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In the pink for breast cancer charity

  November 2005
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When Caroline Monk’s hair grew back after chemotherapy, she had it coloured pink, using Herbatint products.

This was Caroline’s opportunity to support the "inthePINK" breast cancer awareness campaign for the Pink Ribbon Foundation (PRF), a grant-making trust supporting many UK breast cancer charities that apply annually for funding.


Caroline hit the news when her partner, tv presenter Matthew Wright, supportively shaved his head after her chemotherapy caused her to lose her hair. She says: “I was bald for six months during my chemotherapy and hated wearing wigs. When my hair grew back it was baby fine so my friend Kate Chubb at the PRF thought I should dye it with as gentle a hair dye as possible and introduced me to Herbatint," says Caroline.

“One of the most important aspects of a woman’s appearance is her hair, so one of the really depressing things about cancer treatment is losing it. When women come out of chemotherapy, they are afraid to put anything on their hair, and older women worry about being grey. They don’t realise that they can still have glossy, coloured hair if they use the right kind of dye."

Herbatint uses natural extracts and is formulated without ammonia, paraben preservatives or resorcinol, and with only the minimum of peroxide, the dyes have been developed to offer less aggressive, more natural alternative hair colouring, including for grey hair.

“Every year our advice line staff talk to many women
who are looking for a gentler way of colouring their hair after chemotherapy,” says Herbatint's Paul Williams. “Ideally they should keep their natural colour, but pretty well all of them insist they want to avoid appearing with white or grey hair …Herbatint features extracts of aloe vera, meadow foam and witch hazel to condition the hair and scalp.”

“I had wanted to have pink hair for absolutely years
and now I had the perfect excuse!" adds Caroline Monk. I’ve never been happier than I am now with my pink hair!”

Herbal-based hair colour brand Herbatint is making a donation from every retail pack sold until the end of December to breast cancer charity the Pink Ribbon Foundation, and sponsoring the foundation’s annual awareness and fund-raising magazine "inthePINK".

Herbatint is available in 30 shades. Retail packs cost ?7.99rrp from leading pharmacies and health stores – 10p per pack goes to the Pink Ribbon Foundation. For more information or to order on-line, visit  or telephone the customer advice line on 0800 594 7706.



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