It can be very devastating to lose hair during chemotherapy. Not having hair may be a reminder of the struggles that one dealt with during this tough time. Instead of waiting for hair to grow back in its own time, some want to try a few of the things that can be done to speed the growth of hair that was lost during chemotherapy.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Take a multivitamin every day. Since vitamins are essential for healthy hair, it's important to make sure that you get a lot of them. Try to opt for a multivitamin that includes Vitamin A, D and C. Calcium and iron are also both very important nutrients to have.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Remember that taking a multivitamin doesn't mean that you shouldn't also get many vitamins in your regular diet. Fruits and vegetables are both great ways to get all of the vitamins the body needs. Once you have these vitamins, the hair will be more likely to grow. It's also important to eat foods that contain protein and iron, which are both essential for the body.
Try taking a prenatal vitamin. They are believed to work wonders for both hair and nail growth. Be sure to speak to a primary care physician before making the decision to take prenatal vitamins, however. Depending on other medications that you may be taking, it's possible that you may be prohibited from taking prenatal vitamins.
Find ways to reduce any stress that you may be experiencing. This may mean taking a yoga or swimming class. It may also mean allowing someone else to take care of the checkbook or children for the time being. Since stress can lead to hair loss in most people, keeping any stress in your life will prevent hair from growing faster after chemo.
Use dandruff shampoo on a regular basis. The zinc that can be found in this type of shampoo is believed to increase hair growth. Even those without a recurring dandruff problem will benefit from using dandruff shampoo.
Take an herb called horsetail. Most oncologists recommend it to their patients. Horsetail will prevent the hair from growing back brittle or dry. It will also promote quicker hair growth, making it ideal for anyone who has suffered from hair loss due to chemo. Be sure to check with your primary care physician before taking any herbs, especially if you are on other medications.
Massage olive oil into the scalp on a daily basis. It will make the scalp very soft. More importantly, it will help ensure that the blood in the scalp begins to flow. This may help promote quicker hair growth.
Tips and warnings
- Ask your oncologist for tips on how to grow hair quicker after chemo.
- Be sure to eat lots of beans, which are high in both iron and protein.
- Consider wearing a wig while the hair is growing back.
- Check with your physician before taking any medications, vitamins or herbs.