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Know the Risks of Colouring your Hair

Thinking of dying your hair? Read why you may have to reconsider.

Kevin David

Kevin David

They say if your hair looks good, you can deal with anything.

In recent times, there has been a rapid increase in the number of people who choose to change their hair colour.

People change their hair colour for various reasons. While some change their hair colour because of their age, others do it for the sake of fashion and style. Those in the former category often use the same colour as their hair but just a bit sharper.

This is one trend that Naija babes and guys have also come to embrace with open arms.

As beautiful as a different hair colour may look against your skin complexion, you should note that there are also risks involved in dyeing your hair. Find a few below:

Know the Risks of Colouring your Hair

1. Overprocessing:

Permanent hair colours often contain ammonia (or chemicals similar to it) and peroxide. The ammonia breaks through your hair shaft, and the peroxide neutralizes (or bleaches out) the natural pigment in your hair, stripping away colour. This process of relaxing the hair cuticles to reach the cortex of your hair and bleach out its natural pigment is, essentially, hair damage. Over treating your hair with these chemicals will cause it to lose luster, break easily, and in some extreme cases, wash away with water. While processed hair can be revived to a certain extent with hair care treatments, the only way to get rid of the damage from overprocessing is to chop your hair off.

Know the Risks of Colouring your Hair

2. Conjunctivitis:

Failing to exercise extreme caution when dyeing your hair can result in the chemicals making contact with the sensitive parts of your face. In some cases, when chemicals from hair dyes make contact with your eyes, it can lead to conjunctivitis or pink eye. In other cases, it causes inflammation and severe discomfort.

3. Aggressive Asthma:

For most people who don’t know, hair dyes aggravate asthma because of the persulfates present in them. Continued inhalation of these chemicals leads to coughing, wheezing, lung inflammation, throat discomfort, and also asthma attacks.

Know the Risks of Colouring your Hair

4. Affects fertility:

Lead acetate is a common ingredient used in permanent hair dyes. Research has drawn a possible link between this chemical and fertility issues in men and women .It should also be made a point for pregnant women not to use any kind of hair dyes as the chemicals present may cause malignancy in their unborn infant .

5. Causes allergic reactions:

Hair dyes causing allergic reactions is not uncommon especially, because permanent hair dyes contain paraphenylenediamine, which is a common allergen. People who suffer from dermatitis are particularly prone to reactions because of the PPD and other chemicals present in dyes. People with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis should also refrain from using hair dyes on their hair. In milder cases, permanent dyes can also cause itching, skin irritation, redness, or swelling on your scalp or other sensitive areas, like your face and neck.

Know the Risks of Colouring your Hair

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