WhatÕs the best way of covering gray hair when on chemotherapy?

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Hi,

I'm hoping you can help my sister. She has had highlights for years but is now undergoing chemotherapy so she can't have chemicals on her hair. She bought a natural hair product from boots to help cover her grays and the hairdresser duly applied it. Unfortunately it has gone a ginger colour and looks awful!

Is there anything that can be done to help get rid of this? Her hair is very important to her, she has always had it done every week and it's very upsetting to see her so low because of this, especially with her condition.

Thank you for your time,

Dee, UK

So called 'natural' colours are not that natural if you ask me - especially if they are intended to lighten the hair. They will need to contain a certain amount of manmade chemicals to create a blonde shade.

I would recommend that your sister speaks to her colourist to see if they would be able to apply some highlights to the hair with a gentle pre lightener. Highlights shouldn't touch the scalp and so in theory are relatively safe. Purple shampoos made to neutralise brassy blonde hair would also be helpful in minimising the ginger colour she is seeing right now.

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London

I am so sorry to hear about your sisters hair issues and I wish her luck with her treatment.

There is nothing on the market that will give true coverage without colouring the hair. The best advice I can give is to look into using a toning shampoo to kill off any unwanted brassy tones. Joico Colour Endure Violet shampoo and conditioner is kind to the hair but powerful in their ability to stop that brassy look creeping through.

Whilst your sister’s treatment is ongoing I would wait until her GP or Consultant advises her when the time is right to return to colouring her hair.

Simon Daniel, Salon Director of Belle Toujours, Cardiff

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