What If I Have a Hair Dye Allergy?

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The commercials are all over television. You can wash out your gray, cover your white, enhance your color with a variety of hair dyes, rinses, and highlights. But what if you have a hair dye allergy? Are you barred from changing your look?

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

Cosmetic allergies are not uncommon. Some People are allergic to perfumes or preservatives used in make-up. When it comes to hair dye, it is possible to develop symptoms of contact dermatitis over time.

Contact dermatitis is a skin condition that develops after repeated exposure to a substance that causes the body’s histamine reaction to kick in. When the hair dye touches your skin you may notice any or all of the following:

* Redness

* Swelling

* Rash

* Itching

* Pain

* Dandruff-like flakes

* Swollen eyes

* Allergy symptoms when the dye is applied

It may take a couple of times for you to pinpoint the hair dye as the culprit, especially if other factors seem to be at play. When you do notice it, it is essential to stop using hair dyes immediately to combat the symptoms.

Alternatives to Permanent Hair Dye

The main component of hair dye that causes the allergies is paraphenylenediamine (try saying that three times fast), also known as PPD. While most permanent hair dyes contain PPD, there are a few options still available to you.

Henna: Henna is a flowering shrub that is used in medicinal and cosmetic products. It is a good way to color your hair and remove gray and white hair without the use of PPD. Use coloring kits that state they contain henna vegetable dyes.

Highlights: These do contain PPD, but as long as your hair stylist knows that you have an allergy, he or she can make sure not to touch your skin with the dye. Highlights do not need to be applied directly to the scalp for the effect to work.

Rinses: Temporary rinses are different from permanent ones because they only stay until you wash your hair. With each wash the color lightens, and when it is all gone you can reapply it. This method would work well for someone who likes to frequently change their color.

Vegetable Color: If you happen to have an allergy to henna as well, then this is your last resort. This option has a vegetable base and uses herbs and flowers for color. Try Vegetal or Ecocolors hair dyeing products. You can get up to five washes out of it before needing to reapply.

If you are allergic to hair dyes, you are not alone. Explore the alternatives above to get the look you want.


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