Hair color warning: The clear link between hair coloring chemicals and cancer

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hair(NaturalHealth365) A surprising 75 percent of people in the U.S., Japan and Europe color their hair on a regular basis.  Gray hair can make people look prematurely old, and hair color is obviously used to preserve that more youthful appearance. In some cases, people just want a change from their natural hair color, and dyeing it can help them to make a ‘fashion statement.’

In truth, hair coloring is actually an ancient practice. However, in the past, people used natural substances such as henna and other pigments found in plants, soil and clay. Today, most of the store-bought hair color options are made with harsh, toxic chemicals that can pose a serious health risk when used regularly over time.

The dangers of hair color aren’t highly publicized

Some of the risks and side effects of the chemicals found in hair dyes include cancers of the kidney, bladder, and breast as well as blood-based cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.  But, don’t expect your local salon to post any warning signs in the near future – for obvious reasons.

The “official word” on hair color products that contain harsh chemicals is far from cautionary. However, one of the common chemicals used called p-Phenylenediamin (PPD) is documented as causing side effects like asthma, gastritis, severe dermatitis, eye irritation, vertigo, tremors, convulsions, kidney failure, and coma in those who are exposed to it.

Some hair color products contain thousands of chemical compounds

However, PPD isn’t the only risk. Some hair color products can contain as many as 5,000 chemicals, including substances like lead acetate and ammonia. The chemicals in hair color products also interact with the substances in human hair to produce harmful effects.

Hair colors come in temporary, semi-permanent and permanent solutions. However, 80 percent of the market is comprised of permanent colors which contain agents like couplers and intermediates that react with the hydrogen peroxide. While the worst hair color product ingredients were banned in the 1970s, many products still contain dangerous substances.

Research confirms the health hazards of hair color products

Numerous studies have substantiated these hair color risks. A 1994 National Cancer Institute report covered the dangers of dark hair dyes used over extended periods of time. They were found to raise the risk of cancers like multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Another study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that hairdressers who worked regularly with these products had an increased risk of bladder cancer, leukemia and lymphoma.

The scalp area is very rich in its blood supply, making it all too easy for the toxic chemicals found in hair dyes to soak into the skin. During the 30 minutes that hair dyes remain in contact with the scalp, they can easily enter the blood supply.

Fortunately, there is a better way.

Avoid the cancer risk: Consider safer, non-toxic alternatives

Fortunately, there are safer alternatives to these toxic products. Hairprint is a natural hair color brand developed by award-winning chemist John Warner. Instead of harsh chemicals, it contains non-toxic, plant-based, food-grade pigments and minerals.

Click here to hear directly from the creator of Hairprint.

Best of all, Hairprint has a restorative effect on the hair, enriching it and bringing back the shine and luster that can get lost as hair begins to gray. Hairprint products are also hypoallergenic and free of odor.

Editor’s note: We are happy to offer you a non-toxic way to eliminate grey hair.  Click here to learn more.


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  • Beth Ryan

    I am sick and tired of trying to find a chemical free product. When I go to the salon I have highlights put in so it doesn’t get into my scalp. Since, that is quite expensive and smells I decided to find a product to use at home. Well, I just found it thanks.

  • Lilly Kipman

    The darker hair colors are the most dangerous. You can find the information on the web. This is something no one should fool around with.

  • Julie G

    I use 3% peroxide to lighten and brighten my hair. However, it is hard on the hair and after awhile it becomes reddish and unhealthy. This information and product seems to be the answer for me.

  • Kelly Davis

    It seems a majority of women use some type of coloring. Most get a kit at a drugstore or supermarket. I am pretty sure that have no idea about the dangers. There are no warning labels on the cartons.

  • Solar Smurph

    We have discovered that adding a a drop or two of unpasturized honey to your regular shampoo in the palm of your hand seems to cause the color to come back from the roots. You can also add a teaspoon/tablespoon of honey to the shampoo bottle. Both my wife (in her 60s, and my mother-in-law (in her 90s) are seeing the color coming back. It also seems to reduce scalp irritation (small bumps) as well.

    • Sam

      Wow! I am going to try this!

  • pam r

    Happy to report -I have been using for over 6 months. It works it covers grey about 90%. I use it every 4 weeks to cover roots. It’s great because it’s non-toxic. But it can be messy it took me a few times to come up with a system of using to keep it less messy for my bathroom. Use old towels that you do not care if they get stained (I have a set of towels that I use just for this hairprint product). Even thought the process takes 90 minutes and it is easier to got to a salon and use regular color. I can’t use this toxic color as an option anymore. So I am thankful for this product because I did not have other options after doing much research even the so-called less toxic hair dye is not much better.

    • Tammy Hemsley

      I am in the same boat. I am afraid of using toxic hair coloring. Yet, I need to pick up the color a notch and cover a few grays. This sounds like the ticket and I am willing to take the 90 minuets to do so.

  • Jen

    Hairprint only offers help to restore the color of black and brown hair. They have not found a solution for red and blonde hair. Since I used to have auburn hair; that includes me too. It is not considered a dye, because it restores the health of the hair to its original color. I have never dyed my hair, because whatever you put on your skin, it goes through the pores, into the bloodstream. Not worth brain tumors or any other health problems.

  • claire

    Sadly Hairprint didn’t work for me to cover about 30% grays. I tried all their recs for stopping other products, using chelating and clarifying shampoos and baking soda and it still didn’t cover my grays. I have black straight hair. I’ve gone back to henna then indigo and that works great just a long process. I buy organic herbs from mountain rose herbs.

  • Katrina

    Many hair dresser women of child-bearing age have had multiple miscarriages and babies born with severe birth defects. It seems to be kept quiet somehow, but you can search and find articles that have appeared here and there.