hair-dye-allergy.jpg Though dyeing hair was traditionally used to look young, it is no longer so. Today, hair is dyed for fun. Not only adults but also children are getting into the game of streaking and dyeing. As a result, there are now more people suffering from associated allergic reactions. According to a 1992 survey, 13 per cent of female high school students, 6 per cent of women in their 20s and 2 per cent of men in their 20s used hair dyes. By 2001, it increased to 41%, 85%, and 33%, respectively.

Safety Concerns
a. Most hair dyes contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and other related agents responsible for allergic reactions.
b. Such products can lead to dermatitis on the face and cause facial swelling.
c. PPD was banned in Germany, France and Sweden because of this.
d. Current European Union legislation states that hair dyes should contain just 6 per cent of PPD.
e. Severe hair dye reaction has been reported even among children.
f. Allergic people, at times, continue to use these products despite having problems.
g. It poses a serious health risk.