Good To Know
- Opt for lighter shades over dark browns and blacks as they (generally) have a higher concentration of chemicals in them.
- Avoid permanent hair colour as they’re the most toxic and opt whenever possible for semi-permanent and temporary colours instead.
- Look for natural brands of hair colour that use henna, herbal dyes and vegetable dyes as primary ingredients as these are likely to be much less toxic than the average hair colour.
- If you have sensitive skin or suffer from allergies choose hair salons that offer chemical-free, odour-free and herbal colourants as these tend to be less toxic.
- To date, there have been fatalities linked to hair colourants. Narinder Devi, from England, died in August 2002 of anaphylactic shock a few hours after she used a store bought permanent hair dye product. Her death is still under investigation to see if the dye was responsible for the fatal allergic reaction.
- Hairdressers or barbers in contact with hair dyes have five times the risk of developing cancer than those who are not in regular contact with dyes.
For more on Hair colourants go to Celeb Styles magazine with Guiliana on the cover pages 26 to 29.