Why to avoid PPD in chemical hair color at all costs
While there is already much debate about conventional hair color, another argument has recently added to the controversy. Last November, a young girl testified of the dangers of PPD in chemical hair color. The student developed a horrendous allergy that left her disfigured. We don’t want to frighten you, but a paraphenylenediamine allergy can be fatal. Below, we explain why it’s important to avoid this allergenic ingredient at all costs and to opt for a natural hair color instead.
What is PPD in chemical hair color?
Paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, is an allergenic ingredient found in most chemical hair colors. It’s simple: take a look at the INCI list of supermarkets and you’ll notice that PPD is everywhere. PPD is mainly used in hair dye for darker hair colors and allows the coloring agent to penetrate deeply for longer-lasting results. To illustrate just how problematic this allergenic substance is, in 2006, PPD in chemical hair color was named “Allergen of the Year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Despite being banned in cosmetics, PPD is still permitted in hair dye at a rate of 4 to 6% of the total preparation – which is unbelievable!
Beware! PPD in chemical colors hides under different names, including 1,4-Diaminobenzene, Developer 12, Fur Black 41866 and p-Aminoaniline… Unfortunately, the list goes on for long. You can find a full list of all the different names of paraphenylenediamine at www.chemotechnique.se
Important risks of PPD in chemical hair color
It’s due to the regular use of PPD in chemical hair colors that hairdressers and clients develop allergies or more serious health problems. This crops up in the form of eczema on the face and scalp. But that’s not all! It causes more harm: damaged scalp, itching or even burning. Once an allergy to paraphenylenediamine develops, it’s there for life. Be sure not to continue with your coloring treatments once you’ve discovered your allergy to PPD in chemical hair color. You risk developing severe eczema with edema, which may require hospitalization. You don’t want to end up with a swollen head like a balloon, nor do you want to risk your life. Many hairdressers are forced to quit their profession following such problematic allergies to paraphenylenediamine.
Opt for more authentic natural hair color
Thankfully, there are many solutions to avoiding paraphenylenediamine. At This Green, we strive to meet the needs of each individual. That’s why we’ve developed natural hair colors suitable for all audiences. This Green’s natural hair color is, therefore, the ideal solution for people who are allergic to PPD and ammonia, as well as for women who are pregnant or for people who are receiving chemotherapy. In fact, the pigments gently coat the hair fiber without attacking them. In addition, natural hair color doesn’t irritate the scalp and provides your hair with shine. Composed of water and plant-based powders, natural hair color respects both the hairdressers’ and clients’ health.