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Why does chemo cause your hair to grow back differently?

Published: 08th March, 2022 at 11:00
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Your hair may grow back with a different colour and texture.

When hair begins to grow back after chemotherapy, it will probably be slightly different in texture or colour to start with. Some people report having ‘chemo curls’, where the new hair is curlier than it was before chemo. This might be because the shape of the hair follicle can alter during treatment, and become twisted.

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Over time, once the hair has grown a few centimetres, most people find that their hair starts to take on a familiar texture. For most people, their hair will fully recover within 12 months.

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Asked by: Alice Thompson, Liverpool

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Authors

Dr Nish Manek is a GP in London. She completed her medical degree at Imperial College and was runner-up in the University of London Gold Medal. Manek has also developed teaching courses for Oxford Medical School, and has penned articles for The Guardian and Pulse magazine.

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