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Health Risks of Chemical Hair Dyes

Updated on February 14, 2012

What Should Hair Dye Users Know About the Possible Health Risks Associated With Coloring Hair Chemically?

Over 50 million women in the US dye their hair regularly. Many more say they will once they start to turn gray, and many girls use hair dyes from an early age. However, there are risks associated with using these products. One of the main chemicals in most hair dyes was once banned in several European countries, and hair dye chemicals have been shown to have a variety of harmful effects in scientific experiments. Use of hair dye has been linked to allergic reactions, respiratory disorders and even cancer.

Read on to learn more about the real risks associated with dyeing your hair, and the alternatives to chemical hair coloring.

Hair Dyes Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Skin and other allergic reactions pose the biggest risk to hair dye users. It's difficult to say how many hair dye users suffer from allergic reactions, as most do not seek medical attention. However, there are many cases where allergic reactions to hair dyes have been severe or even fatal.

Signs of a mild reaction may only be irritation of the upper eyelids or rims of the ears, but in more severe reactions, the whole head or body may be involved.

A severe form of allergic reaction is anaphylactic shock. When this occurs, the mouth and tongue swell and the airways constrict. Anaphylaxis can be rapidly fatal, and there have been isolated cases of hair dyes causing anaphylactic shock.

Skin reactions can occur on a person's first exposure to hair dye, or can suddenly occur in a person who has been using them long-term. A patch test before every dyeing is important to help detect skin allergies, but very time dye is applied to the skin, the immune system may become sensitized, increasing the risk of future allergic reaction.

Working as a hairstylist is associated with an increased risk of skin allergies. One review found that 17-80% of stylists suffered from allergic reactions on contact with hair dye (Khumalo et al, 2006).

Allergic reactions are the most likely side effects of hair dyes

An allergy can develop at any time, even if you have used a dye before or done a patch test

Hair Dyes Can Cause Asthma

Hair stylists are at risk of developing occupational asthma, both from the persulfates used in bleaches and PPD from hair dyes. Long term exposure sensitizes the airways, leading to asthma attacks on exposure to the chemicals.

A number of studies have confirmed that hair stylists have higher levels of asthma than the general population.

Are Hair Dyes Related to Development of Cancer?

Cancers develop due to a combination of many factors damaging the DNA of a cell in the body. While there is proof that hair dye chemicals do cause cancer in laboratory animals at high doses, it is still debated whether the low doses from hair dyes are sufficient to cause cancer in humans.

Many studies have been conducted to try to determine whether long-term hair dye use causes cancer, and it is still a controversial subject. Most studies have focused on a possible increased risk of bladder cancer. Some studies have found that women who had consistently used hair dye long term had higher levels, and other studies did not. Many official bodies have determined that the evidence so far is inconclusive.

However, new studies have linked hair dye use to development of a specific type of cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (Zhang et al, 2008). This study looked at groups of women suffering from this disease, and a control group. It was found that women who started using hair dye, particularly darker colors, before 1980 had an increased risk of developing the disease.

The strongest evidence that hair dyes can cause cancer in humans comes from studies of cancer rates in hairstylists. One study found that if a hairstylist had used hair dyes at work for 5 years or more, she had a three times higher risk of developing breast cancer. Other studies have consistently found that hair colorists have an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia.

Excessive Dyeing Damages Hair

If hair has been dyed many times, it becomes 'over-processed', which leads to brittle, dry hair that lack shine. Since hair only grows slowly (about 1.5cm/half an inch a month) longer hair can end up receiving multiple dye treatments. If other chemicals such as hair relaxers are used, the damage can be even worse, and over-processed hair easily breaks and splits.

Unfortunately, there is really no solution to hair damage from dyeing, other than to stop dyeing. If you do not want to stop, using a deep conditioner and products specifically for dyed hair can help reduce the damage and also maintain your color. Try to dye only your roots, to reduce the number of times the length of your hair is dyed. Since your hair grows from the roots, the ends are obviously the oldest part of your hair and will accumulate damage.

P-Phenylenediamine, PPD: the Chemical that causes Allergic Reactions

P-Phenylenediamine (PPD) is present in over 2/3 of chemical hair dyes, and is known to be toxic to the immune system, skin, nervous system, respiratory system, liver and kidneys. It is the most toxic chemical in hair dyes. The European Union classifies it as a toxin and irritant that is dangerous in the environment. In Canada, its use in cosmetics is restricted and it was a one time banned in France, Germany and Sweden. However, it is now legally used throughout the EU.

Allergic and Skin Reactions

PPD is a skin sensitizer, meaning that it can stimulate the immune system to cause a variety of allergic reactions. The skin may become red, blister, itch and burn on exposure of PPD. Allergic reactions may also cause breathing difficulties and can even be fatal. This is what is thought to have happened to the young women in the articles linked to above.

Cancer

Laboratory experiments have shown that PPD damages the DNA of human cells. Accumulated DNA damage leads to cancer. However, it is not conclusive whether the exposure to PPD from hair dyes is enough to cause cancer in women who dye their hair, although hair stylists who color hair at work do have higher cancer levels (see below).

Asthma

Breathing in PPD fumes can cause the airways to narrow, making breathing difficult. This can be a transient reaction, or can cause long-term asthma.

Severe effects from drinking PPD

Severe lung problems and deaths have been reported after accidental ingestion of PPD. Hair dyes should always be kept out children's reach to prevent accidents.

UK Effort to Ban PPD from Hair Dye

A UK lawyer, who has represented many victims of allergic reactions to hair dyes, is pushing to have PPD-containing dyes banned from sale in the United Kingdom. After the tragic death of 17-year-old Tabatha McCourt in a fit minutes after applying hair dye, Greg Almond is calling on the UK government to review the use of PPD. Almond has previously obtained out-of-court settlements for clients who suffered allergic reactions to hair dye, even after following the manufacturer's instructions for patch testing the dye on their skin first.

Sign the online petition to ban PPD from hair dyes sold in the UK

The Other Chemicals in Hair Dyes and Associated Risks

Resorcinol

Resorcinol receives a rating of 8 (out of 10) for hazard at the Cosmetics Safety Database. It is classified by the European Union as harmful, irritant to eyes and skin and dangerous for the environment.

It has been shown to disrupt hormonal function in rats, causing hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone deficiency), but the levels necessary were far higher than those in hair dyes (Welsch, 2008). However, autism may be caused by babies experiencing hypothyroidism while still in the womb (Roman, 2007), and there have been cases of pregnant women losing their babies after taking resorcinol by mouth (Duran et al, 2004). Resorcinol is also a skin sensitiser (Basketter et al, 2007), although it is much less potent than PPD.

Ammonia

Ammonia is irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory system, and can cause asthma and breathing difficulties. However, it is much less toxic than PPD, and only receives a rating of 3 out of 10 for toxicity at the Cosmetics Safety Database.

Persulfates

Sodium, potassium and ammonium sulfates are present in hair dyes and bleaches, and are used in concentrations of up to 60%. However, concentrations of only 17.5% have been shown to irritate skin, and persulfates are also toxic when the fumes are inhaled, causing asthma and lung damage (Pang and Fiume, 2001). However, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has concluded that they are safe for occasional use, provided that the skin is rinsed well after.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is used in hair bleaches. It is corrosive, and has been banned from cosmetic use in Japan and restricted in Canada. Animal studies have shown it has toxic effects on the nervous system, respiratory and digestive systems at low doses (1974). Other studies on animals have also shown that hydrogen peroxide can damage DNA, possibly leading to cancer.

Lead acetate

This is present in some hair coloring products used for gradual darkening, and is another potentially toxic chemical.Lead has well-known damaging effects on the brain and nervous system.

4-ABP

This has been linked to development of cancer.

Dark-colored hair dyes carry the highest risks

Hair Dyes Marketed as 'Natural'

Boxed, chemical hair dyes marketed as 'natural' typically do not contain resorcinol, ammonia or peroxide. However, they still contain at least some PPD, just a lower level. Lower levels are obviously better, but using these dyes does not completely remove the risk of suffering an allergic reaction or other side effect. 'Natural' hair dye manufacturers include Naturtint and Herbatint. Always look at the ingredients of any 'natural' hair dye to check out just how 'natural' it is, and check for the presence of the chemicals listed above.

If you are unsure how safe a dye is, the Cosmetics Database is a great place to check it out - there are listings for thousands of products, and every product and ingredient is given a hazard rating, from 0-10.

Some Of The More 'Natural' Boxed, Chemical Hair Dyes - Naturtint and Herbatint are the most popular brands of more natural, but still chemical, dyes

Naturtint and Herbatint are the most popular brands of more natural, but still chemical, dyes. They are often sold in health food stores or can be easily found on Amazon.

So, Is It Worth Using Hair Dyes?

How likely is it that you will suffer an adverse effect from your hair dye?

Hair dye chemicals have been shown to cause harmful effects in laboratory experiments, but what are the real risks to women from using hair dyes? Many of these experiments used high levels of the chemicals - only about 0.5% of the hair dye applied to the head penetrates the skin, and many other studies have shown that for this level of exposure, the data is inconclusive about how much women will be harmed.

Real risks

Skin reactions are a real risk. They commonly occur after exposure to hair dyes in real-life situations, and can be life-threatening. They are something that could happen to any woman using hair dyes.

Damage to your hair is another genuine risk. If you dye your hair long-term you should always take steps to minimize damage, such as using deep conditioners, as your hair is likely to become brittle and damaged without good care.

Severe allergic reactions, causing swelling, breathing problems and skin reactions, are another real risk. This can happen even at your first exposure to hair dyes, or if you have been dyeing your hair for a while already.

Unlikely effects

While there is a chance that you may get cancer if you use hair dyes long term, it's unlikely. For cancer to occur, there need to be multiple changes in a cell's DNA, and it's unlikely that hair dyes alone would cause cancer in a real-life (not experimental) situation. However, it is possible, and although the risk is low, some studies have found that there is a higher risk of non-Hogkin's lymphoma if you use hair dyes long-term, particularly if you started before 1980.

Real risks for hair stylists

If you are a hair stylist, you will have a much higher exposure to hair dyes than someone who just dyes their hair at home. Studies have shown that hair stylists have higher rates of skin allergies, asthma and breast cancer, so the risks for stylists are real.

So, on balance, it is every woman's choice whether or not to accept these risks and dye their hair - the chemicals are known to be toxic, but the majority of women will not suffer serious side effects. However, if you are a hair stylist, there is a real risk that you will suffer some kind of health problem due to hair dye exposure.

Minimizing the Health Risks if you Do Dye your Hair

If you are really unhappy with your hair color and want to continue or start dyeing your hair, there are some ways of minimizing the potential health risks.

Use the lightest shade possible

First, darkest color hair dyes carry the most risk, due to the types of chemicals they contain. Do you really want a very dark shade? If you are covering gray, remember that as we age, our skin tone changes, and so even if your hair was naturally very dark when you were young, that very dark shade may no longer suit you. Often, a very dark shade on an older person can make their skin look washed out, and a lighter, warmer shade would suit them better and actually make them look younger than their original dark shade. Hair colorists will be able to advise you on the best shade for your skin tone.

Dye as infrequently as possible

Second, minimize your exposure and damage to your hair by dyeing it as infrequently as possible. When you do dye, make sure you always wear the gloves provided in a home kit, and while dyeing your roots, try not to rub the dye into your scalp. Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated to reduce the dye fumes you breathe in. Maybe you could just have highlights/lowlights? These may be able to be done less frequently.

Investigate to see if there are any more natural alternatives

Finally, investigate some of the more natural, less chemical hair dyes available on the market today! Look in stores such as health foods stores (or on Amazon) for dyes with less PPD and fewer of the other ingredients listed above.

If you would like Black or Red Hair, or to Lighten Blonde/Brown Hair, There are Natural Alternatives

Natural Alternatives to Chemically Dyeing your Hair

There are several ways to color hair without using chemical dyes. None of these natural alternative have been shown to cause cancer or other harmful effects.

Henna for Red Hair

Henna is the powdered leaves of the plant Lawsonia inermis, and produces a red-orange dye. Henna is permanent, so only use it if you are sure you want red hair! The color that you will obtain will depend on the exact color of your hair to start off with, so it's important to always strand test. The henna color will oxidise, becoming less orange and brassy, over the first few days after coloring. Make sure that the henna you obtain is 100% (body art quality), as some henna blends can contain metals. These may cause your hair to turn green if it already has chemical dye on it! Henna powder if mixed with water or lemon juice and applied to the hair for several hours, then rinsed out.

Henna and Indigo for Black Hair

Dyeing your hair with henna, and then with indigo can be used to dye even blonde hair black, without using chemical dyes. Indigo produces a blue dye (it was used to dye jeans), but it colors hair black. It is a green powder like henna, and has been called black henna. However, it is not henna, and there is no such thing as black henna - henna will only dye your hair red. Indigo is used in the same way as henna, and using henna first helps darken the hair.

Honey to Lighten Blonde Hair

Honey can be used to lighten blonde hair, as it produces a weak peroxide when mixed with water. However, it does not damage hair, as its other constituents moisturize and protect the hair. Mix honey with water in a 1:4 ratio and apply to hair for an hour. Honey produces a very gradual effect and not dramatic lightening (it won't dye black hair blonde, just lighten hair that is already blonde or light brown), but on the positive side it won't harm either you or your hair or produce noxious fumes, and can be repeated to achieve the desired effect.

Henna is only red!

If henna is marketed to dye your hair any color other than red, it is not pure henna. "Black" henna may contain PPD, so read the label carefully!

Shop for Natural Alternatives to Chemical Hair Dye - Henna, indigo and honey can be used to color hair

Caca Brun Mama Hair Henna by LUSH
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Dye hair reddish-brown with this solid form of henna and herbs

 

Do you Dye Your Hair?

How do you feel about dyeing your hair?

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Why Dye At All? Embrace Your Natural Color, or Gray Hair!

Why dye your hair at all? Natural, 'hair-color' hair is beautiful, and gray hair is beautiful too. It's not just the color of your hair that matters - a great cut and style make a huge difference. Well looked-after hair in a stylish, age-appropriate cut can totally change someone's first impression of you, regardless of the color of your hair.

Gray streaks add individuality and like any sign of aging, can be thought of as trophies of survival, rather than a negative. Embracing gray hair is a sign of self-acceptance and self-confidence. Special 'blue' shampoos can be used to keep gray hair bright and combat any brassy or yellow tints in gray hair.

How Do You Feel About Gray Hair?

Does gray hair look good, or does it make people look too old?

Gray hair can look great, it's how old you feel and act that matters, not looks!

Gray hair can look great, it's how old you feel and act that matters, not looks!

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    • LadyDuck 3 years ago

      My hair turned gray when I was only 36. I dyed my hair for several years, then I got an allergic reaction and left them gray, they look great, much better than the when I dyed them.

    • chi kung 4 years ago

      I love to see grey haired people but the thing is that in some countries you are judged as an untidy person just because of that and you don't get the job.... - hopefully this attitude will change!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Gray hair looks as good as you make it look and yes it can make one look older. So one that looks older to me looks wiser and more mature..."comfortable in my own skin" so-to-speak. I think the more interesting question is why are people afraid to look their age or to look older in our society?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would not dye my hair and let he gray grow in - BUT my husband would have such an attitude!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      A physically fit body, and healthy skin speaks louder than hair dye, eye makeup, or nail polish. Let your hair, nails, and face colors be real, and shine as yourself. You have a right to be you!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love that I don't dye my hair anymore. It feels SO MUCH healthier and has life and the color is my own. If others think I am OLD because of natural hair color, well, I AM old. My 35th high school alumni is coming right up.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Grey hair suits some people, especially if you have olive or darker skin tones, but for a lot of women, it makes them 'invisible'- which is a product of our society, as much as anything. I guess there are things you can do to counter this invisibility if you want to- such as wearing outrageous clothes, getting a tatt or generally being eccentric :D

    • Niagara Ghosts 4 years ago

      It looks good on some but definitely not so flattering on me.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Society is cruel to women and does not let them age like men are allowed to. An older woman is considered stupid, but older men are considered experienced and wise. I see now how sometimes older women who die their hair actually look odd and artificial. Older women need to be valued. They need to stop dying their hair. Embrace grey! I did and I'm happy! My husband loves it!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a 24 year old female and I say gray hair looks great on people and I'm happy to see peolple have started realizing it too

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It depends on the person, really. Some people have the right face and skin color to look radiant with grey hair, while others look simply old and unatractive - especially if they get grey hair younger than the norm. But in the end, its really about how you feel about yourself and wether grey hair will alleviate or undermine your confidence and dignity. If you don't give a crap about rocking grey hair and looking ten years older, rock on!

    • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Gray hair looks great

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It is just another colour. If a person looks spectacular, he or she won't be any less beautiful just because of the silver coloured hair - on the contrary. Youthfulness is not dependent on hair colour. It is incredibly sad that so many people seem to have no self-confidence at all and think they can get it from a bottle of hair-dye. Ensnared in self-deception.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      where did grey come from my mums friends have great shades of white and silver were my mum looks like a dead black animal is stuck on her head

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Gray hair is great, it celebrates your age and your beauty, respecting the new frame of your face!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      it's more about the cut than the color

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Grey hair can look really good if it's well cut and shiny. I found that my natural colour started returning when I started taking a vitamin supplement containing 2mg of copper, and now my hair has turned from quite grey to a soft grey/blonde mix.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Grey hair in one's younger age creates a lot of inferiority complex. Grey hair for old people is a common thing. Henna is a good substitute for dye.

    • YogaAngel 4 years ago

      Gray hair looks great on some people!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I am covered with gray hair at 47 and I let my gray come back over a year and half. My husband hated it. I went back to coloring and I have lost half of my hair because of the coloring. So I am angry with my husband for not embracing me with gray hair.

    Gray hair ages people, and too many people judge on first impressions

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Gray hair ages people, and too many people judge on first impressions but suits some

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        makes people lie old

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I love my henna. I'm not ready to go grey yet. And I love colour.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Let's not trick ourselves, gray hair looks awful...it makes you seem like you area over 60 years old....my friend had a lot of grey hair when she was 13, and I don't think it looked good....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        The workplace is very age-centric, as are men! Grey hair is fine if you're over 75. If you're a bit younger, a great color that doesn't accentuate under-eye bags (as deeper colors will), plus a great haircut is key.

        Recently, I got a fit to change from my natural blonde w/ red undertones to medium auburn for Fall - unfortunately, it meant needing more dramatic eye & lip make-up and I wound up looking like a Chuckie doll! (Oddly, every male young and old who saw it loved the new look.) Since then I've tried to kill off the color and so far no luck, so choose carefully. Hopefully, I'll again find a bright sun blonde that worked well in the past.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        it makes you look old

      • Tea Pixie 4 years ago

        Gray hair is aging. If you are long and lean, with a youthful figure, you can carry off gray hair quite well (take a look at all of the images on the page about women going gray). But the rest of us will be discriminated against.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        the honest truth is that men like their women to look younger, women know this fact too. Let's keep our health and use better products. Grey makes you look older and keeping a youthful look helps with self esteem, it is a fact. Besides this, employers want their employees to look young and there certainly is a bias for younger looking employees. Many people my age (50) noticed this and it is harder competing against the younger people. Anything you can do to help yourself is a plus and facing reality

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        makes people look old!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        In this youth centric job climate, grey hair ona woman does not work unless you OWN the company. Once I do- I'm going grey, and the age phobic twenty and thirty something's can bite itð

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have premature grey hair. I don't think it look good. I have colored my hair once but im not sure whether i should do it regularly....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Gray can make you look too old, especially if person's face and/or body doesn't look old.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm only 27, I'm too young to let my hair going grey. But I have to colour my hair every 4 weeks! it's a nightmare. Henna doesn't cover my grey hair.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        why bother going gray, when you can lengthen your own self esteem? as long as I'm alive, I'll be coloring my hair.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No, especially if you are Asian. It makes you feel super OLD and Older.

        I really makes you feel depressed and sad.

      • HealthierTips4U 5 years ago

        Unfortunately it I think the majority says it makes women look older and men more distinguished.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        it kind of make people old ...worst when u having grey hair i yr early thirties!!:(

      • hypnochic 5 years ago

        Grey hair makes me look old, especially around my hairline.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I am only 46 and my hair is not the silvery grey my sister has but old lady white - my skin is sallow colour so all in all I will look ancient but may have to stop dying my hair as although patch test does not react my eyes get puffy

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think gray hair on women ages them. In our society gray hair is not admired on women. I would like to grow gray gracefully but am not sure how to do that.

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          badmsm 8 years ago

          I may give honey a try. Thanks for the tip! 5 stars for you!

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          Rya LM 8 years ago

          Very thorough and thoughtful lens Art--and some great resources too--i've always been too lazy to dye my hair, but i'll keep this in mind for friends i know that do :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          The hair dye allergy issue can be

          resolved by manufactures including

          polyethylene caps with the gloves they include.

          Caps blend with complete coverage, softer results,

          less mess, without skin reaction.

          They can be made for pennies.

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          FabulousAbstinence 8 years ago

          Luv this lens. It has great information and is very thorough. Well done!

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          Shreela LM 8 years ago

          I knew of a hairdresser that had to spend time in ICU from a near-anaphylactic reaction to hair dye.

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          BoardmanCountry 8 years ago

          LOL! "Natural" and "Hair Dye" seem somewhat contradictory to me. :) Brings to mind the age old question: "Why does sour cream have a pull date?"

          Nice informative job on the lens though. My wife is a cancer survivor so it's fortunate that she doesn't mind her "silver" hair color.

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          blm03 8 years ago

          I never knew all the effects of hair dye. Thanks for the very interesting lens.

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          FabulousAbstinence 8 years ago

          I knew there was a reason why I have never gotten into dying my hair. Any product that requires a person to use gloves to place said product on the hair or scalp, is a product I don't want to use. I can count on one hand how many times I've done so. And I can say I don't miss it at all. Anyway, thanks for letting me vent, lol.

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          The Homeopath 8 years ago

          I use a mixture of half Lush Caca Rouge and half Caca Noir. It makes my hair sooooooo soft.

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          sbucciarel 8 years ago

          Great info. I'm sure a lot of women (and men) don't realize the dangers of hair coloring.

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          saraht43 8 years ago

          Great lens, you can also have a reaction to the stuff the use to perm your hair. Keep up the good work.

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          Real-Easy-Money 8 years ago

          I will for sure share this with the ladies in my life..good info

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Interesting lens, I did not know there was a possibility of getting cancer from hair dye.

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          oimdiane 8 years ago

          Once in a blue moon I dye my hair, but it's almost too much work LOL! However, my mother dyed hers several times a year for years, and died of ALS. I wonder if there is a connection? Would stand to reason that environmental causes are having an impact on these horrendous diseases.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @oimdiane: That's terrible! If it was caused by hair dye then I don't wanna have anything to do with it...

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          momsherbs 8 years ago

          Good information.

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          Real-Easy-Money 8 years ago

          So you really know what you are talking about. I wish you lived near by so you could take care of my animals. :)

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          Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

          My brother started dyeing his hair when it became gray, and now has a brain tumor that is cancerous. He gave up the dye and has survived 8 years longer than the doctors gave him, already, but it keeps coming back and he needs treatments. So, our price for vanity is indeed high!

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          Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

          BTW, my brothers cancer is non-Hodgkins Lymphoma!And I heard of a teacher who died with brain cancer after years of dyeing her hair in pastel colors!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          There is a company that produces a line of hair colors that is completely free of harmful chemicals like PPD, ammonia, resorcinol. pthalates, coal tar dyes, amines, etc. The company is called Advanced Cosmetic Technologies and you can find them at www.actnaturals.com

          They are salon quality and actually leave your hair beautifully conditioned!

          Take a look and color away!!

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          Marc 8 years ago from Edinburgh

          Very interesting lens. I didn't realise hair dyes were so dangerous...you learn something new everyday. Luckily, I don't need to worry as a non-dyer xxx

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          WhitU4ever 8 years ago

          I didn't know about natural haircoloring by using henna before now. Thanks for the info! This lens has been very useful.

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          CherryShrimp 8 years ago

          Great lens, great info

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          AslanBooks 8 years ago

          Nice lens...

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          Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          It's amazing the problems that can occur from hair dyes. I hadn't realised. I haven't altered the colour of my hair since I was a teenager and used to rinse with lemon juice to heighten the blonde.

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          dahlia369 8 years ago

          Great lens about hot topic... too many toxic ingredients in most beauty products are something not that many people are aware of.

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          aquariann 8 years ago

          Interesting lens! I never knew honey could be used to dye hair. The last couple of times I've dyed my hair, I've tried to go back to my natural not as red color ... hopefully this time it worked. I never really worried about the dangers before, but man, can it be a pain to do!!

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Okay, so I do use some highlighting to cover the gray. Red and blonde if you must know. My one vanity. :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I am one of those women who are allergic to hair dye. As much as I love to dye my hair, It can be the death of me. No matter what brand I use I always had the same side effects and got worse every time I would have swollen glands on the back of my neck, swollen face, swollen eye, my head would produce this foul sticky liquid-puss and minor skin irritation IT SOUNDS HORRIBLE DOESN'T IT?! that's because it is. The only "dye" I can use is temporary dye its the only kind that doesn't give me severe side effects. I use to be a dye fanatic so I hope as DISTURBING as it sounds, its helpful to those who dye there hair quite frequently.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I am one of those women who are allergic to hair dye. As much as I love to dye my hair, It can be the death of me. No matter what brand I use I always had the same side effects and got worse every time I would have swollen glands on the back of my neck, swollen face, swollen eye, my head would produce this foul sticky liquid-puss and minor skin irritation IT SOUNDS HORRIBLE DOESN'T IT?! that's because it is. The only "dye" I can use is temporary dye its the only kind that doesn't give me severe side effects. I use to be a dye fanatic so I hope as DISTURBING as it sounds, its helpful to those who dye there hair quite frequently.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          gray hair makes most people look washed out and much older than they are.

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          PreCap2 7 years ago

          I love gray hair, but I prefer it all gray. I can give anything to have all gray.

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          Demaw 7 years ago

          I only use temporary dye on special occasions. Other than that, I wear my hair gray. I have friends who have wigs of all lengths and colors which is another option if you are allergic or don't want to dye your hair and want a change.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Ten years ago, I had a bad shock and turned white overnight - in two large patches, one on the side and the other at the back of my head. I was aged 49 then. Now 59 and I don't have other grey hair so it looks very strange unless I do dye to cover the white patches (my hairs natural color is a medium to darkish chestnut brown so the white stands out). I generally get my hair colored at the hairdressers every 2 months (6 times a year). Is there a natural color I could use to cover up and blend in those white patches? And how would I go about ensuring my hair turned out the same color all over using this?

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          LucyVet 7 years ago

          [in reply to Yildiz] Wow, I'm so sorry to hear that! That's a difficult one to try to get the same color on white/chestnut brown hair with a natural dye. Henna can give chestnut brown but I'm not sure about the blending. If you check out the forum at longhaircommunity.com you can find much more info about natural dyes and henna in particular, I'm sure someone there would be able to help you if you would like to investigate whether henna could work for you. I hope you are able to find something that works for you!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          For years I dyed my hair with chemicals then learned the facts about the poisons contained in this hair dyes and ditched the chemicals. Then went onto henna indigo amla for a while. I've ditched these too. If Mother Nature decreed that I was to start going grey in my early 30s then who am I to argue with her? She matched my skin tone to the changing hair tone. The moment I made that decision it was liberating. I got my hair cut shorter [to allow the dyed ends to be chopped out regularly and quicker]

          I've always considered that no matter how good the dye job that your natural hair colour suits best, regardless of what that color is and that is especially so with greying hair. I also have observed that those over 45 look older with dyed hair cos the richer colour accentuates lines, wrinkles and facial sagging.

          Natural looks best in my opinion

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          totalhealth 7 years ago

          for sure, many of those who die their hair are unaware of its effects. Thanks for the information.

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          Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          I have a limited gene pool in my background, we are redheads and blondes. These days, silver is appearing. but for most of my adult life I've used honey to keep my hair light in shade. Chemicals frighten me and I always read the ingredients on shampoos, soaps, deodorants.

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          karlalbrecht12 7 years ago

          Great info on hair dyes. Commercial coloring products can be harder on the hair than homemade hair dye. So its better to chose a good home made hair dye or preferably a best salon.

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          amJacob 7 years ago

          Loved it!

          I personally use Henna and it does amazing things for you hair and scalp (besides changing the color). Silkiness, bright shine and a clean scalp.

          I have seen chemical burns, rashes and hair loss in many people from using chemical dyes. (If you can't pronounce the name of what your putting on your head, it can't be good for you).

          Henna is the best thing I have ever used and will never use anything else.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          It's really great info

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          sunnez 7 years ago

          good information...vanity will still win out though ;}

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I though this was a great lens as i had an incident with hair dye and it burnt my scalp took me ages to get back to normal.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Dupont, the manufacturer of PPD the carcinogenic chemical in hair dye,

          says in their MSDS sheet to use protective gloves and a cap.

          Hair dye manufactures only include gloves.

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          myraggededge 6 years ago

          Great info here - will feature on my new 'Love Grey Hair' lens Blessed :-)

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          ItsYourLife 6 years ago

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Very informative thanks

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          thanks for the good information

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          JennySui 6 years ago

          Thanks for making such a useful lens. i didn't know that hair dyes can cause allergic reactions.

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          hesus1234 6 years ago

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Who knew something so common could be so dangerous? Thank you for enlightenment! Thumbs up!

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          surgimesh lm 6 years ago

          Thanks for sharing a useful lens. i came to know the causes of hair dyes

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          fitnessdad70 6 years ago

          Thanks for the warning on the hair dye. I was just about to start dying my hair but I guess I will just cut it short so I don't have to :-)

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          fitnessdad70 6 years ago

          Thanks for the warning on the hair dye. I was just about to start dying my hair but I guess I will just cut it short so I don't have to :-)

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          MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          I am 63 and just starting to get the grays around the temple. I always said I wouldn't, but we'll see. Your information is very good, maybe something natural, maybe nothing

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @MargoPArrowsmith: yes use of dyes should be minimised or no as it contains chemicals that is not good for your hair. If by mistake they enter your eyes then cause damage to them also.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I dyed my hair when i was in college. It's a trend although I know it can lead me to something like side effects, i still continue doing it. But not in a regular basis. I mean I only dyed my hair twice. :-). So I am not really that abusive.

          Nice lens. Keep it up.

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          cellecell 5 years ago

          Hi,

          Nice to meet you.I always found it

          Thank you.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Lots of new information for me..My friends regularly dye their hair..I will pass this info 2 them..They will shock..

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          hairdressers 5 years ago

          grey hair on men is ghreat as long as the hair isn't too thin

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Many consumers are growing in their watchfulness as to what goes in their bodies, but health can be as greatly impacted by what goes on their bodies. We already realize that chemicals in cosmetics such as skin creams can break through the skin barrier, but what about the chemicals in hair coloring? In response to recent bad press about hair dyes, many have turned to semi-permanent solutions. However, there is reason to question the safety in the substances used in these products as well. If you are among the 50% of women who color their hair, or a man who covers his gray, you might want to do more investigation into your favorite hair coloring.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I like to use the natural hair dye every time. Mostly i use henna for my hair dye. Thanks for sharing about the natural hair dyes information.

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          herculeafitness1 5 years ago

          I've been wondering about the safety of using hair dyes. This lens answered my questions. Thanks for the very thorough information.

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          Alastor00 5 years ago

          Never though about it, very informative.

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          adrianasimon 5 years ago

          cancer means its too dangerous while using....but why people still use..even knowing its hazards.

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          VSP 5 years ago

          Thanks for you sharing your thoughts. I have featured you on my http://www.squidoo.com/coloring-angry-hair lens

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          VSP 5 years ago

          oopps, sorry for the bad url, here is the correct one. https://hubpages.com/style/coloring-gray-hair

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          DavidHawthorne 5 years ago

          I hadn't heard of hydrogen peroxides effects on the nervous system at low doses. How were the doses administered? Good information here.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great page! I'm looking into coloring my hair but I think I'm going to do it naturally now. Thanks so much! By the way, if anyone can answer this question: How long does a honey/water lightening last?

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          LucyVet 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Honey lightening is permanent, because honey releases a small amount of peroxide. However, this doesn't damage your hair because honey also moisturizes.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @LucyVet: Great! Thanks so much for answering! You see, I live in a tropical area and so in the summer my hair gets light. But in the winter it gets very dark and dry, so I was hoping to keep my summer look year-round. Thanks for your help, it's much appreciated! :)

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          virilityex0 5 years ago

          This is an excellent guide. Good work!

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          laurenrose lm 5 years ago

          Awesome lens! I also have one about what hair dye can do to your scalp. maybe you would in interested in taking a look?

          Again great lens, well done

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          The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

          Very good lens. As I've been using dark hair dye for nearly 30 years, it's a little frightening to read, yet important information to consider. I hope I'll find the courage to let my hair grow in gray. I think it would look nice, even though It would make me look much older.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am so glad you touched on PPD. Some vendors are adding black hair dye to body art henna and calling it "black henna" and it is scarring people and creating horrible health problems. Henna is never black! Always ask what is in everything you put on or into your body!

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          LucyVet 5 years ago

          @anonymous: That's a great point about "black" henna, thanks!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i'm very impressed with all the imformation.I shared with my family on FB>My grandkids dyed their hair way too often!!!

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          EssenceOfTheSouth 5 years ago

          I enjoyed it very much and appreciate the research and cander in your information. Thanks.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i dye my hair a lot so i know i have done the test so i know I'm not allergic. I noticed that chemical called P-Phenylenediamine or PPD is only in hair dyes in Europe, i honestly think people should be more careful. Yes kids dye their hair usually teens, i thought, why would people make colorful cool colored dye for adults i think its obvious teens would dye their hair cool colors, it would be weird seeing an adult with rainbow hair. Also adults have jobs that don't let them have wacky hair.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have been getting worried about dyeing my hair after a burning sensation when I did the patch test on a slightly darker shade of blonde. I have stuck to my normal colour after that, but on reading your advice that there is a much safer method of dyeing such as honey and water, I am seriously considering it now. Thanks.

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          hypnochic 5 years ago

          I need to dye my hair to get rid of the grey around my hairline. Ive tried natural and box and salon but my greys are so stubborn. What's a girl to do - shave my head might be an option because these chemicals are far to dangerous!

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          KReneeC 5 years ago

          How interesting! Your lens is very well done! Very informative!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I just went gray! I've been wanting to for years and my stylist wouldn't let me and finally called it quits with her and grew out my hair a couple inches and went to another recommended by a friend with a wonderful gray cut. I am getting compliments left right and center, even from my mother who was totally against it. And, everybody says I look younger.

          On men and women, gray hair can look terrible or gorgeous and it's all about the cut and taking care of yourself and your hair. I stopped coloring my hair and could therefore afford an expensive cut so that's what I did. It was scary facing the world the first day or so but the reaction was amazing and positive, including the reactions from men and from the higher ups at work.

          I spent 5 months using a lot of root concealer, and eventually switche dto headbands, and went for the big chop when my roots were about 2-3 inches (hair grows at different rates on different parts of your head actually). I was much grayer than I thought, but it's in different shades and it makes my eyes really stand out. If you have light-colored eyes gray works really well.

          Also, your diet makes a huge difference. Eating foods with B12 helps your hair a lot and so do smoothies made with lots of greens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I just went gray! I've been wanting to for years and my stylist wouldn't let me and finally called it quits with her and grew out my hair a couple inches and went to another recommended by a friend with a wonderful gray cut. I am getting compliments left right and center, even from my mother who was totally against it. And, everybody says I look younger.

          On men and women, gray hair can look terrible or gorgeous and it's all about the cut and taking care of yourself and your hair. I stopped coloring my hair and could therefore afford an expensive cut so that's what I did. It was scary facing the world the first day or so but the reaction was amazing and positive, including the reactions from men and from the higher ups at work.

          I spent 5 months using a lot of root concealer, and eventually switche dto headbands, and went for the big chop when my roots were about 2-3 inches (hair grows at different rates on different parts of your head actually). I was much grayer than I thought, but it's in different shades and it makes my eyes really stand out. If you have light-colored eyes gray works really well.

          Also, your diet makes a huge difference. Eating foods with B12 helps your hair a lot and so do smoothies made with lots of greens.

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          TTMall 5 years ago

          Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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          HealthierTips4U 5 years ago

          This is great information! Very informative, especially the section on Cancer. The older I get the more careful and aware I become with everything that my body consumes.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Great lens, very interesting. I've just switched back to Henna because chemical hair dyes cause me pain and irritation and I've recently discovered a few allergies so I don't want to risk it anymore. Thanks for the information.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I admire the cultures that embrace aging - respecting people for their life experience. Why should we try to look young at any cost, especially to the detriment of our health? We should be accepted for who we are, not what we look like.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I haven't died my hair in over three years, i have dirty blonde hair and i love it. Im never dying my hair again. Its too hard on the planet.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I want my wife to stop doing the dye job...but she hates having grey....what do i do??

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          why bother going gray, when you can lengthen your own self esteem? as long as I'm alive, I'll be coloring my hair.

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          YogaAngel 4 years ago

          Yikes, think I'll stop buying the stuff from the store and just use regular hydrogen peroxide to lighten my hair, it does the job just fine, just not as fast.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I was using a henna dye for my hair for years because of what I read about chemical hair dyes. Now I have salt and pepper hair. Your lens has lots of great information.

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          acneanswers 4 years ago

          I am happy to be a man who as yet has no need to dye my hair as I have no grey. Lucky genes I think. Very interesting and informative

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          VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

          Definitely liked this lens!

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          Tea Pixie 4 years ago

          Super interesting. I like your discussion of gentler colouring treatments.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This was very helpful. Thank you. I have Copd and asthma and had always dyed my hair. Now its grey and im having a little trouble getting use to it. Im sure on some it looks great but for me i look ten years older at least so i wanted to know if there was a way for me to safely dye my hair. I guess not. Thank you.

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          GetFactsnotHype 4 years ago

          I have this lens of yours on mine under related reading at the page on "Healthy Beautiful Hair Solutions". This page of yours is good, liked it. I have another related page on "Green Beauty: A Safe Cosmetics Portal". I keep trying to spread the word about safe vs unsafe remedies, but mostly people just want beauty quick fixes. If they only paid attention to the chemicals.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Beverly, it would be rather a wise decision to simply avoid using such dyes if you're suffering from asthma or any other associated respiratory illness. I remember once applying some dye which resulted me to have breathing troubles, panic attacks, stuffy nose, and splitting headaches. Depending on health conditions one should evaluate the factors carefully and not necessarily to imitate what others do.

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          chi kung 4 years ago

          I also fell for the packaging once saying henna coloring - to find out at home that it contained ammonia. I'm much wiser now and found my source for original henna and indigo power :)

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          TheAim 4 years ago

          I have heard from a reputable Dr on talk back radio that the black hair dyes are the most harmful of the hair colors.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have been coloring my hair for several years and the last ten years with the same product. Yesterday I had a horrible reaction to this product and may breathing was severely compromised. I had thought the hairdresser had switched products but not true. I am now in the delimna of going natural and hate the idea. My natural hair is now completely "white" as opposed to silver and not sure how that would look. I hate to sound vain but my highlighted brown hair tends to remove a few years. I need some ideas?

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          chat2vishakha 3 years ago

          Very informative post,specially the section of cancer.Natural haircoloring by using henna is the best way to color your hair.Thanks for sharing this useful post.

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