Hair dye has become a fashion trend that almost everyone tries at least once in their life. In order to keep up with the latest trends, people everywhere risk the health of their hair with harmful chemicals. The main issue, though, is that most are unaware of how dangerous using hair dye really can be for your hair.
When hair is dyed, many dyes use ammonia to make sure the color actually works. This ammonia is harmful to hair because it lifts the cuticle—something that is not meant to be lifted. This makes your hair cuticle much more weak and more susceptible to damage. Bleach is another common substance that people use to make sure the hair dye they use has optimum results. Bleach, however, also lifts up your hair cuticle in order to work. This essentially is changing the structure of your hair. Every time you use heat to style your hair after its dyed, you are causing breakage to occur.
Another harmful component of hair dye is peroxide. Peroxide is what destroys your natural hair color so that the new color can actually dye your hair. Peroxide often dries out the hair, which is obviously not good for your hairs health.
When you leave the hair dye mixture in your hair, it is penetrating into your stands to change the color. The longer you leave it in, the longer your cuticle is lifted, thus allowing more damage to occur.
A more rare form of damage is the risk of allergic reaction. While many people do not have this problem, it is still very serious and should not be taken lightly. It is important to do a test for safe coloring. This is very easy to do, all you have to do is test a small amount of the dye somewhere on your wrist or behind you ear and wait to see if any reaction occurs. The whole process of hair dying can be risky and damaging to your hair, causes breakage and split ends.