I've just had cycle 4, now on tax and part. I get tiny dots of stubble come back but within 3 week cycles they disappear. I've got a really dark circle of stubble on one area which stands out like a bruise lol. No idea why! I've lost half my eyebrows and my lashes are tiny. Not worth trying to use mascara. I had the nice bonus of losing top lip hair and couple annoying hairs on chin 😉. Leg hair feels like a days growth. Under arms smooth. Have almost a Hollywood "elsewhere " 😂. I've read taxanes hair loss can be long term but I chose not to wear anything on my head so adjusted to that but it's personal to everyone. The looks can be annoying but not my issue. I have a few funny t shirts I wear to give people a laugh. One says cancer not cooties (cooties in Scotland is head lice).
Hope this helps, being bald was always in the mix as was being flat one side. Neither bother me, I'm alive today and that's enough.
Hi Nellie, I see you have had a couple of very good replies, but as we are all different I thought I would share my experience . Perhaps age plays a part in all this, but I was 70 when I had my EC and I did go shiny smooth bald! I found it very painful when my hair follicles started to die, and my hair started to fall out. I had it shaved after the second round of chemo. Never thought of the lady bits, though! Wasn't bothered about hair on arms etc, which still hasn't grown back properly after two years. Eyelashes disappearing were disturbing, and the eyes really watered much more. They went last. My hospital recommended Aveeno products for bathing and moisturising, and I never had issues with dry skin. Nails were a different issue on this chemo and you'll need a good oil for them. My hair came back slowly after my rads were finished, but there will never be under arm hair where all the treatment was. Radiotherapy pretty much puts paid to that! My hair came through like duckling down and pure white. It then turned into the most amazing curls and ringlets. Once it was cut it became straight again. I am now a quite fetching dark steel gray, so saving a ton of money at the hairdressers. I chose a wig identical to my usual hairstyle and loved it. No one knew I was bald until the summer when it was just too hot and I used scarves and hats and just rocked the new me! I started chemo in May, and by November I had a sweet cap of curls. Everyone is different, so these are examples of what may happen. The thread on top tips might also offer some advice. Good luck. X 🍀
I also did a short video of my hair from first trying on my wig (you’ll see what my hair should have looked like!) to now.
I finished chemo after 3 FEC-T and 3 Doxetaxel on 28th August 2018, finished radiotherapy on 7th Jan 2019.
I’ve found I have developed cradle cap, my scalp is really dry. I’m using coconut oils and almond oils now to keep it in check so i’d definitely recommend looking after your scalp.
It is coming back different shades of grey, which I always thought I was under my coloured hair!
My eyebrows have come back but not as thick, although I had over tweezed before so i’ve tried to let them come back a bit thicker 😆. I lost them about completely about half way through, I think I hated that more than my hair as you can cover up your hair!
Good luck with your treatment 💕💪🏻
Hi there. I am a week on from my second (of 8) sessions of FEC-T. I haven't cold capped and my hair started falling out on day 14 after the 1st session but it was falling out quite slowly initially (and I may have been in denial...) so I didn't actually get it shaved off completely until a couple of days ago - although I was covering my head most of the time for a few days before that. Being bald is WAY more traumatic than I thought it would be - but - anyway - I am trying to work out what to expect so...
1. On FEC-T do you go completely bald? I have had my head shaved with clippers but I still have bits of stubble on it (which acts like velcro on scarves!!)
2. Roughly when does it start growing back and when is your head covered with hair again?
3. Does your hair come back a different colour/texture?
4. When does pubic/underarm hair go - and again does all of it go?????
5. When do eyebrows/eyelashes go (am already stressing about that)?
6. How do you look after your bald head? I'm using Dove baby shampoo but do you need to moisturise your head after washing??
This is all such a surreal experience - I'll be really grateful for any responses x