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Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 10:13AM

MaggieMae22 wrote:

Has anyone got hair extensions to get through the short phase? I just can't seem to go without my wig! I'm fine at home but not with leaving my house. I know its vain but I've always had long hair and really want it back but I'm scared to spend thew money and be disappointed in how they look or have a bad experience?

Dx 12/27/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 30, 2014 10:39AM windgirl wrote:

Hi,

It's funny, I have been reading up on hair extensions for the past few hours. I've just finished my last chemo Tuesday and all bald. I really would like to be able to do the extensions. Looks like there are a couple methods, the ones they fuse can be done as short as 1.5-2 inches, but seems like you may lose some of your own hair length as it is removed. The ones that are weaved in seem to be least invasive but seem require 4 inches :( which would take a long long time to grow!

People who know more about this or those who have done it, please post your experiences.

Dx 7/14/2014, IDC, 3cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/13/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/19/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/28/2015 Breast
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Dec 1, 2014 11:55AM MarcelaBR wrote:

Hi ladies!

I've done the hair extensions when I had something like 2cm of hair (about 1 inch). I don't know how helpful my experience will be because I live in Brazil and won't be able to refer you to the person who did mine, but maybe you can find someone as good! I didn't feel confortable leaving my house without the wig so that's why I did it...it was honestly the best money I spent.

Here is a picture of a before/after (could'nt find my own but it is basically the same)

And here is a picture of me with the hair extensions on..


For the bangs she used a fake one until the hair was long enough... I had to go there and re-do it every 2 months and it took a long time every time (6 hours) but it was so worth it!

Good luck!!!

Targeted Therapy 1/9/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/14/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Targeted Therapy 9/28/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 10/1/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 10/28/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/28/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3DCRT: Breast
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Dec 2, 2014 12:07AM Blessings2011 wrote:

How funny - I just saw this Daisy Fuentes infomercial on TV yesterday... hair extensions that use an invisible stretchy headband instead of all those little squashed clips.... and the price is only $39.95!

https://www.secretextensions.com/secext/30.0000/index.dtm?otsrid=14789d2a-7651-45d0-b7c9-845681a587e1

Dx 9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 2, 2014 07:21AM windgirl wrote:

Marcela Omg this is exactly what I was hoping to read! You gave me so much hope. How did she attach the hairs if you don't mind me asking? Seems there are a few methods and yours looks great. Also for the bangs is that a whole separate piece they attached or was that also strand by strand? I will try to find a hairdresser here in Miami who can replicate what yours did. If you prefer to talk over PM please let me know. Thanks!!!!

Dx 7/14/2014, IDC, 3cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/13/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/19/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/28/2015 Breast
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Dec 2, 2014 07:23AM windgirl wrote:

Marcela also I was wondering when they had to redo them every few months, did they end up cutting from your own hair? I realize they probably need to in order to tidy it up but hoping it is small and won't halt our real hair growth that much. Please let us know. Thanks again!!

Dx 7/14/2014, IDC, 3cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/13/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/19/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/28/2015 Breast
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Dec 3, 2014 05:38AM MarcelaBR wrote:

Hi windgirl! Since I have absolutely no idea how to explain the method I found a picture on google lol.


And for the bangs yes, it is a whole separate piece...but it looks very natural. I feel that it looks better if you have straight hair...

There was no need to cut any hair when they redid it! Just so you have an idea, I removed the extensions one year and 3 months after the day I finished chemo, dyed and cut it a bit (just a trim at the ends) and this is how long it was...



Now I'm having chemo again so it's all gone... :(

Hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out!!!

Targeted Therapy 1/9/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/14/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Targeted Therapy 9/28/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 10/1/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 10/28/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/28/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3DCRT: Breast
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Dec 4, 2014 07:26AM - edited Dec 4, 2014 07:29AM by windgirl

Thanks Marcela! I will try to find a place in Miami that does this. If not, guess I will have to make a trip to Brazil :)

You look gorgeous in the photo, and your hair is so thick and pretty. It really does suck to lose it all over again, I would be so pissed. You have done so well with it during your first time around so I have no doubt you will have some beautiful extensions in a couple of months.

Dx 7/14/2014, IDC, 3cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/13/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/19/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/28/2015 Breast
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May 26, 2015 04:01PM MeToo14 wrote:

I wish I found this tread earlier I just started a new one, but I will post here too because I am hoping someone can help me. Does anyone in The Thousand Oaks, CA area know of a salon that can do extensions on 2 inch long hair? Thank you.

35 when diagnosed. I had isolated tumor cells in my nodes and was told I am considered node negative, I do not. Dx 7/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/14/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/25/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 12/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/2/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Radiation Therapy 4/27/2015 Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Oct 14, 2015 04:32PM figuredancer wrote:

Hi Marcela,

I'm so SAD to know that your cancer recurred. Hope you're fine now. My thoughts and prayers for you. I finished my chemo two months ago and underwent surgery too a month ago, and will begin radiation for 6 weeks soon.

I made an appointment with Jon Richards in Minneapolis, MN since I couldn't find anyone in NY City or Long Island who does it on 1 inch length hair. I'm a bit nervous though, and want to know more form you since you had it done before. I was told by the other hair dressers here on Long Island and NYC to avoid extensions until my hair grows at least 3-4 inches. They said otherwise extensions will be too heavy, will break off,and also will hurt and damage my roots, and will cause permanent baldness or bald spots.

Would you please let me know if those dressers' concerns are valid?

Do you know the kind of method they used for your extension?

Did you lose length or volume of your hair because of extension?

How was the feeling of having it on? Did it bother or hurt you at all ? Were you able to make pony tail?

Finally, if you VERY KINDLY, PLEASE let me know if it caused any bald spots?

Thank you so much.




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