Before my breast cancer diagnosis, I coloured my hair every 8 weeks or so. Over the years I was a brunette, a blonde, a redhead, I even had black hair at one stage. When I shaved my hair during chemotherapy, I wondered whether I’d continue to dye my hair when it grew back, and what hair dye I would use now that I was so chemical-aware.
If you google ‘dying your hair after cancer treatment’, you get lots of mixed opinions. When I’m looking for sound advice on cancer matters, I usually check the Cancer Research UK website. On the subject of hair dye, their opinion is that it is best not to use dyes or perms for around 6 months after finishing chemotherapy. This is because when you are recovering from chemotherapy, your hair is more fragile than usual and it is more likely to get damaged. They suggest that if you wish to dye your hair sooner than these 6 months are up, to look into a henna or vegetable dye as a gentler alternative.
I looked at this information and then started wondering more about the chemical levels in hair dye and whether I really wanted those chemicals on my hair and my skin, six months later or at all. I started researching natural hair dyes and discovered the NATURIGIN brand. I was interested to read that the couple behind the organisation developed NATURIGIN after their own experience with breast cancer and a desire for a natural, organic and sustainable hair dye.
NATURIGIN hair colours are based on organic extracts and natural oils and are ammonia-, resorcinol- and paraben-free. They have the lowest measured PPD levels of any other permanent hair colour in the world, three to six times less than any current competitor in the market. They are also vegan and 100% cruelty-free.
NATURIGIN does not recommend dying your hair after cancer treatment. However. If you are going to dye your hair, their hair colours are a more natural alternative to normal hair dyes.
For more information, visit the NATURIGIN website here.
NATURIGIN have offered one Happy Magazine reader a hair colour of their choice – enter on our Facebook page, here. We’ll announce the winner next week. Good luck!