Do hair dyes pose health risks?
Cosmetic makers have stopped using compounds known to cause cancer in animals. But some experts claim that these newer ingredients aren’t much different from the things they’re replacing.
Health experts suggest that you may reduce your risk of cancer by using less hair dye over time or by not dyeing your hair until it starts to gray.
Follow these safety tips when dyeing your hair:
- If you’re in a salon, ask to be seated in a well-ventilated area. If you’re at home, open up the windows so you’re breathing in fresh air, not toxic fumes.
- Carefully read and follow the directions in the hair dye package. If you lose the information leaflet, you will find them online. Just searh for the name of the brand you are using.
- Don’t leave the dye on your head any longer than needed.
- Wear gloves when applying hair color.
- Rinse your scalp thoroughly with water after using a hair dye.
- Never mix different hair dye products.
- Be sure to do a patch test for allergic reactions before applying the dye to your hair. Almost all hair dye products include instructions for doing a patch test. It’s important to do this test each time you dye your hair. To test, put a dab of dye behind your ear and don’t wash it off for two days. If you don’t have any signs of allergic reaction, such as itching, burning, or redness at the test spot, you can be somewhat sure that you won’t have a reaction to the dye when it’s applied to your hair. If you do react to the patch test, do the same test with different brands or colors until you find one to which you’re not allergic.
– Never dye your eyebrows or eyelashes. An allergic reaction to dye could cause swelling or increase risk of infection around or in your eyes. This can harm your eyes and even cause blindness
Spilling dye into the eye by accident could also cause permanent damage.
So what about Hair Dyes and Pregnancy?
Remember that hormonal changes can make your hair react differently, so you might not get what you expect — even from your regular formula, so. Always test a strand first.
Not much is known about the safety of hair dyes during pregnancy. In the few animal and human studies that have been done, no changes were seen in the developing baby. But to be on the safe side, make sure you sit in a well-ventilated room while applying the dye. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
Wishing you the best of health.