• What advice or information have you received in regards to using Hair Color after Chemo? Chemo ended 8 mos ago and Radiation ended 5 mos ago

    Asked by JennyMiller on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    What advice or information have you received in regards to using Hair Color after Chemo?
    Chemo ended 8 mos ago and Radiation ended 5 mos ago

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      As I understand it, there is no physical risk to having your hair dyed anytime you like. However, some cosmetologist's recommend waiting for a year because your hair color and texture can continue to change for that long and that can affect how it takes the color and how it looks.

      Personal, I absolutely love my post chemo hair. I love the color and waviness and softness of it. It feels so much healthier and less dried out than it did pre chemo when it had dealt with years of coloring and other hair products. Now I just shampoo and it's good to go.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      My hair grew back in very white so I started coloring it crazy colors. It was fuschia, then indigo blue and now it is purple.
      I hvae not heard any reasons why you should not color your hair after you complete treatment, although as Nancy said, the hair texture might have changed so you may encounter breakage from the chemicals.

      over 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar
      packerbacker

      I have colored my hair a few times in the past 14 months while getting chemo. I have had no ill effects. When I asked my chemo doc, he said he didn't know of any problems with coloring your hair. My hair got a little more coarse since chemo. I also have gotten a body-wave, and it has been holding that for many months now. Pre-chemo, I had baby-fine straight hair, so my hair has changed, but the color hasn't hurt it. what color are you looking at? Have fun!

      over 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar
      Joachima

      My hair came back a salt & pepper color instead of my usual dark brown. After much research and input from many here on WhatNext, I went to my hairdresser and decided on a color rinse instead of permanent color. I did this one month ago and love it. I plan on doing it again sometime this week. I finished chemo in April 2012 and completed radiation July 2012. Hope this helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • lovinglife's Avatar
      lovinglife

      I colored my hair three months after chemo. My oncologist said I shouldn't have my hair colored, teeth cleaned until after three months. I had no problems and felt so much better getting my gray hairs covered up!

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Jenny, hello I am an oncology nurse and the answer to your question varies from oncologist to oncologist so it is best to ask your oncologist. However if I might make a suggestion to you. Before you color your hair please go to the skin deep website at www.skindeep.com and make sure that the dye you use contains no carcinogens. This site checks all personal care products and alerts people if the product contains cancer causing chemicals. I would hate to see you use a product that is going to cause a recurrence of the very disease you are fighting. Good luck, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      I got some good advice from my stylist that worked well and I'm happy to share with you. My chemo ended in Aug and my hair started coming in mid Sept but it was gray in weird spots, and the top was dark. So odd looking I just didn't feel right.. not only am I not a "short hair" person, but now with these spots! My fear was the chemicals too and if we color, then there will be roots every 4-5 weeks or so.. not pretty. So my stylist recommended a semi-permanent color that also conditions the hair as it grows in. You need to get it done professionally, but it works so well. I never see roots and the quality of the hair is wonderful. I have had it 3 times now and the color is rich but it fades as the time for the next one comes, so therefore you don't see that line of roots. With such short hair, that would look very odd. She called the product a Sapphron, and I believe it is from France.. cost about $50 but worth it!

      over 4 years ago
    • graygoose311's Avatar
      graygoose311

      I am 5 years in remission and have been coloring my hair for several years and my doc said it probably ok I had 4 rounds of chemo and 35 radiation the first time with a lumpectomy in 2003 and in 2007 had it again in same breast but different kind and different location in the left breast.. had 4 rounds of chemo with a radical mastectomy. have not had any problems with coloring my hair. my doc said it was ok. good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar
      Nomadicme

      The moment I got some hair, I went to town with dye! I did choose a darer color that allowed for less peroxide to be used. My hair did come back strong and thick, so I wasn't worried (I really think using rogaine helped).
      In other breast cancer websites I've read women expressing concern about the fragility of their new hair and wanting to give it time (a cancer survivor I know waited over a year to get highlights).

      over 4 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar
      Bashiemn

      I attempted to dye my hair 5 months after chemo - and my hair didn't take the dye at all.

      over 4 years ago
    • ljb23's Avatar
      ljb23

      My chemo ended also ended 8 months ago and radiation 6 months ago. I colored my hair in late September and couldn't be happier with the color. My hair came back white after chemo which was shocking since I didn't have too much gray before all this mess. I was told to just not use bleach on my hair other than a few highlights. I love my new waves, the only good thing to come out of losing my hair.

      over 4 years ago
    • ljb23's Avatar
      ljb23

      My chemo ended also ended 8 months ago and radiation 6 months ago. I colored my hair in late September and couldn't be happier with the color. My hair came back white after chemo which was shocking since I didn't have too much gray before all this mess. I was told to just not use bleach on my hair other than a few highlights. I love my new waves, the only good thing to come out of losing my hair.

      over 4 years ago
    • Kimhoughton's Avatar
      Kimhoughton

      I tried coloring it myself with a box from Target and it turned out a redish color. Nothing like the beautiful blonde on the box. My son called me ginger! 2 months later I went to a professional and got a few highlights and it looks better. I was told by a hair dresser that the chemicals can cause it to become a different color than what you are going for.

      over 4 years ago

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