Dyeing your hair is a really popular treatment. How hair dyes affect your scalp and hair might be causing damage that you don’t see. Whether you’re doing it yourself or having it done by a professional, there are still risks involved. Read on to find out more.
Are you a natural brunette and prefer red or blond? Maybe purple, blue or even pink is more your thing? With modern cosmetics, you can have whatever color you’d like for your hair. But there can be hidden dangers to dyeing your hair.
How Dyes Affect Your Scalp
Frequently exposing your scalp to the chemicals used in hair dyes has many types of problems. The chemicals found in dyes can remove the natural oils from your scalp. This leaves your scalp vulnerable to damage from styling products, the environment and other irritants. You may have noticed these symptoms:
Scalp itching due to skin irritation
How Dyes Affect Your Hair
Unfortunately, the damage doesn’t stop at your scalp. Hair dyes contain a mix of strong chemicals. So it’s not surprise that using them frequently could affect your hair in negative ways.
Dyes can include chemicals like:
Hydrogen peroxide, and
Sensitizers like Paraphenylenediamine (PPDA)
Each of these chemicals may cause problems, from leaving your hair brittle and prone to damage, to drying your hair out.
Ammonia allows the dye to penetrate the shaft of your hair by swelling it and lifting hair cuticles, the protective plates that cover hair.
Hydrogen peroxide destroys your hair’s natural color, while also drying it out.
Paraphenylenediamine (PPDA) is also commonly used in temporary tattoos, dark colored cosmetics, and even in textile dyes and printing inks. It could cause fatal complications such as rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, angioedema, and respiratory failure.
I know this sounds horrible, but I like to make sure clients have the facts. The more you know helps you to make more informed decisions.
These chemical also strip away your hair’s natural oils, leaving it exposed to future damage and feeling rougher.
Combined, these ingredients can be very damaging indeed, even causing hair loss due to breakage over time.
How hair dyes affect your scalp and hair is one of the main reasons why I developed this line of scalp protection products: