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Old 09-16-2011, 05:28 AM   #1
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Dying your hair after chemo

Although I do not have alot of hair yet, it is coming back but with tons of grey! I was going to just let it go but all my friends are convincing me that I am too young to go gray yet. My sister-in-law bought me some Henna coloring and I am contemplating on trying it today. I have heard that if you dye it too soon after chemo the color can turn orange. My last Taxol treatment was in July and I am only on Herceptin now.

Anyone ever have the problem of dying their hair after chemo??
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12/13/10 - Lymph node biopsy - negative
12/28/10 - Started neo-adjuvant treatment along with clinical trial with 4 rounds of AC chemo every 3 weeks
3/15/11 - Began weekly Taxol/Herceptin infusions along with 750mg of Tykerb taken by mouth daily
6/28/11 - Finished last cycle of Taxol
7/27/11 - Breast MRI shows tumor has dissolved, remarkable reaction to chemo
8/31/11 - Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node biopsy. Node negative, clear margins, 7mm of cancer left over from chemo.
10/05/11 - Started radiation, 5 days a week for 7 weeks.
11/8/11 - Finished radiation
3/21/12 - Last Herceptin!
3/26/12 - Port removed!
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8/4/15 - Hysterectomy & bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Due to large fibroids. No cancer!
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:35 AM   #2
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

Because of the texture, mine looked alot like bird feathers after I colored it. Not good for me, I have decided to keep the gray and be happy I have hair!

It depends on the way the hair takes the color and the texture of the hair to begin with. Mine was very fine (used to be thick) hence the bird feather appearance.
Hope you have better luck!
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Core Biopsy 2/22/02
L. Mastectomy 2/25/2002
Stage 1, 0.7cm IDC, Node Neg from 19 nodes Her2+++ ER PR Neg
6/2003 Reconstruction W/ Tissue Expander, Silicone Implant
9/2003 Stage IV with Mets to Supraclavicular nodes
9/2003 Began Herceptin every 3 weeks
3/2006 Xeloda 2500mg/Herceptin for recurrence to neck nodes
3/2007 Added back the Xeloda with Herceptin for continued mets to nodes
5/2007 Taken Off Xeloda, no longer working
6/14/07 Taxol/Herceptin/Avastin
3/26 - 5/28/08 Taxol Holiday Whopeeeeeeeee
5/29 2008 Back on Taxol w Herceptin q 2 weeks
4/2009 Progression on Taxol & Paralyzed L Vocal Cord from Nodes Pressing on Nerve
5/2009 Begin Rx with Navelbine/Herceptin
11/09 Progression on Navelbine
Fought for and started Tykerb/Herceptin...nodes are melting!!!!!
2/2010 Back to Avastin/Herceptin
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7/2010 Back to walking a mile a day...YEAH!!!!
9/2010 Nodes are back with a vengence in neck
Qualified for TDM-1 EAP
10/6/10 Begin my miracle drug, TDM-1
Mixed response, shrinking internal nodes, progression skin mets after 3 treatments
12/6/10 Started Halaven (Eribulen) /Herceptin excellent results in 2 treatments
2/2011 I CELEBRATE my 9 YEAR MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7/5/11 begin Gemzar /Herceptin for node progression
2/8/2012 Gemzar stopped, Continue Herceptin
2/20/2012 Begin Tomo Radiation to Neck Nodes
2/21/2012 I CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:52 AM   #3
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

My 7 yr old granddaughter said to me: "Nana, I want your hair to be red again....like, you know, before you had cancer". And I considered it but it came back a nice white-blond so I'm going natural. Of course I'm much older than you....henna is a natural dye and shouldn't be harmful. I think we should do what makes us feel good as long as it's not a danger to our health.
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3/31/10:bi-lateral mx.;atypical ductal hyperplasia-lft side
4/21/10:wound revision-infection/scarring 4/28/10:seromas both sides
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07/2010: 2 weeks after 3rd port surgery, threw 3 pulm. emboli-IVC filter installed; warfarin
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12/03/2010 - finished 33 rads Hooray!! cont. Herc. every 3 wks
4/2011 - pneumonia ??? Nope-radiation pneumonitis. No more Herc.
5/2011 - NED!!! port out.
8/2011 - clean PET & CT scans.Still NED
7/2012 - Still NED/very blessed.
2/2013 - 6 mos checkup-all clear. CA2729 down frm 13 to 11.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:04 AM   #4
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

I finished chemo on March 17th of this year, and like you, my hair came in salt and pepper. If one more person told me I looked like Jamie Lee Curtis, I was going to scream! I was scared but I did it. I colored mine a light brown in July and the only thing that happened was that it turned out a little lighter than I hoped. At the end of August I colored it again, a dark brown color and I love it! Yesterday was my first day without my "barbie hair" and it feels amazing to not have to wear it anymore!
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10/01/10 - BRCA test - Negative
11/3/10 -2.5cm tumor removed via lumpectomy, clear margins. sentinal node biopsy - nodes clear!
12/2/10 - port placement
12/2/10 to 3/17/11 - 6 rounds of taxotere, carboplatin & herceptin every 3rd week.
04/20/11 - 6/6/11 - 33 rounds of radiation
4/6/11 to 11/2/11 - 11 additional rounds of herceptin every 3rd week
7/15/11 - port removal
7/5/11 started my 5 year journey on Tamoxifen
9/4/11 -1 yr Chest MRI - CLEAN!!!!
9/5/12 -2 yr Chest MRI - CLEAN!!!!
8/29/12 - Started spotting after being in chemopause 1.5 years. Ultra sound detected 6cm ovary mass & very thick lining. YIKES! Taken off Tamoxifen
9/6/12 - Full abdominal hysterectomy. Pathology report came back clean... thank you baby Jesus!!
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:25 PM   #5
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

Hey!
I was thinking of this very topic this morning! I finished Taxol in August, and my hair is coming back white...not gray, white!
I'm going to ask my onc how long I should wait, when I see her next week. I'll let you know what she says.
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7/5/13 finally off steroids!!
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:16 PM   #6
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

Mine came in grey too and I dyed it light brown right away with Nutrisse "Acorn" 60 - Light Natural brown. I loved that color so much, I still use it as you can see in my avatar.

I had no funky problems the first time but I did have a haircut first to get the longish curls off the back
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:53 PM   #7
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

My hair came back quite dark and super curly. I decided to colour mine a little lighter with blonde tips I combed on the colour so it did not touch my scalp. I like it for a change.
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May 2010 Ultra Sound .... ALL CLEAR... NED
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:02 AM   #8
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

I finished chemo March 17 and had stopped wearing my wig by Memorial day weekend, although extremely short I could not take the wig any longer. My husband shaved his hair even shorter so that I would look like the wife now. (Just a little joke between us). It was very mousey gray and I called my beautician and she said we can color it so I had it colored and it turned out great. It has now been colored 3 times and is not damaged at all. I had super curly hair before and it is super curly again. It made me feel better too just knowing that the gray was gone. We did notice on my last color that the roots are not as gray all over and it is going back to my natural color. Hooray. Now if it would just grow alittle faster please. I say go for it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:26 AM   #9
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

I had some gray in the front show up when it started coming in. I waited until it was a good length and then got temp (wash in) color. I didn't have a reaction...any kind of anesthesia and harsh chemicals in your body can affect the coloring process. I didn't go swimming or out in the sun for a couple days so it set really well. Been coloring now for 7 years! I too felt too young to be gray yet! My youngest was 1 1/2 when I finally had some hair coming back in.
The good part about temp color is they can fix it pretty easy.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #10
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

I ended up doing the Henna yesterday and let's just say that I look like a punk rocker! The gray picked up the "tea" color and now I have weird patches of light rust/brown all over! Looks ridiculous so now it's back to the wig until I see a beautician. I have to say that instead of crying like I would've done before cancer, I just started laughing. I used to depend on my hair like a security blanket but now I realize that it's not that important to me as it was. I just do not sweat the small stuff anymore. Another great lesson I learned from this journey!

Thank you for all the posts, I enjoyed the feedback! I should've went to a salon before taking this on myself. Need to change my Avatar once my new hair color is in place
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12/13/10 - Lymph node biopsy - negative
12/28/10 - Started neo-adjuvant treatment along with clinical trial with 4 rounds of AC chemo every 3 weeks
3/15/11 - Began weekly Taxol/Herceptin infusions along with 750mg of Tykerb taken by mouth daily
6/28/11 - Finished last cycle of Taxol
7/27/11 - Breast MRI shows tumor has dissolved, remarkable reaction to chemo
8/31/11 - Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node biopsy. Node negative, clear margins, 7mm of cancer left over from chemo.
10/05/11 - Started radiation, 5 days a week for 7 weeks.
11/8/11 - Finished radiation
3/21/12 - Last Herceptin!
3/26/12 - Port removed!
Tamoxifen for 5 years
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:17 PM   #11
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

The minute I saw hair on my scalp, I dyed it and have been dying it every 3 weeks or so. I use a natural hair dye from the health food store and have had no issues. My hair came in white too - not salt and pepper but white! I have about 1/2 an inch and still stick to wigs - I hope to be out and about within a few months sporting my new do.
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2/23/11 Began TCH protocol every 21 days 6x
5/23/11 Ultrasound of originally diseased lymph node shows normal
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7/29/11 Double mastectomy with reconstruction (expanders)
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:07 PM   #12
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

Its just hair...that what i keep telling myself, and after losing it 4 times, I amjust happy to have any at all....of course i have aged on this journey.....in my time with breast cancer, my hair has gone from this pic, to my avatar.....the wonders of chemo chemicals and age....
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9/2003 Stage IV with Mets to Supraclavicular nodes
9/2003 Began Herceptin every 3 weeks
3/2006 Xeloda 2500mg/Herceptin for recurrence to neck nodes
3/2007 Added back the Xeloda with Herceptin for continued mets to nodes
5/2007 Taken Off Xeloda, no longer working
6/14/07 Taxol/Herceptin/Avastin
3/26 - 5/28/08 Taxol Holiday Whopeeeeeeeee
5/29 2008 Back on Taxol w Herceptin q 2 weeks
4/2009 Progression on Taxol & Paralyzed L Vocal Cord from Nodes Pressing on Nerve
5/2009 Begin Rx with Navelbine/Herceptin
11/09 Progression on Navelbine
Fought for and started Tykerb/Herceptin...nodes are melting!!!!!
2/2010 Back to Avastin/Herceptin
5/2010 Switched to Metronomic Chemo with Herceptin...Cytoxan and Methotrexate
Pericardial Window Surgery to Drain Pericardial Effusion
7/2010 Back to walking a mile a day...YEAH!!!!
9/2010 Nodes are back with a vengence in neck
Qualified for TDM-1 EAP
10/6/10 Begin my miracle drug, TDM-1
Mixed response, shrinking internal nodes, progression skin mets after 3 treatments
12/6/10 Started Halaven (Eribulen) /Herceptin excellent results in 2 treatments
2/2011 I CELEBRATE my 9 YEAR MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7/5/11 begin Gemzar /Herceptin for node progression
2/8/2012 Gemzar stopped, Continue Herceptin
2/20/2012 Begin Tomo Radiation to Neck Nodes
2/21/2012 I CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #13
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

WOW - that's amazing hair Sheila in the pic, but I think I prefer you with short! When my hair was long enough to dye after chemo, I'd be straight to the hairdresser, but she only uses more natural colours to start with (I think I've had every type of hair colour imaginable in my life).

But this time, as I'm getting older (thank goodness for that) when my hair comes back in, I'm going to try and do the elegant salt and pepper look and keep it short - well that's the plan anyway (which was the plan last time, but couldn't do it and hit the bottle again so to speak!)

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October 2007 three x 2.5cm lung mets. 8 months Taxol, started Herceptin and continue. Significant reduction in lung mets.
June 2011 3cm x 4cm liver tumour. Started Abraxane and continue with Herceptin.
November 2011. Finished with Abraxane, continue with just Herceptin. Liver tumour now reduced to 15mm x 12mm. Lung tumour now 10mm x 0.5mm
February 2012. Scans show everything stable, and brain scan clear.
July 2012. PET/CT scans show I'm in remission - no active cancer!
]Dec CT brain cllear, lungs stable, liver tumour has increased to 20mm. PET scans showed active liver met and active lung thinglet, and possible bone met.
Jan 2013 recommence Abraxane, continue with Herceptin.
June 2013 finish Cycle 6 Abraxane, continue with Herceptin. 30% reduction in liver tumour, everything stable.
December 2013. CA15-3 on rise.
February 2014. PET and CT scans show single liver tumour has increased to 35mm. No other activity.
March 2014. Planned for SBRT for liver met, but couldn't have treatment as tumour too close to bowel. Continue Herceptin.
April 2014. Surgeon advises that I am a good candidate for liver resection, so will have operation early May (after camping holiday). Tumour now 44mm x 29mm.
May 7, 2014. Two liver tumours surgically removed. Third of liver removed, and gall bladder. Am I NED?May 2014. Pathology of tumour shows it's now ER+ (95% staining).
June 2014. CA15-3 has decreased to 18 from a pre-surgery reading of 59!
June 2014. Started Femara, continue with Herceptin.
July 2014. Stop Femara due to severe Osteoporosis. Commence Tamoxifen, continue Herceptin. Waiting to hear if I can have Aclasta infusion.
August 2014. CA15-3 has decreased further to 12 - YAY!
October 2014. Aclasta infusion for Osteoporosis. November 2014, CA15-3 decreased to 11. Scans of liver all clear, something new showing up on lung, but just watching at the moment.
November 2015. Started SBRT on solitary lung met.
November 2015. Bone density scan showed very good improvement so back on Femara - yay!
December 2016. 6 treatments of SBRT radiation on lung. Seems to have had some effect.
June 2016. CA15-3 still stable and low at 9.
June 2016. Started subcutaneous Herceptin replacing infusion.
Jan 2017. LVEF dropped to 46%. Stopped Herceptin.
Feb 2017. Started ACE Inhibitor and BETA Blocker. Still off Herceptin.
Aug 2017. Two new mets - Portacaval lymph node and mediastinal lymph node.
Aug 2017. Blood tests show extremely elevated liver enzyme levels. Many tests to investigate.
Sept 2017. Portacaval lymph node blocking liver bile duct causing liver enzyme and Bilirubin problems.
Oct 2017. 8cm stent inserted into liver bile duct. Procedure caused pancreatitis, and hospitalised for 3 days. Liver enzymes improving rapidly.
Nov 2017. Commenced 4 weeks of radiation on Portacaval lymph node. 5 week break before chemo.
Jan 2018. CT scan. 11 new small liver mets, and new superclavical lymph node med.
Jan 2018. Start Kadcyla. CA15-3 426.
Apr 2018. First scans since starting Kadcyla. All tumours reducing. CA15-3 dropped to 30 from 426.
Dec 2019. Still on Kadcyla, but two small brain mets have been treated in the past month with SRS. CA15-3 stable for 12 months at 11.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:30 PM   #14
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

My hair came in white also. I looked like a Q-Tip. My daughter is getting married October 22nd so I want a good hair color. My stylist told me not to use peroxide dye products just yet on the new hair. My hair is coming in thick and is about 1 inch long. She colored it with a non peroxide semi permanent glaze. The color and shine is great. The color was stronger at first, but now has faded a bit and looks really good. Prior to my daughters wedding October 22, I will go in for another glaze about 2 weeks before her wedding. This is a great solution.
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Double Mastectomy w/expanders December 1, 2010
ER- PR- Her2+++, grade 3, 12 positive nodes out of 15
Stage IIIc
Started TCH/Chemo December 31, 2010
6 rounds TCH
Herceptin every 3 weeks for a year
33 rounds of TomoTube radiation, to chest wall, neck, skin and lymph area
September, 2011, MRI to lower spine, hips, DX bulging disk, L4 & L5, pain not from cancer
Expanders removed, implants in Dec 1, 2011
Finished Herceptin, December 21, 2011
August 2012, CT of chest and abdomen, all ok
Enrolled in MC1136 Phase I Peptide Vaccine Trial at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
March 2013, First Vaccine
April 2013, 2nd Vaccine
May 2013, 3rd Vaccine
June 2013, 4th Vaccine
July 2013, 5th Vaccine
August 2013, 6th Vaccine Done!
September 2013, Mayo visit, Echo results 68, vaccine did not effect my heart! Blood work normal.
January 31, 2013, Mayo visit, Echo normal
February 23, 2014, Numb lips on right side, Brain MRI, normal!
June, 2015, Finished the trial at Mayo Clinic. Feels good!
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:47 PM   #15
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

Mine came back in brown and gray which is what it was before only with more gray. I had the softest curls and it was so easy to care for. I was kinda sad when it began to look more like my old hair. I dye it all the time now, but when I didn't have hair, that didn't bother me. I just put on a baseball cap to match my outfit and no more bad hair days. I had to adjust to having hair again. Hair-no hair-big deal. 4 years later I'm still here and NED. Yea God!! Yea MD Anderson !!! Yea Herceptin!!!
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:52 AM   #16
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Re: Dying your hair after chemo

jillaryjill,
How exciting! Your daughter's wedding! God bless all of you! I'm sure you'll be glowing with happiness...no matter what your hair is like!

ljbm,
So funny that you mentioned the matching baseball caps. It took me a while, but I think I'm there now. I have a cap that has "NO Hair Day" stitched across the front. It 's my favorite. It let's people know I'm okay with being bald...and gives them "permission" to wish me well.

But...I couldn't take the wispy white hair thing. I felt like a dandelion, gone to seed. Becky mentioned the color "acorn", and it sounded so natural and beautiful...I did it!! Now, I can see my hair coming in...and I think I look less pale. Thanks for the insider's tip about acorn!

Those of you who are leary of taking the plunge...I used to dye my hair all the time before BC and chemo got in the way...so I knew I wasn't allergic. If you've never colored your hair...be sure to do the allergy spot test first.

But it felt so GREAT to do something I used to do in my old life! I can't believe I actually enjoyed the smell and the mess...because it was part of my old normal!! The peach fuzz shows up a little better...but the real joy was the feeling of empowerment!!

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!!
Denise
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