The Health Effects of Hair Coloring with chemical-based hair dyes
“The health effects of hair coloring are, to a certain extent, unknown. And the link between hair coloring and cancer is controversial and, to date, inconclusive. But many of the chemicals contained in frequently used hair dyes have been shown to be dangerous. Such chemicals can cause allergic reactions and perhaps even neurological problems.
There are alternatives to such hair dyes, such as plant-based henna and infrared techniques that open up hair shafts to allow coloring. Such “green” solutions are advisable for anyone who wants to avoid the risks associated with many hair coloring products.
Types of Chemically Based Hair Coloring
There are three main types of chemically based hair coloring products, as explained by Surviving-Hairloss.com. Temporary hair dyes are like surface paint: They don’t penetrate the hair shaft and are easily washed off. Semi-permanent dyes contain smaller molecules that do penetrate the hair shaft. Permanent dyes use the harshest products, which break up the original color pigment in your hair and replace it.
Potentially Dangerous Chemicals in Hair Coloring Products
Chemicals in hair coloring products include PPD, or para-phenylenediamine, which can cause allergic reactions such as burning and headaches and is also a potential carcinogen; coal tar, which is in 70 percent of hair coloring products and can cause allergic reactions; lead acetate, which has been banned in European countries as a possible carcinogen and, as with, other lead products, may cause potentially serious neurological problems; DMDM hydantoin, a preservative that has been linked to immune system problems; ammonia, which can be toxic and corrosive and may cause respiratory problems; and resorcinol, which can be an irritant and is a potential carcinogen.
Hair Coloring and Cancer Risks
A potential link between hair-coloring and cancer has been debated for years. The American Cancer Society states, “The evidence from these studies remain quite inconclusive. Most of the available evidence does not support a link to cancer risk. Those studies that do show a link find that it is too weak to be considered a major public health concern.”
A study from the University of Southern California in 2001 found a doubling of the rate of bladder cancer for women who regularly used permanent dye on their hair, as well as for hair stylists who worked with such dyes. However, those results were not replicated in subsequent studies.
The American Cancer Society believes that larger studies are needed and notes that some ingredients in hair coloring products have caused cancer in lab animals.
Hair Coloring and Other Health Risks
Chemically based hair coloring products can cause allergic reactions leading to severe skin and eye irritations, according to the American Cancer Society. In rare cases, the eye irritations can lead to blindness. Such products should be tested on a small patch of skin before they are used on the hair and scalp.
Chemically based hair coloring products contain some nasty stuff. There are perfectly good substitutes, such as plant-based henna dye, that don’t contain such risks. You can avoid any potential health risks associated with hair coloring by choosing products that are not only safer but also environmentally friendly. Call it a win-win solution.”
My Hair Trip Salon Denver offers alternatives to traditional, chemical-based hair dye systems, and is Denver’s highest rated eco-friendly salon and spa.
Surviving-Hairloss.com: How Much Do You Know About Hair Coloring?
USC News: Study Points to Bladder Cancer Risk From Long-term Hair Dye Use
American Cancer Society: Hair Dyes
Sonia Poxson is a master stylist and colorist in Denver, Colorado via Roseville Michigan. Sonia and Nicole met as booth renters at The Retro Room Salon. (a small non-organic salon in Lodo) Once My Hair Trip was up and running, Paul and Nicole were thrilled when Sonia asked if she could come on board. She is honestly one of the best stylists in the city and My Hair Trip Salon Denver is extremely lucky to have her. Sonia brings not only amazing skills as a professional hair stylist and colorist but she brings an overall positivity and energy that radiates throughout the salon.
Experience: Sonia has 11 years experience as a master stylist and colorist.
Sonia graduated cosmetology school from David Presley School of Cosmotology in 2004.
Sonia is a dedicated session stylist who specializes in updos for special events such as weddings and fashion shows.
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IF you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, a wonderful home remedy that can help is apple cider vinegar.
It is normal to lose about 100 strands of hair every day, and usually even more when we shampoo. When this normal hair loss becomes a concern is when the hair’s natural growth cycle is for some reason disrupted so that it is shedding faster than it is growing.
When hormones called androgens are to blame, hair follicles become damaged over time and hinder their ability to produce strong, healthy strands. The hair that does grow is thinner and weaker, brittle even. Other hair follicles die.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is chock full of nutrients and it will balance the pH of your scalp. It has been shown to thicken hair and remove dead skin cells that can clog follicles and hurt your hair’s ability to grow. And if you ever have an itchy scalp or dandruff, this vinegar will help with that too.
In his book Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System, author Paul Bragg explains how this wonder vinegar can help with hair loss. “The high acidity (organic malic acid) plus the powerful enzymes (the “mother’s” life chemicals) in ACV kill the bottle bacillus, a germ responsible for many scalp and hair conditions … (including) dandruff, itching scalp, thinning hair and often baldness.” According to Bragg, this bacteria can cause clogs that keep our natural oils from our hair. “The oil-starved hairs either fall out or break off, causing hair thinning and baldness.” Apple cider vinegar also stimulates what he calls our hair’s “oil cans” for healthier growth.
“Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse may stimulate hair growth”
– Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide
Using Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
Make a hair rinse by mixing apple cider vinegar and water in a one-to-one ratio. If you have an empty 16 oz plastic bottle, for instance, use it to store a mixture of one cup of ACV and one cup of water. Then your vinegar rinse will always be handy and ready to use when you are in the shower.
Apply the ACV rinse to your scalp after shampooing. Rub it in gently, giving your scalp a good massage while you are it. Leave it on for at least five minutes. Rinse with water. Alternately, you can leave it in your hair for extra conditioning.
The Right Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
Before you run out to the store to grab a bottle of the wonder vinegar not all apple cider vinegar is created equally. To reap its many benefits you have to get unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with what is called the “mother.” The mother is a stringy substance formed during the last stage of fermentation, and is the part with the most healing properties. This vinegar is cloudy and should be shaken before you use it to get all the good bits that settle to the bottom. The most commonly available organic ACV is Bragg’s brand. It used to be you had to order it online or get it at a natural foods store. But I have found the economical gallon jugs of the apple cider vinegar in vitamin stores and quart size bottles at the regular supermarket.
Remember, nothing works on everyone. Because hair grows about half an inch a month, more or less, it will take two months or so to really see any results.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps More than Just Hair
Another way to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar is to ingest it. Apple cider vinegar is wonderful for achieving overall health. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, proclaimed apple cider vinegar’s many healing benefits more than 2,500 years ago. This vinegar can help weight loss, weak finger nails, arthritis, coughs, constipation, diarrhea, ear infection, sore eyes, fatigue, acid reflux, headaches and more, including hair loss.
Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to a glass a water, stir and drink, twice a day. Avoid taking the vinegar undiluted as it can harm tooth enamel and throat tissue. If desired, sweeten with stevia, brown rice syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.
You can also get your daily dose of apple cider vinegar by using it in salads and marinades, and in place of lemon juice in some recipes. Or spruce up plain potato chips with a sprinkle of ACV! How to Grow Hair says, it’s good – and good for you.
UPDATE: ACV is not expensive – as you can see above – but why waste it? Some people have had success with a more diluted mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV per quart of water (or 1/8 cup per 8 ounces). Start there and see what happens in a few weeks.
The other element that can definitely help if you want to try ACV for hair is taking it internally along with applying it topically to your scalp. Drink apple cider vinegar (the non-pasteurized, non-filtered kind only) mixed into a glass of water at least once a day. Others have reported success in regrowing hair when using ACV on the scalp and drinking it as well with a little addition: 2 tablespoons ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 12 ounces of water or juice twice a day, then, after a month of drinking this mix, cutting back to four times a week. But these are just guidelines. The amounts vary from people who have had success using apple cider vinegar for to regrow hair. Some have seen new hair growth with 1 tablespoon of ACV and just a pinch of baking soda, while others don’t use baking soda at all. Others start with just 1 teaspoon in a glass of water three times a day.
Apple cider vinegar is good for the body inside and out. ACV benefits are many. But be aware that ACV treatments can also deplete iodine in your body, so you may want to supplement to keep your stores of this trace element up. Kelp is an excellent source of iodine; you can either get kelp supplements or add it to your diet. Arame and wakame are other seaweeds rich in iodine you can eat to ensure you keep your levels up. But if you take a multivitamin, check its ingredients first as it may already have all the iodine you need.
TIP: Again, I hate wasting stuff. A great way to apply your apple cider vinegar rinse is to store it in a spray bottle. You’ll have less waste spritzing your scalp and hair with the ACV treatment.
What’s working for you? Share your tips and success stories, and keep us posted on your progress.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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Essential oils for hair can help promote healthy hair and scalp, reduce dryness and hair loss associated with the natural aging process.
Do you want great, healthy looking hair? Every time I walk into get my hair cut, my stylist always says she can’t believe how fast my hair grows and how shiny it is!
But, first, did you know that…
How our hair looks, feels and grows can change based on –
What we put on it (synthetic shampoos, conditioners, gel, etc)
What we eat and drink (good for body=good for hair)
What we do (swimming in chlorinated pools, using hair dryer, etc)
Quality of our shower water (Use a shower filter for best results to remove fluoride, chlorine, iron oxides (“rust water”), reduce harmful VOCs and other contaminants.)
Genetics (what are parents passed down to us)
How much sleep we have nightly
Our stress level and
Possibly even healthy thyroid function
So, my advice is, in addition to using the oils, review that list and determine if there is something else you need to do to support having healthy hair and scalp. This may be as simple as drinking more water!
Did you know that most shampoos, hair and skincare products on the market contain synthetic materials that create many of our hair, scalp and skin challenges?
Here are a few examples –
Propylene Glycol – may causes dry skin and skin irritation.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Laureth Sulfate – surfactant that may corrode hair follicles
Oleyl betaine – may cause dry hair and scalp.
Mineral oils – petroleum products clog pores! Yes, the molecule is too big to be absorbed by the skin.
So, check your labels, you may be surprised! If your shampoo has a pH between 4 and 6 and doesn’t have synthetic compounds it’s supportive to healthy hair growth.
There are great natural hair products on the market that contain essential oils including the AromaSilk line by Young Living. This are the only products I will place on my head!
If you are adventurous, make them at home by using a base shampoo and adding oils that are right for your hair type or condition. I usually add 3 to 5 drops of each oil to the shampoo directly or in a tablespoon of shampoo.
But, what is my hair type and what oils do I use?
No problem, below you will find the information on all the hair types and the corresponding oils. Also, provided is the carrier or base oils that are best for your hair type. Or Check out the Essential Oils fo Hair Chart.
Oils for Normal Hair
Normal hair is neither greasy nor dry, has not been permed or colored, holds its style and is usually shiny.
These oils are best for normal hair:
Lavender Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Thyme Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil
The best base or carrier oils to use are jojoba, almond or borage.
Oils for Dry Hair
Dry hair looks dull, tangles easily and can become easily split at the ends. Therefore, we want essential oils for hair that stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp to produce more oil!
Use these oils:
Lavender Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
The top base or carrier oils to use are almond, sesame, jojoba, borage, cocoa butter or avocado.
Oils for Oily Hair
Oily hair looks greasy and is caused by over production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Therefore, we want essential oils for hair that restore the glands back to normal.
Use these oils:
Lavender Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
The top base or carrier oils are sesame, jojoba and borage.
Other Hair Challenges? Need to Cleanse the Hair?
No problem, here are my recommendations.
Use a cleansing shampoo or cleansing oils first before you start. This will remove the buildup of chlorine, grease and chemicals in your hair and scalp.
Pick several essential oils for hair to use for shampooing and/or make a blend with the base oil. (You may have to experiment with several oils until you find what you like)
Use until you feel there is improvement.
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Wow! This has been the craziest year ever! We signed the lease on our space for the salon in October and the journey to this point has been incredible. Building a salon is hardwork, but now that we can see it in real life it is so freakin cool. We have been super blessed to have a lot of great people that have helped us along the way!
We started the creative process of building our new hair salon in downtown Denver on Pinterest.com actually… It’s a super sweet site that can be a powerful creative tool. We started a “Salon ideas” board and started pinning pictures and articles from different Salon’s around the world that we liked. We used stuff from other shops, stores, and restaurants as well. Through all the pics and articles a “feel” and “vibe” of what we wanted for our new organic hair salon began to emerge.
We went back and forth with our designer and worked out the design for our own salon. We knew we wanted the interior design of our hair salon to vibe with our eco-friendly philosophy. We got most of our materials through scavenging and donations of reclaimed stuff.
Paul learned how to build this year, and made a bunch of the stuff in the salon from scratch using the reclaimed materials.
We have looked into all the other hair salons in Denver, and just tried to make ours better… There really isn’t another salon like ours in Colorado, maybe any wear. We are super proud of our uniqueness and we love seeing people’s faces light up when they come in.
These last couple of weeks for our salon have been huge. The phone’s ringing, our team is starting to mesh real well, we got our first suite rented and the ball is really rolling.
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