Hair Dye Dangers

If you dye your hair regularly, you need to read this! Aromatic amines are compounds found in the coal tars and coal tar pitches used to make hair dyes, especially darker permanent dyes, in salon hair colors. These compounds have been shown to mutate DNA, cause cancer in animals, and an increasing number of studies have linked long-time hair dye use in humans with cancer, including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple melanoma.

Women who use permanent hair dyes at least once a month are more than twice as likely to develop bladder cancer than their non-hair-dying counterparts. If you don’t want to stop dying your hair and enjoy darker hair colors, think about natural and safe alternatives or henna.

Although there is less risk from lighter hair dyes, you might still want to be careful. Try to color your hair as few times as possible. Protect your health—your wallet will thank you too!

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