Surprising, But Not Really: Chemicals In Hair Dye May Cause Allergic Reactions

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Embracing our grays is starting to look better and better: After a review by the European commission of hair dye raised concerns that 36(!) different chemicals used in the products may be unsafe, dermatologist Ian White, M.D., is calling for warning labels to be added to these products.
The Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA), in response, stated that allergic reactions to hair dye are possible, and urged consumers to use the products carefully and religiously follow package directions. Says the CTPA, "In the case of hair dyes, the Commission has implemented significant risk-management measures (such as maximum concentrations of use, more detailed allergy warning labeling and instructions for use) to ensure the hair colorant is safe when used as directed."
Worrisome, but not that surprising. There are risks involved with any beauty treatment that involves chemicals (and let's be real, when we inhale those bleach fumes every few months when we get highlights, we're reminded of that fact). The only way to truly stay safe while primping is to eliminate all chemicals from our beauty routine — but these are risks and rewards that every woman needs to weigh for herself. (Cosmetics Design Europe)
Photographed by Jacqueline Harriet

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