One of the most common bummers of chemotherapy is hair loss! And when it grows back, it can be a different texture, color, and look. That’s why I get so many questions about what can be done for hair growth after chemo. So here are some of my top tips:
- Minerals – Chemotherapy can deplete important minerals like magnesium, calcium, and zinc. All of these minerals are needed to have healthy and strong hair. Another source of strong hair (and nails) is silica. You can get these nutrients from plants like horsetail and nettles. I love to put these plants into a tea and sip them in the morning.
- B-Vitamins – Certain B-vitamins like biotin have been linked to strengthening and improving hair growth after chemo. It’s pretty easy to find in the health food store and has a relatively low side effect profile.
- Improve Collagen Formation –Improving your body’s ability to make collagen can help your hair grow. One of the top collagen containing foods is bone broth. One of my favorite supplements for improving collagen formation and hair strength is BioSil.
- Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT) – Studies have looked at the use of low level laser therapy to stimulate and support hair growth. While there are plenty of products available in online stores, you might want to talk to a dermatologist for a better quality laser and treatment.
- Invigorate the Scalp – Doing things that improve blood flow to the scalp can also improve hair growth. This can include using rosemary shampoos. One of my current favorites is Invanti by Aveda. You can learn more here.
Remember to talk with your health care providers before starting any new supplements or treatments. It’s important that a professional who knows you and your specific health challenges approves anything you want to try when you are working on improving hair growth after chemo.