Life is all that colourful and attractive when you suddenly trim those irregular hair strands and high light the dull natural boring hair. Saving the norm from the chemical despite the pollution and other harmful factors is a challenge.
Let alone the ammonia and other chemical-free dyes. The unnatural way of turning the age down by colouring your hair only affects your skin in the long process.
The science behind
The chemicals we talk about are nothing but as following:
Hydrogen peroxide, and
Sensitizers like Paraphenylenediamine (PPDA)
Ammonia allows the dye to penetrate the shaft of your hair by swelling it and lifting hair cuticles, the protective plates that cover hair.
Hydrogen peroxide destroys your hair’s natural colour, while also drying it out.
Worse on, the PPDA is the main ingredient that works as a common allergen and sensitizes your skin to a very sad state.
Chances of facing the unwanted disaster of hair fall are high.
Not unless you have healthy hair can you style the bangs and curl the ends.
Despite the pollution, our hair is exposed to, the dye acts as a catalyst in stripping the natural oils of your hair and make your scalp highly vulnerable. Such as leading the risks to even cancer.
The dyeing of hair is an ancient art that involves treatment of the hair with various chemical compounds.
Rolling back on generations, the dyes were obtained from plants such the most well-known henna (Lawsonia inermis), Indigo, Cassia obovata, senna, turmeric and amla.
Others include katam (buxus dioica), black walnut hulls, red ochre and leeks.
Fact File :
1661 – book Eighteen Books of the Secrets of Art & Nature, various methods of colouring hair black, gold, green, red, yellow, and white are explained.
1860 – The development of synthetic dyes for hair is traced to the 1860s discovery of the reactivity of para-phenylenediamine (PPD) with air.
Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal, is recognized for creating the first synthetic hair dye in 1907.
1947 – the German cosmetics firm Schwarzkopf launched the first home colour product, “Poly Color”. Hair dyeing is now a multibillion-dollar industry that involves the use of both plant-derived and synthetic dyes.
Managing the Risk
1. Don’t leave the dye on your head any longer than needed.
2. Rinse your scalp thoroughly with water after using a hair dye.
3. Wear gloves when applying hair colour.
4. Carefully follow the directions in the hair dye package.
5. Never mix different hair dye products.
6. Be sure to do a patch test for allergic reactions before applying the dye to your hair.
7. Better safe than sorry, it is during your pregnancy that all the mothers out there intend to look their best, beware as dyeing your hair leaves its mark through various means. Especially, as it absorbs the little amount into your systems. Going organic is the best.
8. Do not use the products that are outdated.
9. Do not over colour your hair. Do not frequently use hair dyes.
10. Try natural products as much as possible.