methotrexate and hair coloring | Arthritis Information


Does anyone have any comments about coloring your hair while on methotrexate? My hair looks dull and has some grey, I'm toying with  the idea of coloring it . Will it work? Any comments- permanent vs semi-permanent, etc. thanksI immediately stopped all hair dyes when I was diagnosed over a year ago.  But I didn't color my hair until my 40s.  I know it's really gotten nice and glossy suddenly.  Good question.  CathyWhy did you stop. Are you saying i can't color my hair now. I guess i have alot to learn. I am new at this. Please tell me.I take MTX and color my hair.  Never had a problem.  I know some of the others do too.I have read too many articles now about what hair dyes are made of, and decided to stop.  There is also a small voice from the alternate healing world that hair dyes should be avoided.  So, I chose to stop.  I like it, my hair is doing fantastic.  PS Milly - We will help you learn, as we are all learning.  Take care ~~ Cathyjustsaynoemore39372.7014699074Ok because i like to color my hair. I never did when i was pregnant. That was a long time ago. But i always fiqured what i did to my body was my chioce and if i was sharing that was a different story. So much to take in.I have been on mtx for 15 years and have coloured my hair during all of those years without a  problem.I am coloring my hair while reading your post, I have never had any problems while taking mtx.

< =text/>_popupControl(); I'm on mtx and wash that gray right out of my hair without a problem. 

Of course hair dye isn't good for you and it stinks to high heck.  But sheeesh...breathing nowadays isn't good for you either and I have no plans to stop doing that anytime soon.   This redhead will stay "red until she is dead"

I color my hair and the color is the same as before all the RA drugs.  Goodness, go ahead and feel free to color your hair.  Get a bit of enjoyment out of life!


I've read all the literature about not using hair coloring and I choose to keep coloring my hair.  Not enough evidence to back the claims. I haven't researched anything about hair coloring side effects in the last few years, maybe something new is out.   The air I breathe is probably worse for me than coloring my hair.  I have noticed that my hair doesn't hold the color as long, but it could be age also.  Lindy


Lindy, I am with you the color doesn't stay as long,and the last time i had it done...well...let's say I had to use my steriod cream to clear my head of psoriasis.  So, I guess I will go grey...I hate it with every fiber in my bones, but it is not worth the suffering of psoriasis.  I have also noticed that I am losing more hair with the Remicade than I ever have with the MTX.  hmmm, somthing to ponder. 

YEp, I guess I will be gray!;(

I color mine, have for about 16 years and have been on MTX longer than that. My oldest DD was really good about doing it for me, the younger one not so good, I told them when Leslie graduates and goes to college I'll have to quit because I don't think DH will do it, or should I say I don't think he'll do it right, he did offer one day.I colored my hair before taking MTX and have continued to do so since starting MTX.  Haven't noticed a problem. < =text/>_popupControl(); DH does my hair all the time.  I was really surprised he offered to do it.  You would be amazed on how good of a job they can do when it means that you will do something horrible to them if they didn't lol.  Plus, despite the hair loss from the mtx, I have lots of long curly hair and it would cost a fortune for me to have the salon do it.  So, there is another motivating factor for all of us with a DH that could do our hair...threaten with salon prices lol. 

Permanent hair dyes contain potentially lupus-triggering chemicals called aromatic amines and hydrazines, according to the study.

I am on methotrexate and have colored my hair a lot!  I've never had a problem with it in the years that I've done both.

I'm on 20 mg of MTX and  went blonde about 2 years ago.. H loves it, and so do I.. it makes my hair look fuller and feel healthier.. I was a battleship grey, no sparkle or color at all.

I figure when I feel so bad and dragged out, getting my hair done is a sure way to make me feel great.

HI all, what kind of hair color do you use? LyndaI've always used Garnier(sp?) 

Hey guys!

I colored my hair for the first time in 10 years about a month ago....getting a little gray around the temples and ears..

Lynda the color I used was Loreal I think.

I use Loreal too. I always buy one or two shades different. I can't ever remember the color but I always remember the pictures on the box. It always screws me up when they get new models on the box. < =text/>_popupControl(); I use Nice and Easy.  Simple enough for a man to use to do his wife's hair lol. 

I do the same thing Lovie does lol. I can never remember the color name and have to look at the models on the box lol. 

I wonder if the level 2 color is as harmful as the permanent? Hi, everyone! I've lost quite a bit of hair while on MTX. I was terrified that coloring my hair would make it all fall out, but I couldn't take the silvers anymore. I mean, I know I'm going up in value and all, but silvers on dark brown really stand out!  I bought some "natural match" stuff and it came out nice. I think it's by Loreal. I'm pretty sure it's permanent color. Christina, I think level 2 would just wash out? I'm not sure. All I know is I'm very thankful my hubby helps with squishing the stinky stuff onto my hair!! LOLI use whatever is on sale at the grocery store. At home I use Loreal products but at the salon I am not sure what she uses, I let her color my hairand I have psoriasis on the scalp, and it doesn't hurt so I think you will be ok to use  hair color meme