• 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??

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    • Johneen's Avatar
      Johneen

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

      almost 9 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar
      Moonflay

      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
      camarczak

      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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