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Jun 17, 2009 12:00PM
Hi, swim--how are ya doing?
I let my hair go gray. That's kind of a joke, because I've never colored my hair. But, I am posting because I haven't done anything to change the color as it has grown back after last year's chemo adventure. I had Taxotere & Cytoxan, which, as most everyone knows, made every last strand of my hair fall out.
My hair has always been a medium brown with red highlights. The red highlights have been more or less visible, depending on my age and how much sun I've been getting. I am 57, and I have had some gray at my temples for maybe 5 years. My hair is stick-straight, and my hairstyle for the past, oh, 30 years or so has been a chin-length bob. (See my profile pic on FB for an example.)
I am a year past my last chemo, and my hair is maybe 2-1/2 inches long. (I've had it trimmed twice, to take off the curliest ends.) What has amazed me is that I have no more gray now, than I did pre-chemo. My hair has grown back the same color that it was before. Okay, I might have a bit more gray at the temples, but I would expect that with another year of age.
There are some differences. Now, my hair is drier than it was pre-chemo, and it seems much finer (my hairdresser agrees). Also, it is thinner--my scalp shows through much more, so I can't wear a side part like I did before. It is still curly, but the curls are gradually growing out. The remaining curl gives my still-short hair more body than it ever would have had pre-chemo. But, it isn't as shiny as it was before. That might be because of the curl, though, which tends to frizz in our hot, humid climate. I sometimes use a leave-in conditioner that I like a lot.
I think the thinness and texture change are from the Arimidex I'm taking. I don't want to risk breakage or splitting, so I'm not going to mess with the color or curl. I am liking this shorter style--it's much easier to take care of than the chin-length bob, especially now that it's 99 degrees outside.
BTW, my dh hates colored hair. I think it has something to do with an ex-wife in his previous life... I also think I notice it more when I see women my age and older who obviously color their hair, especially if it is a monotone. Hair isn't supposed to be all one color, even before it turns gray...is it? :)
At my age, I have no problems with graying hair. I think I've earned it. OTOH, whether or not it improves our appearance depends on how we style it. I have a relative who is younger than I am but has been coloring her hair for more than 10 years. She recently stopped coloring it. Her hair is quite a bit longer than mine, and has way more gray than mine. I think it's going to take me awhile to stop looking at her and wondering how she aged so much in such a short time.
2008, IDC, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-