Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hair Dye Ingredients Concern (news)


At Steiner's salon on London's Grosvenor Street, a 16 year old trainee mixes hair dye

I've been reading quite a bit about the European Union's issues over a number of hair dye ingredients; ingredients that have long given some outspoken scientists such as Dr Ian White cause for concern.  I say, what took them so long?  But bearing in mind the E.U. is ahead of most other continents when it comes to protecting consumers, we should probably just breathe a sigh of relief that some of the most concerning hair dye ingredients are probably going to be restricted.  When this will happen is unclear, and how comprehensive the restrictions will be won't be revealed for a while yet.

You see, while I am an avid hair dye-er (and have been for years), I'm not at all comfortable with the chemicals and damage dye can do.  Yes, there are some more natural colourants on the market, but their performance is far poorer than the regular colourants, and I speak from experience here.  Even then, these more natural dyes still contain some concerning ingredients so you can never truly be safe with hair colour - unless you stay your natural colour.

So why go to all that effort?  A fresh colour can make you look younger and more vibrant, your hair can - if you care for it properly - look shinier, thicker and more full of life.  Dye can form part of a makeover, which is something many of us feel we need every now and then to stay looking modern, avoid boredom or begin a fresh start after a break-up.

These are some of the ingredients that will be restricted in due course: 1,4-Benzenediamine (HC Blue No 5), 1,3-Benzenediol, 2-Methyl, 2,5-Diaminotoluene Sulphate, Dichloromethane, 1,2,4-Trihydroxybenzene, 5-Amino-6-Chloro-O-Cresol, 2,2 Methylenebis-4-Aminophenol HCl4-Amino and Basic Brown 16.  Keep an eye out for them on current packets of hair dye, and avoid!

Forgot to mention...

Out of all the hair dyes we've tested here at Beauty Insignia only one contains one of the ingredients mentioned above:  Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Colour Innovation – 4.6 Deep Red which contains 5-Amino-6-Chloro-O-Cresol.

Whereas...

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour – Radiant Red 5R Medium Red Brown, L'Oréal Paris Sublime Mousse Permanent Foam Colour – 740 Flaming Copper and Just For Men Shampoo-In Haircolour – Natural Dark Brown-Black  don't contain any of them!
1,4-benzenediamine (HC Blue No 5), 1,3-benzenediol and 2-methyl, 2,5-diaminotoluene sulphate - See more at: http://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/European_Union_to_restrict_more_hair_dye_ingredients/89224#sthash.ApbGA9zI.dpuf
1,4-benzenediamine (HC Blue No 5), 1,3-benzenediol and 2-methyl, 2,5-diaminotoluene sulphate - See more at: http://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/European_Union_to_restrict_more_hair_dye_ingredients/89224#sthash.ApbGA9zI.dpuf
1,4-benzenediamine (HC Blue No 5), 1,3-benzenediol and 2-methyl, 2,5-diaminotoluene sulphate - See more at: http://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/European_Union_to_restrict_more_hair_dye_ingredients/89224#sthash.ApbGA9zI.dpuf
1,4-benzenediamine (HC Blue No 5), 1,3-benzenediol and 2-methyl, 2,5-diaminotoluene sulphate - See more at: http://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/European_Union_to_restrict_more_hair_dye_ingredients/89224#sthash.ApbGA9zI.dpuf

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