These days, we can cover up gray hair or find out whether blondes have more fun in a matter of minutes, all thanks to the hair dye aisle at our local drug stores.
Dyeing your hair may be easier than ever, but it still isn’t always the best idea. Anyone who has suffered a disappointing dye job knows that they don’t always come out new and improved on the other end.
In fact, there are a lot more reasons why you might want to avoid dyeing your hair in the future. Unfortunately, some of them are even more serious than a brassy hue.
What Does Dye Do To Your Hair?
Generally speaking, hair dye and its chemicals penetrate your hair cuticles to alter the color, according to Clairol. In turn, this process also changes the structure of your hair, which is why it might feel like a different texture after you dye it.This is particularly true if you lighten your hair using bleach, which can make each individual strand of hair a bit rougher.
1. Dye Can Cause Hair Loss
No one wants to lose hair as they grow older. According to Dermatology Times, hair loss from permanent dyes is technically hair breakage, but can happen in such quantities that it looks more like loss.
Harsh chemicals in permanent dyes can make hair brittle and more breakable, especially over time. While this hair loss is unlikely to be permanent, it is likely to get worse over time with continued dye usage.
2. It Can Cause An Allergic Reaction
Most at home hair dyes or salons will recommend a patch test before you get going on your hair. The National Health Service reports that many hair dyes contain the chemical paraphenylenediamine, which is a known skin irritant.
3. Some Hair Dye Chemicals May Be Linked To Cancer
These days, it can seem like everything is linked to cancer. However, hair dye could be a legitimate concern.
The National Cancer Institute explains that over 5,000 chemicals are used in hair dyes. Not every single one of them has been linked to cancer, but a number of them are thought to be carcinogenic.
To be as safe as possible, stay away from the harsh chemicals in hair dye by not using them.
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