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Find a Safe Hair Dye or Safe Hair Color if You Value Your Health

Updated on March 18, 2014
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Most of us experience the surprise discovery of a few gray hairs at some point in our lives - sometimes more than a few. As part of my quest to build a bionic immune system I have been forced to take a good hard look at the personal care products I use. In the past I have done a lot of crazy things to my hair, ranging from blindly using whatever shampoos and conditioners worked and smelled great, all the way to the Japanese Straightening Technique; all without a thought to the dangerous chemicals that were being absorbed through my scalp. After my hair started to grow back after chemotherapy I considered the idea of simply letting the gray show naturally (clearly the safest option). I should say, I briefly considered this option, but very soon discovered that I am not one of the people who can gracefully embrace the gray in my hair. On the other hand, I was (and still am) determined to minimize the dangers of any treatments, so I needed a solution that would hide the gray but not compromise my health. I did a lot of research before finding a solution that worked for me.

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If you are interested in a safer hair dye check out these brands:

  • Naturcolor
  • Coastal Classic Creations
  • Advanced Cosmetic Technologies
  • Daniel Field Hair Color

What are the Types of Hair Dye?

There are several different types of hair dyes commonly used to deal with the gray hair situation.

  1. Temporary Color: This process does not penetrate the scalp and washes out after just a few shampoos. This is very useful for last-minute touch ups.
  2. Semi-permanent color: This process is used to make the hair darker and washes out after 6-12 shampoos. The benefit is that you can change the color easily if you don't like it, because it washes out fairly quickly.
  3. Demi-permanent Color: This process deepens and intensifies the already existing color of the hair. It lasts for about 12-26 shampoos.
  4. Permanent Color: This process removes the pigment from the hair while depositing new color. This can be used to make even a drastic change in color and does not wash out (although the roots need to be retouched every 6-8 weeks). This is the most effective way to cover gray hair.

How Dangerous is it to Color Your Hair?

Did you hear the story about Julie McCabe? She is in a coma caused by the Para-Phenylendiamine (PPD) in her hair dye. She had dyed her hair many times before without incident, but eventually the PPD built up in her body and caused a severe allergic reaction. Even if she recovers from the coma she will almost certainly have severe brain damage. Although this is an extreme case, allergic reactions from PPD are more common than people realize.

Did you know that the FDA does not have to approve the majority of the products used in hair salons or used to create cosmetics? These industries are free to regulate themselves, and as you can imagine, profit typically is higher on the priority list than safety. Here are just a few of the chemicals contained in most hair dyes:

PPD can also cause a person to be cross-sensitized, which means that a person who experiences an adverse reaction to PPD can develop a sensitivity to other related chemicals. A reaction can include anything from a blister rash to anaphylactic shock. One woman that became cross-sensitized after getting a blister rash from PPD can never feel safe walking into any new environment like a house or building; or be anywhere near people that have any trace of fragrance from their personal care products; and must avoid the textile dyes found in most clothing. She has to bring an Epi-Pen everywhere due to the risk of anaphylactic shock. Her life is forever changed after a reaction to common hair dye.

  • Para-Phenylendiamine(PPD): PPD makes it possible for the color to penetrate the hair shaft. It is used in 99% of permanent hair dyes and is by far the most dangerous component. PPD can cause severe allergic reactions, ranging from welts on the body to, in extreme cases, coma or even death. It has been linked to bladder cancer, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, and Multiple Myeloma with possible links to breast and uterine cancer.
  • Ammonia and Hydrogen peroxide: Ammonia by itself can lead to skin inflammation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. This chemical can cause even worse health hazards when mixed with hydrogen peroxide because it turns into a carcinogen much more dangerous than either of the individual components.
  • Lead Acetate: Although lead was removed from many household paints, it still remains in many hair dyes. It can disrupt the function of the brain's neurotransmitters and can also cause blood clots and reduce intelligence levels.
  • Formaldehyde: This is used to embalm bodies and is also found in most products used to permanently straighten hair. Some of the short-term effects are headaches, nausea, burning eyes, and skin irritation. However the long-term effects can result in cancer.

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My Solution to Reduce the Health Risks Caused by Hair Dyes

I'm not one of those people that has the ability to achieve a good result with the home dye kits. Whenever I try it usually ends with some type of hair disaster, so I knew I had to find a salon that could do the job. I found the perfect place in the East Village in New York City. This salon uses an herbal color line that is perfume-free and safe for pregnant women as well as people with chemical sensitivities.

I had always felt very comfortable with all the products used in the salon, but when I began writing about the horrors of hair dye, I realized that I had never taken the time to really find out if the dye used by my hair colorist had PPD, or any of the other toxic chemicals. I knew it didn't make my eyes water, and in fact was completely odor-free, so assumed that it probably was a significant improvement. Over the past year I had been making gradual improvements in my lifestyle, focusing on what I saw as the biggest risks first, and simply picked what seemed to be a safe salon. Now, however, I had reached a point where I was ready to check out my hair dye to make sure that my choice was the right one. Fortunately I had an appointment scheduled so I decided to ask for full disclosure from my salon, regardless of the reaction I might receive.

I reached the salon by taxi at 12 noon on a Sunday. As I sat down to wait, I was offered the usual assortment of teas that this salon always has in stock, usually accompanied by some delicious treats of the raw foods variety. After choosing the delicious peppermint tea that I have developed a taste for, I explained that I was writing an article on hair dye and would like to know exactly what ingredients are in mine. At this salon you don't just get color or a haircut but an entire organic hair experience. My hair stylist Jane has been living the green life for many years and eats primarily raw foods. She is a wealth of information and I trust her completely to always give me an honest answer about the products, and even about how my hair really looks. It turns out that my hair dye contains less than 1% PPD, which is much less than 'normal' hair dyes, and Jane was currently experimenting with a completely PPD-free hair dye. The good news was that my current dye doesn't contain any toxins other than this tiny quantity of PPD. Since I only color my hair three or four times a year I am comfortable with this solution.

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What Can You do to Minimize the Risk?

  • Don't color your hair and learn to embrace your natural hair.
  • Color your hair less frequently.
  • Don't leave hair dye on any longer than necessary.
  • Find a salon in your area that uses a safer alternative with fewer toxins
  • Apply the dye at home using a dye that is free of PPD or other dangerous toxins.

Each individual has to make their own choice about the personal care products they use to feel good because feeling good about yourself is important to good health. Using a product without harsh chemicals will have the added benefit of hair that is healthier and shinier. If there is a safer alternative that is equally effective and minimizes the exposure to toxins I suggest checking it out. Small changes lead to big results. Cheers to good health!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      The best solution would be to check the ingredients for toxins before dyeing hair with them. That would help immensely!! This is a great write, which I share.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Maybe I shouldn't have read this, but I have been coloring my hair for so long I hardly remember the original color. Great hub with lots of good information.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Great hub. My mom used to dye her hair. I know that hair dyeing has bad effects and I heard news before that someone has died because of coloring her hair...

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @midget38...Taking the time to find out what is actually in hair dye can really minimize a person's exposure to toxins and is something an individual has control over. It is worth gradually changing those things we can control. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and for sharing!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      YIKES!!! I must say I had NO idea about the dangers of hair dye. I do not dye my hair often as I've never really been a fan of hair dye, make-up etc. I have noticed a few grey hairs on occasion but I think it's all part of my character. My story may change tho as my hair colors becomes more "white". This is one of those "scary truths" that we should all be aware of. Thanks for sharing.

      ~Becky

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I work in a college and i have encountered many hair dyes with different styles with my students. What they don't know is the many risks like skin inflammation that they expose themselves to. You have done well to explain it here. Voted up, useful and i will have to share this.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @carol7777...LOL..When my hair first grew back after chemo I remember saying Oh that is the color of my hair. Doesn't hurt to at least check out what's in your hair dye. Safer versions are coming out all the time. Thanks so much for your visit and comment!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @unknown spy...The majority of women end up dying their hair at some point in their life to experiment with color or just for fun so it's good to at least be aware that the companies that put out the products aren't really looking out for us so we have to look out for ourselves. Unfortunately people have died from the chemicals in hair dye. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and comment! It is always appreciated!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Rfordin...Good you don't dye your hair or use make-up often because there are so many scary chemicals in all those products that many of us simply don't have the time or energy to research. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and leave a comment. Hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @dwachira...I have been guilty of trying some crazy hair colors in my college days also. I wish your students had all the information so they could at least make an informed decision because there are so many safe fun ways to change their style. Thanks so much for the vote and I especially appreciate the share!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I have been dying my hair every 6-8 weeks at home for years. I keep the color as close to my natural color as possible and I don't leave the dye on as long as the directions tell me too. However, I imagine I am not using a healthy dye. I have been thinking about this for a while, so maybe your hub will spur me on to make a healthier choice. I just don't want to go completely natural yet, but I also don't want to get some horrid disease over my vanity. Excellent hub, so helpful. Thanks. Shared also.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Pamela99! 6-8 weeks sn the typical time frame for many women and most of us haven't thought about what is in it. I so much appreciate that this might provide you the with the motivation to check out safer alternatives. Light Mountain Color the Gray looks like a safer option to investigate and one that can be done at home. You might be able to order it on Amazon. Thanks so much for your comment and I really appreciate the share!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Geez, I just checked my ' Nice and Easy box and it has PPD, what a bummer! I am going to Google Light Mountain color. Thank's a million..

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @always exploring...It's crazy what is put in products that so many women use on a regular basis! Definitely check out Light Mountain Color and I find it helpful to read reviews on Amazon. Often they provide helpful tips on how to use things correctly based upon trial and error. Thanks so much for reading this and I hope you find a safer alternative!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. I have made so many changes since I read Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers. I was horrified by the toxic chemicals in make up, shampoo, food, etc. (I looked up my $35 a bottle shampoo I had used for years in the Cosmetics Database (ewg.org) and it was rated an 8). I have colored my hair for years and I am just experimenting with more natural products to use for that purpose. I chuckled when I read the part about you not being one to gracefully embrace the gray, because I totally agree! I am glad you found a safer alternative!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Thank you so much for taking the time to read this Gail Myers. I have heard of the book Breakthrough. I use the cosmetics database so much every now and then I give them a small donation.My previous personal care products rated high in terms of toxins also. Glad that gave you a laugh...nope never embracing the gray! One product at a time and a lot of trial and error. Thanks so much for the visit and comment!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great helpful information that all woman that dye their hair need to know ! Well done and written !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great information. It is really important to know the products that we are using.

      Voted up and more!

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      Wow never thought someone could get a coma from dyeing her hair. This is a reminder for all of us to carefully check any products before we actually use them on our body. Thank you for writing very informative and useful hub as always. Voted and more!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Kashmir56...I hope this helps other women to at least investigate safer alternatives. Thanks so much for the vote and especially the share!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @ignugent17...People should at least take a minute to read and research what is being absorbed into the body. There are safer alternatives to cosmetics and personal care products. Thanks so much for your vote aand comment!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @greeneryday...People have also ended up in the hospital with swelling and welts on their skin that they never really recovered from. I hope people look for safer alternatives for their cosmetics and personal care products to reduce the toxic load on their body. Thank you so much for your kind comment and vote!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My paternal grandmother had snow white hair at age 35. I saw my mother and dad get grey hair early in life and except for a small time of having highlights added to my hair about 20 years ago, I have gone natural which is to say that I am embracing the grey. I realize that this is not the norm, but it works for me! Informative hub! Up votes and will share. Sounds like you have found a great hair salon!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Peggy W....I have a friend that got gray hair at 26 so it seems it can happen at any age. I remember as a child seeing a woman with long grey hair and thinking she was so beautiful when she smiled at me so I think each person defines their own norm. The important thing is for each person to do whatever makes them feel good because the opinion that counts the most is your own. Going natural is by far the healthiest alternative. It took a lot of research but I'm happy I found my hair salon. Thanks so much for your comment,visit, and share!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow.. this is food for thought. I knew it was bad to color my hair when I was pregnant but didn't imagine it could be this toxic in general. I have really light skin and my hair looks terrible dark but I may have to try something different. I wonder if highlights have toxic chemicals. This is very helpful and informative!

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      Abigayle Malchow 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

      LOL OMG I just went out and bought two boxes of perm hair dye and have been using this stuff since I was 16! I am now 33! I found this so interesting and very informative and I know I should stop using it but I found one grey and went nuts...lol. I might cut back though. Thank you for letting the public know about the things the FDA doesn't do because there is a lot they don't

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      Rachael C. 4 years ago from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :)

      This was really interesting for me. I've only gotten highlights one time, for a birthday last year, and I've never completely dyed my hair. I have beautiful, long, dark hair that I love, but since I'm a punk, I've also been considering cutting and dyeing only part of it. Seeing as I will only dye every now and then, I think I'll be okay, but it is a good thing to keep in mind. Thanks so much, voted up and useful!

      --Rachael

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I'm glad you are all right after undergoing chemotherapy.

      Thanks for sharing this important information about the dangers of dying or bleaching our hair. Voting up, useful and sharing.

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      I used to like to color my hair (It was bright blue at one point!), but stopped doing that years ago because it tended to make my hair dry and somewhat brittle. After reading this, I'm really glad I stopped. Julie McCabe's story was quite scary! Who would have thought hair dyes could put you into a coma?!! Excellent hub!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My generation started coloring our hair in our 40s. Today girls start in middle school. That worries me.

      I learned a lot from your hub. Great work!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @tammyswallow...I'm discovering that all those things that we are not supposed to do when we are pregnant are things that are dangerous in general. You would have to check out the ingredients in highlights and I bet there are safer alternatives. Glad you found this useful and it is definitely something to at least think about. Thank you so much for taking your time to read and comment!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @abbykorinnelee...I started coloring my hair the minute I saw my first grey so I completely understand! Light Mountain color looks safer but I haven't actually used it so don't know how effective it is. It's crazy what is in all these products that many of use use on a daily basis. At least being aware makes it easier to make more informed choices. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @toys-everywhere...It is fun to change your look and experiment. Doing it infrequently and finding a color that has little or no toxins is a great way to minimize the risk.Thank you so much for your vote and kind comment! Hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Pamela Kinnaird W...Thanks so much for your good wishes and I'm glad to be done with chemo too!! I hope this will help others to make an informed decision since so many people dye their hair for many reasons. Thank you so much for the vote and I really appreciate the share!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Om Paramapoonya...Bright blue sounds cool! Using the safer dye and going in less frequently has also made my hair much healthier. It was shocking and sad to read about Julie McCabe and another teenager that died almost immediately after dying her hair. Thank you so much for your supportive comment and the visit. It is much appreciated!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Kathleen...I have boys but knowing what I know now I wouldn't let my kids dye their hair if it ever becomes an issue. I know it is fun for kids to dye their hair but there is a cumulative effect and a person can have an adverse reaction even if it never happened before. It is so much better to change the things we can and reduce exposure to toxins. Thank you so much for your kind, supportive comment!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I must admit I knew the dangers and did it anyway for a long time. About 9 months ago I said no more and went natural. It really took about three months to get used to the grey/silver and I almost colored my hair several times. I am so glad I remained strong though. The older I get, the more natural I want to be and am striving to be chemical free in all areas. Not everyone can go natural but that Julie McCabe story should open some eyes! Thank for a very interesting Hub.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Hyphenbird...I also used to do it also being somewhat aware that it wasn't that safe but now am trying to change one product at a time. Going natural is by far the safest alternative and a decision you should feel good about. I only color my hair a few times a year so maybe am transitioning to that step.Chemical free is a good goal and one that I'm striving for but it takes a lot of trial and error with products but I'm so happy to be making progress. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and comment and I'm glad you found this interesting.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think your first option to not color her is the best option. With America getting older, I imagine a time when grey hair will be more desirable than colored hair. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @alocsin....Not using color at all is by far the best option! You bring up a good point that not having grey hair is based upon society's perspective as to what is acceptable. I've seen many women with grey hair that look beautiful with it that way. Thanks so much for the vote and comment.

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      Rachael C. 4 years ago from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :)

      I always thought the grey and white hair on the elder women of my society were quite beautiful...but then again, I am a hopeless romantic and always saw it as an almost ethereal trait, like the spirit of the Elementals :) And, I for one, actually look forward to getting old for that reason. I want to know what I will look like when Life and I have almost finished holding hands. But then, I am the weirdest little sprite I've ever met, haha.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @toys-everywhere...Grey and white hair is beautiful:) My grandmother chose not to dye her hair once it all turned grey and she looked beautiful. The reality is it's the safest way to go anyway. I'm just not quite ready since I just have some grey. Not weird at all and I love your attitude! Thanks for the great comment!

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is something Tricia (the other Patricia) and I worked through a few years ago. We are both that age where we prefer to look younger - and in our opinion that includes masking grey hair.

      I chose to stick with the product used by my hairdresser. Tricia buys a product from our local health food shop, but has it applied by a professional hairdresser.

      I think the main issue here is to not accept a product on blind faith - at least not one that you are going to eat, or apply directly to your body.

      Thanks for an interesting hub, which I am sharing.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you for sharing this valuable information. Generally I avoid to color my hairs, but occasionally I have to color. This article has inspired me to not to color my hairs in any situation.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'll risk the dangers, it's something about coloring my hair that makes Sunshine smile! :) Thanks for the heads up!

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good article. I am also trying to move to more natural products for hair and skin. Voted up.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I made the decision in my late 60s to stop coloring my hair and wish I'd done it much sooner or used only henna. (I even wrote a hub about it.)

      In addition to hair dyes, many cosmetics, skincare products and even toothpastes contain harmful additives. It pays to be read labels and be cautious about the products you use because absorption through the skin or scalp can cause as many diseases as eating these chemicals.

      Voted Up++ and shared

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Also, do NOT use all the box like the product suggests. I have short hair and I mix up my own using the proportions from the containers. It takes me about 18 mos to use the two boxes of hair color that I alternate. I use one darker in the winter and one lighter in the summer. As Nora Ephron said.....the reason 60 is the new 40 is haircoloring.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      My mother found her first grey hair when she was 19, in 1953. She started coloring soon after. I found my first grey at 19 also. Years later (in her 30's) Mom developed pain in her right shoulder, and eventually lost most of the mobility in that shoulder. She refused to go to a doctor, she said 'it's just pain'. Still, many years later (at 48) she did finally go to a doctor. Found out she had bone cancer. It had started in her skull, traveled down her neck, into her shoulder, arm and ribs. She passed away 11 weeks to the day after her first doctor visit.

      Bone cancer... that started in her skull....??? I've always questioned if it was the hair dye.

      Thank you for a very informative hub. I color my hair and will now look for a product that is PPD free.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I appreciate that you share your knowledge and research with us about health topics many of us give little thought to.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      And your comment made me smile Sunshine625:) I just put the information out there but people get to choose what they want to do with it. I place a very high value on doing things that make us smile. Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      I must be one of the sensitives, HL, because I tried to go blonde once and had a terrible allergic reaction to the dye. I use home henna now. It doesn't work quite as well as professional dyes, but it's much healthier and makes my hair shine, too. Thanks for the important warning!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @2patricias...It is important not to accept any personal care products or cosmetics on blind faith. No one is really regulating them and it sounds like you are both making an informed decision regarding hair dye which is vital. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment and I really appreciate the share!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @JayeWisdom...You are absolutely correct that so many personal care products and harmful additives contain numerous harmful chemicals that are absorbed by the body and can cause health issues. At least you made the decision to stop coloring your hair which is the safest regardless of the time in your life that you came to that conclusion. I will check out that hub. Thanks so much for voting and sharing this!!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      jainismus...If you can find a safe hair dye it's OK but that is a little bit of a challenge. Not coloring your hair at all is definitely the safest. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @carozy...It's takes a lot of research and trial and error but can be done:) Thank you so much for the comment and the vote!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @NMLady...Thanks for adding that useful tip! Using much less minimizes the risk. I have to agree with Nora Ephron...what a difference hair color can make:) Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. I hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @lindalou1963...So sorry about your mother and although there is no way to prove conclusively that the hair dye was the cause it has been proven that PPD is dangerous and can cause cancer so should be avoided. Happy this information was useful and I hope you are successful in finding a PPD free hair dye. Thanks so much for sharing your mother's story and taking the time to comment. I hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @mollymeadows...Glad your reaction to the dye was a mild one. So scary what can happen from using products that are so common. I'm glad you found a safer alternative. Thank so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      L.L. Woodard...Thank you for your kind comment and appreciating my efforts!! I hope this makes people a little more cautious of the products that are out there. I really appreciate the vote and share!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      I used otc hair dye for a while but after a basal cell showed up on the top of my head I stopped. Have thought about writing on this topic but am so glad you have posted your experience.

      Recently, I went to a similar spa. Because of her own sensitivities the stylist had trained for just such a position. She definitely knew her stuff on products, but sadly, she could not cut hair. 8-] Mine has now grown out enough now to be shaped up right, but it's a temptation to go all natural and let it grow so I can just put it up in a Gibson Girl. :)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @RTalloni...So scary how many chemicals are in hair products and most stylist don't have a clue if I bring it up. My stylist began the salon because of her own chemical sensitivities also and they are definitely the best people to get advice from because they do the research. You can always go to one place for the color and another place for the cut although I realize it's much more efficient to do both in one place:) Maybe let it grow for a while and have fun experimenting.

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      Dilbag Koundal 4 years ago from Kangra Pantnagar (India)

      Is such spa are available in India or Asia?

      very helping it would be if someone use it. Thanks for good Hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful read and something that all those who dye their hair must be aware of. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Rajan! I am hoping that people can at least make an informed decision because it is so common for women to dye their hair for so many reasons.Thanks so much for voting and sharing. I appreciate it!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @dilbagkoundal...I'm not sure whether salons that use safe hair dye exist in India or Asia but it is worth researching. It is very rare to find one in the United states and I had to do a lot of research to find one that uses safer hair dye. I hope safer hair products eventually become a trend. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and comment. I hope to see you again!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is very interesting. I have recently started thinking about the chemicals in hair products, toiletries and cleaning supplies. I am sensitive to some chemicals, and I am aware that some things are cancerous. It's scary that the ingredients are not regulated more, and that we could be toxifying our bodies.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I was shocked when I learned how many chemicals we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. It's been a challenge finding a substitute for everything especially cosmetics but it is a work in progress.They are out there but require a lot of trial and error to see which ones are really effective. Many people have chemical sensitivities and feel so much better when they start using chemical free alternatives. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. I hope to see you again!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Kinda concerning that this industry isn't strictly regulated. Luckily, I opted for shaving my hair, so never seen the grey strands sneak in lol.

      Shared, up, interesting and useful.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      Great article. I had no idea how dangerous these chemicals were, although I knew they weren't good. But I guess the story of the woman in a coma can't be dismissed. At some point you might want to think about henna, which is plant based and all natural. You might have to try a few brands to see what works best for you. I use henna on my own hair.

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      sanathara 4 years ago

      Good Hub. A very informative one. My color is Vegetal Bio. I like it very much. Though it's semi- permanent, it's really good as it's free from PPD and Amonia. Thanks for sharing this information...

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Brett! It is scary that cosmetics and personal care products can have anything in them and most people blindly assume they are safe. Shaving your hair is a great solution:) That way you completely avoid dealing with grey or scary chemicals! Very much appreciate the vote,comment, and share. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Allergic reactions are much more common than people realize ologsinquito. I will have to give henna a try because it is safe. Fortunately I don't have much grey at the moment so it may be effective.I'm sure as always it will take a lot of trial and error but will be worth it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great day!

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Important information here, both in the alert to toxins in hair-coloring products and about hair dyes that contain the least amount of potentially health-altering ingredients.

      Both men and women should benefit from this heads-up as many men also color their hair to hide the gray. I'm sharing this with the younger generation in my family, too, who experiment with hair color.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @sanathara...It's awesome that you use a dye that is PPD and ammonia free. I wish hair salons would let people know there is a safer alternative so they could at least make an informed decision. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi L.L. Woodard! The potential dangers of hair dyes and all personal care products should be common knowledge so that men and women can make an informed decision. I think if this were the case companies would make a greater effort to produce products that are effective but free of toxins. Thanks so much for your continued support,vote, and sharing.

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      amy 4 years ago

      Would love to know the name of the salon you go to. Have issues with hair color and finding a salon with natural solutions. I'm allergic to cobalt found in brown dyes..do you know what other names for it? I see for example, blue1, etc. Need to stay away! Please respond and thanks for this article!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Amy!

      The name of the salon is Grace Heaven Hair Salon located at 226 East 3rd Street in Manhattan. Contact Jane Webb at 917-607-4660 or 212-253-5490. It is a salon experience and everything uses is as safe as it gets including shampoo and conditioner and she uses shea butter at the end as a styling product which makes it soft and look amazing. It definitely helps to control what we can in the environment. Let me know if you need any additional information and good luck!!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I quit using permanent color some years ago and switched to the colors that wash out in about 30 shampoos. I will definitely check the label for some of the substances you've noted. Thanks for the tips!

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Heidi! It's scary what is in most hair dyes. The one that I use is still considered permanent but I believe it fades a bit after about a month but I feel better knowing that is doesn't have the dangerous chemicals so for now it's the best alternative I have found..I'm happy it inspired you to check out what is in your hair hair dye. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again.

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      helphelphelp 3 years ago

      I dye my hair red, so it's easy for me, I use BAQ Henna. Body Art Quality Henna is what I use. It is the henna used for the tattoos. Because it is for the skin, it cannot contain any chemicals. It is PURE HENNA, all plant material. The place I purchase mine from even has it tested to see what the lawson content in it is and to be sure there are no chemicals or other ingredients NOT supposed to be in there. It gives great color, it doesn't fade, it covers my gray, It's little extra trouble but well worth it!!

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Henna is a great idea helphelphelp! The value to your health definitely outweighs the extra effort. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It's nice to see other women taking charge of their health:)

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      kate 3 years ago

      Has anyone tried daniel field?

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I have not tried it Kate but will research it. If it meets the safer standard I will add it to the list of options. Thanks for adding to this article.

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      Dilbag Koundal 3 years ago from Kangra Pantnagar (India)

      i never tried it but really good article. and nice information its keeping around. thanks

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      Kendall 2 years ago

      Maybe I missed something. , but, the Naturcolor that was recommend in the beginning of this article has PPD listed in the ingredients. It doesn't state the quantity tho.

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      Healthy Life 2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Kendall,

      You aew right. Naturcolor has a small amount of PPD but significantly less than other brands and does not have the other harsh chemicals. I use it and it doesn't last as long but seems to be the best product out there with the least amount of dangerous chemicals.. Thanks for reading.

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      Joseph Sy 2 years ago

      What is the best black hair dye with out para Phenylene Diamine or zero ppd

      Pls email to. jsy1940@yahoo.com

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      Healthy Life 2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Joseph,

      I would recommend Light Mountain Natural Hair Color. I will e-mail the information. Have a great day!

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      pankaj sharma 21 months ago

      What is the best brand to use for men. Pls suggest me the name of brand without ppd or chemical. Thanks

      Pls e mail : chawlapankaj90@yahoo.in

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      Healthy Life 8 months ago from Connecticut, USA

      Check out herbatint or Essential Color. Good luck!

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