Dying their locks might seem like a complete necessity for many women as they get older and the hair starts greying. New research from Finland should give women everywhere silence, as it specifies that this seemingly harmless beauty procedural could be linked to a raised risk of breast cancer.
Earlier research likewise found that women who regularly dye their hair are at increased risk of other cancers, including bladder cancer, brain cancer, and leukemia. British scientists have also issued cautions in the past about the dangers of both home hair dye kits and professional dyes applied at all the hair salons.
One probable explanation for the eminent risk is that certain chemicals in the hair dye react with other pollutants in the air to form tumors when used on a continuous basis.
The University of Southern California published in the International Journal of Cancer, found that women who dye their hair on a monthly basis double their risk of getting bladder cancer. They also found that the risk continues to increase with prolonged use, and that hairdressers who work with hair dyes professionally face an even higher risk.
The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns of the dangers of para-Phenylenediamine and notes, "Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. Repeated or prolonged inhalation exposure may cause asthma. The substance may have effects on the kidneys, resulting in kidney impairment."
The European Commission's recommendations raised concerns for many women at the time. As many as one-third of women in the United States routinely color their hair.
Several other health concerns are also linked to the use of hair dyes, including severe allergic reactions and asthma.
If your natural blonde hair needs a color boost, try making a chamomile tea infusion as follows: Place eight chamomile tea bags in a pot of water that has just been boiled, but has been removed from the heat. Allow the tea to steep for 30 minutes, then add a cup of yogurt and a few drops of lavender oil to the brew. Massage the mixture onto clean hair, leave it in for 30 minutes, then gently wash it out and allow your hair to dry naturally.
For those looking to restore their natural red steep five of these tea bags in boiled water for 30 minutes. When the tea is cool, saturate all your hair with it. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse and wash normally.