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Adverse Side Effects of Using Dyes To Counter Graying

Are you one of those individuals who dye their hair at the first sight of a few silver strands? If so, have you ever stopped to consider what else might be taking place while you're trying to achieve the perfect color? Although it's quite common for people to use hair dye to cover their gray hairs numerous times throughout their life, the possible side effects of over-processed hair are rarely talked about.

Processed Hair vs. Health Hazards
Is the stigma of having gray hair imposing health hazards for the millions of people who turn to chemicals to alter their image? Read on to learn about the adverse side effects of hair dye and decide for yourself.

1. Damaged Hair - If you want to maintain a radiant mane, then coloring your hair isn't the way to go. With increased chemical exposure you're risking extensive damage in the way of dry, fragile strands and possible hair loss.

2. Discolored Skin - Not only is hair dye harmful to your scalp, but it can also harm exposed skin and fingernails. Extra care should be taken to cover exposed skin during the coloring process and plastic gloves should always be worn.

3. Irritated Skin - Many people suffer from such adverse effects as redness, burning, and itching when their skin comes in contact with hair dye. Every individual should do a skin patch test before attempting to color his or her hair.

4. Allergic Reactions - The allergy-inducing chemicals found in hair dye include PPD (para-phenylenediamine), ammonia, and resorcinol, which can cause swelling, headaches, itching, immune system disorders, arthritis, hay fever, and respiratory problems. The taboo subject of hair dye posing as a possible cancer risk has been a controversial topic of debate for many years, and while some evidence points to a link between cancer and the known carcinogens found in hair dye, most studies are inconclusive at best.

To avoid potential health hazards, many experts are recommending safer alternatives to chemically enhanced hair dye products, including temporary and semi-permanent dyes. Plant-based henna dye is also a wonderful substitution that is not only great for reducing health risks, but it is also safe for the environment.

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