Girls who dye their hair like that natural look, but it’s not going to be very natural if you have a swelled face and rashes around the back of your neck or ears.
Julie McCabe, a 38-year-old woman from Keighley, England, was in a coma at the end of 2011 following a suspected allergic reaction to a home hair dye kit. Doctors at Airedale General Hospital in Yorkshire, England “have given Julie McCabe, who colored her hair with L’Oreal Reference colorant three weeks ago, an 8% chance of survival,” reported the Guardian Weekend Magazine in Great Britain on November 28, 2011. In her case, the allergic reaction was to para-phenylenediamine (PPD).
In October, 2011, 17-year-old Tabatha McCourt of Airdrie, Scotland collapsed and died 20 minutes after using a home hair dye kit. According to the October 13, 2011, Scottish Sun, her death was due to an extreme allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, to the hair dye.
According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), PPD is in 99% of all hair dye products, but it is banned in make-up products. PPD is illegal in other make-up products, which means your mascaras and eyeliners are PPD free.
It may be rare for you to die from hair dye, but there are a lot of other consequences like: hair loss, burning, redness, itchy, raw skin, swelling in the face, and even trouble breathing. To protect yourself from these disasters, take a patch test to make sure you’re not allergic to PPD in hair dye. FDA says you may not know for up to two weeks whether or not you are allergic to hair dye.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and life-threatening response involving the whole body. It is a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction, according to PubMedHealth. Anaphylaxis can lead to difficulty breathing and shock ultimately leading to death.
PPD is contained in hair dye because it makes the hair color permanent. The color will not wash out by shampoo. Also PPD helps the dye give the hair a natural look that people love.
PPD is in hair dye because it makes the hair color permanent so that the color will not wash out with shampoo. Even though PPD helps the dye give the hair a natural look, it can also cause hair loss or cause your hair to become rough, brittle, or dry! The harsh chemicals weaken hair protein bonds, according to the FDA.
According to the FDA, hair dyes are broken up into two categories: oxidation and progressive dyes. Oxidation dye is one that consists of a solution of dye intermediates, which form hair dyes on chemical reactions and is added to intend the desired shade.
Progressives are dyes themselves and these dyes are applied overtime to gradually have a coloring effect. They also contain lead acetate and a color additive for coloring hair on the scalp. “Progressive hair dyes change the color of hair gradually from light straw color to almost black by reacting with the sulfur of hair keratin as well as oxidizing on the hair surface,” says FDA. Interestingly, sulfur is in the structure of hair and in rubber which gives off a horrible smell when it is burned.
We surveyed 80 seventh graders. Out of those, 45 said they dye their hair, of which 4 said they felt something unusual after dying their hair. Most of the students who said that they dyed their hair, dye it every two months.
None said they had had an allergic reaction but. Our conclusions from this survey were that even though a lot of people have dyed their hair before, none had an allergic reaction or other symptoms.
The FDA has more information on the dangers of hair dye. Alexis Stone Kaitlyn Branch
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