Read the Label: Why You Should Use Organic Hair Dye
If you’re like many men and women who dye their hair on a regular basis, you may be surprised to find out how many nasty chemicals can be found in the products that you use. This goes far beyond the obvious idea that chemicals in hair dyes will damage healthy hair. In fact, there is one common chemical found in most synthetic hair dyes that, not only causes allergic reactions in a large portion of people who use it, but is thought to be carcinogenic. Another chemical found in hair dyes was declared a possible cancer risk back in 1993. However, with the amount of people who use these products on a semi-monthly basis, it’s clear that few people are aware of the risks that are associated with it. It’s true that in our modern culture, many people consider chemicals and possible side effects to be a calculated risk. Convenience is king in the modern world, and people have little difficulty putting off any feelings of being ill-at-ease about potentially hazardous products they use. But if you’ve decided to become enlightened to the possible risks in using synthetic hair dyes, what is the alternative?
For those who frequently dye their hair, the look they get from the dye is more than just a fashion choice. In fact, people tend to think of their personal appearance as part of their own identity. This reaches beyond the person who dyes their hair, as their friends and family also associate a certain look with them. Most people don’t like the idea of making a drastic change in their personal appearance and would prefer to take a small risk to be able to keep up the same look that they are comfortable with or used to. But there are safer alternatives on the market that are surprisingly overlooked. These alternatives are made up by natural and organic hair dye alternatives.
Organic hair dyes behave differently than the synthetic ones that we have become accustomed to. For one, they do not damage hair. But there are a few other factors that can be seen as downsides, depending on where you are standing. For example, organic dyes usually don’t last quite as long as synthetic dyes and they may require a few applications to reach the depth of color that is desired. One other potential issue with organic dyes is that they behave differently with different types of hair. This is not a major issue as a little bit of testing can be done between products to find the one that works with your hair type and gives you the color you want. There are a surprisingly large variety of organic dyes on the market, so you can be sure that you will find one that is right for you.
Checking the label of the hair dye products you use can be shocking. But even if you’ve decided to go with the synthetic dyes, you can at least limit your risk by avoiding certain chemicals that are commonly found in dyes. The chemicals that are most important to avoid are ammonia, peroxide, PPDs (para-phenylenediamines), lead, coal tar, toluene, and resorcinol. The PPDs are what usually causes an allergic reaction to people who can’t use hair dye. PPDs are also considered to be carcinogenic. Coal tar is thought to be a potential cancer risk by the FDA. So whether you decide to switch to using natural and organic hair dyes or not, you can at least make intelligent decisions about the dyes you do use. Avoid dangerous chemicals as best as you can. Most of the time there are chemicals that are added for extra impact on the hair, and are not completely necessary. Even though it may take some time to find a new and safer dye that works for you, the benefits will prove worthwhile in the long run. At the very least, you can feel good about the fact that you won’t be frying your hair every time you dye it.
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