You know that I am all for kicking it tres-au-naturelle. I coloured my hair from when I was 17 until about 25 and then quit cold turkey. I always thought my hair colour was mousey. The truth is, it was. The shine and health of your hair (and skin, and teeth, and nails, and eyes) is directly related to how well you are feeding your body. As I got healthier, so did my hair.
Lately, in the last few years, the greys have started creeping in to my almost 34-year-old head and so I have started boosting my mineral intake and looking into non-toxic hair colour options should I decide to go that route.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to hair dye:
- Over 5,000 different chemicals are used in hair dye products, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic. (Source)
- Chemicals in permanent hair dyes can react with tobacco smoke and other pollutants in the air to form one of the most powerful cancer-causing compounds known to man. (Source)
- In the dyes used at your salon or in home colour kits, you may find:
- PPD Para-phenylenediamine and tetrahydro-6-nitroquinoxaline, both of which have been shown to damage genetic material and cause cancer in animals.
- Coal tar, a known carcinogen (one investigation found that 71 percent of hair dyes contain coal tar).
- Formaldehyde, a preservative linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity and more.
- DMDM Hydantoin, another preservative that is a known immune system toxin (and has been restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan).
- Eugenol, a fragrance ingredient that’s associated with cancer, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and allergies. (Source)
Hopefully, you now may be getting it. Though your rich dark brown or platinum blonde hair may seem non-negotiable and essential to your happiness, I am thinking you might also agree that being free of cancer and reproductive disorders and having a functioning brain and nervous system might also be up there on your list.
In today's episode of MeghanTV, I have your hair colour woes covered. Joining me in the kitchen is Brian Phillips of World Salon.
This video covers:
- Overview of main chemicals to watch out for.
- Explanation of how these chemicals damage your hair and your health.
- Brian's recommendation for his fave professional quality low-toxic hair dye.
- My top four foods to help preserve your hair colour naturally.
Join the conversation!
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