Hair Dye Ingredients You Should Avoid

When you color your hair you need to make sure you know and understand the hair dye you’re using. Because dangerous chemicals in hair dyes can have dangerous side effects ranging from severe allergies, skin, throat and lung irritation to cancer of the bladder. To be safe, here’s a list of hair dye ingredients you should avoid:

  • PPD

PPD is short for paraphenylenediamine. It is used in hair dyes for dark colors and shades and is made from coal tar, a petroleum-derived chemical that is also used as a wood preservative. Skin contact with PPD should be avoided, as research states PPD in combination with hydrogen peroxide is very toxic and can lead to cancer.

  • Ammonia

Ammonia is used to open up the hair’s cuticle so that the shaft of your hair can absorb the hair dye.  Due to a backlash of this ingredient, most hair dyes have stopped using ammonia. But, make sure you look out for ammonia because its acidic nature could cause caustic burns and lung irritation.

  • DMDM Hydantoin

DMDM Hydantoin is a preservative that slowly releases the toxic formaldehyde chemical, which increases along with storage time. This is a harsh chemical used in herbicides, floor waxes, polymers and inks along with some hair dyes. It is best avoided as it could cause tissue irritation and affect the immune system. 

Read through the ingredients and stay away from these chemicals for a healthy hair dye experience. 

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