Thursday, December 01, 2011

Home hair dyes could be dangerous

Dying hair at home may be a risk,
experts say.
Coloring hair at home seems like a great solution for many women who want to avoid pricey hair salon visits, but recently, there have been a number of news reports of severe allergic reactions to the DIY kits.

In England, one woman was in a coma after a suspected anaphylactic allergic reaction to a L’Oreal Preference home hair dye, with an 8% chance of survival and another woman died after having used a home hair dye kit 20 minutes before.

The cases are being investigated to determine the exact cause, but experts suspect a chemical ingredient called p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), an organic compound used in over 99% of all permanent hair dyes, as well as in a variety of other applications.

As a known irritant, PPD allergies have the potential to affect 1.5% of the population.

An article in the British Medical Journal in 2007 called for more investigation into the safety of hair dyes after an increase in allergic reactions in recent years.

PPD is so popular in permanent hair products because it is so effective in covering up grey hair, and there are no approved alternatives.

The manufacturers warn consumers to test the hair dye on the skin at least 48 hours before using the application, but experts warn that a skin allergy test is neither conclusive nor infallible.

Source: The Guardian

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