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Chemotherapy And Radiation: Why Should I Stop Coloring My Hair During Treatment?

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Isabel Calleros explains why you should stop coloring your hair during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Isabel Calleros:
During the time that you are going through radiation or chemotherapy it’s recommended, strongly recommended that you don’t add more chemicals to your body, okay?

Now there’s no proven fact that bleaching the hair penetrates into the skin or dyes penetrate into the skin, but why take the risk?

Dyes usually contain aniline derivative tints which are strong chemical. The pH of those chemicals are a lot stronger than what our natural skin and hair are accustomed to, and unfortunately we are going to lose some of our hair or all of our hair, so why add to the problem?

During this time, like I said previously, you are going to end up shaving your head which will allow you to change your hair color through a wig.

So don’t add those chemicals to your body. Don’t add them to your skin. Skin absorbs; skin penetrates but we don’t know what the reaction is going to be.

Your skin is going to be a lot more sensitive on your scalp, all of your body. So by adding more chemicals doesn’t help just for the sake of hair, okay?

So, no, I would highly recommend that you do not color your hair and you do not bleach your hair. Wear a wig.

Wigs are fun. Wigs are happening. Back in the 60s I remember women and when I was in beauty school women would come in, take their wig off, shampoo their hair and put their wig back on and every week they had a different wig.

So it was exciting. It was something that’s a great change. So yeah, definitely do not add those harsh chemicals to your body.

About Isabel Calleros:
Isabel Calleros has dedicated over 30 years to education in aesthetics and permanent makeup for both cosmetic and breast repigmentation for breast cancer recovery. As a voice for the breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Calleros wants to provide each and every woman the opportunity to know and understand their choices as they regain their femininity, womanhood and self beauty.

Isabel is a facilitator for the Look Good…Feel Better program through the American Cancer Society. She has volunteered her time at the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona, through the Women’s Cancer Support Group, along with participating on in the 2009 Breast Cancer Wellness Cruise for breast cancer survivors.

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