THE SECRET DANGERS OF HAIR COLORING
Knowing that consumers have become savvy to the dangers of chemicals in hair dye, manufacturers have gone all-out in their attempts to green wash their products. Don’t be fooled! Just because the name of a product may sound ‘green and clean’ doesn’t mean it is. Some of the worst offenders? L’Oreal Natural Match(the ‘natural’ refers to your original hair color, but could easily be misinterpreted); Garnier HerbaShine (yes, it contains bamboo and has no ammonia, but is not without high levels of peroxide without buffers. Clairol Natural Instincts(again, ammonia free, but packed with other harmful chemicals.
However, it should be noted that permanent dark colors would almost always have some PPDs. In America, the legal maximum is 2%; brands that really try hard to be natural (such as those below) could contain as little as .06%.
It’s up to you to decide whether or not to use permanent dyes, but keep this in mind: pregnant women are strongly advised not to color their hair, and the Environmental Working Group found that 69% of hair-dye products they tested for their Deep database may pose cancer risks. A 1994 National Cancer Institute reportstates dark dyes used over long periods of time seem to increase the risk of cancers such as lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Despite all the potential dangers, in America, the FDA doesn’t regulate hair dye ingredients (synthetic or natural) at all.
You should be aware that all permanent colors will always use some chemicals; choosing the one that is the least damaging and most natural really is a case of using the best information you have to do so.
But never fear – I’ve done the research and selected best and most natural hair color around.
My favorite with top models and celebrities, this Australian brand was one of the first to produce professional grade ammonia and non at all, resorcinol and PPD free permanent hair color making it gentle on hair, scalp and hands. In fact, they call their formula CCT™–Clean Color Technology. This delivers clean, lustrous blondes, bright fashion shades and lasting, vibrant colors while completely and gently covering grey.
MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA