What Causes Hair Dye Allergies
Hair dyes contain chemicals, like para-phenylenediamine, which penetrate the hair shaft, binding color to it.
During this dyeing process, the chemicals inside the dye come in direct contact with the scalp skin and at times also end up penetrating the scalp skin resulting in itching or allergies. The extent of irritation or allergy depends on the duration of its application and the person’s sensitivity.
Some common symptoms of hair dye allergies are:
- Flaking (dandruff) with intense itching
- Redness all around the hair margin.
- Puffiness of the face
- Rashes on the scalp or face
If have recently dyed your hair and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is likely that you have an allergic reaction. The reaction can kick in within 2 to 3 days of dyeing your hair and can last for weeks.
Remedies To Soothe Hair Dye Allergies
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil has strong penetrative and antibacterial properties. It will help heal your scalp and skin from the inside. Process: Apply the coconut oil to your scalp and hair. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes. Optionally, you could leave it in overnight. Wash it out with cool/lukewarm water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
- Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is known for its healing properties and has been used in medicine for a long time. It helps relieve skin inflammation and itching. Process: Take 1 cup chamomile tea. Add the ice cubes to the chamomile tea to cool the liquid. Pour this tea through washed or unwashed hair, ensuring that the tea covers your scalp and all the affected areas. Let your hair air dry.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has been in use to treat scalp conditions for centuries. It helps cleanse the affected areas and calm allergic reactions. Process: Spread the aloe vera gel over the affected areas with your fingertips. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cool/lukewarm water.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe an inflamed scalp. Don’t use this remedy too frequently as it can dry your hair out. Process: In a jug, take 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and set it aside. After washing your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and a conditioner; pour the apple cider vinegar solution through your hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse your hair any further.
- Mint Leaves: Mint has a cooling effect which helps soothe and treat allergic reactions. It will also help relieve itching. Process: Boil a handful of mint leaves in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. Set it aside to cool. Once the mint tea has cooled, apply the solution to the affected areas.