A recent scientific study has revealed some very alarming results with respect to using hair dyes.
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Yes, this study clearly shows that regular use of non-natural hair dyes over a long period of time, or in a professional capacity, can lead to cancer.
Here’s what it said:
“Epidemiologic studies have revealed an association between occupational exposure to hair dyes and incidence of cancers. Several cohort and case-studies have shown increased risk of bladder cancer among hairdressers and barbers who are occupationally exposed to hair dyes. It has been reported that there is a statistically significant and a dose-dependent association between hair dyeing and risk of ovarian cancer.
Women with prolonged use of dark, particularly black, hair dyes may have increased risk of fatal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma (Murata, et al., 2006)”.
[The above are the first two paragraphs of the study by Murata and colleagues, which provides an alarming set of information that every one who uses non-natural hair dyes should be aware of.]
The chemicals associated with these non-natural hair care products are dangerous and potentially life threatening. This study has many implications and should be distributed as widely as possible, because many men and women use these types of products without the knowledge that they may be causing themselves long-term health problems.
Natural hair care products used to dye hair do not contain these toxic chemicals and while natural hair dyes may not be as easy to use and may not last as long as some of their toxic counter-parts, the reduction in risk to one’s health has to be worth the extra effort – if indeed there is extra effort involved.
The warnings however, should not stop there. Hair shampoos and conditioners manufactured by many leading cosmetic companies still contain ingredients such as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and other potentially harmful ingredients, yet there are no warnings on the packets or labels to make consumers aware of any potential dangers. These types of chemicals, SLS, Parabens, Formaldehydes, MIT’s, etc., should be avoided at all cost.
It is true, that in some cases, for example parabens, the scientist still do not agree whether these are indeed carcinogenic or not, but as I am not a gambler, my suggestion is, better not to use them in the first place, then find out later that they are…
Similarly, although there is a shift toward using natural, safe ingredients in skin care products, there are still manufactures that will use non-natural ingredients which have not been sufficiently tested for their safety. Here too, it is wise to be cautious and err on the side of ‘rather safe, then sorry’, by choosing truly natural skin care products over others.
Let’s have a look at a typical body moisturizing lotion. The following ingredients are contained in a well known brand of skin care products: