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Posted on: Apr 19, 2009 08:18PM

MichiganGirl wrote:

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?

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Apr 19, 2009 08:41PM gracejon wrote:

used Clariol root touch up after my hair grow about a month.  Still had left over dye but it worked perfectly for me.  I was never told I couldn't or shouldn't dye it.  I think it looked cute.

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Apr 19, 2009 09:11PM soprano wrote:

From what I understand, the "Just for men" line has a lot of green undertones.  I would go with a women's hair color.  They are more expensive but produce better results. 

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Apr 20, 2009 06:56AM mizbabygirl4 wrote:

MichiganGirl - 

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.


Dx 8/4/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 20, 2009 07:07AM 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.


BMX 11/08, Abraxane/Carbo/x4 1/09 Herceptin until 1/10, Recon w expanders-1st exchange Dec. 09. Revision from 700 Style 20 to 600 Style 45-Oct 10 Dx 10/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 20, 2009 08:23AM abbadoodles wrote:

Started with Loving Care which doesn't last too long then went on to a regular semi-permanent.

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Apr 20, 2009 08:31PM 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. 

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Jun 27, 2009 11:29PM 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.

Dx 7/31/2006, 0/1 nodes, ER+
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Jun 28, 2009 10:14AM 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!

Visit my blog at www.hiddenrichessecretplaces.b... Diagnosos: IDC - T4, N2, ER+, PR+, Grade 2, 5/15 lymph nodes, diagnosed 7/2008 Stage IIIb
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Jun 28, 2009 03:40PM 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.

Kimberly 45 yo fighter Dx 10/1/2008, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 26/26 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/2/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 5/7/2009 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 5/12/2009 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/10/2011 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 9/24/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 1/28/2013 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jun 28, 2009 05:38PM mke wrote:

Mine came back the same color, but curly and stiff, it's taken a couple years but now it is back to the original texture and waviness.  I wondered if it would come back grey because I'm 63, but it's the same old brown, with a bit of grey.

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Jul 2, 2009 09:36PM Jorf wrote:

Mine was brown (with a little bit of help Wink) 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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