5 Dangers of Dyeing Gray Hair
OT TAKE: Dyeing your hair sacrifices your hair’s health, particularly if you’re dyeing gray hair or white hair. That is a loaded statement. You may be thinking, “Now, hold on, I’ve seen a dime a dozen people who dye their gray hair. Surely, there’s no harm in it?”
You would be right. However, you would be doing yourself a disservice. You deserve to equip yourself with the knowledge on what dyeing your hair may do to your glorious mane.
Unlike natural hair, gray hair is more resistant to color because of its texture. Gray hair lacks natural oils, making it a rougher surface for colors to stick. This is exacerbated as we grow older and because of that, you’ll require more hair dye.
Doing that, however, risks the following:
1. Loss of Hair Strength
Overreliance on hair dye can cause your hair to lose its texture. It is the opposite result the graying man intends to seek. The chemicals involved in hair dyes separate cuticle scales and reduce your hair's moisture. This leaves your hair dry and brittle.
2. Less Ability for Your Hair to Handle Heat Styling
Due to the loss of hair strength above, any chance of styling you would wish to achieve via heating becomes a danger to your hair. Blow dryers, hot curlers, and the like, now pose a threat to your hair which has lost its elasticity. The heat will change the shape of your hair’s keratin strands, which unfortunately is not reversible.
3. Reduced Hair Thickness
The use of hair dyes weakens the hair shaft to the extent that it accelerates thinning. This in turn may lead to hair loss. Furthermore, most dyes have ingredients which can also cause hair breakage.
4. Allergic Reactions
Many hair dyes contain a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which is a known irritant and allergen. Some people are prone to a skin reaction called contact dermatitis, which results in the skin becoming red, dry, and irritated.
If you’re not careful, the chemicals in hair dyes can lead to conjunctivitis if it makes contact with your eyes. In other cases, it causes inflammation and severe discomfort.
There are studies which show that even alternative semi-permanent dyes such as henna are still detrimental to your hair. It can damage the cuticle layer of the hair, rendering it more brittle. Furthermore, you may also experience contact dermatitis and skin irritation. This is particularly so if you’re allergic to any of the compounds or ingredients in henna ink.
This doesn’t mean that you are without options however.
There are measures that you can undertake to protect your hair. Limiting heat styling, for example, can prevent further damage to your hair by reducing its exposures to unhealthy temperatures. Additionally, you can utilize thermal heat protectant lotions or sprays beforehand to mitigate its effects. Allowing time to pass between hair dyeing appointments can also reduce further hair damage.
Moreover, instead of using products that can damage your hair, there are alternatives for natural hair blackening.
Massaging coconut oil onto your hair and scalp; eating a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger mixed with honey, and massaging your hair with ghee, are all home remedies reported to assuage premature gray hair or retain hair color. Traditional Chinese medicines such as fo-ti are also reported to reverse the hair graying process.
The Grayverse Hair Blackening Regime developed by Haestic Malaysia can help reverse and promote hair blackening. In it, you’ll find a set of products formulated with rich components that boosts your hair’s health. The keratin hydrolysate, naturally pigmented with melanin, and folic acid can help significantly darken gray hair and revitalize hair health.