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    Dyeing hair after chemo

    Asked by CAL on Friday, April 12, 2013

    Dyeing hair after chemo

    A while back I saw a discussion re: dying one's hair after chemo, but I was in the midst of chemo at the time & it seemed like a mute point. Well, now I am almost 4 months post chemo and my hair is growing in nice & thick, sort of feels like a puppy's fur. I can't quite tell if it is the same color as my hair was before since my hair was always long but it seems close to the old color--sort of a nondescript brown with reddish highlights. I was a red head up until my late 40's & I have decided I like being a red-head again with my wig so I am thinking of dying my hair. I am hoping to start going without my wig in the next month so I thought I'd ask others about an appropriate time frame to safely dye one's hair post chemo. I don't even know if I have enough hair to dye at this point but I know I don't want to be wearing the wig during the summer months because it is hot. I ordered a natural dye that is the color my hair was in my younger years.

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    • Kathy's Avatar

      I'm going to follow your question because I have the same one. I'm almost 4 months since chemo too and I'm gonna want to ditch the wig too. My hair is dark but having some grayish highlights comin in. Thanks for asking this.

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      After much research & responses from my posts here, I decided to start with a color that was semi-permanent. My naturally dark brown hair first grew in gray and I was very upset. I waited until I was ready to ditch the wig before I did it - 7 months post chemo. It was at this point that my new hair was long enough when I felt most comfortable going out in public without a wig. I have had long hair all my life and still feel awkward with short hair, but it is growing in thick and curly - just like before. Also, as time passes, it is growing in more like my pre-chemo color with only a little gray. I'm still using the semi-permanent color, and this month marks one year since my last chemo treatment. Hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I colored my hair during chemo when it started growing back and it was white. I bought some wigs but I live in Florida and was going through chemo during the summer. The wigs were hot so I never wore them, I just rocked the GI Jane and it never bothered me. I heard from some people not to color it til done with chemo but I didn't have a problem. It was magenta, then violet, then blue, now it is multi colored.

      over 3 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      My hair is coming back grey and black--I always had brown hair with very little grey. Out of thr bottle is was reddish with a few blonde highlights! I hate this new color, I am 5 months post chemo and it is growing but not enough to color. My hairdresser says to embrace the "new me" for now. I will spike it like I was doing pre chemo and I had lots of complements-- the difference was I still had a little of the bottled color on my hair. She wants me to wait until there is some real length to it. I am ok with that because I now have growing hair!! Good luck and hugs!

      over 3 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Go for it! I just dyed my hair on Wed with permanent color for first time. I am 12 weeks PFC and could not stand the grey. No scalp burn, which was my biggest concern. Best decision I could have made!! The color made my baby fine hair thicker and took 5 years off my age! Woohoo!!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My post chemo hair was an ugly pencil lead color. I checked with my onc first and she told me I could use whatever I wanted to color it. After reading that sometimes post-chemo hair doesn't take color as expected I went with semi-permanent color. I had excellent results with Natural Instincts Creme Color (medium auburn.) it washes out gradually after 20-something shampoos. It was easy to use and very inexpensive. I dyed my hair and stopped wearing a wig when my hair was about 1" to 1.5" which is pretty short. The color really softened the harsh look of the uber-short hair.

      over 3 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      Hi all, I am also 4 months out of chemo and my hair is growing back!!! I am so so happy, it is growing out same color but slowly and I do not care!!! I have decided that after all I have gone thru I am getting rid of the wig- I did this last month for my big 50 birthday- I slicked back the little hair with gel and walaaaa.... here I come!!! I feel great, confident and comfortable. I always had highlights and now I am waiting to see if I will have them again or stay with my darker color hair. I think it is all in our minds and if we are sure we look great and we carry ourselves with greatness and confidence the world will see us the same way. We are brave and have gone thru so so much, it can only get better from here on. Love to all.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      i just dyed my hair two days ago. i used the root touch up stuff. my hair was the ugly pencil lead color, as gwendolyn said her's was. i always had blonde hair and highlighted it, so i did dark blond dye. not really liking it thinking i should if went darker. i am almost 6 months post chemo. im still wearing the wig, but i do want to get rid of it, however the weather here isn't cooperating. a little too cool for me. best of luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My hair came in "salt & pepper" (a lot of salt). I had originally posted the question about dyeing my hair. After 8 months, I decided to try a light color --an ash blonde shade -- it did not turn out to be the color I expected. Next, I tried a light golden brown. Now, I have a reddish cast but I like it much better. It is more natural for me as I always had that reddish cast. The moral of the story is that you may not get the color as described on the box. All I can say is -- it is nice to be rid of the wig and to have hair again and to have a decent color. It has been a year for me now. I went without the wig and baseball cap after 4 months -- it was a short hairstyle but it was MY hair!!! Good Luck!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      You may want a colorist to do your first coloring and then have him/her suggest something you can use on your own...this a time to have fun with color so go for it! Good luck and God bless!

      over 3 years ago
    • SMeridith's Avatar

      My on oncologist said there was no problem to dye my hair. Mine came back a solid silver gray and for me, I couldn't get rid of it fast enough. I dyed mine to cover some gray before treatments so this has felt very natural.....just a pain and expensive but worth it to me.

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      My stylist turned me on to semi permanent process, that also conditions the hair. Ask your stylist about them. I've found it to be wonderful.. you don't get those root lines so emphatically as the hair grows. I'm about 8 months off chemo now and there's been 3 trims to shape things up. My hair is very healthy looking with this semi perm. dye.. get it touched up every 6 weeks and love it. They can do reddish colors easily with this. I would not suggest doing this yourself, it will look nasty as it grows out and needs professional shaping, etc. You are on your way, enjoy the new looks as you grow back!

      over 3 years ago

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