We are no doubt thrilled by the endless number of hair color options available in the market nowadays. And we have seen many people changing their hair color according to what’s trending. Hair coloring is not only trendy but also helps to hide grey hair as premature graying is a problem many youths are facing today.
Unfortunately, we happen to live in a world that is full of toxins, staring from cosmetic products to foods. And hair colors are no exception, despite it being trendy and fashionable; hair colors are not really healthy for the hair. This is because; it contains many chemicals which are harmful for your hair as well as your body.
The main chemicals present in most hair colors is ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. Ammonia provides the alkaline to the hair thereby raising the pH balance and helping in lightening of the hair. It swells up the hair and opens the hair cuticle letting the chemicals from the hair color penetrate the hair shaft. The deeper the hair color penetrates, the richer is the color of the hair.
Though ammonia helps in giving a rich color and the initial result is amazing, it damages the hair overtime, making it weak and prone to breakage. While on the other hand, hydrogen peroxide is better known to be an oxidizing agent and it helps in initiating the color on to the hair; making the color last longer. It also removes sulphur from the hair. And the more volume of sulphur is removed from the hair, making it get hard and lose its weight and volume.
As more and more people are aware of the effects of ammonia present in hair color, many companies have started launching hair coloring products that claim to be free of ammonia. However, even when the trend of ammonia free hair coloring agents have been growing, may companies still use chemical agents which are similar and related to ammonia.
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Such chemical agents are monoethanolamine, aminomethylpropanol and resorcinol. These chemical agents don’t give out burning fumes that ammonia does, but has the same effect that ammonia has therefore, people are tricked into thinking that they are using a much milder hair coloring products.
Side Effects of Hair Coloring:
Allergic Reactions: Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a substance use as a hair coloring agent. It can cause severe allergic reactions like itchy scalp, swelling in the scalp, selling around the eyelids and the eyes, scaly skin around nose, eyes and face.
Asthma: Constant exposure to paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and persulfates used in hair colors and bleach can trigger asthma by sensitizing the airways making it difficult to breathe.
Breast Cancer: Apart from causing an allergy, paraphenylenediamine (PPD) can also be a cause of breast cancer. Resorcinol is a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system and the natural hormonal imbalance. It can also increase the risk of breast cancer.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: This type of cancer is of the lymph tissue often found in the spleen, bone marrow and lymph nodes. Research has found that this form of cancer is often found in people who use hair coloring agents regularly.
Hair Breakage: The hair becomes over processed due to the excessive exposure to the products. It becomes dry, rough, brittle and starts to break easily.
There are many organic hair coloring agents abundantly found in nature. These are henna, chamomile tea, red hibiscus tea, coffee etc. you can use these organic materials to color your hair because they are non-toxic and harmless.
However, henna is the only pure natural hair product available in the market which is free from chemicals like ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. There are several types of henna like natural neutral and black. Nevertheless, it is necessary to go through a simple allergy test even before using the above mentioned organic hair coloring agents.
Truly organic or natural hair colors are a better and safer option, even if they don’t give you the magnificent deeply colored hair that you desire and that which, chemical hair coloring products can give you.