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Posted on: Apr 20, 2009 04:18AM
My hair is coming back after chemo now. It used to be dark brown. Now it is a mixture of black and white -- no brown is visible. The hair on my head is about 1 1/2 inches long now. My pubic hair is black also. Is this normal? Why isn't my new hair brown, like my old hair? Will it go back to brown? Or should I give up on that? I'm 50 years old.
If I want my hair to be brown again, what type of hair dye should I use? Traditional women's hair dye provides a LOT of dye. I only need a little bit, since I have hardly any hair now. Should I try "Just for Men", because there might be less volume of dye?Log in to post a reply
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Apr 20, 2009 02:56PM mizbabygirl4 wrote:
My hair came back darker than before, too. It is now the color it was when I was a kid (really dark brown, almost black). I'm wondering if it is hormone-related. Once I hit puberty, my hair lightened, and now that I've been zapped by chemo and Arimidex, it is dark again.
I haven't colored it yet, BTW.
Apr 20, 2009 03:07PM REKoz wrote:
I have the same question though I have 2 more weeks of chemo so whatever I do will have to wait a little longer. I shaved my head when the fall out was way too messy but I have a good inch and a half growth on probably 2/3 of my head. I'm 53 and had dyed my grays for years before all this. Now the white has taken over and those darker ones are the slower growing. Wonder why that is?
Anyway, I was wondering about the natural hair coloring products I've seen. Somehow my brain says ouch when I think of putting my old hair color on what is my inevitably sensative scalp.
Would love to hear from those further out and what they used.
Apr 21, 2009 04:31AM spar2 wrote:
Mine came back in all gray, I dyed it auburn when it was about 1 inch long and then decided to just let it go gray and now I love it but it did take some getting use to. If I ever do decide to color again I would reverse frost with semi permanent color.
Jun 28, 2009 07:29AM ShariPDX wrote:
Mine came in black and white also and I've been blonde to light ask brown all of my life. That was 3 years ago and it's now has some light brown. I like the black better because it was so silver, now it's a bit muddier looking.
Jun 28, 2009 06:14PM nelia48 wrote:
I'm 7 months out from chemo, and mine is growing sooooo slowly. It's thick, but slow growing! I was blond as a kid, darker as an adult, but it's coming in looking like a squirrel!!!! mixtures of tones of grey and black. And straight as a poker!!!!! I may just spike it up!
Jun 28, 2009 11:40PM lovinmomma wrote:
Mine was brown and came in almost all grey. I just dyed it cuz I was tired of looking that old at 42. I hope that ti comes back a different color as it growms more.
Jul 3, 2009 05:36AM Jorf wrote:Mine was brown (with a little bit of help ) before and grew back black and white just like you're saying. I actually liked it that way when it was real short - very classy looking but certainly made me look a lot older than I am. When it got a little longer I had my usual semi-wash-out coloring done. And, as usual I waited months and months to go back and have it re-done. I suddenly realized one day that, hey, my hair is a lot longer and those roots are brown(ish) again. I'd say that after a year or so, my hair was exactly the same as it was pre-chemo - brown with some gray. Still is 3 years out, just have to color it a little more often (I fiinally took the plunge and do the non-permanent at home. It lasts a good long time as well. Still playing with finding the right color.)
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