British scientists are warning that both at-home hair coloring kits as well as dyes used at expensive salons, pose countless serious and life-threatening health risks.
In a recent study, Dr. Gago-Dominguez, of the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, discovered a link between cancer and hair dye.
And although America’s beauty industry continues to deny the claims, a recent report released by The Daily Mail raises some serious concerns about box color dye– for both at home and professional use.
It is estimated that more than one-third of women over age 18 and about 10% of men over age 40 use some type of hair dye. But have the dangers of this common beauty regimen been overlooked by society at large? Despite hair dye’s popularity, researchers say it is ‘imperative’ that the health risk is quantified.
Standard hair dye is loaded with over 5,000 different questionably safe chemicals: ammonia, formaldehyde, sodium laurel sulphates and parabens, just to name a few. Some of which are reported to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) in animals.
Researchers have uncovered a chemical found in all permanent hair dyes called “secondary amines” that can penetrate the skin and stay on the hair for weeks, months or even years after the dye is applied. Over time, this chemical can react with tobacco smoke and exhaust fumes, and forms a highly poisonous chemicals called “N-nitrosamines” which is one of the most powerful cancer-causing compounds known to man.
The study findings was published in the International Journal of Cancer. Dr Manuela Gago-Dominguez said, “Our novel observations are provocative and carry enormous public health implications. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted on the issue and we think our results should not be ignored.”
According to Cancer.gov, several studies have found an increased risk of bladder cancer in hairdressers and barbers. Additionally, a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that some of the chemicals these workers are exposed to occupationally are “probably cancer-causing to humans.”
The Daily Mail reported: “Those who reported regular use of the hair dye for at least 15 years were more than three times as likely to develop bladder cancer as non-dye users, concluded the study. Even some hairstylists and barbers were 50 per cent more likely to have bladder cancer than those who did not experience occupational exposure.”
And as if the staggering cancer risks aren’t bad enough, more and more people are becoming allergic to hair dye, sometimes with fatal results.
One 16-year old cosmetologist student by the name of Tylah Durie was was left looking like a ‘frog’ and almost permanently blind after suffering a horrifying allergic reaction to hair dye.
The Daily Mail reported that the young beauty student initially noticed her eyebrows beginning to itch and burn just 30 minutes after applying “1000 Hour’s Eyelash and Brow Dye kit.”
Tylah recalled back on the horrifying day that almost took her life, “I woke up almost blind because of the reaction, my eyes had blown up like huge balloons, I was crying and screaming. It was like having beach sand thrown in your eyeballs and not being able to get it out, then a stinging like razor blades on my eyebrows. My eyes were pretty much swollen shut, I could only see a tiny amount and my eyes were weeping with a lot of puss. I was hospitalized and was terrified, doctors said I had a very unusual but severe allergic reaction and could have gone permanently blind.”
In the hospital, doctors informed Tylah that she had a deadly allergy to one of the chemicals in the dye called Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and warned that if she touches hair dye again in it could kill her. Some people can suffer anaphylactic shock– a small window before your throat closes and you die of suffocation, countless lives have been lost because of PPD.
It’s frequently been said that beauty is pain, but I for one don’t think it’s worth these risks. And if you’re still unconvinced after reading this article, I would implore you to do a quick google search of the current death toll associated with hair dyes.
If you don’t want to invest in organic hair dye, here’s a remedy to help you ditch the horrifying chemicals; cover gray hairs; and go au naturale at home:
Potato Paste Remedy:
Note: May naturally darken hair.
– 1 cup of potato peels (approx. 4 large potatoes)
– 3 cups of water
1. Place the potato peels in water and boil for 5 minutes
2. After the water has turned yellow, strain the peels and throw them away.
3. Wait until the yellow potato has cooled and pour into a cup or container.
4. Shampoo hair as normal
5. Damp potato mixture onto hair and wrap hair in towel or shower cap
6. Let sit for 30 minutes & rinse!
Despite the undeniable and mounting evidence of dangers related to hair dye, the cosmetic industry continues to strongly dispute the claims while remaining silent of their life-threatening risks. But I, for one, am not buying it!
Researchers are urging Americans to try natural hair-dying remedies at home, or ask their stylist about the organic chemical-free options available. After learning of the countless life-threatening risks, I am never using chemical hair dye ever again! Please share this article to help raise awareness of the dangers related with chemical hair dyes.