colouring hair

colouring hair

colouring hair I had my last chemo in Jan 07 and my last rads about 3 weeks ago. My hair is growing back well and has been since Xmas, it’s about an inch long but grey and white…! I am getting fed up wearing scarves and am trying to pluck up the courage to take it off. I don’t know why I’m so bothered about what I look like it doesn’t make sense? If I could colour my hair maybe I would not feel so self conscious. I have bought a semi-permanent colour from the boots botanics range, it has no ammonia and has plant extracts…so, what do you think…? has anybody else coloured their hair before the recommended 6 month timescale?

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coloured my hair ok Hi Cheshire.
First I’m real jealous at how fast your hair is growing
I finished chemo mid August 2006 and have about one and a halve inches.
Since no one ever told me not to colour my hair – here what I’ve done.

At Christmas time, my daughter coloured it purple using a wash out product. She said it was like putting mascara on a rabbit – I’m a bit worried – she doesn’t have a rabbit. I think she said that because she had to use a tooth brush as there was so little hair.

I know use a permanent purple dye – my hairs ok – the towels and bedding are not. It must be the tropical moments – but it seems to transfer when I sweat.

Good luck with the hair just be kind to it and you’ll do fine.


Hi Glo Hi Glo,

I think your daughter’s comment is something to do with the fact that the new hair feels beautifully soft - like rabbit fur.

My daughter used to refer to me as ‘fluffy bunny’.

Best wishes,


Hi Chesh Hi Chesh,

If I were you I’d test a tiny strand first.

I’ve dark brown hair and I didn’t dye it, but I did go on holiday to Portugal and developed blonde highlights in the sun - something that hadn’t happened since I was a teenager. So the new hair is a little different but eventually goes back to normal.

Bet wishes,


hair colour Thanks for the info it really helped. I’m sitting here now with an hour and a half to go before I get my youngest daughter from school, next to me is the hair dye…oh, what the hell…here goes…!!