Allergic Reactions

Allergic Reactions to Hair Dye Can Cause Death and Have Killed People.

Allergic reactions to hair dye are documented here : BMJ Articles on PPD Hair Dyes.

Read on for a list of names of people who have died or suffered horrific injury from hair dye.

What is PPD?

PPD stands for paraphenlyene diamene. PPD is 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).

Is hair dye safe ?

Hair Dye can kill ! Tragically, young women have died from allergic reactions to hair dye

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

Coroner urges Laboratoire Garnier to check the safety of its dyes

Tabatha McCourt, 17 year old girl dies after extreme hair dye reaction

Lauren Thomassevere 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  allergic reactions to hair dye or  PPD Hair Dye Reaction

If you have sufferred a PPD reaction or you know someone who has had a PPD allergic reaction to hair dye, make sure you/ they see a GP and contact the Hair Dye Incident Board :


Key facts from the 10th Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis,Strasbourg (Sept.2010):

  • Only 20% of allergic reactions to hair dye 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)



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 Hair Colour in 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

Natalie’s Ammonia Free Hair Dye Reaction

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Have you suffered an allergic reaction to hair dye or so called “Black Henna” and is it possible to react to Henna and Indigo?

Pure henna and indigo hair dyes are probably just the answer you’ve been waiting for. 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, steer clear.  If you’ve suffered a PPD reaction,  GO TO RENAISSANCE HENNA NATURAL HAIR DYE FEEDBACK for customer testimonials. Renaissance henna natural hair dye is used successfully by PPS allergy patients.


Is henna safe?

Anyone may react to a herbal product the same as to a synthetic chemical product. Therefore  patch test and strand test first. If you are at all unsure about henna and indigo then consult your doctor or dermatologist.