Breast cancer

Hi also how long after having chemo can you have your hair coloured . 
thank you xxx

  • Hi

    Thanks for getting in touch with us on the online community. 

    It’s usually best to wait at least 6 months after chemotherapy finishes to colour your hair.  The reasons for this are the hair and scalp can be very sensitive and fragile, especially after chemotherapy.  Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes could further irritate your scalp and the new hair that is growing back.

    You could chat to your hairdresser about using a henna or vegetable-based dye as these can be much gentler to the hair and scalp.  They would still require a patch test to check for any sensitivity problems.

    My New Hair have a fantastic booklet which offers advice on hair and scalp care after hair loss. The 3rd chapter of the booklet focuses on hair care after treatment which you may find helpful.

    Best wishes,


    Cancer Information nurse specialist.