It can, therefore, have rather nasty effects, not only on your hair but also on your scalp and your further health. That is why I am happy to persuade you to stop dyeing your hair with these ten reasons:

1. It causes irreparable damage

During the dyeing process, the ammonia substance causes the scales (= outer layer) of your hair to become soft and rise. This makes them very weak and breaks down during and after painting. This leads to hair weakness, split ends, and hair breaks.

Besides, the hair dye ensures that sulfur disappears from your hair. This makes your hair harder and loses weight. Sulfur is vital because sulfur compounds ensure firmness and the maintenance of your texture. Broken sulfur connections can no longer be restored.

2. It destroys your hair color

To make the color of the hair dye visible, your current hair color must first be erased. Hydrogen peroxide ensures that this chemical breaks down the natural pigment in your hair. Your color often does not disappear entirely but is severely affected.

There is no way back. Products such as Color Remover only remove the colored molecules from the hair dye, but cannot restore the destroyed natural pigment cells or restore damaged cells.

3. It dries out your hair

Both ammonia and hydrogen peroxide dry out your hair immensely. Hair dye also often contains various drying alcohols. It is essential to rehydrate your hair as soon as possible to prevent worse damage.

4. It is full of allergy-generating substances

In an American study I read, 107 hair dyes from 10 notable brands were tested for allergens (substances that could potentially trigger an allergic reaction). No fewer than 106 of the 107 paints contained at least one allergenic material. The average hair dye included 6!

p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), a notorious color that has many allergic reactions to its conscience, was found in 83% of the products.

5. The allergic reaction that arises can be very intense and can happen to anyone

With an allergic reaction to hair dye, you may suffer from: eczema, itching, redness, blisters, (severe) swelling, difficulty breathing, contact urticaria (a kind of hives) and in severe cases the allergic reaction can lead to death. In some cases, permanent damage also occurs.

An allergy can also build up. Even if you have been coloring your hair for years without problems, next time you might suddenly react.

6. Almost everyone who uses hair dye suffers from 1 or more side effects

Have you ever had a nasty side impact during or after dyeing your hair? This chance is huge.

An overview of a study of side effects among 470 women who had used hair dye. They reported:

  • Red, sensitive skin and flakes (15%)
  • Itching (31%)
  • Split ends (77%), dried hair (70%) and dull hair (70%)
  • Hair loss (77%), faster-graying hair (54%) The more often the women indicated to dye the worse the graying and the hair loss was.
  • A decrease in hair growth (55%)
  • Headache is a recurring complaint that I came across in other studies.

7. The chemicals end up in your body

Through your skin, the compounds of hair dye can get into your blood and spread through your body. That is why it is always strongly discouraged to color your hair if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as this can be very harmful to your baby.

8. Hair dye may play a role in the development of certain types of cancer

Shockingly little research has been done when you consider how many people use hair dye. And the studies that exist are contradictory, but there is a good possibility that the substances in hair dye are carcinogenic. For example, hair dye has been associated with breast cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia, and bladder cancer. More research is needed on this.

9. It may confuse your hormone balance

The testosterone level of women who had used hair dye for at least ten years was 14% higher than that of women who had never used hair dye. A study among women in an early stage of the transition came to this conclusion.

Testosterone is the male sex hormone that increases during the transition, while estrogen (female sex hormone) decreases.

I must add that this research is in itself, so there must be more studies to confirm this before you can say that it is true.

10. You will almost certainly die if you take it

You may think to yourself, why the hell would you do that? But PPD poisoning caused by hair dye intake is becoming more common. Unfortunately, it is increasingly being used in suicide. It is even one of the most common poisons in Asian countries and always, without exception, has a fatal outcome.

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