How to promote hair growth after chemo

Updated April 17, 2017

Cancer patients commonly face hair loss as a side effect of chemotherapy treatment. This condition can lead to low self-esteem and often these people may resort to buying wigs. There is no cure for hair loss in chemotherapy patients, but there are ways for you to promote hair growth after chemo. Making changes to a diet, adding supplements and vitamins, creating a hair treatment and working with a stylist are changes you can make to promote hair regrowth.

Wait after chemotherapy treatment is stopped before consulting a hair specialist about your hair loss. She will recommend the best course of action for you to take to restore your hair to its pretreatment condition.

Eat food that promotes hair growth after chemotherapy. The best food for healthy hair regrowth are soy, yoghurt, beans, fish, nuts, seeds, essential fatty acids and fruit and vegetables. Consume these food choices as often as possible to see results.

Take vitamins that promote hair regrowth such as B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and biotin.

Consume supplements that restore hair and leave it healthy. Supplements that should be taken are calcium, chromium, potassium, selenium, silica, zinc and sulphur.

There are products and shampoos that claim to promote hair growth. These can be used on patients who have had chemotherapy. If you decide to try these products, find reviews and get information about them before you make a decision about which one to try.

Make a hair treatment for your hair at home. Combine one teaspoon of rosemary oil, lavender oil and basil oil with one tablespoon of burdock oil and aloe vera gel. This will condition your hair, make it healthier and combat hair loss.

Visit your hairdresser often after your hair begins growing back. She will keep your hair trimmed short until it starts to grow in and even out. As your hair gets longer, she can layer it to give you a hip style.


Managing stress helps with hair restoration. Homemade natural remedies can be purchased at health food stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Healthy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp lavender oil
  • 1 tsp basil oil
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 tbsp burdock oil
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