• Coloring my hair before I lose it? Have had 1 chemo treatment so far.

    Asked by camarczak on Friday, July 27, 2012

    Coloring my hair before I lose it? Have had 1 chemo treatment so far.

    I wanted to color and cut my hair short before I lose it but my husband is adamet I shouldn't do it.
    Anyone know if coloring my hair is a bad thing to do during chemo??

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I honestly don't know. I have heard of people doing it though. It would be best to ask your oncologist.

      almost 9 years ago
    • camarczak's Avatar

      Thanks Lirasgirl33 I left a message for my oncologist. I'll post when I know !

      almost 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      My hair was nearly completely gone by 3 weeks. So... Probably, I would not bother simply because it wouldn't last long at all.....

      almost 9 years ago
    • judalou's Avatar

      Hair color is chemicals...chemo is strong internal chemical...what are you thinking?

      almost 9 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Having been there... and done that.... don't bother... My hair fell out in clumps during the end of the first week. But diferent chemos, different reactions. I looked on line for wigs. I found PaulaYoung.com... they had the cutest trendy styles and were very very reasonable stylewise. My friends loved them... My middle son gave me his hair trimmer... When my hair was falling out in clumps, I was sitting watching TV beside my husband... we smiled at each other and gathered up the supplies needed. Hair trimmer check... towel for around shoulders check... and we walked into the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror... he took them and started 'doing baby steps' taking an inch off here... then a bit more there... I took the clipper, placed in on my scalp and ran it from front to top of head... the hair fell around me... tears started flowing, but we were talking and laughing... really, both of us cried softly and watched my blond hair (Clairol, can't remember number now). fall to the floor.. our two cats came and sat on counter and watched seeming to sense something big was going on. Tom took the clippers and finished removing all my hair... I now had a 'XXX' haircut. (We used to call them that when we were kids) Tom laughed and said.... "You really look like your brother!" And I did. Then I called my bro and was telling him... he wanted to know why that would be so bad... I had to actually explain... Hey Dave... you with boobs... not pretty!!!!! He understood. That was the last time I cried,. Showering, towel drying head, putting on makeup and a wig... and heading out... FREEING!!!! (okay, clothes too)

      almost 9 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar

      My hair starting falling out 13 days after my first chemo. I had my hairdresser take it all off at that point.

      almost 9 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Camarczak:
      After I was diagnosed I stopped coloring my hair because of the toxicity and possible carcinogenic effects of some hair dyes. Of course, I had been using some strong stuff - the kind that strips the hair first (to get rid of grey) and then puts color back in. Some non-permanent rinses that aren't so strong may be ok. Now that my hair is growing back after chemotherapy, I am surprised how grey my hair is - but that's just because I had been coloring it for so long I didn't know, or remember! I won't color my hair again - I kind of like the salt and pepper look. BTW, after my second round of AC, I chose to shave my head completely - it was falling out so fast and in such big clumps that it felt good to be rid of it! You might want to research the carcinogenic effects of hair dyes before making a decision. Good luck and
      Fight On,

      almost 9 years ago
    • doug's Avatar

      My wife has Metastatic adenocarcinoma of unknown primary, she wanted to get a "crazy and fun hair color and cut".
      We consulted with her oncologist and he saw no reason (medical) why she shouldn't.
      She did, and was very happy with no regrets.

      If you have the money, and realize that your hair may, or may not fall out soon- I say do it-
      Of course everyone's choices are personal and revolve around family dynamics and safety first of course.
      But- I personally would rather see a smile on my loved ones face rather than a tear.
      So if she wants to have fun, or feel good about herself- I'll do anything in my power I can to accomplish that, no matter how irrational it might look to family and others.

      We've had enough of tears... stupid cancer--

      almost 9 years ago
    • Alyce's Avatar

      My hair started coming out in clumps in day 17. Life is too short to go around chasing all that loose and falling out hair. I had my husband shave my head, changed the sheets on the bed and moved on.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Johneen's Avatar

      I colored mine and still do, I do it the day before I go to chemo.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      If you have started chemo I would refrain from using chemicals on your scalp. I doubt there is a danger with chemo reaction but if you are concerned with hair loss, harsh products can irritate the scalp and increase your risk of hair loss. I cut my hair short to reduce the need to use a hair dryer and styling products. I just wash with a gentle shampoo and towel dry gently then shake and go, lol. So far, no hair loss (crosses fingers).

      almost 9 years ago
    • camarczak's Avatar

      Well I called my Oncologist and asked about coloring my hair. The nurse asked the doctor and called me back. She said "have fun!". Doc said ok! I only wanted to cut it shorter and highlight / color ( my hair was passed my shoulders and has always been long) My sister is a hairdresser so there was no charge for any of this. My husband did not want me to use the over the counter peroxide products. My sister had a non peroxide, non alcohol product which was a protein color- non permanent (like my hair) Color -Cinnamon. So now I have the shortest hair I have ever had and it's a reddish color. ( I have always had light brown hair). I went to work today and everyone liked it I love how it looks too!! I told everyone my next phase will be back to light brown/ blonde longer hair (my wig!!) I do have an awesome wig.
      So this phase of my hair will be ending soon. Will move to the next phase but hey it's only hair! My sister will be helping me shave my head probably by the end of the Week.

      almost 9 years ago

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