After Chemotherapy, Selma Blair Embraces Her Buzzed “Patchy Charcoal” Hair

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It may surprise you to learn that chemotherapy is part of the treatment plan for diseases and conditions other than cancer. Selma Blair underwent chemotherapy as part of the treatment regimen for multiple sclerosis (MS), and experienced a side effect that many women do: hair loss.

Blair is embracing her new look.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord. The immune system attacks myelin, which is a sheath that protects nerve fibers in your body. These attacks disrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body, and can eventually cause lasting damage and deterioration to the nerves.

Symptoms and severity of the condition vary from person to person and can worsen over time, but some symptoms include: numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or more limbs, tremors, lack of coordination, vision problems, fatigue, dizziness, and slurred speech.

Some people with MS can go through long periods of remission without symptoms, while others with the disease may have it so seriously that they are no longer able to walk. MS is incurable.

Chemo can help treat MS because it destroys white blood cells. White blood cells are part of the immune system, and the immune system is responsible for the body attacking the myelin sheath on the nerves.

Photo: Instagram/Selma Blair

Selma Blair is an actress who starred in popular films like Cruel Intentions, Hellboy, and Brown’s Requiem.

In 2018, Blair was diagnosed with MS. It explained the symptoms she had been experiencing for years, like falling, dropping things, and issues with the left side of her body.

Photo: Instagram/Selma Blair

She has been very open about her experience with MS and posts often on Instagram. When she had to go through chemotherapy, she shared her fears and hopes about the treatment on the social media platform.

Blair cut her hair short in preparation for the hair loss, so that she and her son, Arthur, would get used to her with less hair.

Photo: Instagram/Selma Blair

Then she became bald through the chemo — she didn’t need to shave, it just fell out. After the regrowth began, she tried to dye it brown, but it didn’t work out. So she let it grow a bit more and then buzzed it.

“It took two months to begin regrowth,” she wrote on Instagram, “And it came in fine and pale and very sparse. I shaved it. It looked too sad. For me. I let it grow back. It was patchy in color and I felt like dying it brown. Ridiculous! I really only succeeded in dying my scalp. After a week, I buzzed shorter with clippers and a few weeks later, here we are 🙌. A thinnish, patchy charcoal head. I will see how a pixie grows in. Or I will buzz again. It seems to be too much to have long hair again. So I will leave it short and grey, something I have never before wanted to do. I equated it with giving up. And maybe giving up long, brown hair, complete with time consuming and expensive highlights and lowlights isn’t necessarily a give up. Give in. Embrace. Sure. I’ll try it. Unless…some fancy pants company with a thick checkbook wants to entice me out of dye retirement. Then I will sing about the glories of processed hair! I certainly will. So, until that wished for day, enjoy the head 💋”

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For those few interested at an in depth look at hair growth ,post chemotherapy for #hsct. I cut my hair short to transition myself and my son for impending baldness. Easy. Baldness came. I didn’t shave head to that end. Of course it fell out. Shiny. Pale dome. Nice enough. It took two months to begin regrowth And it came in fine and pale and very sparse. I shaved it. It looked too sad. For me. I let it grow back. It was patchy in color and I felt like dying it brown. Ridiculous! I really only succeeded in dying my scalp. After a week, I buzzed shorter with clippers and a few weeks later, here we are 🙌. A thinnish, patchy charcoal head. I will see how a pixie grows in. Or I will buzz again. It seems to be too much to have long hair again. So I will leave it short and grey, something I have never before wanted to do. I equated it with giving up. And maybe giving up long, brown hair, complete with time consuming and expensive highlights and lowlights isn’t necessarily a give up. Give in. Embrace. Sure. I’ll try it. Unless…some fancy pants company with a thick checkbook wants to entice me out of dye retirement. Then I will sing about the glories of processed hair! I certainly will. So, until that wished for day, enjoy the head 💋 #buzzed #saltandpepperhair #showingmyroots #thecomeback

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Blair looks fantastic with her buzzed hairstyle, and we’re grateful for her optimism, humor, and honesty while she grapples with life with MS. We wish her the very best in her health moving forward.

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