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Health » Hair-care-tips » Hair-color-090907
Is Your Hair Colour Safe?

Dr. Rekha Dr. Rekha
A Certified Trichologist from International Association of Trichologists (IAT), Australia Dr.Rekha is a renowned hair-loss specialist. She treats clients with all types of Hair And Scalp conditions.
Is Your Hair Colour Safe? Generally speaking, the more permanent the color, the more toxic the product is. Semi-permanent and temporary colours are much less toxic than permanent colours. Darker colours have been shown to be more toxic than blonde and red shades. Hennas, herbal dyes, vegetable dyes and food-based ingredients are the least toxic of all and can leave your hair luscious, healthy and full of shine. If you do insist on a permanent color then there are some smart ways to reduce your exposure to the toxins from hair dyes.

Here are some tips for people who use hair colour:
  1. Although all of the shades use essentially the same chemicals, there's quite a lot more of them in dark brown and black shades than there are in blonde, red or lighter shades.
  2. Avoid permanent hair color, as they're the most toxic. Semi-permanent and temporary colours are less so.
  3. Look for natural brands of hair color that use henna, herbal dyes and vegetable dyes as primary ingredients. These are likely to be much less toxic than the average hair color.


  1. If you go to a salon, choose one that is chemical-free, odour-free, and herbal or caters to people with multiple chemical sensitivity and allergies. These salons tend to use less toxic products.
  2. Ammonia and PPD content in the dye should not exceed 4%.
  3. If you are a woman under 40 and have premature greying, it might be a result of hypothyroidism.
  4. Keep the process short. Don’t prolong your exposure to toxic chemicals and ingredients by leaving hair dyes and colourings in your hair any longer than necessary.

Precautions to follow using hair color:
  • Always do a patch test.
  • Be patient and follow the instructions.
  • Never use leftover colour as it can get oxidised and spoilt. Throw away whatever is left.
  • Colour your hair the day after you wash it. This way your hair gets protected by natural oils that cover the hair.
  • Do not blow dry the hair.
  • Identify signs of an allergy itching or burning of scalp. Immediately wash off the colour, take an anti-allergy tablet or consult a doctor.
  • If you are getting your hair coloured for the first time, get it done at a good salon by a trained person. After that, get every 4th colour application done professionally.

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