able to wash and condition too! LOL
Avatar universal
Hey there,
I haven't been on in while and I was going to come on and post about the Age Defy products because they are awesome. They have helped me tremendously too. Just chiming in.
1654058 tn?1407159066
Thanks for the tip. I'll look it up! Mine is coming back too. I got brave and went to get it cut and she chopped it all janky. Really upset me. Only you all would get that. My first cut in 2 years.... chopped.
But i have learned... it grows! KarenL)
317787 tn?1473358451
So sorry about the chop, I know how you feel, yes it will grow back but I think I would cry if someone just chopped my hair off.  That is my fear in getting a cut that they will try to even out the lengths and I have so many at this point they would not know where to start

Gerbils so happy to see you, yes the age defy is hiding my bare spots really well.
The hair is growing back though slowly
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