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Several people have assumed that coloring hair is safe, but there are many reports that associate unnatural dyes with cancer. In fact, the debate regarding a link between cancer and hair dye has been raging for many years. For instance, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) research indicates that more than 33 percent of women over the age of 18 and approximately 10 percent of men over the age of 40 use hair dye for one reason or the other. This implies that over tens of millions of Americans use hair dye regularly to enhance their confidence and physical appearance regardless of the dangers associated with these products.


Banned Carcinogenic Substances

Today, a number of consumers are growing in their watchfulness so as to avoid buying carcinogenic dyes. You may have realized that substances in hair coloring can break through the skin barrier resulting to detrimental effects. In Europe and the United States the use of dangerous chemicals in body care products and cosmetics has been banned as a way to protect consumers. The banned substances includes 2,3-Naphthalenediol, 2,4-Diaminodiphenylamine, 4-Chloro-2-Aminophenol, N,N-Diethyl-m-Aminophenol, 1,7-Naphthalenediol and more.

In 2001, a study was carried out to identify the highest risk groups for vulnerability to bladder cancer as a result of hair dyes. The study included women who have used dyes for a number of years and those who have worked as barbers or hair dressers for over ten years. It was found that the risk tripled if unnatural dyes are used for more than 15 years. In addition, the darkness of the dyes enhanced the risk.

The most dangerous dye additive is a family of substances known as Arylamines. The Arylamines can cause bladder cancer. Additionally, these chemicals have been found to cause cancer in experimental animals such as rats. P-Phenylenediamine (PPD) hair dyes belong to this family. This chemical is non-permanent dye product, which is used as an important ingredient in hair coloring since it lasts through several washing and perming is likely with this type of dye. In most cases, PPD dyes come packaged as two bottles. One of the bottles contains PPD dye preparation and the other contains oxidizer or developer. Note that P-Phenylenediamine needs oxygen to be colored. When it is partially oxidized, it may cause allergy in sensitive persons.


Henna As a Remedy

There is a safer option that produces no health concerns at all. One can use Henna as a remedy. It is worth noting that Henna’s effects can last longer than other natural dyes as well as add a breathtaking shine. Henna products are gluten free and create more custom coloring than simply the usual shades of red. This is achieved by adding other plant made powders such as Amla, Indigo and Cassia. This product is preferred by several consumers because it enhances their natural color rather than completely covering it, which permits some of their natural highlights to come through at the end of the day.


It is prudent to choose the natural or organic hair dyes for your hair rather than unnatural coloring products that do not only damage your hair, but also hazardous to your well-being.