Colouring your hair might seem like magic and an over-the-counter box of dye or a few hours at a salon can completely transform your hair. Modern day science is hard at work, but did you know the hair dye you’re regularly using can have negative effects on your health? The problem arises with the ingredients and formulation of a specific dye. The most notorious and well-known irritant in hair dye is Paraphenylenediamine or PPD. PPD is “an organic compound used in hair dyes, as well as in rubber chemicals, textile dyes and pigments. Manufacturers like it because it has a low relative toxicity level, high temperature stability, and chemical and electrical resistance. In other words, it helps the new color stay on your hair despite numerous washings, dryings, and stylings.” It is an allergen, and can create difficult skin reactions on the scalp, ears, or neck, basically wherever the hair dye comes into contact with your skin. Another ingredient commonly used is Ammonia. Ammonia has been the ingredient of choice in hair color for many years because it is creates beautiful long-lasting colour. However, the problem is that ammonia is aggressive on the hair, it is a strong irritating gas that gives off fumes, and when it dissolves in water it forms ammonium hydroxide which is highly corrosive. “There are several reports on the possible health risks on this topic from sources like the Dept. of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety.” A great alternative is Davines direct colour line is formulated with up to 98% natural derived ingredients. Finest Pigments is a gentle colour system, simple and fast to use, without ammonia and does not require an activator. The 14 nuances Finest Pigments can be mixed together and with Finest Gloss to create limitless possibilities. Below are the differences between hair dyes and an explanation of their role on the hair:
A permanent hair colour is made up of a combination of chemicals that lifts your hair’s cuticle layer, the outermost layer of your hair shaft whose main job is to protect the inner layers. Now once the hair’s cuticle is lifted, the dye penetrates and gets bonded to your cortex, which is your shaft’s inner layer. This determines the colour and texture of your hair and breaks your existing melanin structure.
A semi-permanent color contains no ammonia and deposits only. It does not require mixing with a developer and lasts anywhere from 4 – 12 shampoos. This type of colour works best to blend gray or enhance natural color.
Henna is the most natural alternative for dying your hair but also the quickest to fade. Only henna leaves are useful for dying hair, and other parts of the henna plant do not dye hair other colors. Chemicals, metallic salts or other plants must be added to henna to make any color other than red. These pre-mixed colors are compound hennas. Henna is a great option when considering dying your hair but shades and tones are naturally quite limited.
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