• Does anyone know if you can dye your hair while on chemo? Have been blessed many chemo and radiation and still have hair

    Asked by susie81610 on Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Does anyone know if you can dye your hair while on chemo? Have been blessed many chemo and radiation and still have hair

    but it is very gray and makes me look sicker than i feel and older.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar


      I was lucky that I didn't lose my hair through my first round of chemo either. I'm not sure the second will have the same outcome. I was told by my nurse that it's best not to dye your hair during chemo as it may make it more fragile and more likely to fall out.

      The guy who cuts my hair tells me that there are a lot more products available with less harsh chemicals and he thought it would be OK to dye my hair. I opted to wait about 4 weeks after chemo to do it as I'm not sure if I could deal with losing my hair on top of everything else (hate my ears!)

      As far as a medical reason, I don't believe there is any reason you can't dye your hair.

      almost 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Thanks Carol: I believe this is my 4th chemo or 31/2 didn't make it the whole way through one. My hair is thinning but Doc said what chemo I'm on i should not lose it. I know its just hair but from all of this trauma to my poor body it is all grey. With loosing it I dont think I would have a big problem I kinda like my ears. hehe except for my head does not connect on the top the right way. Oh well guess I could always call Doc and ask but like talking to you guys better.
      Sounds like you are all ready to go on your adventure good luck to you and keep us posted on what is going on. Your in my prayers Big hugs to you!!

      almost 9 years ago
    • CancerAdvocate's Avatar

      Check with your oncologist. When I was going through chemo, no one told me NOT to dye my hair, and I did, and it was fine, but I think the general consensus is that the harsh chemicals might not be good for you if you have a scratch, open sore etc on your head.

      almost 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Was told no by my onc.

      almost 9 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      My chemo doc said he didn't know of any reason why I couldn't dye my hair, so I did without any problems. The only reason I can think of not to is possibly due to the harshness of the chemicals, but like that hairdresser said, there are products with less harsh chemicals. I just dyed my hair again and start more chemo for recurrent cancer next week. I hope my hair stays, but I will have to see what happens. Good luck to you!

      about 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Speak with your oncology team about this. I personally opted out of dying my hair, because i felt adding more chemicals to my system would not be a good idea. But your team should know if it's ok and what type of dye you can use.

      over 6 years ago

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