11 Side Effects of Hair Dye You Should Know About

side effects of hair dye

How many times have we fawned over our favorite celebs sporting different hued hair? Haven’t we all wanted to get our hairs colored too and match up to the celebs styles? Now whether you are inspired by the celebs or you just want to cover up your grey hairs, hair dyes and hair colors have always fascinated us. But did you know that fulfilling this fascination can cause you some serious harmful effects? If you are all set to get your hair colored, Let us read know some unknown side effects of hair dye.

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Unknown Side Effects Of Hair Dye

we suggest you read through our post about the side effects of hair dye so that you are aware and well-prepared to deal with those side effects.

1. Allergies

Using hair colors can cause allergic reactions in some people. For example, people who are allergic to gluten should be careful while using hair dyes since some of them contain gluten. It is not necessary that gluten-related allergies can occur only if you ingest it. Even if your skin comes in contact with gluten, it can result in allergic reactions. Also, it is not mandatory for the symptoms to appear immediately. They may appear after couple of hours or even after a day.(1)

2. Skin Irritation

Skin irritation is a common side effect of hair coloring. Some of the symptoms of skin irritation are itching, redness, burning sensation, sores, discomfort, etc. One of the ways to avoid these symptoms is to do a patch-test before actually using the product. You can prepare a small mixture and apply it on the skin and wait for 48 hours to see if you are developing any rashes or itching sensation. If you do notice any of the symptoms, then do not use the product.(2)

3. Discoloration Of Skin

There is a high chance of skin discoloration occurring due to the use of various hair colors. Your skin is made of keratinized protein because of which discoloration can occur on the slips, drips and extra hair tint around the hairline. You would find this side effect more prevalent while using darker hued hair colors or in people who have dry absorbent skin. This is the reason why people are advised to wear gloves while applying the hair color because our fingernails are also made of the same keratinized protein.

You don’t have to be overly worried about this side effect as the discoloration will fade away once the skin renews itself. You could also apply petroleum jelly along the hairline to minimize the discoloration.(3)

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4. Dry And Brittle Hair

One of the side effects of hair coloring that people have been facing is losing the texture of their hair. Continuous use of hair colors can result in dry and brittle hair. The main reason behind this is the amount of chemicals(4) present in the hair coloring products. These chemicals are responsible for the lack of moisture and separating cuticle scales, leaving your hair dull and damaged. And the only way to deal with that damage is to go for a hair cut.

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5. Asthma

Asthma is one of the serious side effects of using hair colors. There are a number of studies which have proved that there is a risk of development of asthma in people who are prone to lung inflammation. Presulfates are chemicals that are usually present in hair coloring products. The inhalation of this chemical is one of the reasons for an asthma attack along with other problems like wheezing, throat infection, persistent cough, etc. Another reason which can lead to an asthma attack is the presence of ammonia in the product.(4)

6. Rashes

As mentioned earlier, rashes are a pretty common side effect of using hair dyes and you will mostly observe them on the areas where the dye has been used and any other area where the skin has come in contact with the hair product. It would be best to consult a dermatologist as soon as you notice any rashes so that they can treated accordingly.(5)

7. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The cancer which affects your lymph tissue is known as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Found mostly in spleen, bone marrow and lymph nodes, the cancers affects the ability of your body to fight against infection and the functioning of your immune system. As per the National Cancer Institute, a regular use of hair coloring products is one of the reasons for almost 30% of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cases. Thus, you need to be really careful about using hair dyes, lest you get affected with this cancer.(6)

8. Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a form bone marrow cancer and people especially men who use hair dye to cover up their grey hairs on a regular basis are at a risk of developing this cancer. So men need to be careful and go easy on their hair dyes.(7)

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9. PPD Induced Cancer

The chemical PPD present in hair dyes is also known to be associated with increasing the risk of development of cancer. However not directly associated, a longer exposure to the chemical present in the hair dye can lead to an  increase the risk of cancer.(8)

10. Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis or a pink eye is another condition which can result due to the harsh chemicals present in the hair coloring products. So the next time you get affected with conjunctivitis after a hair coloring session, you know what the reason is!(9)

11. Ulceration

Ulceration is another side effect that can emerge due to the presence of the PPD chemical

There you have it! 11 side effects of hair coloring that you should keep in mind. Though some of the side effects can be avoided by using the correct preventive measures, there are some which can prove to be really fatal.(10)

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