Safely coloring grey hair with PPD-free dyes

December 13, 2011 at 10:05 am in Fashion & Beauty by VN Editors

Recent headlines prove that coloring grey hair can be dangerous if you chose grey hair dye that contains PPD. There are PPD-free dyes available to give you the look you want when letting your natural grey hair color show just isn’t an option, but neither is playing it unsafe.

What’s PPD?

You probably see PPD every day in the grocery store and pharmacy, though you may never realize it. PPD, p-Phenylenediamine, is a common ingredient found in permanent hair dyes. Home hair dyes used to hide grey hair color are extremely popular, bringing in revenues in the billions for cosmetics companies every year. Coloring grey hair at home is so common, most women barely give it a second thought.

Until something goes wrong. Grey hair dye and grey hair treatment products that contain PPD are potentially fatal. Some women have allergic reactions to PPD that may be life-altering. One woman colored her grey hair with a very common home hair dye, then suffered such a violent reaction she became brain damaged and hospitalized as a result. Maybe wearing your natural grey hair color isn’t so bad, after all.

Safer grey hair dye

You don’t have to avoid all grey hair dye. Many dyes are PPD-free, and can be used without fear of dangerous allergic reactions. Only permanent dyes are associated with PPD; semi-permanent dyes are unlikely to contain this chemical compound. If you’re unsure, carefully read the ingredients as they are listed on the box of hair dye. If PPD is present, you’ll know it. The common, boxed dyes you find in grocery stores may be your most ubiquitous option for coloring grey hair, but you have others:

  • Organic and natural dyes are made to be PPD- and ammonia-free. Dyes that are made with organic and natural ingredients aren’t as easy to find as the more common commercial grey hair dyes, nor are they always as affordable, but you can safely put them on your scalp without worrying about the chemicals you may be exposing yourself to.
  • Homemade dyes are simpler than you may think. Coloring grey hair doesn’t have to be rocket science; all you really need is something that will naturally darken or lighten your locks. What scientists have figured out, Nature already knows how to do. Ingredients you may use for tea can be used as grey hair dye. Dried sage, steeped in boiling water, may be used to naturally darken your hair. Chamomile tea is effective at lightening your hair.

Grey hair coloring isn’t always dangerous, and for most women even PPD won’t cause any harmful side effects. But if you’d rather play it safe, you always have other options beyond standard grey hair dye.

Find more solutions to your hair problems with our free report, 7 Keys to Grey hair treatment after 50: Best hair care products, and tips for styling and coloring grey hair whether you choose to cover or embrace your grey.

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