By: Ava Alderman: People sometimes ask me if it’s possible to continue to color your hair after it starts falling out or shedding. After all, having it become thinner over time is bad enough, but having a dull, flat or unflattering color is even worse. I heard from someone who said: “I think that I have telogen effluvium but I’m not one hundred percent sure. My hair is shedding pretty badly and it’s averaging around 275 hairs per day. If this isn’t bad enough, my grey roots are starting to show through. I normally color my hair myself. Can I still do this with my shedding? I’m scared to try it, but I look old and dreadful with the grey hairs coming through.” I’ll tell you my take on this in the following article.
Coloring Your Hair Often Means You’ll Lose A Bit More: I wish I could tell you that I have been able to color my hair during shedding and suffer no increase in hair fall. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. You have to manipulate and tug at your hair a good deal to get the color spread evenly. This alone is going to make more fall out. And when you’re already shedding, this can seem unacceptable. The good news though is that I also noticed less fall in the days following the coloring so that it didn’t turn out to be as bad as I thought. Yes, I probably did lose more hairs, but the new color looked a lot better so I felt that it was worth it.
With that said, I used to try to color my hair much less to try to spare myself this process. And over time, I came up with some things that helped me minimize the shedding during or after coloring. I’ll share them below.
Try Glaze: Hair glaze was a huge weapon in my arsenal. I would mix the colored glaze with my regular conditioner. And as a result, I would suffer no increase in shed and over time my color was richer. It wasn’t a permanent solution, but it allowed me a longer reprieve between colorings.
Try Using Non Permanent Or Gentle Color: Look for dye called “gentle.” You want something that doesn’t contain ammonia. The reason for this is the dye can be harsh and can contribute to inflammation on your scalp. Inflammation can worsen or cause hair loss. So you want to use the most gentle product you can find. And you want to leave it on your head the least amount of time that will still be effective.
Consider Using A Root Brush Only On The Hairs You Need To Color: A stylist actually pointed this out to me when she noticed that my ends were darker than the rest of my hair. She asked me why I was always coloring my whole head and she suggested I only color the hairs that were gray or dull. I started using one of those wands that colored only roots and the results were very good. (I used it on the full length of my hair instead of only the roots, but I limited this process to greys.) This saved my scalp and it lessened the shed hairs.
To answer the question posed though, nothing says you can’t continue to color your hair. But, you should be as gentle as is possible and you should try to prolong the time between colorings as it’s my experience that coloring increases your shed on that day. If you are unsure that you can do this yourself, go to a stylist. Some stylist actually specialize in hair loss and they know how to be very gentle. I’ve found that most people can do this themselves, but some just feel more comfortable leaving it to the experts.
Of course, these are only temporary fixes. I did realize this and my main goal was always to stop my hair loss so I wouldn’t have to worry about styling anymore. This was a long, hard journey but I eventually found some things that helped quite a bit. You’re welcome to read the whole story on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/