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Is Your Hair Dye Safe?

Hair dye not only changes hair color, it is absorbed directly through the scalp into the bloodstream where it is distributed throughout all cells in the body

The following hair dye statistics, though not the result of a controlled scientific study, are based on years of following real people:

  1. Women who use permanent hair dyes once a month for a year or more have twice the risk of bladder cancer compared to those who don’t use dye.
  2. Women who use permanent hair dyes monthly for 15 or more years have three times the risk of bladder cancer compared to those who don’t use dye.
  3. Hairdressers who are colorists for at least 10 years have more than 5 times the risk of bladder cancer as those who don’t color hair.
  4. Hair dyes are implicated in certain blood cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
  5. No increased risk was seen in women who used only semi-permanent dyes or temporary rinses.
Darker colors of dye carry the greatest risk. The culprit is believed to be a family of chemicals called Arylamines found in most permanent dyes. This chemical is a known risk factor for bladder cancer and has been proven to cause cancer in laboratory rats.   The European Union now requires disclosure of the chemicals and potential risks in hair dyes. The United States has no such requirements for disclosure.
The good news is that there are safe ways to color your hair
1.       The best, least toxic option is to choose an organic henna and plant extract formula. These products have come a long way and can actually improve the condition of hair, and they look very natural. However, they cannot dramatically change the color of your own hair.
2.       Find a semi-permanent or temporary color that has low levels or no ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.

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