Left to us, we would encourage you guys to explore with your hair and have fun with the colours you put in it but science says otherwise.
The trend in Ghana now is to cut and dye your hair any colour you can rock and it’s actually really nice seeing young people be creative.
But when we see a lot of young people copy and follow this trend blindly we have no choice than to stop and wonder if they truly understand what they are doing to their hair.
It’s not just about looking “cool”. What will be the long-term effect of these (permanent) dyes in your hair?
Well, that’s why we are here.
Hair dyes contain a cocktail of strong chemicals, so it’s no surprise that frequent use of them could damage your hair.
Dyes can include chemicals like:
- Hydrogen peroxide, and
- Sensitizers like Paraphenylenediamine (PPDA
Each of these chemicals may cause problems from drying hair out, to leaving it brittle and prone to breakage.
Ammonia allows the dye to penetrate the shaft of your hair by swelling it and lifting hair cuticles, the protective plates that cover hair. Hydrogen peroxide destroys your hair’s natural colour, while also drying it out.
Here some other effects of using dyes(permanent).
1. Over Processing
Overtreating your hair with these chemicals will cause it to lose lustre, break easily, and in some extreme cases, wash away with water.
While processed hair can be revived to a certain extent with hair care treatments, the only way to get rid of the damage from over processing is to chop your hair off.
2. Allergic Reactions
Hair dyes causing allergic reactions are not uncommon especially because permanent hair dyes contain paraphenylenediamine which is a common allergen. People who have contact dermatitis are particularly prone to reactions because of the PPD and other chemicals present in dyes.
In milder cases, permanent dyes can cause itching, skin irritation, redness, or swelling on your scalp or other sensitive areas like your face and neck.
While there’s no proof that the chemicals in hair bleach — like peroxide or ammonia — cause birth defects, miscarriages, or any other complications, there are also no reliable studies that prove that bleaching your body hair is totally safe.
One study on the use of hair dye in pregnancy suggested that it could cause babies to develop the cancer neuroblastoma. … So, colouring your hair up to three to four times during pregnancy is probably safe. Plus, if you apply the dyes safely, your body shouldn’t absorb many of the chemicals.
Hair dyes aggravate asthma because of the persulfates present in them. Continued inhalation of these chemicals leads to coughing, wheezing, lung inflammation, throat discomfort, and also asthma attacks.
Frequent scalp exposure to the chemicals used in hair dyes can bring its own problems. These chemicals can remove the protective lipids/oils from your scalp, leaving it exposed and vulnerable to damage from the environment, styling products and other irritants.
Want to still dye your hair?