I colored my hair 1x during 13 week treatment, Not sure if it would have been better or worse. It was falling out plenty before, not much more after. Are their studies to show hair falls out more if colored? Or is it an assumption? I didn't do highlights, just covered my gray with brown.
If you are going to be doing your hair at home. Clairol has a ammonia free/peroxide free color that won't hurt your hair. It won't do the job that permanant color will do, but it will make
your hair look and feel better. It is called Natural Instints loving care, and Clairol makes it. You can get it at most drug stores.
Try reading these threads for different opinions about this and then do what works for you:
I didn't bother to color during treatment but rushed out afterwards and splurged on the works.
During treatment, I used hats and caps to 'cover up' and didn't bother to wash my hair very often. It was so dry but didn't fall out that much, except for occasional spurts, usually in the shower. Or maybe that was when I noticed it falling out.
I worked throughout my 72 weeks of treatment so my appearance was very important. I have a lot of grey and had my hair colored every 6 - 8 weeks. My daughter is a stylist and does my hair and she could notice the thinning but no one at work seemed to notice. She uses only professional products which contained ammonia and peroxide and my hair didn't fall out any faster or become dry and brittle. In my opinion, having my hair done proffesionally kept my hair healthy because we colored only the roots and didn't overlap the color and expose already colored hair to the chemicals. I also used a very good shampoo and conditioner which kept my hair soft and shiny despite the thinning.
I think you've received some good answer from each of the respondents in this post. It would probably be a good idea to talk to a professional hair stylist who is up-to-date on hair loss due to different types of chemothearpy.
I don't know what to do either. I don't die my hair, I gave that up and now I have this bushy, white hair, that I really dig. But, when if it starts falling out a lot, I might just shave my head. I'm thinking about it.
There are beautiful scarves, hats, and turbans that women wear, giving them that bohemian look that is really cool.
You have many options to choose from, so you can carefull do what is right for your situation.
thank you all, read thru all info, I've gotten some ideas, and of course will go as the flow presents itself. I've got a long road ahead of me, starting pretty soon, and as insignificant as hair may seem, it's the daily reminder in the mirror (among other daily reminders I am sure).
Hi there! Right before starting tx I did dye my hair with Feria. Then after I started I would try to wait 8 to 12weeks before using a vegetable dye. Sebastian makes a good one called cellophanes which is supposed to cover gray. In my case I had to go with a little darker color in order to cover the grays. There is another called Herbatint.
Good luck to you,
thank you D, I have bookmarked your note.
Bree is right, the hair is a daily reminder of being different, looking different. I can't wear a scarf to work as it would get a whole lot of attention. I had thick beautiful hair. I never wore it pulled back until now. You really can't see the thinning while it's in a bun or ponytail, with bangs. Bumble and Bumble make a color hair powder spray you can use to lengthen time between hair color. Since you don't wash your hair much during tx it lasts until you wash it out. Use it on roots or where you see your hair looks thin at the scalp. I use Blondish, it's for light brown to dark blonde hair color. You can find it on ebay.
Thanks D, and Judy, I ordered some Tints of Nature today, also some Nioxin, got my wide tooth combs, picked up my gallon of junk to drink for colonoscopy, so I guess I am getting ready for the ride. Checked out that Bumble and Bumble, had never heard of it, that's a good tip. Thank you all, and I liked the ice cream tip with the Riba :0
The little comfort stuff is probably what gets you through.
I'm gonna be turning to you gals here, hope you don't mind me leaning on you a bit. Bree
I've used the Nioxin now twice. I only wash once a week. It's leaves my hair in good condition. I would recommend it as a good hydrating shampoo. Not sure it will stop hair loss. There is a benefit to both when sharing a similiar experience with each other and both are better for it.
I've used Bumble and Bumble Blondish for years, it allows me to lenghten time between hair color. Remember i am 95% white, and am a brunnette. I have roots at 3 weeks. I hate roots. I just use where my part shows growth. That's why bangs are good, covers hairline. Still considering going white, just not sure how to do it. Again not much research and I refuse to look like a zebra.
I've had 2 colonoscopies, neither were a problem or pain. Just the prep. But it's one day.
I hate to go against the flow here but my doctor said "no hair coloring until finishing tx" His reason being that there is a chance of some of the chemicals entering the blood stream and the liver having to deal with them. He also recommended that I stop painting my fingernails for the same reason... nail polish remover doesn't just go through the polish.
The main reason of doing tx is to save our livers, which filter everything we eat, drink, and get on our skin. If I were you, I'd ask my doctor to be on the safe side.
I used L'Oreal and it worked great. The color was deep and rich and my hair still had that luxurious bounce that is so critical for natural looking locks.
Of course, coloring while treating HCV is not generally recommended but when it comes to looking great you just can't beat L'Oreal. And looking great is important.
I've never heard that before and I had one of the best hepatologists in the country and we discussed hair color. That just sounds crazy to me.
The chemicals that enter our body from meats, fresh fruits, vegetables and processed food far exceed any harmful chemicals that could enter the body through the scalp. Even with organic foods chemicals are stil present.
I don't know that hair color made my hair fall out faster, but about halfway through treatment my (6 months) my hair color (Loreal) started to burn my head. I got terrible itchy, scabby places. My entire scalp flaked, itched, burned for months. I couldn't color at all (tried to cover the gray with colored mousse, but that didn't work very well. Finally bought some of the old fashioned Clairol stuff (Loving Care?) which is a temporary rinse. No ammonia or peroxide. The color options aren't great, but are a whole lot better than 2-inch gray roots and faded-out color. My scalp is 90% better and my hair seems healthier.
I have heard that for the sake of the hair one should not color but I've never seen nor read that hair coloring is hard on/toxic to the liver. But hey, I guess it could be true and, if so, we should probably never color our hair again - ever. Kind of like alcohol perhaps.
I don't know what I'd do without my L'Oreal though. I guess I'd learn to live with it - as tough as that might be.
My liver must be going south about every 8 wks Mike. hahaha
Oh well, c'est la guerre.
I would think that the worst part of using ammonia and chemicals would be the problem that we have with our skin being so dry it would burn like crazy. Heck sometimes it burns the hell out of my head when I'm NOT on tx. I have been a 'bottle blond' almost all of my life but on treatment didn't do a thing to it except condition condition condition (and I work in the beauty industry for a man who owns one of the biggest hair companies in the world) - as it fell out and cracked off I used wigs and nobody noticed that it wasn't my real hair.
But as for putting it directly on the scalp I would be very hesitant to do that. If you are just covering grey I would think they would make plenty of dyes that would be harmless enough for just depositing color.....
I've never heard that hair products could possibly harm the liver - if this were the case well no wonder I was diagnosed at stage 3 ........it wasn't all the hepatits C and partying it was the bleach ; ) Just don't tell my boss or we'll have to sell the company and I can live on the streets!
(Honestly I dont think hair color affects the liver at all or it would probably be banned by the FDA or at least have huge warnings "Warning: Golden Blonde Might Kill Your Liver".
Here's a good overview about general hair concerns while on tx, which I read on the former Janis site. I think it's taken from a Side Effects Management Handbook but don't know the source. It seems posted on several sites, including http://www.liverdisease.com
Note it states:
"Women should refrain from dying or bleaching their hair while on interferon therapy, since this may exacerbate hair loss. A mild hair rinse may be used as an alternative to coloring."
Interferon can cause hair thinning, hair loss, hair breakage, and can change the texture of hair. However, some women are under the impression that interferon therapy will cause them to lose all their hair. (Well, that’s what Pamela Anderson stated as one of her main reasons for not starting therapy!). This is a total misconception. In fact, hair loss while on interferon therapy is infrequent. If it occurs at all, the amount of hair lost is often minimal and usually unnoticeable to others. Women on interferon do not experience hair loss in the way that a cancer patient on chemotherapy does. Hair loss from interferon appears to be most frequent in Caucasians with black hair, and in Orientals. It typically occurs around the third or fourth month of therapy. Hair loss may continue for up to three months after treatment is discontinued. Hair loss is more common among women then it is among men (as well as less socially acceptable).
If hair loss does occur, there are many steps that women can take to minimize this side effect. Women should refrain from dying or bleaching their hair while on interferon therapy, since this may exacerbate hair loss. A mild hair rinse may be used as an alternative to coloring. Avoid permanents and hair straightening procedures while on therapy. Many women have found the vitamin biotin (a B vitamin) to be helpful. It is advisable to take this vitamin daily a few weeks prior to beginning therapy and to continue while on therapy. A mild shampoo and a detangling conditioner are advisable. Nioxin shampoo, Nioxin conditioner and Nioxin hair growth promoter can help keep hair loss to a minimum while on therapy. Nioxin hair loss treatment should be started about a month prior to starting antiviral therapy. Other recommended shampoos include Tricomin, Revivogen and Nizoral. Minoxidil (Rogaine) liquid topical medication may be of some benefit. It should be applied only to the scalp and not ingested. It may stop hair loss and thicken the remaining hair, but continued use twice daily for at least 4 months is typically required before obvious results are noted.
Other tips for diminishing hair loss include: the use of a wide tooth comb, avoidance of curling irons and rollers, and avoidance of daily shampooing. Avoid cornrowing, tight braids and pulling hair back in a ponytail with tight rubberbands. A short haircut may be in order. If hair loss becomes a major problem, medical insurances will typically cover the cost of a wig or a hairpiece. Often a doctor’s note or prescription along with a receipt of purchase is all that is required for insurance reimbursement.
Fortunately, any hair loss induced by interferon therapy is temporary, and regrowth typically occurs within three to six months from the drug’s discontinuation. The color and texture of hair may differ from the person’s original hair type. In fact, many women have noted that their hair grows back thicker, straighter, and shinier than before!
I probably would have dyed my hair during tx if I'd thought it necessary but I have very little gray, so didn't bother, and my natural color isn't that far off my dyed color.
My mom insisted on dying her hair when she was dying of breast cancer. Some people didn't understand that but it boosted her morale and provided a kind of comfort that's hard to explain. Anyway, she died as a stunning blonde and that's what she wanted. :(
You really should try the target beauty products. They keep my hair looking silky smooth and my complexion is like a baby's a$$.
In fact, hair loss while on interferon therapy is infrequent. "
Yeah that's the first time I've ever really heard that............ask those of us who did lose 75% or more of our hair - that seems pretty silly a statement, Nioxin didn't help me a bit.
"In fact, hair loss while on interferon therapy is infrequent. "
That does seem an odd thing to say. Hair loss seems common around here. Wonder why the Janis site didn't catch that.
Nioxin, though, was nice on my scalp during tx, although now I wouldn't dream of using it. It never felt like the real thing because it didn't get sudsy.
Some reputable sites estimate 30% lose hair during TX.
Minoxidil is not efficacious according to several sites.
I saw that article and in fact I believe it is taken from www.liverdisease.com. It really doesn't seem very credible to me but all I have to go on is my experience and what I have read.
it wasn't the Hep, it was the bleach, funny.
I'm a sandy hair gal naturally, now with some gray, have lightened my hair forever too, I've ordered some tints of nature (will try it before I tx) to check it out, ordered the nioxin too, I'm going to do the month of nioxin before tx and during, am taking the liquid B, I'm just doing what I can to feel like I'm doing what I can, you know? I'm trying to look at the bright sides. I am only going to use the organic natural hair colors for now on (after txing), am paying more attention to vitamin B's, I have read in several places that major hair loss is infrequent ? Doesn't sound like that here :(
All I can do now is pray, hang tough, pray, and do it. Stupid question, is that really Tyler in the pic with you?
Yes it's Steven Tyler the hepC poster child :)
I'll tell you when my daughter was little she had beautiful blonde hair. One day in school she got ahold of a box of sharpies of all different colors and 'dyed' her hair green and blue and red.......................so be careful not to use too many hair colors at one time, I've seen what it looks like (just kidding I"m sure you can tell)!
You don't know - you might not lose any hair - so don't get too wrapped up in it before hand. Things like having thyroid damage (like me) on interferon can exagerate the condition........on treatment you really just have to wait and see what will happen to you (but being proactive about your scalp can't hurt anyway since it's something good for you!