Think twice before dyeing your hair!!

Published By: Srishti Gautam (

We know that everything in the fashion world is changing along with trends. In the old days people just love their natural hair but today, everything is so colorful. People love to dye their hair, not specially girls but boys are also into it. But if you ask me, dyeing your hair, hands down, is the most fun thing to do. People have gotten used to this changing hair colors to the point where they are completely unfazed when they see them with blonde hair one day and blue the next. Still dyeing is to look funky and attractive but we cannot deny that dyes can often come with harmful side effects. So, through this article we would like you notice the side effects of hair dyeing that everyone should know before they color their hair.

Harmful effects of Hair Dye:

Skin Discoloration

Do you know Skin and nails are made of the same type of keratinized protein as hair. That is why any kind of miss during the coloring process can result in patches of discolored skin, especially around the hairline. This is more likely to happen to people with dark or dry, absorbent skin. However, this shouldn’t be a massive cause for concern since your skin should be back to normal in a few days to a week, as the skin naturally renews itself and the top layer of your skin is removed.

Affects Hair Quality

It is obvious if you try to make changes to the natural hair, it will automatically affect the quality of hair. Regular use of hair dyes, especially the permanent type, can render your hair brittle and over-processed. During hair coloring, ammonia raises the pH of hair and opens up the scales in the cuticle so that the color molecules enter the next layer, the cortex. Here, through a chain of chemical reactions, hydrogen peroxide bleaches the hair and the color pigments join together to settle down on the cortex. The cuticle closes when you then rinse the hair.


Allergic reactions to hair dye are fairly common because PPD, a colorant, is a common allergen affecting around 1.5% of the population. People prone to contact dermatitis may be especially likely to develop an allergic reaction to the PPD. You may experience itching or a swelling in the eyelids or near the ears. But in rare cases, PPD may also trigger an anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Affect Fertility

While this might seem bizarre, hair dye can cause fertility problems in both men and women. A recent study found that thanks to their constant exposure to chemicals found in hair products (including hair dyes), hairdressers are more likely to have a reproductive disorder.13 One chemical that could be held responsible is lead acetate, which is found in progressive or gradual hair dyes that require multiple application.14 The FDA maintains that the level of lead acetate found in hair dye is not sufficient to cause a lead buildup in the body. However, it’s mandatory for hair product manufacturers to provide a cautionary note for all products containing lead acetate.

Precautions before Dyeing Hair

Research is still on the fence about the health impact of hair dyes. But you can play it safe by not overusing hair dyes. For this, reduce the frequency of dyeing your grey hair, if you are unwilling to cut it out altogether. Always read the label and choose a product low in ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, and make sure you follow these safety precautions-

  • Strictly follow the instructions outlined on the hair color product packaging.
  • Keep in mind that perform a patch test at least 48 hours before applying the dye, especially if you’re coloring your hair for the very first time or trying a new brand. In fact, with the constant modifications in ingredients, a patch test is a good idea every time!
  • Keep the color solution away from your eyes, and always wear protective gloves.
  • Don’t leave the color solution on your hair longer than directed on the packaging.
  • Don’t color your hair if your scalp is itchy or sunburned.
  • Never try to use hair color on your eyelashes or eyebrows. This can be very harmful to your eyes and you even risk going blind.

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