Coloring your hair should be an exciting experience that ends in gorgeous hair, copious compliments, and smiles all around–NOT a trip to the hospital. And yet with the harsh chemicals found in so many hair coloring products, it’s not as uncommon as you may think to end up seeking medical attention after an seemingly harmless shade change.
Chemicals like para-phenylenediamine (PPD) can be down right hazardous to your health. A high skin sensitizer, PPD is proven to trigger allergic reactions to hair dye.
The symptoms of exposure don’t have to hit you right away either. An allergy can build up over time. Actress Pauley Perrette’s hair-dye allergy was so grave it recently landed her in the hospital. After seeing the NCIS actress’ hospital selfie, an unrecognizable image of half-shut eyes and swollen cheeks, a lot of women wondered if they were doing enough to protect themselves. A hair-color allergy could be as serious as a reaction to shellfish or nuts. Which it why, in the past, PPD-allergic individuals had to swear off hair dye, or consider a wig, because viable PPD free hair dye was not an option. That is, until now.
A PPD Free Hair Dye
All Madison Reed hair colors are PPD-free. We care about your health and want you to feel as great as you look! That’s why we’re dedicated to providing Better For You hair care products.
“Better for You means scaling back the harsh ingredients in hair color, and replacing them with gentler, more natural alternatives without sacrificing quality. Today, we’ve taken the next step in our journey to craft healthier hair care products by introducing a new color formula for all of our shades that are free of PPD, resorcinol, ammonia, added parabens, ethanol alcohol and gluten.” said Amy Errett, CEO and cofounder of Madison Reed.
Of course, even with the elimination of these chemicals, we always suggest doing a patch test before you color. Apply the color onto bare skin, wait 48 hours, and check your skin for any irritation before applying color on your hair. In Perrette’s case, she’s been darkening her hair for 20 years, an added precaution would be to patch taste every time you color hair. Remember, safety first!
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Read more about hair allergies: All About Allergies and Allergic Reactions to Hair Color