Natalie’s Hair Dye Reaction

Natalie’s Ammonia Free Hair Dye Reaction Story

Natalie’s hair dye was free of ammonia and free of PPD, and this is how she reacted to her salon hair dye:

Natalie, Canada
Received : 21.9.07

Hi Sabrina,
My name is Natalie and this is my story….
This is what I normally look like

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I’m now, just finally recovering from a severe allergic reaction that I had to dying my hair two months ago (July 6th 2007). I had my hair coloured at a salon and they used:

Matrix Seamless Crème Demi Color: Ingredients: Aqua/Water, cetearyl alcohol, propyleneglycol, deceth-3, Laureth-12, ethanomine, oleth-30, lauric acid, glycol distearate, ployquaternium-6, hexadimethrine chloride, silica dimethyl silyate, resorcinol, tolune-2, 5-diamine, pentasodium penteate, parfum/fragrance, sodium metabisulfite, polyquaternium-22, carbomer, mica, erythorbic acid, benzylsalicylate, CI 77891/Titanium dioxide, m-Aminophenol, prunus armeniaca/apricot kernel oil, prunus perisca/peach kernel oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, 2,4-diaminophenoxyethanol HCI, hydroxybenzomorpholine, linalool, 2-oleamido-1, 3-octadecanediol

Hours after colouring I was itching and scratching like crazy and the next day my scalp was one weeping mess … oozing clear and yellow liquid as well as blood. I went straight to hospital emergency and I was hospitalized for 3 days. I was plugged into an iv to get double doses of steroids and Benedryl. My face completely blew up, my forehead pushed out…I was completely unrecognizable. I was on heart attack and stroke watch and my entire right hand side of my body was numb for 3 days. The Dr’s in the hospital said that if this was to ever happen again I would have severe permanent consequences. The swelling changed position/shifted throughout my face over the 3 day period depending on the cocktail of drugs I was on…

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After I was released from hospital I was on:

– 10 steroid tablets a day for 10 days
– 4 X Benedryl a day for 10 days
– 1 X Reactine a day for 10 days
– 1 X Zantac a day for 10 days
– 1 X Extra Strength Advil a day for 10 days

By the end of the 10 days I could not think/hold a normal conversation and could not write my name on forms at the doctors office.

After 10 days, I stopped taking Benedryl and Reactine and Advil…but told to continue with the Steroids and the Zantac but I was then given a new prescription to wean me off of the steroids (otherwise I was told my face would blow up again which it did while weaning down!).

In all, I was on steroids for 2 months and my whole body both physically and mentally has broken down. Although I am starting to feel better…I look horrible. My hair has turned mousy brown again … I’m greyer than ever. I’ve gained weight and I’m depressed. I’m unbelievably moody so I’m either acting like a Rotweiller dog that hasn’t been fed in weeks or I cry at the drop of a hat.

I can’t believe I am even considering coloring my hair again but I am 39 and will be even more depressed if I start looking old due to graying hair colour. Long term … I need to find a solution so I can get on with my life and feel good about myself again.

I clearly CAN NOT RISK another allergic reaction. I am clearly allergic to diaminophenoxyethanol … this is listed in the ingredients on the Matrix product pack. Re: The PPD part I’m not clear on what other ingredients I am allergic to. I’m thinking these ingredients that were in the product I used: hydroxybenzomorpholine and m-Aminophenol are the names that come up associated with/tied to PPD:

  • 4-Benzenediamine
  • 1,4-Benzenediamine
  • para-Diaminobenzene (p-Diaminobenzene)
  • para-Aminoaniline (p-Aminoaniline)

In any case, I’m wondering if (a) I’ll be able to use your product without risk and (b) if I’ll be able to figure out how to properly mix it/put it on my hair (I failed miserably when I attempted to colour my own hair at home. I got more on the carpet then I did on my head).

My hair is thin, dry, medium brown with grey (lots now!) and I normally dyed it dark auburn brown/red. I like it dark with red, not just red or bright red.

Can you help me????

Let me know.

I did find a salon in town here that says they use Organic Hair colours/dyes. I’m contemplating going to them for a consultation and a patch test… I truly hate the idea of having to do this myself but I’m soooooooo weary about using a salon product again. They say they use: Goldwell, BES, Clariol and Aveda products… I haven’t looked into these too much since I’m assuming they’ll have bad bits in them.

Anyway thanks for listening to my story. Hopefully you can help…recommend what of yours…something else to use I hope!!!

Thanks so much,
Natalie