Who doesn’t want to look good today? It is a part of fashion. This can be well-quoted here that the piston of 21st-century technology is pacing the health and look wheels to the utmost extent. My cousin said to me yesterday. “I love to experiment with my looks, for that I choose to style my hair first by applying different colors.”
You will wonder to know that:
- 46 % of women request highlighting most frequently at salons.
- 35 % of women request a full hair coloring most frequently at salons.
- 69 % of women say they feel more attractive right after having their hair colored.
- 75 % of women who dye it in some or the other form.
- 64 % of men color them to look young or cool these days.
- 2-4 % of the new population starts to color their hair every year.
It is a fact now that many women and men see their hair as an important aspect of their physical appearance and change the way they view themselves. While this isn’t inherently a bad thing, but these dyes are prepared using synthetic colors or chemical agents which are toxic to our body. Let’s discuss some beneficial and harmful effects of coloring:
Pros of Hair Coloring:
- Enhances the look of any haircut
Trying out a good color of it, suiting your face and blending with your skin color properly is so well that it enhances your features. It also gives you a healthy glow and even slim your face. You need to find your matching shade, and then you will be all set to catch many eyes. Catching others’ eyes has to be remembered along with the fact the chemical components of the dye or coloring have their own negatives too. Hence the number of times and applying branded items whose pockets show the ingredients to get checked off. Turn a good cut into an amazing one by choosing a color that complements your style. If you have long layered cut then coloring will highlight throughout the layering features. Coloring accentuates each individual layer and adds definition to the varying lengths.
- The beauty of colors and cuts
In a way to follow your favorite celebrity, do not choose any of the colors. As per experts, solid color reflects more light, and the shine puts the focus on the cut, not the color, as said by coloring experts. If your strands are looking dry or frizzy, then use a clear gloss treatment. This will help to seal damaged and roughed-up cuticle layer of your hair, making strands look smoother and shinier.
- Play with your face features
Strategically placed hair color along with the light makeup enhances what you ‘ve got. Actually, coloring provides volume and your stylist can experiment then. If you have a round face and want to look having the rounded face then ask your colorist to weave lowlights. These are to be slightly darker than your base color all along your hairline. This helps to add depth that can accentuate your facial contours and make your features seem more angular.
- Keratin treatment and hair coloring go hand-in-hand
The hair is nothing but strands of keratin protein with color and texture difference as per your genetic make-up and nutrition that you take. Whether it’s directly after coloring or within a couple of days of it, getting a keratin treatment in your hair should be done right around the time. This will help you color your strands to seal in the color.
- Choosing darker color is less damaging than going for lighter shade
It is our mathematical subtraction and addition. If you are choosing a lighter shade, it means stripping hair of some color and moisture. While going darker means depositing color into it. So you can say that adding color is less damaging while removing your color first is more damaging. Also suggested here, that a double process is harsher than a single process of hair coloring.
Cons of Hair Coloring:
- Hair-Dye = Chemical blast
Hair dye is a solution filled with different types of chemicals some of which are potent carcinogens. The chemicals which are used in the manufacturing of the hair dye mix up certain animal fat things also. These are very much harmful to the level of leading to be a prey to cancer of some kind, particularly skin. It might look like an easy give away that ‘if you are not ingesting these dyes. Then how can they be carcinogenic? But the fact is hair dye sits on your scalp and is absorbed by your skin which is actually a reasonable cause to worry.
Not to avoid this point here that breathing in the chemical fumes poses just as much threat as absorbing them.
- Hair Color Can pose a threat to your Skin too
Yes, this is true, the hair color may be harmful to your skin. As it has the ability to act as skin discoloring because the chemicals react with our skin. It prepares a pigment which upon exposure to sunlight reduces the amount of melanin. This leads to skin discoloration as a long term process. Some individuals might have a high sensitivity to chemicals. This hair coloring can cause so much of irritation that it may result in even death.
- Elevated Cancer Risk for Adults
Chemical exposure of any kind can increase your chances of cancer. This is especially if the chemicals coming in contact with our body parts are known carcinogens. Experts have proved that many of the chemicals present in hair dying products are carcinogenic. Hair dye has been directly associated with bladder cancer and has also been associated with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. In a way to look your best slathering, your scalp with chemicals will certainly be a good decision. So you need to give it a second thought.
- A distant connection with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Although it is hard to believe but the fact is coloring your hair is so damaging that it may bring you into the radius of rheumatoid pain. Very well known about rheumatoid arthritis that it is crippling and disfiguring, and no one wants to go through the pain associated with it. It was found out in one of the studies that certain factors can increase one’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic exposure to hair coloring is one such factor. So it is recommended that before you dye your hair, keep this in mind. There is surely a relationship between regular use of hair dye and rheumatoid arthritis, which point has been established.
- Most risky for pregnant women and infants
It has been proved by now by many cases that those women who happened to dye their hair during their pregnancy become more susceptible to giving birth. The pregnant woman is supposed to be more careful in all aspects of movements, food, rest / sleep and medicines. In such a case self – warranting a chemical in the form of heavy chemical content hair dye has to be seriously thought over or postponed for a long time. Or they are prone to give birth to mentally retarded kids or kids with genetic disorders? If there is one time in life when avoiding hair dyes is crucially important, it’s during pregnancy.
All these points keep this decision in your part whether you actually need a hair- color and why? If you are able to justify yourself then you can proceed your decision as benefits and damages if any sort of is involved, then you will only bear that.
Follow these safety tips when dyeing your hair:
- Don’t leave the dye on your head any longer than needed.
- Rinse your scalp thoroughly with water after using a hair dye.
- Wear gloves when applying hair color.
- Never mix different hair dye products.
- Be sure to do a patch test for allergic reactions before applying the dye to your hair. To test, put a dab of dye behind your ear and don’t wash it off for two days. There may be these signs of allergic reaction, such as itching, burning, or redness at the test spot. If you do react to the patch test, do the same test with different brands or colors until you find one to which you’re not allergic.
- Never dye your eyebrows or eyelashes.
Remember, beauty is more substantial than the color of your hair. And true beauty comes from one source which is glowing health but not a package of dye. Care for yourself! GOOD LUCK!!!