• Hair has been growing back in since August. Is it okay to color hair? Can you do anything to shape up hair at this stage?

    Asked by Mart on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    Hair has been growing back in since August. Is it okay to color hair? Can you do anything to shape up hair at this stage?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I would absolutley love to give you some advice on this BUT...I was bald before chemo, during chemo and 10 months after chemo....

      almost 5 years ago
    • LiR's Avatar

      Did you have a wig? I got my wig in a special salon, where the owner dealing with mostly
      cancer patients on chemo. She told me when my hair start to grow back, just go back to her
      and she will shape it properly and I do not have to wear the wig any more.
      Try to find a place like that in your area and they will help you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • KarynBe's Avatar

      Congrats on your hair growing back. It's so soft isn't it? When mine came in, I noticed patches of white and wanted to color my hair right away. Since the hair is "new" I used a non ammonia hair dye. But the color didn't "take" as well. So you probably have to leave it in a little longer.
      You really should do a test patch first, your scalp might be sensitive or there might be a chemical reaction from all the meds and radiation the body has been taking.

      What do you mean by "shape up hair?" If you mean is it okay to use gels and other hair products, I say...go for it! This is your time to start over with a new hairstyle. I'd stay away from harsh chemicals for awhile though.Don't try to get your hair permed or straightened. Give your body and your hair a rest from it. We have put our bodies through a lot with all the treatments, there might be bad reactions. My hair came back curly, but after I cut it the curls went away. Congratulations on your new hair :)

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My hair started growing back when they changed my cocktail. I really like just the way it is, I am thinking of get colored gel to make it look more edgy.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I colored mine during chemo. It was coming back in really white and I am too young for that so I colored it fuschia, then indigo blue, now it is violet.
      I would ask your oncologist, not sure what regimen you were on, so don't know how your body would react.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I colored my hair 4 months after stopping chemo. I didn't ask anyone for advice, and loved my color. I didn't need any shaping for a long time as it was very curly, so it looked cute just the way it grew. I did brush it forward after washing. After it grew a bit longer, gel and paste became my friends. For shaping, something like 7 months into it I went to a regular hair salon, explained that I wanted minimum shaping as I was trying to grow my hair after chemo, and that it had taken m that long to grow hair to that length. I also gave specific instructions (and still do), to only cut the lower back and shape around my ears. I had a little bit of the bc patient mullet going on, from my reluctance to touch my hair.
      I had nice thick hair before chemo, and it came back nice and thick AND super curly (only kinda wavy before). I think my using monoxidil (non branded rogaine) for a month one month after chemo ended helped a lot. I got tired of the curly hair and got a Brazilian blowout, not sure I recommend that as the stuff they put on your hair that you end up inhaling is toxic...nd a carcinogen (but XXX my hair looked good lol).
      Anyway, maybe because of the monoxidil my hair was ok to be dyed. It didn't fall or anything like that, and I was happy with the results (I used 20% peroxide, so went dark, didn't want to go up to 40% with my new hair). One thing about chemo, I got a lot of new gray hair. My chemo, 4 cycles of AC, followed by 4 cycles Taxotere/Herceptin dose dense (turns out the A is not needed in early BC, which is what pushed me into menopause. But I guess those results came too late for me).

      almost 5 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar

      I dyed my hair after an inch had grown back, while still on treatment. Had it cut to look more stylish. No problems.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Marbeau's Avatar

      When my hair started growing back I had it dyed it a very white, platinum blonde. It looks fabulous with short hair. My formerly straight hair came back curlier. I decided to keep it short which worked well with the curl. So easy to take care of and it looks both chic and edgy.

      almost 5 years ago

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