I only use henna.
you may want to check out that Henna site's allergy page...informative and has links to other resources on allergies to PPDs in hair dyes...
Not sure if your itchy reaction to the Miss C. was from peanut/tree nut exposure. I've used the Natural Instincts before with no reaction (and I am proven skin/contact sensitive to peanuts and tree nuts)
Good luck! These days I save my pennies and go to a salon, but I love what my stylist does with the color...so it's worth it for me (my only splurge really!)
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy
Aye, I'm sensitive/allergic to PPD. Fortunately, I found out via chemical patch test before I dyed my hair. My allergist said it was one of the worst reactions he'd ever seen and that I'd probably have had major problems if I'd tried to dye my hair.
My chemical sensitivities are a major reason why I stick to henna.
Compound henna isn't pure henna. It's sometimes found in drugstores and health food stores labeled as "natural henna dye". It contaisn metallic dyes which aren't at all good to use in coordination with previously dyed hair/henna.
If you buy *pure* henna from a vendor at hennaforhair (they sell sample packs) or a local Indian market, it should be free of metallic salts which could react with your pre-existing dye. I buy mine (cheap) from the local Indian market.
Always do a strand test! Take hair from your brush, mix up the dye (messy) and apply. Let sit for a couple hours, rinse out, and wait for it to dry.
I use Loreal Color Expert with no problem.I do the coloring and my DH or DD so the highlighting part for me.I did call to check the ingredients.I started coloring my own hair after a bad salon reaction.It turns out the haircolor contained walnut oil.My scalp and face felt like they were tingly and falling asleep (like when your foot falls asleep).Nothing terrible, but it really shook me up.I don't know why I hadn't thought to ask about the ingredients ahead of time.
Yes, East Indian. You buy the powder. Mix it with boiling water and some lemon juice or red wine. Let it sit until the dye is released.
There's loads of information at the site listed above.
hey AnnaMarie - I was also thinking henna. However I don't know how well it covers grey hairs. Have you ever heard of the store Lush? There is one at the Eaton Centre, or at Square One in Mississauga. I thought there was one on Eglinton but it seems not. Also conveniently located in the airport in case you're on the run [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
If you want, check out [url="http://www.ca.lush.com"]www.ca.lush.com[/url] and go to Haircare/Hair Hennas - they have a "subtle coffee coloured one" Ingredients are listed but you probably would still want to inquire before buying some, this is not cheap stuff!
Ingredients for the brown henna:
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Ingredients: Black Henna (Indigofera tinctoria), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Ground Coffee, Nettle Powder (Urtica dioica), Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Perfume.
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Ingredients for the brown henna:
Oohhh! This sounds promising. I had a sulfite reaction (anaphylactoid) to hair dye a couple of years ago. Haven't found commercial dyes without it.
Ok, (name edited out by office), you be the guinea pig. And if it doesn't turn out, well there's always Halloween next week. [url="http://www.thesmilies.com"][/url]
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I once used one of these mixes on my hair...I wanted to add a little touch of red/auburn...it turned my hair a purplish pink color...After washing it probably a dozen times and I got my hubby to go get me 2 boxs of Miss Clairol Nice & Easy Dark Brown (which I will now have to check for peanut oil) to try and fix it...it made it better, but it still had a purple tint til it grew out...it was pretty much fried too, I cut it off to chin length...
Hi! I had a severe reaction to hair dyes--even after doing a 3 day patch test!! The reaction started after I added water to "lather and rinse" the dye. Red scalp and severe hives reaching down to my face and neck. Downed a few chugs of Benadryl, which abated it, and sat at the emergency room for observation. It could've been fragrance or sulfites, I don't know. I am getting some "nice" platinum (gray) streaks which people tell me "work" for me, but, I find it a little dismaying.
The henna idea appealed to me until I read one of the ingredients was nettles. I am allergic to them, so, guess I'll stay au naturale and work on the wrinkles instead!
Pure henna doesn't contain nettles. It doesn't contain any of the other useless ingredients Lush adds, either.
[url="http://flickr.com/photos/jocelyndale/183665107/"]look, mom, no festering boils![/url]
Aren't you allergic to sulfites? I seem to recall that from a previous post.
Still trying to get the nerve to try henna. Ok, my silver streaks do look very much like what they used to call "frosting," but they are starting to take over.
Nice hair color, love the pup. BIL's family has a "Scooby."
And what, no PG pics?
The preggo pics aren't flickr-worthy, mostly because my husband doesn't understand cameras. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Plus, my belly's not very big. I have to thrust it out to get it to show up. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Add in the fact that my laptop is on the fritz(and Apple had trouble getting the parts in over the last week). I should have it back soon and can upload pictures again.
Besides, the color isn't so obvious in the preggo shots. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
My hair is growing so fast right now! I hennaed a month ago, right before the holidays. I already have almost an inch of growth! And I had over two inches of growth in December (August or September henna job, I think). I'll have to henna again before too long.
This just in from Yahoo news:
Allergy to hair dye is soaring in numerous countries as more and more young people color their locks, according to a medical journal.
The culprit is para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and its cousins in a chemical family called aromatic amines, the mainstay of hair dyes for more than a century, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) warns in Saturday's issue.
Hey ladies -- do you mind if I link this thread from Off Topic?
I would start a new thread there. Lots of us grown ups may not be PA, but we may have allergy to hair colorings & processes & this info could be helpful. . .
I'll give you a few moments to talk amongst yourselves. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
(Before I out you for coloring your hair!)
I don't care. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Isn't 15 (?) minutes or so plenty of time for objections?? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I used to use a henna product. It was pretty raw and natural, I think. Reminded me of tea, and I mixed it with hot water to a thick mud I pasted onto my hair. It was a mess and fun. I had a Friend who woudl hang with me and relax his hair at the same time! What a pair. With foil on our heads, and having Bud Lights, I recall, and a pizza delivey, LOL.
It was the best color(but just for fun over my very, very dark and shiny brown at the time) and I want to try to find it again. So shiny, mostly, but a nice auburn tint to my almost black hair.
Maybe it was the more natural stuff you mention, Krasota. It was totally non-irritating, but I had no concern of allergy at the time. But rinses I used recenlty(twice) dis sting, and I had hair loss after one recently.
So, is this natural henna like the mudddy, tea leave typ mix I describe? There was no chemical smell, just organic-y amd muddy, or tea-ish smelling.
Yep. That sounds like plain ol' henna. It's usually a finely ground powder and smells like hay or tea.
i know some of the brands of hair color at walmart have almond in them. i was looking for natural haircolor online when i was pregnant and saw walnut listed also. i use to use henna but only could find the bark brown which looked black or the classic red.
I have a lead on a product, and oddly enough it's made near where I live. I've sent the company an email asking for an ingredient list. They have a pretty specific questionnaire on the contact form, asking for past color history and reaction information.
They also have a patch test you can send away for...we'll see.
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