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Home Remedies For Hair Dye Allergies

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Home Remedies For Hair Dye Allergies Hyderabd040-395603080 August 29, 2019

The sun’s out, and it’s the perfect time to flaunt your hair color! Now is the time to experiment with your looks, and what better way to do that than by coloring your hair? But there is a problem.

Every girl with colored hair might be familiar with the itching sensation that ensues afterward.

This can even turn out to be potentially life-threatening if not tended to. This allergic reaction is caused by the chemicals in hair color products.

How can you treat this? In this article, we will discuss certain remedies that can put your allergy woes to rest. Keep reading!

Do Hair Dye Ingredients Cause Allergies?

We use hair color products to make our hair look trendy and lustrous. But these may contain chemical ingredients that can elicit an allergic reaction (like contact dermatitis).

The primary ingredient in these products that causes this reaction is paraphenylenediamine (PPD). This is usually used in printer ink and temporary tattoo ink. Packaged hair dye is usually sold with an oxidizer that partially oxidizes PPD. This effect is what is likely to cause the allergy.

Along with PPD, another chemical compound, para toluenediamine (PTD), is added to hair dye formulations. Though PTD could be milder than PPD, even it can cause allergies.

In the following section, we will look at the signs and symptoms of such allergies.

Symptoms Of Hair Dye Allergy

The severity of your symptoms may vary. They can surface immediately or show up within 48 hours of using the hair dye.

The symptoms include:

  • Red rashes on your body
  • A stinging sensation on your scalp, face, and neck
  • Appearance of blisters
  • Swelling of the face and neck
  • Inflammation of the feet, hands, eyelids, and lips

Sometimes, you can have a severe reaction to these products. They can cause anaphylaxis, a condition characterized by fatigue, swelling of your throat, and increased difficulty in breathing. Anaphylaxis requires immediate attention, or it can turn fatal.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. Using certain home remedies can help in reducing the severity of the symptoms.

Home Remedies For Hair Dye Allergies

1. Honey

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Honey is one of the oldest used traditional remedies for skin conditions. As it possesses immunomodulatory properties, it may help in reducing the lesions and rashes associated with atopic and contact dermatitis (1).

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Sterile gauze

What You Have To Do

  1. Dab a tablespoon of honey on a sterile gauze.
  2. Using the gauze, apply it to the rashes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 3-4 times daily until the allergy heals.

2. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera has a therapeutic effect on skin conditions. It possesses wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties that can eliminate the redness and swelling associated with hair dye allergy. The plant can also promote faster healing (2).

You Will Need

Aloe vera leaf or gel

What You Have To Do

  1. Take about half a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and apply it to the rashes.
  2. Leave it on overnight and rinse off the next morning.

How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this daily.

3. Jojoba Oil

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Jojoba oil is used for its anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties that help heal the inflamed lesions associated with hair dye allergies. The oil is also rich in wax esters that can help repair the skin affected by dermatoses (3).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of jojoba oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Heat a tablespoon of jojoba oil mixed with a carrier oil (like olive oil).
  2. Apply this to your scalp and other affected areas.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash in the morning.

How Often You Should Do This

You can apply this oil at least 2 times a week.

4. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is widely used as a remedy for skin irritation. It possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help decrease the inflammation, redness, and pain usually associated with allergies (4).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to your scalp.
  2. Leave it on overnight and wash your hair thoroughly with a shampoo the next morning.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a week.

5. Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the swelling and rashes caused by contact dermatitis (a possible reaction to hair dyes) (5).

You Will Need

  • A few drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Heat the mixture of tea tree oil and jojoba oil in a saucepan.
  2. Apply this warm oil mixture to the rashes.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash in the morning with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a week.

6. Peppermint

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Peppermint is an herb that can be used to treat the allergic reaction caused by hair dyes. The herb possesses antipruritic properties that can eliminate the itchy, red, and scaly rashes associated with the allergy (6).

You Will Need

  • 1 cup of water
  • A handful of peppermint leaves

What You Have To Do

  1. Heat a cup of water and add the peppermint leaves.
  2. Set the mixture aside for a while and let it cool.
  3. Apply it to the rashes and wash after 20 minutes.

How Often Should You Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

7. Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel contains bioactive compounds, such as tannins and proanthocyanidins. These exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and may help eliminate the redness, swelling, and itchiness associated with allergies (7).

You Will Need

Witch hazel extract

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a sterile Q-tip and dab witch hazel extract onto it.
  2. Apply this extract to the rash and leave it to dry.
  3. Once dried, wash with plain water.

How Often Should You Do This

Apply this to the affected areas 2-3 times a day.

8. Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (8). This may help reduce the inflammation, redness, and pain caused by an allergic reaction to the PPD in hair dyes.

You Will Need

1 cup of chamomile tea

What You Have To Do

  1. Prepare a cup of chamomile tea and set it aside to cool.
  2. Use the cool mixture to wash your scalp and hair.
  3. Air dry your hair.

How Often Should You Do This

You can repeat this remedy 2-3 times a week.

9. Olive Oil

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Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and other phenolic compounds. These compounds exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that can be effective in alleviating the symptoms of hair dye allergies (3).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a tablespoon of warm olive oil to your scalp and other affected areas.
  2. Leave it on overnight and wash thoroughly with a shampoo.
  3. Alternatively, you may leave it on for about an hour and then wash with a shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2 times a week.

10. Sesame Oil

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The sesamin in sesame oil can help treat hair dye allergies (9). It has anti-inflammatory properties that can mitigate the appearance of red and itchy rashes and swelling.

You Will Need

2 tablespoons of sesame oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Lightly heat sesame oil and apply to your scalp and other affected areas.
  2. Leave it on overnight and wash thoroughly the next morning.
  3. Alternatively, you may leave it on for about an hour before washing with a shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

You could repeat this remedy 2 times a week.

These are the home remedies thatmay help treat hair dye allergies. But as we know, prevention is always better than cure. In the following section, we will tell you how you can achieve just that.

Precautions To Bear In Mind

  • Always do a patch test of the product before using it. This way, you can minimize the chances of a possible allergic reaction.
  • If you observe even the mildest allergic response to a chemical hair dye, stop using it immediately.
  • If you desire to get tattooed, make sure to check if you are allergic to the ink before getting yourself inked.
  • People allergic to PPD or PTD could also be allergic to other substances, such as benzocaine, anesthetics, etc. Hence, to avoid a mishap, keep your doctor, dentist, and hairstylist informed.

Treating hair dye allergies doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You can follow these remedies right from the comfort of your home. Use them diligently to see the results within a few weeks. If your allergy turns severe, seek immediate medical help.

Did you face hair dye allergies before? How did you treat them? Do share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment in the box below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does it take to treat a hair dye allergy?

If you have a mild allergic reaction to hair dye, it will last for 7-10 days. However, if you have a more serious case of the allergy, you might experience a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. In such cases, please seek immediate medical care.

Which hair dyes do not contain PPD?

Most semi-permanent hair dyes may not contain PPD, but almost all dyes contain PTD. Do check with your hairstylist prior to getting your hair colored.

Can hair dye make you feel sick?

Hair dye is formulated using chemical compounds that can cause skin toxicity. These can lead to an allergic reaction, and may also make you feel sick.

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