PPD free Hair Colour
We can colour your hair without PPD, ammonia, resorcinol, parabens and other such chemicals. This product covers grey hair as well as any other hair colour I have used and appears to last at least as long.
We realise we cannot at the moment have effective hair colours to suit everyone without including some chemicals; our aim is to replace or remove wherever possible the chemicals that cause the most harm.
We do have a permanent hair colour that covers grey , which is 100% natural but, it is very limited in the colour choices available, stains the skin more and is much more expensive.
According to European studies PARA-PHENYLENEDIAMINE or PPD is responsible for 80% of the allergic reaction to permanent hair colour. PPD is found in 99% of permanent hair colours, this chemical is responsible for colour-fixing reaction. We can colour without this.
PPD is not the only potentially harmful chemical contained in popular hair colorant's, in fact I recently counted 31 chemicals classified as moderate to high hazard(ewg.org12/01/2012) contained in one popular hair dye (I don't use it!)
I would recommend a patch test for any colour, even PPD free colour or so called natural colour, we can be allergic to natural things as well as synthetic.
Please ask us for more information, or a consultation.
Allergy UK says "hair dye reactions rife in UK"
Allergy UK, the leading national medical charity for people with allergies, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity, says allergic reactions to hair dye products are widespread in the UK.
Lindsey McManus, Allergy UK's resident allergy expert comments: "Every week our helpline advisors speak to concerned callers who have experienced an allergic reaction or irritation after using hair colouring. We always recommend skin patch testing before using hair dye products and advise people to reduce unnecessary exposure to chemicals."
Hair dye users can experience an irritation (irritant contact dermatitis) when an area of skin is in direct contact with dye. Symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis vary from very mild to quite severe. The irritation tends to affect the scalp, neck, forehead, ears and eyelids. PPD (Paraphenylenediamine) is one of the chemicals used in permanent hair dyes (particularly dark shades), which can trigger a sensitive reaction.
People can also have an allergic reaction to the dye (allergic contact dermatitis), which can affect other areas of the body causing widespread itching, urticaria (nettlerash) and general unwellness. In serious cases, it can lead to anaphylactic shock, where the face and mouth swell up before breathing stops.
James Wood, owner of James Wood Organic Hairdressing runs an ammonia free hair salon in West Yorkshire. He only uses reduced toxic hair colourings, after he noticed his allergic symptoms to chemicals reduced when he was away from the salon. James also noticed an improvement in staff allergies such as dermatitis and asthma: "Hair colourings are the most toxic materials a hairdresser uses. We now use a naturally based hair colour containing certified organic ingredients that is much less toxic to the hairdresser and consumer."