PPD HAIR DYE DANGERS
What is PPD?
PPD stands for paraphenlyene diamene. It’s a chemical additive found in most permanent hair dyes, especially darker colour hair dyes. It is also commonly found in products marketed as “black henna”. Beware ! There is no such thing as black henna. PPD can trigger dangerous allergic reactions without warning, even after years of using it without a reaction.
During the 20th century allergic reactions to PPD became such a serious problem that it was banned from hair dyes in Germany, France, and Sweden. Current European Union legislation allows PPD to comprise up to 6% of the constituents of hair dyes on the consumer market (3% when added to the oxidising solution required to develop the colour).
Hair Dye can kill ! Tragically, young women have died from using hair dyes.
Julie McCabe, tragic hair dye mother loses her fight for life ;she used L’Oreal Preference
Narinder Devi – hair dye allergy killed mother; she used Movida shade 55 by Laboratoire Garnier
Tabatha McCourt, 17 year old girl dies after extreme hair dye reaction
Lauren Thomas – severe allergic reaction to home hair dye kit
Carmen Rowe – severe reaction to hair dye; she used Clairol’s Nice n’ Easy black hair dye
Rachel Dowley nearly died from using home hair dye ; she used L’Oreal Garnier Herbashine
Zoe Vernon used Boots Permanent Colour
Chloe Robins feared she would die after reaction to hair dye
Stacy Ditrola PPD hair dye horror as her face swelled up ; she used L’Oreal Chcocolate brown
Mariade Kelly hospitalised for 3 days after allergic reaction to hair dye almost killed her; she used L’Oreal Garnier Nutrisse Black
Claire Godwin wins payout in hair dye allergy case
Melanie Kenny suffered extreme reaction to hair dye
Carla Harris suffers reaction to home hair dye
The list goes on…search for hair dye allergy and look at the images; but isn’t this enough? A real danger exists – be careful.
Who to contact about a PPD Hair Dye Reaction
If you have sufferred a PPD reaction or you know someone who has had a PPD reaction, make sure you/ they see a GP and contact the Hair Dye Incident Board : www.hdib.org.
Key facts from the 10th Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis,Strasbourg (Sept.2010):
- Only 20% of hair dye allergy is reported
- There is an increase in the incidence of allergy as a result of increased exposure to hair dye
- Black henna tattoos are significant contributors to the increase in allergy
- PPD is sufficient to detect contact allergies to hair dyes ( Proctor & Gamble /Wella)
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO USE A PPD HAIR DYE, AND YOU’RE NOT SURE, GET TESTED BY A DERMATOLOGIST FOR PPD ALLERGY! DO A SKIN ALLERGY TEST TO PREDICT CONTACT DERMATITIS TO HAIR DYES.
Ammonia Free Hair Dyes & Colours:
“PPD remains a key ingredient in ammonia free hair dye”.
“1 in 3 Colourstart customers don’t know the difference between an irritant and an allergen. UK audiences will see more big budget TV and press advertising ammonia free hair colours. A worrying poll of Colourstart salons leads us to fear that this product may be misinterpreted by salons as being less likely to cause allergy. This is not true. Ammonia is an irritant and can burn anyone if used incorrectly. PPD is an allergen and this can cause allergy, even if it is used correctly during application, that’s why salons are asked to conduct a patch test.”
Here’s an example of an ammonia free hair dye with PPD
DANIEL FIELD NATURAL COLOURS – EBONY
A rich brown/black shade.
Long lasting rich colour for 100% coverage of every trace of grey.
Free from Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonia. Conditioning and Colour in one.
Sodium Perborate, Sodium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, m-Aminophenol Sulfate, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, p-Aminophenol Sulfate, p-Toluenediamine Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
Cancer & Hair Dyes
Have you suffered a PPD reaction to Chemical Hair Dye or so called “Black Henna” and is it possible to react to Henna and Indigo?
I didn’t realise there was such an army of you out there. I’ve been receiving mails from so many people who have suffered a PPD reaction – it’s astounding. First of all, I’m so sorry you’ve sufferred the ordeal of a hair dye reaction. I know you’re desperate to try something natural without PPD so you can colour your hair again, and maybe you’ve gone entirely grey by now and are totally fed up with it. Pure henna and indigo hair dyes are probably just the answer you’ve been waiting for and I would encourage you to go ahead and try my products. PPD and henna have no family ties whatsoever and are totally unrelated, so if you’ve reacted to PPD it doesn’t mean you’re barred from natural plant dyes like pure henna & indigo but it does mean you must definitely steer clear of metallic salt compound / or pre-mixed hennas which may contain PPD dye. Always read the ingredients. If it says 100% lawsonia inermis (henna) and 100% indigofera tinctoria (indigo) and nothing else, then it’s safe to assume it’s safe. Otherwise, give it a miss. And if it says nothing, pass it by ! These days it’s way too risky to try out a pack of something that doesn’t tell you exactly what is in it. If you’ve suffered a PPD reaction, it is in fact highly likely that my products will work wonderfully for you. See the testimonials from others who have suffered PPD reactions and who have used this product successfully : GO TO RENAISSANCE HENNA NATURAL HAIR DYE FEEDBACK for customer testimonials. May it be a miracle for you.
On a note of caution, let me point out that anyone may react to a herbal product the same as to a synthetic chemical product. Therefore be cautious and patch test as well as strand test first. If you are at all unsure about henna and indigo then consult your doctor. You can refer your doctor to this website if you want so they can assess the product and advise you accordingly.