Have you ever wondered why at times your scalp would itch as if you have a full head of lice during and after your hair colouring appointment even with organic hair dyes? Well, I'll try to cover everything from what and how can one alleviate the itchiness.
Hair dyes, be it box dyes or salon like many other products, contain a number of chemicals that can irritate your skin. Well due to smart repetitive marketing by the big brands out there consumers have been led to believe ammonia is the only or main culprit and ammonia-free products are the way to go. That's not true!
PPD / PTD?
Paraphenylenediamine, PPD is a chemical substance that is commonly found in permanent hair colour and other dyes along with Paratoluenediamine (PTD). Though PTD could be milder than PPD, both can cause allergies. Hair colour companies use PPD pervasively because it provides long-lasting hair colour.
Signs of PPD / PTD allergic reactions?
Include irritation to the scalp, neck, forehead, eyelids and ears. The skin can become dry, red, swollen and blistered, with a stinging or burning sensation. A full allergy to PPD or PTD can cause more severe versions of the same symptoms and in extreme cases lead to anaphylaxis. This can involve a dramatic swelling of the eyes, mouth and throat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, weakness, nausea and stomach pain. An allergic reaction to PPD or PTD might not happen immediately, but possibly several hours after contact.
Are organic dyes safer?
NO, it's not. Organic dyes are suitable for consumers who are concerned with farming practices, processes and methods, and the term “Organic dye” signifies a high percentage of ingredients that have been grown and farmed organically. The term “organic” in itself does not mean that a dye is free of PPD, PTD or any other chemical or compound, only that it contains at least some organic ingredients. Organic dyes are suitable for consumers who are concerned with farming practices, processes and methods, and the term “Organic dye” signifies a high percentage of ingredients that have been grown and farmed organically. The term “organic” in itself does not mean that a dye is free of PPD, PTD or any other chemical or compound, only that it contains at least some organic ingredients.
Are natural dye PPD & PTD safe?
NO. Dyes marketed as natural simply means there's a higher number of natural ingredients in the formula -for example, argan oil to condition the hair during colouring. It does not mean the dye does not PPD, PTD, ammonia or peroxide. In fact, PPD is found in Henna.
Ammonia free dye safe for PPD & PTD allergies?
Ammonia, PPD AND PTD are entirely different ingredients. Removing ammonia from dye will not affect, or prevent, a PPD AND PTD allergy in any way.
Any pre and post colouring measure to reduce the allergy reaction?
Embrace the dirt oil and sweat. Avoid washing your hair 1-2 days prior to your colouring appointment. The hair natural oils can help to protect the scalp. But even if you have washed it, it's not the end of the world just make sure a layer of scalp protector is applied before commencing colouring. A post colour treatment/colour saver is equally important as it neutralizes any residual alkalinity, prevent creeping oxidation and close the cuticle for optimum condition and colour brilliance. Typically salons charge anything from $15 to $30 for scalp protector and anything from $30 to $68 for colour saver. But right now over at Style for all colouring services scalp protector and colour saver are included.
What's Scalp Protector?
Scalp Protect Serum is a dermatologist tested, a pre-colour treatment which can effectively isolate chemical composition from contact with the scalp. It does not affect the dying effect, it prevents irritation, scalp discomfort, allergies and damage to the scalp.
Home remedies to alleviate allergic reactions?
1. Aloe Vera Gel
And I mean pure aloe vera gel fresh from the plant not that processed stuff with more chemicals added to it. Aloe vera has a therapeutic effect on the skin. It possesses wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties that can eliminate the redness and swelling associated with hair dye allergy. The plant can also promote faster healing.
Directions: Apply it as an overnight mask on the scalp and hair, rinsing it off the next morning.
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2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is widely used as a remedy for skin irritation. It possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties can help decrease inflammation, redness, and pain that are usually associated with hair dye allergies.
Directions: Oiling your scalp and hair liberally with it as a pre-shampoo treatment and of course the most beneficial method is by ingesting 4 tbsp daily.
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3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. This helps in reducing the inflammation, redness, and pain caused by an allergic reaction to the PPD in hair dyes.
Directions: Prepare a cup of chamomile tea and set it aside to cool. Use the cool mixture as a final rinse for scalp and hair after shampooing.
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That's it peeps. Do not hesitate to contact me through the comment box or directly at 68845335 if you reside in Singapore if you require further assistance.