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Allergic Hair Color Reactions: Possible Solutions


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Many people, men and women alike are unaware of the fact that at some time in their lives they will develop an allergy to hair color. Allergies should never be taken likely.

Allergic reactions to hair dyes and lightening agents are actually more common that most think.

Allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening. Even more troubling is the fact that an allergy may occur with a product you used for years without any problems. Then suddenly the product produces sensitivities.

Some people develop allergies with repeated and long term exposure.

Although products exist designed to offer reduced chemical formulations, these types of products (Ecocolor, Herbatint) are not a solution for some individuals with allergies.

Always do a patch allergy test before every color application.

Possible Solutions

What should you do if you think you are experiencing an allergic reaction to hair color:

1. Contact your primary health physician. 2. If the reaction appears life threatening with rapid heart beat or labored breathing call 911 immediately. 3. Apply ice to any burning or swelling. 4. Take Benadryl or similar antihistamine. 5. Switch to an all natural hair color. 6. Do a patch test before every future application of any type of hair color or hair chemical. 7. Take flax seed oil internally for 30 days after the reaction. 8. Switch to an all natural shampoo and hair care line.

Keep An Eye On The Dye

Whether the hair dye is applied at home or by a professional in a salon setting it is important to keep the dyes away from the eyes. Hair color should never be used on eyebrows or eyelashes.

Although rare, the introduction of hair dye to the eye has been reported to case very serious eye injuries including blindness. No color additives have been approved by FDA for dyeing or tinting eyelashes and eyebrows.

Lets Face It - No Dye On Facial Hair

Because of the harsh chemical ingredients in commercial dyes, they should never be used on facial hair such as beards or mustaches. The hair color can cause severe skin irritations. All commercial dyes are marked with warning labels.


If you think you may be allergic, always do a patch test before you apply the product to your entire head.

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