Friday, October 21, 2011

WARNING: Can your hair dye can kill you!?

Studies show that at least 75% of American women color (lighten or darken) their hair. Way more than the 7% that colored their hair in the 1950's. And it's not just women, last year men's at-home hair color sales reached over 113.5 million dollars! But what isn't being shown on any commercials for hair color is the fact that one of the main ingredients in 2/3 of hair color is hospitalizing and even killing people. The FDA does not approve it to touch your scalp...but it does and not many people know about it. AND YOU CAN HAVE A REACTION ON YOUR 1ST  HAIR COLOR APPLICATION OR YOUR 37TH!
And no the patch test will not guarantee anything- they said you can have a reaction to the PPD even after you've used the same product safely for years.

(please share this, post it email this- with anyone and everyone to help warn everyone you know about this hidden danger that no one knows about)
 Just last week, Tabatha McCourt, 17, began pulling at her shoulder-length locks, screaming and vomiting before collapsing in agony at a friend’s house. A short 20 minutes after applying hair color to her hair, Tabatha, who had died her hair many colors, died. The doctor reported is was a chemical called p-Phenylenediamine that had reportedly been suggested as a cause for the sudden reaction.
 Please meet Miriade Kelly, a 29 year mom, who just wanted to cover her grey hair like normal. She suffered an immediate reaction from her, Garnier hair dye:

'There was yellow pus oozing from my scalp and it had the most horrific smell of burning flesh. 
'I knew straightaway that was from the dye but at that point I didn't panic, I just took some anti-histamines and put some Sudocrem on my hairline, where it was starting to blister, before I went to sleep.'

'Both my eyes swelled up and the skin at the side of my earlobes was really swollen and itchy.
'The worst part was the awful pus that was still oozing from my head all the time. 

'We went to A&E and I was seen pretty quickly, but at that point, because the reaction was still relatively slight, I was sent home with some anti-histamines and told to keep an eye on it.' 

3 hours later she had to return, this time being hospitalized for 3 days.
One of the doctors asked her if she had ever heard of the chemical PPD. 

An ingredient in many hair dyes, para-phenylenediamine (PPD) is a common allergen banned in many European countries. 

People can become allergic to it at any time, even if they have been exposed to it before without problems. 
For this reason, it was voted Allergen Of The Year in 2006 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

The bad ingredient responsible for many people who are suffering near death experiences from hair dye is: Phenylenediamine (PPD) its present in over 2/3 of chemical hair dyes, and is known to be toxic to the immune system, skin, nervous system, respiratory system, liver and kidneys. It is the most toxic chemical in hair dyes. It is a substance used in rubber chemicals, photo
developer, oil, gasoline, ink, textile dyes, dark cosmetics and hair dye. The European Union classifies it as a toxin and irritant that is dangerous in the environment. In Canada, its use in cosmetics is restricted and it was banned in France, Germany and Sweden.
PPD is a neurotoxin and is even used in anti-freeze.
PPD might also be called any of these names:
Paraphenylenediamine  Para-aminoaniline (p-aminoaniline)
1,4-Benzenediamine Orsin™
1,4-Penylenediamine Ursol™ D 
Rodol™ D Paradiaminobenzene

****this is not just for store bought boxed color, this is in certain salon brand hair color as well! (see info below about Hair Stylists and Cancer levels)

And it causes Cancer: Laboratory experiments have shown that PPD damages the DNA of human cells. Accumulated DNA damage leads to cancer.

Hair stylists who color hair at work do have higher cancer levels. Studies have shown that hair stylists have higher rates of skin allergies, asthma and breast cancer, so the risks for stylists are real.
• Hairstylists and barbers with just one year or more occupational exposure to permanent hair dyes were 50% more likely to have bladder cancer than those who did not. This increased to five times — 500% — more with 10 years of professional exposure.

The Scientific Committee for Cosmetic and Non-Food Products is fully aware of the dangers of PPD.

The National Cancer Institute also warned that PPD can increase various forms of cancer such as:

  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Bladder Cancer

The University of Southern California just completed a study linking hair dye to bladder cancer:
• Women who used permanent self-administered hair dye at least once a month for a year or longer were twice as likely as women who did not use permanent hair dye to develop bladder cancer.
• Those women who used permanent dye monthly for 15 years or more were more than three times as likely to develop bladder cancer as non-dye users.

But did you know that certain ingredients are causing women and men to get thinner and thinner hair, and in some cases hair dye has even taken lives.

This is something that many big companies are not talking about, because this would put a major dent in their millions of dollars in sales.

And dark hair colors seem to be the most dangerous. Great, I've been dying my hair different colors for years! And I wonder why my hair is so thin!

So what's a girl or guy who wants to dye their hair or cover their gray to do?
No worries, we just have to make sure what we're using or where we're going uses hair color without PPD.

Do a little research before you head to the store to buy hair color or before you head to the salon to get your hair colored- and remember to look for the other names PPD is labeled as above.

There are natural alternatives too! I've never tried any, (my mom uses them all the time) but I think I'm going to start!
Here's a list of some of the safe, PPD free hair color or hair dye:

*Goldwell professional brand hair color is supposed to be free of PPD
*as well as Clairol Loving Care. (Oh good...because I've used Goldwell in the past!) I'm sure there's more but these are the only ones I know of right now.
MANIC PANIC- your fun, rainbow colored hair dye is free of PPD! YAY! Fun colors AND safe! Thanks Tish and Snooky (not of Jersey Shore fame)...for making this!

1. La Vita Nuova hair color - PPD, Ammonia and Paraben free

2. Tints of Nature - certified organic hair color

3. Palette by Nature - free of paraphenylene diamine (PPD), resorcinol, m-aminophenol, p-aminophenol, toluene- 2,5-diamine, azo-dyes, diazo-dyes, disperse dyes, ammonia, and parabens

4. Advanced Cosmetic Technologies - formulated with natural plant dyes and easily removed with vinegar or lemon juice.

5. Herbatint - all natural hair color free of all chemicals

you can also ask your local Whole Foods about their natural hair color or ask your hair colorist about the line that they work with... or you can also use Henna if you like too:

Henna is another alternative. Henna reacts on the outside of the hair shaft, where "normal" hair dye works by penetrating the inner part of the hair shaft. Henna Options- please check, Henna can cause different allergic reactions too. And do NOT use anything labeled "black henna", that is PPD as well.

1. Light Mountain- natural henna hair color

2. Sabba Botanical- henna hair dye

No one is talking about this enough, some doctors, Cancer Research Centers and universities and even Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG site have been trying to spread the word too.  (I am pleading no comment on how the FDA approves things. ha ha ha) Please feel free to email this, post this, tweet this to help get the word out to help your friends and family be aware of this.

Not to freak everyone out, or make everyone think they can never color their hair...I just don't want to hear of another girl dying or having their flesh burned, or coming down with cancer from their hair color. Just do a little research before you go out to get a fresh dose of hair color!

Huge love and feeling horrible about not knowing about this and just slapping on all kinds of hair color on my hair for years now...I will be carefully be reading labels or buying the healthy hair color if I feel the need to color my hair! See, another reason why the Ombre hair style is/was great- it doesn't touch your scalp!

thinning hair for years now...kandee

The Cancer Research Center
The Scientific Committee for Cosmetic and Non-Food Products


Jev said...

Hi Kandee. What about blonds?This is awful. I will be checking my colours!
Do you mind if I re blog it?

Unknown said...

I get my blonde done at a salon should I ask my stylist if this stuff is in the dye? thanks for sharing I had no idea and will definitely be passing this message on

Anonymous said...

Kandee thank you for spreading the word you are amazing.

lizzy said...

Hi kandee! I've been using black two for a while ah! I feel like this is much bigger of a prob/em then just hair dye.... there are chemicals in everything! I mean makeup, shampoo, anything w a fragrance, lotions, even our food was recently proven to be loaded with GMO soy. This is scary stuff our country should be protecting us not exploiting us to sell products!

Anonymous said...

There are CHEMICALS in everything. Aren't you a LICENSED cosmetologist??? Do you think that this post could possibly affect an industry that you LOVE so dearly via your BLOGS??? There are a lot of very talented colorists out there, that use the proper hair color and know EXACTLY what they are doing.I certainly would hope you are not in-advertantly messing with an industry that gave you a platform to recommend the productas that you do! Maybe, you should start researching all the chemicals in the MAKE up you endorse as well? Might as well right? FYI to consumers---dont ditch your colorist just because of a scary blog....i promise you, if you see a professional colorist, who does a US-board regulated strand and allergy test BEFORE will all be just fine. Kandee, I normally adore you, but this post was bias, whether yu meant it to be or not. (which Iam sure you didnt)

Anonymous said...

Where are the official links to the CDC, FDA, even the American Cancer Society?
I have had more issues with volatile allergic reactions to Certified Organic and Natural colors than ever to another color in my 31 + year as a professional.
There are those who will surely develop allergies and severe ones. . but this scare tactic is not substantiated by facts.
Post them and I'll consider this more than a ploy to get attention.

jackie bair said...

(Arrow up to the annonymous) not a fandee. cause their just mean.

Swashbucklernan said...

after having my hair just about every color of the rainbow before. about a year ago I had my hair dyed of a professional salon by professional who actually teaches for paul mitchell. I had an allergy test 2 months prior to getting my hair dyed with no reaction. bout 24 hours after having my hair dyed my scalp started creating heat. I washed my hair and by the time I got out of the shower was covered in full body hives. I took some benadryl and went to bed. when I woke in the morning my head was swollen to the size of a football. my sheets look like they were tye died from the puss that was literally raining out of my scalp. I went to the hospital were they gave me bunch of stuff withan iv. So my horrible allergic reactions kicked off a psoratic reaction which took me out of work for over 2 weeks ,thousands of dollars in debt with the hospital and medications andskin that was so delicate it would split if I stressed it. there is no scare tactic about this. this is something that happened to me. I could not be careful enough. thank you kandee for trying to keep your friends safe.I have grown to love my prematurely grey hair and evan get asked if I have dyed it to look that way. I'm disappointed that anonymous has reacted in such a seemingly defensive and angry experience was not a scare almost killed me.

Anonymous said...

Herbatint does in fact contain ppd .

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