There have been concerns for years that chemical hair dyes and straighteners cause health problems in women.
Pregnant women have long been told to avoid hair dyes. But the cosmetic industry and the FDA insisted there was no evidence these products are dangerous.
A major new study changes that.
Scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences followed the hair-product use of 46,709 women for eight years.
The data showed that women who regularly used hair dye had up to a 60% higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Women who used hair straighteners had a 30% higher risk.
Hair products are chock full of chemicals—more than 5,000. Some can damage DNA. Others disrupt the body’s endocrine system.
Dr. Dale Sandler was the study co-author. He said that avoiding these chemicals “might be one more thing women can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer.”
Don’t Let Hair Products Give You Cancer
The American Cancer Society has these suggestions for safely using hair dye:
- Thoroughly rinse your scalp after use.
- Always wear protective gloves when applying dye.
- Be sure not to leave the dye on your head longer than indicated in the directions.
- Don’t mix different hair dye products.
5 Non-Toxic Hair Dyes and Straighteners
Just because a hair dye is labeled as “organic” or “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe. They often contain the same chemicals regular brands do. An exception is henna hair dye.
Henna dye is non-toxic. It’s made from the henna plant by grinding the leaves into a paste.
Conventional hair dyes contain preservatives like paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and parabens. They are allergenic and can cause dermatitis, vertigo, and asthma. They swell and penetrate hair shafts, change their biological composition, and damage them.
But henna is actually good for hair. It strengthens and conditions it. Henna can stimulate hair growth and strengthen the scalp.
Henna hair dyes are available from online retailers and many hair salons.
Other coloring options include:
- Hairprint True Color Restorer. It isn’t a dye. It’s a protein treatment that restores natural pigments to cover gray hair. It’s mainly made from plant extracts and baking soda. Note: It only works for natural light brown to dark hair. It won’t restore color to blonde or red hair.
- Madison Reed Permanent Hair Dye. This product follows European Union regulations. That means it has no PPDs, parabens, ammonia, or other toxic chemicals.
Non-chemical hair straightening treatments include:
- Agave nectar. Combine ¼ cup of agave nectar, two tablespoons of olive oil, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your hair and comb it through to the ends. Cover your hair with a hot towel or plastic cap. Wait 15 minutes, then shampoo and rinse with warm water.
- Aloe leaves. Slice three aloe leaves down the middle. Scoop out the pulp with a spoon. Mix the pulp with two tablespoons of water. Apply to your hair. Wait about 15 minutes before shampooing and rinsing.
You can get agave nectar and aloe leaves from grocery and health food stores, or online.
With the natural choices available, you can effectively dye or straighten your hair without the threat of raising your cancer risk.
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