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Chemo Side Effect: Loss of Eyelashes—Tips & Tricks to Get You Through

By Britta Aragon on July 28, 2009 | 57 Comments

Most of us know we may lose our hair during chemotherapy. What we may not be prepared for is losing hair in other places—like on our eyes!

“I am 4 weeks out from my last chemo, and my eyelashes are still leaving,” says survivor katyg.

“My eyelashes and brows did not fall out until AFTER chemo was over, around six weeks,” says survivor Cheryl G. “The eyebrows seem to grow faster than the lashes (per eye doctor, it takes about six to eight weeks for a new set of eyelashes).”

Chemo drugs can cause you to lose your hair just about anywhere, but eyelashes may arguably be the most difficult to deal with. “I had the chemo and in the process lost all my hair, eyebrows, eyelashes etc.,” says survivor Em. “Within 3 months of finishing the treatment they had grown back…. Well, it’s now 5 months since I finished chemo and my eyebrows and eyelashes are falling out all over again!”

The good news is that eyelashes usually do grow back, so the change is temporary. Meanwhile, what can you do? First, you can use false eyelashes, but check with your doctors and nurses. You could have an allergic reaction to the glue, and there’s also a risk of increased infection. The second option is to use make-up to re-create the look of full, healthy lashes.

To do the latter, just line the upper lash line and smudge it.  Then apply a gentle mascara, like non-toxic Afterglow Cosmetics mascara. It’s okay to use an eyelash curler on occasion but overuse can cause breakage and eyelash loss, so be careful. Find one with a rounded rubber. We love Shu Umera’s lash curler.

There may be a time, however, when you feel like you really need false lashes, like for a special event. If you know your immune system (and your sensitive skin) can handle it, and you’ve gotten your doctor’s approval, go for it! They can quickly transform your look. Today’s brands tend to look more natural than they did decades ago.

When putting on the lashes, measure them against your eyelid, and trim with a pair of sharp scissors so they fit just right. They should fall just short of the inner corner of your eye. It’s best to line the upper lid first—a liquid liner is preferable as it lasts longer and will help create a smooth line. Hold the lashes with a pair of tweezers (make sure they’re not sharp ones), then use a toothpick to apply a thin coat of eyelash glue to the base of the fake lashes. Wait a minute to allow the blue to become sticky. (Be sure to get clear clue, not black.) Position the lashes as close to your own as you can, and gently press down, starting with the inner corner and working outward. Hold the lash on your lid for 20-30 seconds (smooth as necessary). If you have lashes of your own, apply mascara to blend them with the false lashes. When you’re ready to take the false ones off, gently pull them, then use eye makeup remover to take off the glue and liner.

Some brands of false eyelashes are made especially for cancer patients, and come complete with eyeliner. Blinkies is one such brand, and their eyelashes are made of 100% sterilized human hair. Check out the pictures. They look really natural! Madame Madeline offers a 15% discount to cancer patients or survivors, and has several brands of false eyelashes. Headcovers also has 100% human hair lashes designed for cancer survivors. If the glue causes you too much trouble, you may want to try the self-adhesive lashes, which don’t require application of glue. (Revlon has some here.) If you use these, be sure to put lash adhesive on your hand first and apply your strip or individual lashes there before putting on your eye.

To help prevent lash loss, refrain from rubbing your eyes too vigorously. Use a natural eye makeup remover to gently clean your eyes. (One of our fave’s—Jasmine eye make-up remover). Heavy mascara—particularly waterproof brands—can also be too harsh on delicate lashes, so you may want to go with a more natural look for awhile. (Be sure to throw away old mascara that has gone bad, as it can also cause lashes to fall out.)

Did you lose your eyelashes during or after cancer treatment? How did you cope?

Photo courtesy of Snap Village.

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57 Comments to “Chemo Side Effect: Loss of Eyelashes—Tips & Tricks to Get You Through”

  1. Karyn says:

    I lost all my eyelashes and eyebrows about 5-6 weeks after chemotherapy was finished. I did not grow them back until radiation treatments were complete. Then, it took about 6 weeks to get a full set of lashes and eyebrows.

    Now I am going into the 6th month from completion of chemotherapy and I am again losing my eyebrows and lashes. I have a call into the oncologist to find out if there is a legitimate reason why this is happening again.

  2. Britta says:

    Hi Karyn, I’m so sorry to hear about this side effect after treatment has been over. I am very curious as to what your doctors said. Now that you are not in treatment, if is safer to use false lashes, perhaps that is a good alternative for you until the lashes grow back. Please keep me posted on this and I will look into it myself as well. – Britta

  3. Vicky says:

    I have just completed my last cycle of chemotherapy and I lost my eyelashes and eyebrows about 4 or 5 weeks ago.

    My eyebrows are growing back quite well and my lashes are getting quite long again now too. However, when this happened, I spent quite a lot of time researching it and found that several women had suffered repeated loss of their eyelashes or eyebrows following the completion of their treatment. There seemed to be a pattern of 3 monthly (ish) cycles. A few women reported that after a few times, their lashes and brows did stay.

    It seems that this is down to the fact that although the hairs do grow back, the follicles are of course still damaged and will take time to recover. Although there is regrowth, the follicles are not strong enough for the hairs to remain permanently and so they fall out again only to be replaced by another set. I assume that the amount of times this cycle happens depends on the patient and their particular treatment.

    What we need to remember is that we have survived cancer! I’d rather be here with dodgy eyelashes for the next year than not be here at all!! Good luck with everything!!

  4. Britta says:

    Thank you for the great information Vicky. I appreciate your comments and positive outlook. You are right. Let’s be thankful for dodgy eyelashes and grateful that we are still here on earth to complain about them :). Love and light and congratulations on your survivorship. – Britta

  5. Lona says:

    5 months after chemo and I am losing my eyebrows again. I just need reassurance that they will be back permanently someday. What are the chances that I will retain the eyelashes that are intact so far? No one ever told me I might lose them again! How about the hair one my head that I am so proud of…all one inch of it? Is that going to go to? Any insight would be helpful. Also, what do the oncologists say about this?

  6. Britta says:

    Hi Lona. Losing your hair, let alone your eyebrows, can be very hard while going through treatment and I totally understand how you feel. You can rest assured that they will grow back after treatments are over as well as the hair on your head. Here is a great post I did about hair growth after treatments I am not sure if you will be able to keep the lashes you have while undergoing chemo, it depends on your treatment and your body (mine did not fall out all the way) It’s important that you detox after chemo, follow a great nutrition plan (to give you all essential vitamins to help hair growth) and take care of your health after treatment to promote the best healing environment for your hair, skin and nails. Please feel free to shoot me an email through our “Contact Us” page and I can provide you with some resources. Best, Britta

  7. Rebecca says:

    Hi all – just wanted to say thanks for the info and feedback. I have my last round of chemo in 4 days (yeah!) and I have lost about half of my eyelashes and my eyebrows have thinned out a lot. They were pretty light to begin with so I definitely enjoyed wearing mascara – now, I think it’s actually more noticeable when I try to wear mascara so I’ve been holding off. I’m glad I read some of the stories about eyelashes falling out again once they’ve grown in, just in case that happens to me…at least I’ll be somewhat prepared.

    God bless all of us survivors : ) Stay healthy!!

  8. Britta says:

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting Rebecca! My prayers and love to you as you finish chemo and enter into your survivorship! I’m so glad that the posts have been helpful to you. I’m always here as a resource so if you need any resources or information please reach out to me. Love, strength and survival – Britta

  9. Pat Bergmann says:

    I have had recurring basal cell cancer in the eye since I was 25. I am now 57. It has been years of Moh’s surgery and reconstruction of the eye. In 2005, I had radiation. I lost my
    eyebrow and most of the eyelashes. The problem now is that some eyelashes are literally
    stabbing me in the eye and scratching my cornea. I continually have to go to the doctor
    to have them tweezed out. I cannot do it myself. He needs the eye magnification machine
    to do it and states it would be impossible to do myself because the lashes are under the
    lid. Since they were radiated on reconstructed eye lids they come in growing in all directions.
    I sometimes am in so much pain, become light sensitive and have emergency eye visits
    monthly. No one has an answer to this. I cannot get laser because I am blond and it doesn’t work if there is no or little pigment. Does anyone have a solution for me??

  10. Britta says:

    I feel for you deeply Pat. I know that this experience has been extremely difficult for you. I am so proud that you are not giving up on finding a solution for yourself. Let my team and I look into some resources and if there is anything that we come across that may be an option we will surely let you know. Stay positive. Love and light – Britta

  11. Pat says:

    I was thrilled to read the comments about the recurring eyelash loss. I finished extensive chemo and radiation for a rare form of uterine cancer a year ago. I loss all my hair on my body and it all grew back except for under my arms. My lashes came back, thick and long, but fall out about every three months. I’m so happy to not be alone and to find out I have a reason. I know that my treatment had been very severe due to the type of cancer. It left behind lots of inside damage, so it makes sense that my lashes should also be damaged. Thanks so much!

  12. Valerie Morano says:

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010. I had chemo and radiation and lost all my hair including my eyelashes and eyebrows. I finished my last radiation treatment in July 2011. My hair, eyelashes and eyebrows grew back, however, my eyelashes have started to thin out again. Is there anything that I can use to help their growth? God Bless all the survivors out there, may we stay strong. Reading others stories has helped me so much, Thanks to all.

  13. Chenetta says:

    Hello Ladies!
    I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 23rd, 2012.
    I am in active chemo therapy and have lost hair on my head and eyelashes.
    I heard castor oil(Jamaican Black Castor Oil) is good for growing lashes. I know it worked on my hair before I started treatment. Since I believe in a good headstart, I am currently using the castor oil on my scalp and lashes. It may seem a waate of product to some of you, since I still have 4 doses of taxatere remaining. However, the oil helps to keep my lids very moist( as chemo dries out your skin).
    I apply the oil with a q-tip and it does not burn. I truelly beleive I will see a return of thick, long lashes, even if they come out a few more times after completing chemo.It does wonders for the hair; I can’t wait to see the results !

  14. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Chenetta. Thanks for sharing your tip! I love your positive attitude. Castor oil is very moisturizing so I don’t doubt that it will be hydrating and soothing. Olive oil is also a good one. Please keep us posted on how you’re doing—wishing you the best!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Wow – I’m so glad to have found these posts! I finished 6 rounds of chemo for breast cancer last August. I had only experienced thinning of my brows and lashes throughout (although lost all of my hair on my head of course) so was really startled when all of my lashes and brows came out about a month AFTER my last treatment! Now it’s been about 5 months later, all had grown back and I noticed over the past week that my lashes are falling out again. I’ve been really depressed about it but after reading that it seems to be common, I feel so much better! I read on another site that if your lashes all fell out at once, they are now on the same fall out / grow back cycle so until they get “off” of that same cycle, you may experience mass losses several more times before they finally come back. Not sure if that’s true at all, but sort of makes sense.
    Thanks everyone – keep up the fight.

  16. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Stephanie. I’m so glad these posts helped! Yes, you’re right—the cycle of loss and grow-back can occur several times before your body finally comes back completely from cancer treatments. So don’t worry if it happens again—just be as patient as you can. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t heal or get over the shock that cancer treatments can wreak on the body as quickly as we’d like. That’s where we really need more kindness for ourselves! Avoiding waterproof mascara and curlers and using natural moisturizing products for your lashes will help. Good luck!

  17. Anneke says:

    My hair fell out after my first chemo, but start to come out again without falling out again after the second one. My doctor said it would, but it didn’t. My eyelashes and eyebrows were thinning after the third chemo. I miss my very long eye eyelashes!

  18. Anneke says:

    O yes, I just wanna add: No one has to be sick and go through this torture we went and are going through! I was prayed back to health. God healed me from cancer! If you only believe. He wants to give back what the devil stole from us. Never again will I put my body through this poison!

  19. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Anneke. Thank you for sharing your story. I remember losing my hair during chemo, and it was difficult for me to figure out just who I was anymore. I’m wondering if that’s how you felt? Usually with time your hair will grow back, but in the meantime I hope you’re having fun with other options like wigs, hats, and scarves. I’m very happy to hear of your miracle! I wish you continued health and happiness. ?

  20. Teresa Melton says:

    I want to thank whoever set this up because I am going to start Chemo in two days and I have been trying to do a lot of research on what will happen. You can read all the research and journals but its not like hearing from real people and what they are going thru. thank you to all who have shared their experiences. I don’t feel so alone anymore.

  21. Roshella says:

    Hi Anneke I like you positivity because what the mind thinks one will get. I’m currently undergoing radiation then i start chemo in à couple of weeks and i was not scared until now but i Will trust God because hè never brought me this far to leave me. Chenetta thanks for the castor oil info I Will get me some. God bless all my pink sisters.

  22. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Teresa. Thank you so much for writing in! The purpose of this blog is to inform and to help people understand that they’re not alone in the experiences they’re going through, and I’m so glad to hear that it helped you in this way. There is a large cancer community out there, and we all know exactly what it’s like to go through that first scary chemo treatment. I wish you the best of luck, and will hold the best thoughts for your recovery. Meanwhile, take the best care of yourself that you can!

  23. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Roshelia! Thanks for your positive input to the blog! It’s okay to be scared—we all feel it when we’re going through treatments. Try to take it one day at a time and go easy on yourself. It may also help to journal about your fear. I would also recommend my friend Jacqueline Wales and her book, “The Fearless Factor.” ( My best to you!

  24. Kathe says:

    Ladies, get your thyroid levels checked! I started losing my lashes and eyebrows again and found out I was had hypothyroidism. It is a simple blood test that your oncologist can do.

  25. angelica says:

    hi all: I am presently undergoing chemo (almost done — going on my 6th of 8 cyles next week) for stage 2A breast cancer. Have of course lost all my hair — including my eyebrows and eyelashes. Since I lost my eyelashes I noticed that I am always teary-eyed. is this a function of the loss of eyelashes? anyone experienced this too?

  26. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Angelica. Congrats on nearly finishing your chemo! I hope you go and celebrate. Your tearing could be caused by the missing eyelashes, as they usually protect your eye from incoming dust and other contaminants. Your eyes are now left more vulnerable to the elements. You may want to try wearing sunglasses or other protective eyewear more often. The tearing could also be caused by allergies or other conditions, however, so I would suggest you check with your eye doctor just to be sure. Good luck!

  27. Melanie says:

    I finished my four chemo sessions for breast cancer in May 2013. I lost all the hair on my head, but I still had most of my eyebrows. They didn’t fall out completely until about one month after my last chemo treatment. Most of my eyelashes fell out (I have about three left on each eye :)
    I did get teary-eyed and my oncologist said it was from the chemo. My fingernails have lifted, and I have ridges on my nails, but this happened after my chemo was finished.
    My hair is just starting to grow back in, but with no hair, it does take me less time to get ready in the morning for work.
    I lost all my excess facial hair, but guess what? It comes back with a vengeance.
    I was lucky I didn’t have to have radiation therapy. I am taking a pill called Anastrozole daily.
    My sister had breast cancer 20 years ago, and she is fine. I knew I would be okay and make it through this.

  28. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Melanie. Thanks for sharing your experience. You help others to know that these types of side effects are normal, and that they are temporary in most cases. Congratulations on making it through your treatments, and best of luck in the future. I’m sure with your positive attitude that you’ll only get better and better as time goes on.

  29. Ursula Marshall says:

    Thanx for sharing all..thought i was crazy when brows and ladhes started comming out six weeks aftet treatment…..

  30. MARY TOBAR says:

    I finished 6 rounds of Chemo April 11,13 I had ovrian cancer.I am 62 yrs. old never been sick, If it hadn’t been that my hip had been hurting for sometime, my doctor sent me to get C.T.scan and ultra sound. My doctor said my hip had noting to do with my concer. He was right my hip pain is back. I can live with this. It is four months form my last chemo and my lashes are scares I can’t do any thing with them.

  31. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Mary. Congrats on completing your chemo treatments! Sounds like you were very brave through it all. Have you had your hip x-rayed? Just wondered if you had some osteoarthritis there or something. Anyway, on your lashes—give yourself a little more time. Often it takes a year or more before they really grow back like they should. In the meantime, I’ve got some great tips for how you can fake it until then in my book, When Cancer Hits (on this site and on Amazon). Hope the tips you found in this post will help, too! Go for some eyeliner and fake eyelashes if you need to, and try to be patient. You may also try some of those natural lash-growing products out there. I would just advise you to stay away from Latisse as it can have some long-term negative side effects for some. Good luck and stay strong!

  32. Jaqueline Pruvost says:

    I am so glad I found this website. I finished my last Chemo July 18 and am now gong through reconstruction. It is very frustrating dealing with the after effects of Chemo. My Mother, Father and oldest sister died of Breast Cancer and I am going through this alone now. I get depressed but I think to myself that I have made it this far and I won’t give up. Its hard to loose everything ie; hair, eyelashes, eye brows etc., but you are still here smelling that sweet smell in the mornings and seeing the sun shine. It’s all worth it. Don’t give up!!

  33. Ally McDonald says:

    I finished 6 rounds of chemo (3 FEC and 3 Docataxel) in march 2013 and 3 weeks of radiotheraphy in april 2013 for breast cancer, I lost all my head hair straight away, body hair followed shortly after and lost my eyebrows, eyelashes, finger nails and toe nails after my treatments were finished. Now 6 months after my last chemo my hair is about one inch long, the body hair is back including the facial hair (or face fur as I have recently heard it is called ) which is very long. my finger nails and toe nails are completely recovered but my eyebrows are a lot thinner and less noticeable, so I have started dying them. The very last thing to come back has been my lashes, I have got a few either side which never fell out and now my eyes are dry and itchy again which makes me think they will shed again, which is fine, I am very grateful to be here and hope this helps anyone who is facing similar treatments, good luck xx

  34. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Ally. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It does help other survivors to know that all this is normal, and the hair will eventually come back for good in most cases. I feel for you and all the challenges you have faced, but you’re right—you’re still here and going strong! All my best. :)

  35. Britta Aragon says:

    Jaqueline, my heart goes out to you. Cancer is not a journey to face alone, and it must have been so difficult to watch all your family members fight the disease. You obviously have a strong spirit as it shows through in your comment. Please do reach out as you need to. I know when I went through the disease, I felt alone too–particularly after treatments were over. A support group or counselor, even if it’s online, can help immeasurably. Good luck and stay strong. :)

  36. Lorraine says:

    I am 4 years post chemo and my eyelashes are still in a three month cycle. I will have beautiful, long eyelashes for one month and then they begin to break or fall out. I have to wait two months for them to grow again and do it all over again, so frustrating.

  37. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Lorraine. How frustrating! Four years is a long time to still be dealing with lost eyelashes. I assume you’re being extra careful with them when they grow in, avoiding waterproof mascara, using moisturizing makeup removal products, and using natural lash nourishing products that contribute to the health of lashes. Avoiding mascara altogether also helps—wear it only when you really need it. In addition, you might try adding some olive oil to them on a daily basis, or some vitamin E—any moisturizing natural oils will work. Add in some egg whites to make the hairs stronger. I sure hope the next time they grow back you’ll keep them!

  38. Janet Rhodes says:

    Hi, after 6 courses of chemo which finished in April 2013 (3 EC and 3 Docataxel) and a month of radiotherapy in June I too have a very frustrating situation with my eyelashes. They were the very last hairs to go, I was left with a couple of lashes on each eye, very bizarre. They are now growing back very slowly and I have just started wearing mascara again since I started on this journey. I had very long eyelashes pre chemo and I miss them greatly, but accept on the up side I’ve saved a fortune on mascara!! If they grow back to the full length I’ll be so pleased but better short lashes and no cancer. I too have long fine hair growth on the sides of my face, I like to think of it as my ‘Wolverine’ look. It’s only hair! Keep well and stay healthy and enjoy every day because we deserve it.

  39. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Janet. Love your attitude that you saved on mascara! :O) Thanks so much for writing in about your experience. It helps a lot for people to know they’re not alone with these side effects. So glad your lashes are coming back for you. Stay well!

  40. Ann Bodine says:

    Hey everyone…I loved reading these posts. I just finished my chemo last week, yea…and now get to look forward to 7 weeks of radiation for breast cancer…I too have just lost all my eyelashes and my eyes always look red and tired. I as assuming it is because I have no eye protection without my eyelashes.. My hair is growing, but coming back happy ahout that..I keep hearing how pretty it is..whatever!! My fingernails were growing like crazy but now have started to bend..But the worst for me is the reconsructive part..It is such a long, painful drawn out process. This has all been such a rotten bump in the road…but it will be over some day, and thankfully I will be able to look back at it and say…what a ride..(That I never want to take again!!) Take care…

  41. Britta Aragon says:

    Thanks for writing in, Ann! Congrats on finishing the chemo. I have some tips for you here on dry eyes—maybe they will help? ( Good luck through radiation and stay strong. We’re all pulling for you!

  42. Meg says:

    Hello. I had my last chemo (T then A/C for breast) Dec 16 and was shocked to have my eyelashes begin regrowth this week. They are coming in all at once and now I’ve read they might not be permanent. I’m trying not to get my hopes up but it is so exciting to see all those little hairs growing. Now if only the hair on my head and eyebrows would catch up. Did anyone else have eyelashes that came back first? I was told they would be the LAST to come back.

  43. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Meg. Congrats on finishing up your treatments! How exciting that your eyelashes are returning. Your comment just goes to show that everyone is different. We are all affected by chemo drugs in different ways. I’ll hold out hope that your eyelashes stay, but even if they fall out again, I imagine it won’t be long before they’re back! Good luck!

  44. Tiffany says:

    So glad I found this site. I finished chemo for stage I ovarian in November and my eyebrows and eyelashes fell out after treatment too!!!! I’m so glad I’m not alone in this!!!
    By His stripes WE are healed!!!!!

  45. Jennifer Cavanaugh says:

    Hello Ladies, I finished my last chemo treatment for BC on Christmas Eve. It was the best present I have ever received. I had a lumpectomy this past Monday and feel pretty darn good. I was thrilled that I came out of the treatment with my eyelashes and eyebrows in tact. Well, that was short lived! I too am losing them both. At the very least, I am happy to know I am not alone. The good news is that the hair on my head is growing in pretty quickly. Good luck to all of you and thanks for sharing. I don’t know what I would have done without the internet during my journey with breast cancer.

  46. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Tiffany! Congrats on finishing your treatments!! I hope you are well on your way to recovery, and so glad you joined us. Good luck encouraging those lashes to come back. I’m sure they will. Hope these tips help you get through until then.

  47. Britta Aragon says:

    Congrats, Jennifer! So glad you are done and now you can focus on healing. It is a disappointment when we think we’ve “escaped” the lash loss only to find out a few days later we didn’t. :( But they grow back for most people. Don’t be surprised if they fall out again some time in the future, but hang in there. The recovery always takes longer than we want it to, so keep it up with your tender self-care. Light to you!

  48. vanessa cathrine says:

    Hi everyone,
    I finished my chemo last year February. During the chemo I lost my hair, but hardly any lashes or eyebrows. My hair has grown back thick and curly…..but my eyelashes and eyebrows have thinned out in the past half year until they are virtually none existent!! I dont understand…. so its on my list of things to ask the doctor when I see her next week. I do still have hormone treatment (for breast cancer). Does anyone recognize this problem?

  49. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Vanessa. Your story is common. Hair loss can occur long after treatments are over. Your body is likely still healing and processing everything you went through. It also has a way of gradually working out the toxins in your system, which may explain the delay. Your doctor can tell you if the hormone treatment may be contributing to the issue. In the meantime, try to relax. Most of the time the hair grows back. If not, there are lots of makeup tips to help fake it. At least you’re still here and hopefully cancer-free! If you’d like some tips on detoxing your system, check out my post here. ( Good luck!

  50. Tiffany Mack says:

    Greetings, I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer two days shy of my 50th Birthday in November. After getting over the initial shock, I have had 4 of 6 treatments (the plan was 3 treatments prior to surgery, 3 treatments after). My surgery is next month so I had the 4th treatment prior. On January 2, I loss all my hair and after treatment 3 began to lose my eyelashes and have began thinning my eyebrows. I found this site because how traumatic this has been on my emotional state. I have a small support circle (by choice because I need only positivity to get through this journey). With the extended hair loss, I don’t know how I can maintain not letting everyone know now. Reading the inspiring comments that have been very helpful to my mindset. As I continue this journey, I will keep my faith in God to win this battle, wear my Wonder Woman gear to each doctor appointment, treatment and keep my positive outlook. Loss of hair has been the only thing that has caused me to be emotionally shaken otherwise my treatments have been going great physically. I know what to expect from these testimonies. Thanks for this site, it’s best to hear from REAL people during this process.

  51. Brenda says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Thanks for sharing this post. I understand going through chemo is quite difficult with all its side effects. I want to share a great brand with you and many other cancer patients and that is ESQIDO false eyelashes. I have a friend that went through the same ordeal as you and she wanted lash extensions but the person said it cannot be done because there are no natural lash to extend. She was directed to ESQIDO lashes because they use the same material as eyelash bars and the good thing was they were strip eyelashes and actually look like real hairs. It was great to see her so happy again!

    I hope you give it a try…here is the website:


  52. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Tiffany. Ouch. Not much of a birthday present, eh? So glad to hear that overall, your treatments are going well. Please don’t feel you have to be Wonder Woman all the time, though! You have my permission to cry and scream at least once! The disease can wreak havoc with our appearance and that does shake a woman down to the core—I know. We are pressured even more in today’s world to look our best, and not being able to do so despite our best efforts is enough to shake anyone’s self confidence. I also hear that you, like many women, are concerned because now people are going to know you’re battling something. I talked to so many survivors who had that same concern—they just wanted to hide it from the world. And hair loss, more than anything, broadcasts, “I’ve got cancer!” For women who are always on top of things and caring for everyone else, this can be very traumatic. Give yourself permission to process these feelings—to feel the loss and the grief. Try music, journaling, art therapy, talking to friends, walking the dog, whatever it takes. It’s good to be positive, but remember you can’t just stuff those negative feelings. Let them flow through you, and then you’ll be more likely to feel genuinely good about how the treatments are going, hair or no. My best to you! Love and light!

  53. Daniela says:

    I feel for anyone going through this. While I do not have cancer, I am a 43 year old woman who has suffered from trichotollimania (hair pulling) for 37 years with no end in sight. I have zero lashes or brows by the end of the day. Reading all of your concerns about how awful this is makes me realize what a mess I’ve made and that I’m not attractive. Shame on me – I hope I can one day stop. God bless all of you on your journey back to health

  54. Britta Aragon says:

    Aw, Daniela, I hate to hear you saying you’re not attractive. I’m sure that’s not true! There are so many other things that make us beautiful besides hair. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and hope you can find a solution, but in the meantime, please be kinder to yourself!

  55. Hanh says:

    Hello ladies,
    I’m 2 years out post-chemo and still go through the cycles of brow & lash loss. Not sure when it will get back to normal but when I get extremely frustrated, I remind myself to be grateful that I’m still alive to worry about it;) I really miss how I used to look though. It’s hard when you don’t recognize the person in the mirror. Both of my breasts are gone. Reconstructive surgery was good but I don’t have nipples & I still don’t feel normal yet. Will be getting 3D tattoos soon! I hope they will do the trick. The lash & brow loss is a constant reminder of the cancer & it is harder to hide! I use false lashes on special occasions but using it every day makes the problem worse. I also use the lash serum which works great but eventually, it still goes through the hair loss cycle. It cuts down on the wait time for them to come back though. Good luck ladies & I feel your pain.

  56. Britta Aragon says:

    Thanks so much for writing in, Hanh. I feel for you—it is a loss, and we have to grieve for it. Cancer changes us and there’s nothing we can do about that, but it sounds like you have a great attitude and are doing everything you can to feel confident and good about yourself. Good luck with the tattoos—make sure your artist is safe and hygienic! I have a post on them here if you’re interested in more information:

  57. deanna says:

    I received the devastating news that I had BC on December 6, 2013. Had a double mastectomy on December 26, 2013. first round of chemo was February 12, 2014. I had to have 6 treatments. My last one was May 20, 2014. I lost all my body hair except my eye brows. It has been 6 months since my last chemo, my hair is about an inch long, but my eyelashes are still pretty much gone. I did my first round of 3D tattooing on November 19, 2014. I have 2 more to go. needless to say, I made it through it. lots of ups and downs but I did it. It is a very tough road to go down but you too will make it. Support of family and friends makes a world of difference. I know I would of never made it through had it not been for the love and understanding of my soul mate. He was at every doctors appointment. every surgery, every chemo appointment except for the last one. He died 1 week before my last appointment. So if I can make it through chemo and the death of the love of my life, you can do it too. stay strong no matter how tough it gets because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Good luck and fight on.

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