To Dye Or Not To Dye
Research is still ongoing when it comes to health concerns regarding a pigment found mostly in dark dyes called PPD (para-phenylene diamine) and it’s relation to cancer. Factors for concern in a number of studies show an association with bladder cancer and lymphomas. Yet amongst all this, there are still studies which deny any connection between dyes and cancer. In my opinion, caution should still be used when deciding whether to dye your hair or not. There are still some unavoidable issues like allergic contact dermatitis which a lot of stylist like myself experience as well as our clients with sensitive skins. Here are some recommendations when considering to color your hair.
- If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy do not color your hair.
- Avoid ammonia and PPD based dyes. This includes black henna which contains PPD and is not natural, unlike the plant-based henna which is red.
- If there is any family history of lymphoma/cancer it is advisable to check with your doctor before coloring your hair.
- It is always best to have a patch test 48 hours with the color you intend to use prior to your color service if you have sensitive skin. Some doctors may do an allergy patch test for specific allergies you may have.
- With the right color choice and technique for your hair, your stylist can avoid applying color to your scalp altogether if you have sensitive skin or use a barrier cream to protect your scalp before coloring.