Can your hair dye chemicals kill you?

November 8, 2013 The Healthy Guy PPD free hair colorUncategorized

A true Story from November 2011

Happy Blonde ladyA 38-year-old woman from Keighley, West Yorkshire (UK) was in a coma in November 2011 following a suspected allergic reaction to a home hair dye. Doctors have given Julie McCabe, who coloured her hair with L’Oréal Preference colourant an 8% chance of survival with little chance of a full recovery.

McCabe’s case is the latest in a series of recent news reports linking the use of hair colourant to serious anaphylactic reactions. Anaphalactic reactions can be fatal. In October 2011a teenager Tabatha McCourt collapsed and died following what is believed to be an extreme reaction to a home hair dye kit she’d used just 20 minutes before.

The chemical culprit is widely believed to be p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), an organic compound used in over 99% of all permanent hair dyes, as well as in a variety of other applications, such as permanent makeup, black clothing and even newsprint (it is illegal in all other cosmetic products, so black eyeliners, mascaras and so on, are always PPD free). A known irritant, PPD allergies have the potential to affect 1.5% of the population.

PPD is the most effective known method of covering grey hair and, apparently, there are no approved alternatives. Market leading brands such as Clairol, Avon and L’Oréal seem in no rush to find replacements.

Today there are some innovative brands using no PPD, making it possible for PPD allergic consumer to color the hair, covering grey and with a permanent result.

The Cosmetic, Toiletries and Perfumery Association (CTPA) claims that only a tiny percentage of the population has the potential to develop an allergy to PPD, but an article in the British Medical Journal in 2007 called for more investigation into the safety of hair dyes after an increase in allergic reactions in recent years. The EU has recently reduced legal PPD levels (despite some recent newspaper reports to the contrary, no European countries have a PPD ban in place, nor does the US), to a maximum of 2% when the mixed dye is applied to the hair (in general, the darker the colour –  the more PPD a dye will contain).

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