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I am not sure if I’ve put this on the right place so apologies if not. I lost my hair with chemo but it is now growing back. I bought a Naturigin Hair Colour a few months back ready for when I had enough hair to dye it. Eventually I used it a couple of weeks ago and was pleased with the result as my hair growth was completely grey which I wasn’t ready for.

So I was prepared for when I needed it again I thought I would order 2 or 3 more boxes but on going on-site today I see it is completely sold out, and see the other make also says ‘when its gone its gone’. Is there anything else coming to replace it? The colour I had was 7.0 Natural Medium Blonde. If nothing is coming in when would I be able to use a standard colour I can buy in the supermarket and is there a particular one that is best. I actually completed my last course of chemo in March but have had radiotherapy since.

Sorry for what is basically a very trivial question but if anyone can help I really would appreciate it.

With love to all on this site, whatever stage of treatment you are at.

Sue xx



  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Sue

    I am afraid that I am not able to help with your enquiry, but it is lovely to hear from you so I thought aI would say ‘Hi’. I do hope that you are keeping well - it sounds as if you are finished with the chemo now which must be a great relief.

    Your question is anything but trivial. You have been through so much and it is rewarding to get back to feeling and looking good. I was lucky to be able to attend a ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ workshop for men after treatment and it gave me the lift I needed at that time. I am sure that you will soon hear from others who can help.

    Rob x

  • ShandsShands Posts: 24 ✭✭

    Hi Rob,

    Thank you for your reply. It was good to hear from you and I hope you are keeping well. Thankfully I have completed chemo and subsequent radiotherapy and ,touching lots of wood, am cancer free at the moment despite a couple of scares re. Possible bone secondaries and a lump that turned out to be a capsule formed around the clavicle / sternum joint as a side effect of arthritis.

    It’s strange though as I’m finding it very difficult to feel really positive and move on. In the last 3 years I have lost my Dad to cancer, then my brother had lung cancer and we thought he was fine but unfortunately he then had secondaries and now has just a few weeks. I’m finding my Macmillan Psychologist so helpful as there are many other health issues in the family and everything is coming at me from all angles.

    I’m so lucky to have got to this stage and it’s stupid little things that get me down. I had quite severe radiotherapy burns which, although they have basically healed, break open if I try and wear bra / prosthesis for more than about an hour. Would just like to feel a little bit more like me. I think like so many people we had plans for when treatment finished - at the moment we should be sunning ourselves in France where our son is working but obviously, like everyone else that’s got to wait. Our son is still working out there (in the travel industry), but has just gone on ‘Red Alert’ re Covid so no idea what’s happening now.

    It’s certainly been a strange year and so many people have been hugely affected by the effects of Covid. I was so lucky my treatment continued through the ‘Lockdown’ and I have a follow up with my oncologist at the end of the month. I know many others have not been so fortunate in getting a diagnosis, treatment & follow ups and I fear these could be the real hidden victims of Covid.

    Sorry, I do seem to have waffled on but it has been good to be in touch again with people who really understand.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Sue x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Sue

    It is great to hear that you have completed your chemo and radiotherapy and that you are now cancer free. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad and your brother‘s illness. Having to cope with those tragedies in addition to your own cancer treatments and Covid, is an awful lot to handle and I am pleased that you have been getting good support from your MacMillan psychologist. I have had much less to cope with, but after a positive start with my treatments, I fell into depression just as my cancer was under control and I only needed quarterly infusions to keep it at bay. I was fortunate that MacMillan took me under their wing and provided me with counselling which has been a great help. I think that cancer is a life altering event in which we have had to fight for our lives. Our bodies have been assaulted and we still have to deal with the lingering physical and emotional effects. I learned that It is not unusual for the emotional reaction to come afterwards when we are released and life is supposed to slowly go back to normal again. Most of us still need ongoing treatments and regular checkups so it never really goes away. What a shame that you are unable to visit your son in France at the moment, that would have been a great tonic. I hope that his work in the travel industry. is not too badly affected and that it will not be too long before the situation improves and you are able to make the trip.

    Best wishes

    Rob x

  • ShandsShands Posts: 24 ✭✭

    Thanks Rob, it’s good to hear that I am not the only one to actually be struggling more emotionally just as you think you should be feeling better. I felt really guilty that I was feeling like this, knowing some people would give anything to have that release from their illness. I have 3 appointments at end of the month just check ups and a 6 monthly ‘mini chemo’ but as you say it is always there. You never quite escape.

    Diana, from Macmillan Is amazing and helps put my thoughts in order. I wish you all the best and thank you for your messages. I haven’t been able to find the info about the hair dye yet but I think your messages have perhaps done me more good.

    Many thanks

    Sue x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Good afternoon Sue

    I am sorry you have not had a response in connection with the hair dye - I wonder if it may be worth asking your local chemist for advice as he/she will probably have some experience of your situation.

    I am so pleased that we have been able to chat about the way we have been feeling following cancer treatment. I think that people who have experienced cancer understand it in a way that people who haven't cannot however caring and loving they may be.

    Kind regards

    Rob x

  • ShandsShands Posts: 24 ✭✭

    Absolutely right Rob. Makes such a difference talking to others who really know how you feel.

    Thats an idea, will have a chat with pharmacist for some advice.

    best wishes

    Sue X

  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 406 Community Admin


    Hello Sue,

    Please accept my apologies for such a late reply, I've only just seen your question. Unfortunately the information on the site is correct, we won't be restocking our Naturigin products, I'm so sorry!

    Regarding using standard box dyes, I'd recommend having a look at the following article, this is full of tips from members of our community:

    I'll also tag @LizzyB73 our oncology nurse in the discussion, she'll get back to you with an answer soon - Liz, is this something you can help Sue with?

    Hope this helps a little, wishing you continued strength xx

    Blanka (Community Associate @ Live Better With)

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 112 Oncology Specialist Nurse

    Hi @Shands Sue

    Did you have a a chance to take a look at the article about hair dye that Blanka attached. I have also added some info from cancer research uk about this very important subject.

    I know some of my patients use hair dyes from Holland and Barrett’s


    I wish you well with your recovery

    Liz 🌻

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
  • ShandsShands Posts: 24 ✭✭

    Thank you Blanka and Liz. Sorry for delay getting back to you both. Just had a difficult few days but will have a good look through the info you have both sent. So good to have somewhere to get info and advice.

    Sue Xx

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