These Hair Dyes May Be Giving You Cancer
They’re dangerous compounds that can cause cancer. The EU banned them in the early 1990s because of their link to bladder cancer alone. But experts were warning of the dangers of these deadly compounds as far back as the 1970s.
That’s when about 90% of commercial hair dyes contained these carcinogens.1 These chemicals are supposed to be gone from most cosmetics…
But not according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. It reveals that 98% of hair color and bleaching products contain moderate to high-hazard chemicals.2 And a new study proves how much of a threat they still are…especially in the United States.
Researchers in Sweden wanted to investigate the connection between hair dye use and cancer risk. They looked at lifestyle data from female non-smokers. This included 295 hairdressers, 32 hair dye users, and 60 controls.
Hairdressers had up to 81% more o-Toluidine (o-T)—a toxic carcinogen—in their blood than women who didn’t use hair dyes. But the highest levels of o-T in hairdressers were only 10% higher than those of the women using these products.3
This means women who are frequently dyeing their own hair may be at almost as great a risk… And the danger for women in the U.S. could be even greater.
The FDA regulates cosmetics—like hair dye—in the U.S. But they don’t actually approve each ingredient in every product. Which, of course, makes absolutely no sense. Not only that, but the FDA got its power to regulate cosmetics back in the 1930s. Yet some of these older, dangerous ingredients didn’t make their banned list. In fact, some of them are still being used today.4
And if this study is any indication, one of those ingredients must be o-T.
The CDC classifies o-T as an occupational carcinogen. They link it to bladder cancer… But it may also cause damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart, and blood.5 Speaking of blood, this same class of chemicals may increase your risk for leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.6
This is just the first study of its kind… Which is frightening when you consider the carcinogenic link to these chemicals began more than 40 years ago.7 But you don’t need to wait for more research to start protecting yourself.
If you use hair dyes, your best bet is to avoid these chemical additives. You can do this by using organic hair dyes. But if you insist on traditional dyes, make sure to take extra precautions.
Avoid getting it directly on your scalp. Always wear gloves when applying. You should also make sure to do it in an area with good ventilation. This will help cut down the amount of chemicals you breathe in. But if you really want to help defend against cancer, you may need something more substantial…especially if you’ve been using these products for decades.
During our research, we came across several success stories from one natural treatment.
For example, Carol R., a retired schoolteacher. Carol’s cancer diagnosis came in 2009. Mainstream treatments scared her. So she went to a specialized health facility in Wichita, Kansas for this therapy.
Now she says, “Not only is the cancer gone from the inside, everything has improved…head to toe…skin, nails, hair, teeth, eyes…everything. I feel stronger than I did 20 years ago—which is amazing because I thought I was healthy then!”