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).
Is hair dye safe ?
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
Coroner urges Laboratoire Garnier to check the safety of its dyes
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 Hair Colour in Ebony
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
Natalie's Ammonia Free Hair Dye Reaction
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