Apart from saving your life, chemo can actually make a drastic change to your hair. The media has labeled the effect as “chemo curls”.
Sarah Thebarge, an Oregon-based 32 year old woman, is one of many patients to have experienced chemo curls. Before being diagnosed with breast cancer and starting her chemotherapy in her late 20s, Sarah had fine blonde hair. She lost her locks after she went through 8 rounds of chemo. When her hair finally started growing back, it was unrecognizable. Her formerly straight blonde hair grew back dark, thick, curly and untamable. The effects of the chemo resulted in not only different hair color, but also a completely different texture.
According to experts, cancer patients experience hair loss during therapy because the chemicals kill not only rapidly spreading cancer cells, but also hair follicles. However, they’re not sure what exactly causes these hair changes after chemo.