Hair dye is used by millions of women all around the world as a way to change appearance and thus boost their confidence. However, most women are aware of the health concerns associated with hair dye. According to a recent British study, dyes have chemicals that can bond with other harmful contaminants found in the house, such as tobacco smoke and form a dangerous cancer-causing compound. Find out more about the effects that hair dyes have on your health.
Chemically based hair coloring products
Many women who feel that it’s time for a change and look for various hair color ideas online, need to learn about the main types of hair coloring products before making a change. Each of these products acts differently.
- Temporary hair dye : this chemically based hair coloring product doesn’t penetrate the hair shaft, meaning that it stays only on the surface of the hair. The colors are vivid and bright but it can be washed off very quickly.
- Semi-permanent dye: it is mainly used to enhance natural color. Because it doesn’t contain amonia, it’s safe to use even after a perm treatment.
- Permanent hair dye: this coloring product can cause more damage to your hair because in order to create a new color pigment it has to break the original color pigment in your hair.
Potentially Dangerous Chemicals
There’s no secret that hair dye have always contained an amount of chemicals in their composition, and some of these chemicals cannot go unnoticeable. Phenylenediamine is one of the main chemicals found in permanent hair dyes and it said to cause allergic reactions and act as a carcinogen. Coal tar can also cause allergic reactions, along with amonia that causes respiratory problems. Chemicals in hair dyes can also include DMDM hydantoin, that causes harm to the immune system, by slowly releasing toxins in your body.
While it may be fun to consider various hair color ideas, it is important to understand the risks that you are exposing yourself to when dyeing your hair.Permanent dyes are one of the most hazardous chemically based hair coloring products because they are not only linked to cancer but also to a variety of diseases, the most well-known being non other than non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer that originates in your lymphatic system). In 2001, the study from the University of Southern California concluded that women who use hair dyes on a regular basis are more inclined to develop bladder cancer, than women who don’t dye their hair or use organic hair coloring products. However, these results are not enough to cause a major health concerns, and as in the case of many other studies from the past, are considered to be inconclusive. Nevertheless, the newest research in the American Cancer Society has shown that hair dyes cause cancer in lab animals.