• Hair regrowth, color

    Asked by Valentinegirl on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Hair regrowth, color

    I've asked a similar question before. I finished chemo in November, and my hair is growing back so slowly. It came in much grayer than it had been, and when I tried to color it myself, it turned an odd, dark grey color. (I was aiming for dark brown). Two weeks ago, I saw a professional colorist (I know her well, and she is very good), and she colored and styled my very short hair. This time, the color was closer to my natural, dark brown color, and overall, I was happy with it. I then spent a week in Mexico, and ditched my wig for the first time. It felt good to be without it. However, the color now seems to be fading from my hair. Has anyone else hd this experience? I'm not sure whether this is from the sun, pool chlorine, or some weird post chemo effect. I really can't afford to go to see the colorist again for another few weeks, and I want to stop wearing this wig permanently. I've also been hearing about the "chemo curl." Is there any way to deal with that? Thanks!!

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • Gretchen's Avatar

      Try a color with ASH in it, that's always the best at covering grey. I don't have much experience with hair loss/change just yet ( starting tomorrow) but I know a bit about hair coloring. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Jray's Avatar

      I don't know about the reason your hair faded but, daughter is a cosmetology instructor and I have grey hair. She td me grey hair is very color resistant but there are some products for color treated hair like conditioners with a colorant in them that will help freshen the color between visits. Hope this helps :)

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      When my hair came back in, it was "salt & pepper" -- mostly salt. I decided to color it. I found that the colors that I had used in the past did not turn out the same with my new hair. The first try looked great on the box but was a disaster on me. I finally ended up getting a medium golden brown which gave me a light reddish brown which goes with my complexion and looks natural. Hopefully, you will be able to find the right color --- Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      It may have nothing at all to do with chemo or Mexico. I colored my hair my whole life, until about 5 years ago. I used L'Oreal and always had good luck with that. But for the last year or so that I colored, it would fade very quickly (I shampoo every day). I finally got sick of this and let it grow out and underneath all the color was, so I'm told, a beautiful shade of white. So that was why mine wouldn't hold the color longer than a couple of weeks, it was just too white.

      over 3 years ago
    • Miriam's Avatar

      My hair experience is similair to yours. Finally, I have about two inches of hair that has some curl and feels somehat normal. It has taken a long time to grow and finally feel like real hair again. My color experience was a diasater!! The first time I colored the new hair (that had come in a dirty blonde with gray) it turned orange. It was not a nice color but more like pumpkin....I called my stylist and she first laughed at me and then fixed the color the best she could. I agree with the comments before mine that hair color just doesn't take the same as it did on pre-chemo hair. I'm hoping that will change as the hair continues to grow. The curl has been nice but I understand that will go away. Good luck on this new adventure with your hair!

      over 3 years ago

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