Having UC and coloring hair?

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NEM
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I was wondering if anyone who has UC has colored their hair? I had a severe case of UC, and I am currently taking Asacol and Azothioprine daily. I was wondering if coloring my hair would effect my health in any way because when you color your hair, it involves alot of chemicals going in your body (head/hair). The last time I colored my hair was before I got UC. Am I better off just trying to color my hair with a natural product or is it ok to just color it like people without UC do by going to a salon?
 
 

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/24/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I use regular hairdye. I haven't noticed any change in symptoms around the time I touch up.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


lambkins
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   Posted 8/24/2009 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I colour my hair and have never noticed any change i dont use a special one just which one is on offer at the time i want to do it.It does make me feel better in myself.
  
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Red_34
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   Posted 8/24/2009 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
You should be fine. I've been coloring my hair since I was 14 years old (I'm 39 now) and I have never had my hair dye affect me in one way or another - except when I accidently turned my hair green! LOL
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Christine1946
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
     I dyed my hair last week.  I was sort of apprensive too as I never used this dye before but it was on sale.  No adverse affects.  Go for it.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


songlady
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had my hair colored in a salon for the last 15 years. Never occurred to me there might be an issue!
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
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Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
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psychocolon
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been coloring my hair for years also.

psychocolon
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been coloring my hair for years also.

jujub
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Are there any women over 18 left who don't color their hair???
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001. Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006. Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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thatfield
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I color mine regularly too!
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
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basa0806
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I get mine foiled every 3 months or so and haven't had a problem. I've used dye out of a box before and I had a reaction to it didn't affect my UC and I didn't react because of my UC.
I'm sure you'll be fine!
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with UC in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x daily, 25mg Amitriptyline, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Seasonal allergies, very mild asthma (albuterol when needed), allergic to sulfa
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basa0806
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
lol Judy probably not! I'm almost 21 and I've been dying it since middle school...the older I get the nastier shade of dirty blonde/light brown it gets!
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with UC in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x daily, 25mg Amitriptyline, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Seasonal allergies, very mild asthma (albuterol when needed), allergic to sulfa
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change"
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Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn said...
Are there any women over 18 left who don't color their hair???

I don't.  But I probably should... it's such a blah colour.  If I ever went gray, I would do it in a heartbeat.  However, that is the one good thing I picked up from my mom's genes.  She is 72 and only recently started getting a few strands of gray.  They look like blonde highlights.  Her mother was the same way.
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't, either. I've done highlights a couple of times, but my hair is so dry and gets damaged easily, and I actually like my color (fairly dark brown).
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I started dying my hair around 27. I've always had dark hair but I have a gray here and there and it bugs me so I dye the whole head. I only do it every 6 months or so.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


Eva Lou
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been dying my hair for years, probably since I was about 15??? I'm almost 40 now! I only do it every 3-6 months too- my hair is pretty short, only a couple inches long, so it never really gets trashed from the dye. But I do get a few gray hairs here & there- yuk. Although I think that really silvery gray hair is so pretty- I just can't bring myself to let the grays grow in enough to see if I'd have that color!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
If you only do it every 3-6 months, what happens with your roots? That's one of the things stopping me. I hate seeing roots, and I don't want to be dyeing/touching-up constantly.
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
my hair is a medium brown, I usually dye it either dark brown or dark auburn, so the roots showing through isn't much of an issue. Plus, since it's so short, by the time I notice a change in color from root to end, the color is basically all gone.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
That makes sense.
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


princesa
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I said I wouldn't color mine when I started going gray, but when the grays started really popping up in my mid- to late-30s (and I was single again!), I decided they made me look much older and started coloring. Because my hair is very dark and grows quickly, I have touch ups every four or five weeks and I'm in complete remission. I do use an Aveda salon, and they're supposed to be environmentally and health conscious.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
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basa0806
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   Posted 8/24/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The way I highlight my hair works so I don't have roots showing until 3 months or so. The girl who does my hair highlights it and then adds my natural color but a shade dark in. My hair is such an ashy mousy light brown that it looks greasy so I have to keep it highlighted.
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with UC in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x daily, 25mg Amitriptyline, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Seasonal allergies, very mild asthma (albuterol when needed), allergic to sulfa
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change"
Charles Darwin


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/24/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I find highlighting doesn't have the same roots issues that colouring does, at least if the colour used is noticeably different from the natural colour.
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


kazygirl
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
what a strange question.. never even thought twice about it. i colour my hair every 3 weeks or so for the last 15 years.

i went gray at age 30 when i was in hospital for UC. all the meds etc... very weird.
even my mum at age 59 doesnt have any gray at all. lucky her!

no affect at all with hair dye and meds or UC or anything at all really. i even have psoraisis all over my head and have never had an issue with hair dye
steph - 33 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
im in remission ~ wOOhOO !  no symptoms for last 2 weeks!
waiting for blood test to see if i can start imuran
just finished 3 months of prednisolone (worked) -tapered with no issues -left with moonface + fat! o.0
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
tumeric capsules, vitamin d3, enteric coated fish oil, xango juice 30ml x3 a day
pre-conception vitamins and minerals (cuz we trying to make a baby)
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all ... diet doesn't affect my UC.
 
 
 


subdued
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I color my hair every two weeks. I think it's pure white. I've been thinking of bleaching it and then letting it go white for awhile. It's very noticeable against the black, it grows fast, and I have to wash it often due to it being so oily. That's why I have to die it so much. I'm getting tired of doing so though.

I tried dying it a lighter color before. All that happened was the white turned yellow and the black stayed black.

I haven't noticed any correlation between dying my hair and IBS/IBD symptoms.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/25/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Well i dont color mine! And i refuse to until i go gray! Its so hard on your hair, i dont even use heat on my hair,i guess all thsoe years of huge clumps coming out when i was sick made me wary, lol
The only thing i can think is if you are on pred it might make a difference cause that can change your skin and hair and such.
And if you are pregnant! Do not do anything to your hair, there is no telling what you will get!!!
My stupid cousin permed and colored her hair, on her freaking wedding day while she pregnant and she came out looking like a fraggle!
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