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Colour hair after radiotherapy


Re: Colour hair after radiotherapy

I went to a fabulous hairdresser, Daniel Field, who treats ladies during and after chemo. None of my hair fell out and I still get compliments on it (I used ice cap and was on Paclitaxel). He uses a seaweed bleach and all the dyes are natural.

Re: Colour hair after radiotherapy

Agree with this.Had my hair coloured professionally by a hairdresser I totally trusted.Had a patch test and had it done about 4 weeks after rads finished and it was absolutely fine.Couldnt stick the steely grey colour that had grown back!

Re: Colour hair after radiotherapy

I definitely went for my hair colouring and cutting after rads. It was a treat!! Was not advised I couldn't do it. My hair is slightly thinner than it was 9 months ago but this is being attributed to anastrozole!! Go ahead you'll feel better for it!!💖💖💖

Re: Colour hair after radiotherapy

That's a good point about the chemo, Chick. Having had chemo appears to make a great deal of difference to treatments following on, such as endocrine therapy and radiotherapy.


Here's a bit on the Cancer Research UK site about dying hair after chemo.




Using hair dye

It is best not to use dyes or perms for around 6 months after finishing chemotherapy. This is because when you are recovering from chemotherapy, your hair is more fragile than usual. It is more likely to get damaged. 

 It takes about 6 months for the hair to become stronger. It isn't a good idea to use:

  • permanent hair dyes
  • semi permanent hair dyes
  • perms

These products contain strong chemicals that can damage your hair. Your scalp may also be drier and itchier than normal during this time. Using strong chemicals on your hair can make this worse.


Henna and vegetable based dyes

It's understandable that you might not want to wait to dye your hair. You can ask your hairdresser to suggest henna dyes or vegetable based dyes for you. These are gentler on the hair than the other types of hair colouring. So hair specialists think it is safe to use them.


Even with a vegetable dye, it is worth testing before you use it. You can test the dye on a small section of your hair first to see how it works.


How chemotherapy might affect your hair

This will depend on which chemotherapy drugs you had. Some types of chemotherapy make hair fall out completely. Other types make the hair thin, or change in texture. 

You might find that your hair doesn’t grow back exactly the same as it was before. Here's some possible changes that might happen to your hair: 

  • the colour may change
  • the texture may be different
  • your hair may be more curly
  • it may be straighter


I can't find anything on Breast Cancer Care, Cancer Research UK or Macmillan to suggest that readiotherapy to the breast affects the hair on you head.


Re: Colour hair after radiotherapy

Hello Pembertonrose, 


I am in agreement with Appletree. 


If you are talking about breast and axilla radiotherapy then this should not affect hair colouring or cutting (unless underarm hair 😁). 


I would contact your radiotherapy department and ask for an explanation.  If a radiologist is advising this to breast patients then they need some extra training. 


Another possibility,  have you just finished chemo recently and if so,  were they possibly advising on that?  


Best wishes to you,  🐣 Chick X


Re: Colour hair after radiotherapy

This sounds extraordinary. Did you have any part of your head irradiated?


I was not given any such instructions. It was my left breast and the lower part of the axilla that were treated. My head was right out of the line of fire. I was able to wear earrings throughout the treatment and wash my hair as much as I wanted. The X-ray beams were very precisely targeted.


You could check with your GP, who might be able to contact the radiologist for you and get clarification of this.


Colour hair after radiotherapy

I just finished 15 fractions of radio and have been told by radiologist that l cannot colour or cut hair for 6 weeks is this true with no explanation given