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Does Hair Dye Cause Cancer?

Hair Dye and Health Safety

Coloring your hair is really common, whether it be to add mahogany highlights or hide strands of gray. In fact, nearly 70 percent of American women religiously visit the salon to alter their look, but, as I'm sure many of you have asked, is the beauty practice safe? Quite a few studies have found no connection between coloring your hair and cancer, and multiple studies have looked specifically at breast, bladder, and brain cancer finding no connection to these specific types either. Hair dye can, however, cause skin reactions like rashes, swelling, burning, and blisters, since many formulations contain chemicals such as p-Phenylenediamine (PPD). The good news is that hair dyes nowadays contain much less ammonia than they did 30 to 40 years ago.

Nervous about putting toxic chemicals on your hair and scalp? Then continue reading.

If you're freaked out about chemicals, you can choose natural alternatives to toxic hair dyes. They're mostly plant derived, but some do contain a fair share of chemicals as well, so read the labels or ask your colorist about them. The only completely natural hair dye is henna, but not everyone wants to have orangey-reddish hair. These natural hair dyes are not only better for your health, they're also better for the environment and our waterways. Think about all the chemicals that get flushed down the sink at salons. It's one incentive to encourage you to stick with your natural hair color and embrace your grays when the time comes.

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Lush has Henna dyes in a few different shades. I'm not sure how different the shades truly are, but I believe they're still natural. (It looks like they use coffee grounds to achieve brown dye.) Anyway, I'm not endorsing them because I've never used them, but here's the link if anyone's interested:
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