A group of British scientists have discovered that some of the most common hair dyes in the world are full of chemicals linked to certain cancer types. They are warning us that the hair dyes we use at home or at the hair saloons can cause serious health problems.
They explain that these harmful chemicals from hair dyes can react with pollutants like tobacco smoke, resulting in powerful carcinogenic compounds.
More than one third of women and almost 1 in 10 men dye their hair regularly, it is very important to warn as much people as possible about the health risk. But the manufacturers of this cosmetic products are opposing this claim, because it`s not in their interest.
Scientists from the Leeds-based company called green Chemicals and their studies and reviews regarding the dangers of using hair dyes, made a connection between cancer development and using this product.
Hair dyes contain chemicals, known as secondary amine, are present in the dye from the beginning or they form later. They can penetrate very deep into the skin, where they stay for very long.
In time, they react with tobacco smoke or some other pollutant, resulting in dangerous chemicals called N-nitrosamines, which are very poisonous.
The most common cancer types linked to hair dyes are breast, brain, and bladder cancer, leukemia as well. Also, there are many people allergic to these chemicals, so even fatal consequences are possible.
There are some safer alternative which can replace the carcinogenic dyes. For example, coffee mixture can get you the desired hair color, plus it stimulates hair growth. This is proven by a scientific study, which was published in the International Journal of Dermatology, in 2007.
- Use only organic coffee because the non-organic one usually contains chemicals
- Prepare the coffee in the usual was and let it cool
- Mix a cup of cold coffee with 2 cups of some natural conditioner and 2 tablespoons of organic coffee grounds
- Apply the mixture on your hair and leave it for 1 hour.
Shampoo your hair and pour some coffee over it. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with apple cider vinegar.
If you don`t get the wanted results from the first time, repeat the procedure for a few days more.