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Is your beauty routine adding toxins to your body?

When we think about starting a detox regimen or lifestyle change to remove toxins from our body, our thoughts generally go to the foods we eat. But just as important are the beauty and other topical products we use everyday. These products can and do contain chemicals that can have inadvertent effects on our physical health.

Are hair dyes safe to use?

One of the biggest offenders when it comes to toxicity and chemicals are hair dyes. Hair dyes vary greatly in their chemical

make-up but there are generally three main types:

  • Temporary dyes: these cover the surface of the hair but don’t reach the hair shaft. Lasts for 1 to 2 washings.

  • Semi-permanent dyes: these penetrate the hair shaft and typically last for 5 to 10 washings.

  • Permanent hair dyes: These dyes cause lasting chemical changes in the hair shaft. Lasts until new hair growth occurs.

What chemicals are found in hair dyes?

All hair dyes contain chemicals in them, but permanent hair dyes also contain aromatic amines and phenols, which are the chemical agents that trigger hair coloring. As a rule, darker hair dyes tend to use more of th

ese coloring agents and because of that, the risk of developing cancer or other forms of reactions increases.

Other chemicals that can be found in hair dyes and that should be avoided include:

  • Para-phenylenediamine or PPD - has the po

tential to cause a minor skin reaction and, in rare cases, anaphylactic shock.

  • Ammonia & resorcinol - can be damaging to your overall hair health and can trigger abnormal functioning of your thyroids.

Are there any safe alternatives to hair dye?

Nowadays, there are many plant and henna-based hair dyes to choose from. Yep, I’m talking about that henna; the one derived from plant-based sources to create intricate designs on the skin. Even still, there may still be some source of active chemical ingredients in those products. Even if a product comes labeled as “all natural” or “organic,” it’s important to take note of the ingredients because these claims remain largely unregulated.

That said, here are some great alternatives to traditional hair dye formulas which keep to 80% all-natural ingredients so that you can keep up your beauty routine without the risk of damaging and lasting effects.

With more than 20 available colors, and only 10 ingredients or less, these plant-derived hair dyes range from trendy rainbow shades to natural browns and blondes. Plus, it only requires water to mix and be ready to apply.

Active Ingredients: Henna | Type: Plant-based | Shades: 20 | Size: 3.5 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

This ultra-gentle, ammonia-free option is deri

ved from natural sources like coconut and aloe vera. It’s available in 35 different colors and is best used to blend smaller patches or to enhance shades or shine. Expect this dye to last for up to 28 washes.