I love to bake. A friend of mine recently sent me a fantastic recipe for a triple-layer chocolate cake that looked good enough to eat off my computer screen. As a chocoholic, I fell instantly in love with what I saw in the photo. That moment lasted… until I read the ingredients. As someone who is very proud of my cholesterol numbers, I had to pass on this beautiful concoction and find something equally satisfying, without sending me into cardiac arrest.
Even though most of us have read or heard about the dangers of coloring our hair with dyes containing the chemical para-phenylenediamine (PPD), are we really listening, learning and heeding the warnings? Or do we figure that “Dying to look good is worth it”? Really what kind of ingredient is PPD in most hair dye ‘recipes’?
According to the FDA, American Cancer Society, CDC, NIH, National Cancer Institute and a plethora of other consumer organizations, PPD is known to:
· Cause allergic reactions including redness, rashes, sores, burning sensations, itching and headaches.
· Be a possible carcinogen after oxidation, linked to increasing the occurrence of various forms of cancer such as: non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Multiple myeloma, Breast Cancer, Leukemia, Bladder Cancer.
If that isn’t enough, according to a report (08/2007) from leading chemical company Dupont, the dangers of PPD in dye is well-documented in the Material Safety Data Sheet. (MSDS number: 1155CR) We can only add the link. It is a 10 page pdf. If you can’t read anything else, please read pages 2 and 3.
So what’s guy or girl to do? Are there alternative hair coloring dyes that are genuinely all natural that won’t damage our health? Can we have great looking hair color without using harmful, deadly chemical dyes? Can we really have our cake and eat it too? In a word: Yes.
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Author: L.J. O'Neal, freelance writer and researcher. L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.
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