Hair Dye Allergies

Cosmetic allergies are not uncommon. People have been known to be allergic to perfumes and also preservatives used in make-up preparations. For hair dye, you might develop symptoms of contact dermatitis.

Contact dermatitis is a skin condition that develops after repeated exposure to a substance that causes the body’s histamine reaction to kick in. When the hair dye touches your skin you may notice any or all of the following:

* Redness
* Swelling
* Rash
* Itching
* Pain
* Dandruff-like flakes
* Swollen eyes
* Allergy symptoms when the dye is applied

It may take a couple of times for you to finger the hair dye as the culprit, especially if other conditions are taking place at the same time. When you do notice it, it is important to stop using hair dyes to combat the symptoms.

Alternatives to Hair Dyes

The main component of hair dye that causes the allergies is PPD (paraphenylenediamine). It is found in permanent hair dyes. But, you can get the look you want in other ways.

* Henna – Henna is a flowering shrub that has found a use in medicinal preparations and cosmetic products. It is a good way to color your hair and remove gray and white hair without the use of PPD. Use coloring kits that state they contain henna vegetable dyes.

* Highlights – These do contain PPD but as long as your hair stylist knows that you have an allergy, they can make sure that they do not touch your skin with the dye. You don’t have to apply directly to the scalp for the effect to work.

* Use rinses – Temporary rinses are different from permanent ones because they only stay until you wash your hair. With each wash the color lightens. When it is all gone you can reapply it. This works well for someone who likes to frequently change their color and has an allergy to hair dyes.

* Vegetable color – These work if you happen to have an allergy to henna also. They have a vegetable base and use herbs and flowers for color. Try Vegetal or Ecocolors hair dyeing preparations. You may get five washes out of it before needing to reapply.