Hair Colouring when going through or after your cancer treatment..

Hair Colouring when going through or after your cancer treatment..

Although there is little evidence-based  research in this area, the current medical guidance suggests waiting six months after treatment before colouring your hair. This is due to the scalp sensitivity and fragility of the new hair growth, Even after a suitable period of time, a hair professional should always do a skin sensitivity test before carrying out any colour – this highlights any potential allergic reactions, as well as doing this the professional  should always carry out a wet stretch test this test strength and elasticity before colouring. finally, a strong test to check the colour results.

If you are destressed by the colour of your new hair, professionals advise that temporary or semi-permanent hair colours be used until the hair becomes stronger. If using  permanent colour, avoid darker shades, as these have high percentages of pigment (PPDS – PTDs).

It is recommended to use off-the-scalp techniques to begin with, to stop the colour from coming into contact with the scalp. In addition, avoid aggressive chemicals in the hair colours, such as ammonia or resorcinol.

Before you begin to colour your hair, consult a hair professional, who will be able to assess the strength and condition of your hair and advise any specific products you should use. It is essential to note that colouring should not take place if you hair and scalp are brittle, excessively dry or flaky, irritated or breaking.

Colouring must only be carried out once your scalp and hair are both healthy and able to go through the colouring process without damage  or causing you any discomfort. It is very difficult to achieve a satisfactory colour result on hair which is not in good condition and different results achieved can be due to hair in different condition. It is important that you seek expert stylist advice prior to any attempts to colour your hair.

In the initial period following chemotherapy, hair may not respond to colour in the normal way and a trained hair professional will draw this to your attention. The final colour result can be affected by many things such as medication, condition of hair and previous colouring. A professional colourist, who is familiar with these considerations, will be able to advise you.

Hair colour has been extensively tested to ensure it is safe to use under the conditions stated by the manufacturer; However, it is possible to be or become allergic to one or more of the ingredients used in hair colour. Other factors which can cause an adverse reaction to hair colour include tattoos, permanent make-up and medication.

If any of these apply to you or you have experienced a previous reaction to hair colour or have other allergies, always advise your stylist. A skin sensitivity test should always be carried out before colouring.

Types of colour;

Temporary – direct pigment- coats the hair and last 1 wash – Colour Mousse 

Semi-Permanent-direct pigment- last 6-8 washes – Semi-permanent colour

Demi-Permanent-oxidative pigment- lasts more than 8- low level of peroxide

Permanent- Oxidative pigment -changes the existing colour- medium to high level of peroxide.


After having many questions on advice on this topic, I have researched products that are natural and organic containing little or no ammonia  and although I cannon gives you a firm answer on what dyes to use for insurance reasons I can give you links to do the research yourself and statements from companie’s in regards to dying your hair.


Please do not use Off-the-shelff dyes you will be astounded by the chemicals in these products. always do a strand test if you are unsure if you should even do this please visit ;Be Colour safe

 Herb UK ;

I have not of yet heard back from them, however you are more then welcome to try yourself. Always do a patch test!

Daniel Field Organic and mineral

I am undergoing a course of chemotherapy treatment – is it safe to use Daniel’s Water Colour?

“Of course it will be understood that we are unable to make any special claims as to the suitability of Water Colour for chemotherapy patients. We always recommend following the advice of the respective clinician. Having said that, many chemotherapy patients do use the product after taking advice and in many cases have been referred to us.

Water Colour contains no ammonia, alcohol or peroxide but in view of any treatment be undertaken we would always advise that the medical practitioner looking after you be consulted before using any product, a comprehensive list of ingredients can be found on our “Questions” page under the heading “What are the ingredients of your hair colours?” There is also a list of ingredients on our instruction leaflet. Info


Naturtint Reflex Non Permanent Colour Rinse

Naturtint Reflex is a gentle colourant that covers the early signs of fine grey hair and lasts from two to four weeks, without the use of PPD, PEROXIDE, AMMONIA, RESORCINOL or PARABENS.

Suitable for the skin sensitive and ingredient discerning user, Naturtint Reflex is enriched with Biotine, Soya Derivative, Panax Ginseng Root and Burdock Extracts to strengthen and revitalise the hair and special UV filters protect the hair from damage caused by exposure to the sun.

Naturtint hair colour products are manufactured to the very highest international standards and against animal testing.

pleased still do a Patch test!!


 If you are still unsure of using products like this why not try a wash in wash out;

Indola colour mousse

Color WOW