Have you ever had a "black henna" temporary tattoo? Are you allergic to chemical hair dye? 

An allergy to chemical hair dye usually begins gradually; first you feel some itching or burning. The symptoms gets worse every time you dye your hair with chemical dyes. On average, you can dye your hair about sixty times before you develop an allergy.  If you use dark dye, or if you started when you were a teenager, this will probably happen sooner, and the reaction may be more severe.  

If you ever had a "black henna" temporary tattoo, your skin was painted with a paste made of para-phenylenediamine, the chemical that is in all chemical permanent hair dyes.  If you had a "black henna" temporary tattoo ONCE, you were probably sensitized to chemical hair dye.  This is because "black henna" has a much higher level of para-phenylenediamine (three to ten times higher than chemical hair dye)  and it's left on the skin as a thick paste for much longer.

80% of women dye their hair with chemical hair dye at some time.  People often think chemical dye must be harmless because its widely sold, and so many people do it.  If you are allergic to para-phenylenediamine, either from a 'black henna" temporary tattoo, or from dyeing your hair with chemical hair dye, your next application could cause severe injury.  

All permanent oxidative hair dyes have para-phenylenediamine or some variant of that chemical.  All "black henna" temporary tattoos that stain your skin black in less than twenty minutes, and which last for more than four days, contain para-phenylenediamine.

If you ever had a "black henna" temporary tattoo, you may have a severe allergic reaction to all of the following products.

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Why was para-phenylenediamine, found in nearly every chemical hair dye, declared "Allergen of the Year" by dermatologists?
  • Para-phenylenediamine based hair dyes are linked with very serious health problems: delayed hypersensitivity reactions (blistering and sores on your scalp), and  is strongly linked with asthma, lupus,  cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 
  • All permanent chemical hair dyes have P-Phenylenediamine or a variant of that chemical. 
  • Many people who use synthetic hair dye become sensitized.  You may be reading this page because you get hives, blisters, itching, wheezing or far worse from synthetic hair dye.
  • To learn more, read: Allergy to Para-Phenylenediamine
  • The number of chemical hair dye reactions have doubled in the last six years.  Read "Hair Dye Allergies on the Rise"
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When para-phenylenediamine touches your skin, it passes through the skin very quickly, and can cause delayed allergic reactions, similar to poison ivy reactions.  Can you apply hair dye without getting any on your skin?  
This is about your health.  It matters.

Not to make you paranoid or anything, but HERE is what has happened to other people who use chemical hair dyes.


Blinded and hospitalized by chemical hair dye: head began to leak pus.

Skin weeping,  unable to breathe or see from allergic reaction to chemical hair dye

Reaction resembling chemical burns over head and body from chemical hair dye

Hospitalized in burn unit from allergic reaction to chemical hair dye

Unable to breathe, rushed to hospital, from allergic reaction to chemical hair dye

In intensive care after allergic reaction to chemical hair dye

Rushed to hospital with allergic reaction to chemical hair dye

Rushed to hospital after chemical hair dye; swelling  forces eyes shut and blocks breathing

Hair loss and hearing damage from chemical hair dye

Man severely ill after chemical hair dye

Hospitalized for three days after chemical hair dye

Coma after chemical hair dye

Death from chemical hair dye

Perri Jackson's Story

People often think that packages that say "natural" or "henna" or "Organic" are safe.

Hair dye manufacturers often "greenwash" products containing para-phenylenediamine: this means they associate their product with healthy things so you will believe it is harmless.


"Natural Hair Dye"

 EVERY permanent chemical hair dye contains para-phenylenediamine, or the same chemical by another name. 

Take your magnifying glass with you when you buy hair dye!  The print is very, very small, but it IS THERE!  Para-phenylenediamine goes by other names:  p-toluenediamine,  p-Phenylenediamine, paraphenylenediamine, 4-phenylenediamine, phenylenediamine.  Look for them!  

If you are allergic to para-phenylenediamine, you should also avoid p-diaminobenzene; 4-aminoaniline; 1,4-benzenediamine; 1,4-diaminobenzene.


Click here to learn more about what you should avoid if you are allergic to para-phenylenediamine

Chemical Hair Dye

It says so on the package.  

Aveda

Gosh, that's hard to see, isn't it?  Look closer!  I put a yellow dot so you can see! Para-phenylenediamine goes by other names:  p-toluenediamine,  p-Phenylenediamine, paraphenylenediamine, 4-phenylenediamine, phenylenediamine.

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Ancient SunriseŽ is a safe, natural alternative to chemical hair dye!

If you ever had a "black henna" temporary tattoo, the following products should not cause an allergic reaction.  These are permanent dyes.  They do not fade.  They completely cover gray.  You can apply them over chemical dye.


Click on the following images to purchase permanent hair dye with NO PPD!

Auburn

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to dye your gray hair auburn .

black

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to dye your gray hair black!

dark brunette

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to dye your gray hair dark brunette!

medium brunette

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to dye your gray hair medium brunette!

red

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to dye your gray hair red!

Blonde

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to dye your gray hair blonde

The Ancient SunriseŽ  mark guarantees that the product is absolutely free of para-phenylenediamine, additives, contaminants, lead, and adulterants, and has been tested for pesticides.

All of the products in the image below claim to be safe and natural. They are often sold in health food stores and import groceries, Amazon and Ebay.  Two even claim to be pure henna.  All of them contain para-phenylenediamine.

PPD hair dye

If you are allergic to chemical hair dye, DO NOT use the products in these images.  Every one of these contains para-phenylenediamine, or the same chemical by another name.  Take your magnifying glass with you when you buy hair dye!  The print is very, very small, and may be hidden in the package, but it IS THERE!

Things which contain para-phenylenediamine
Ancient Sunrise

Why should you use Ancient SunriseŽ to dye your hair?

  • Ancient SunriseŽ is 100% pure plant leaves. 
  • All of Ancient SunriseŽ products are certified by an independent laboratory to be completely free of para-phenylenediamine and related chemicals.  We don't just take the exporter's word for quality and purity, we test it down to one part per billion. 
  • The henna and techniques on mehandi.com are based on the owner's PhD research.   When you ask questions here, you get reliable answers!
  • Ancient SunriseŽ contains pure henna, indigo, cassia and amla. We do not sell mixes or compounds.  If you color your hair with Ancient SunriseŽ, you KNOW what you're getting, and you will NEVER get para-phenylenediamine!
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Do you have questions about Ancient SunriseŽ? Click the cat and contact us!

Do you have questions about an allergy to hair dye?  Ask your doctor!  
Are you a stylist who has wondered whether the materials you're working with are really safe? Here are published scientific research on hairdressers who work with chemical hair dye.

Cornell University ILR School risk assessment:
Health Hazard Manual for Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, Beauticians and Barbers

Hairdressers who work with chemical hair dyes are at risk for kidney damage.
The association between prolonged occupational exposure to paraphenylenediamine (hair-dye) and renal impairment.

Hairdressers have a higher risk of cancer than the general population.
Risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers: a meta-analysis.

Learn more about research on using dark-colored para-phenylenediamine hair dye the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

Hair Dyes and Cancer Risk

and

 Personal Use of Hair Dye and the Risk of Certain Subtypes of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Have you ever had a 'black henna'' temporary tattoo?  
If  so, dyeing your hair with chemical dyes may be life-threatening.  

Allergic reaction to chemical hair dye following black henna tattoo

Contact dermatitis to para-phenylenediamine in hair dye following sensitization to black henna tattoos - an ongoing problem.

Temporary holiday "tattoos" may cause lifelong allergic contact dermatitis when henna is mixed with PPD.

Contact dermatitis with severe scalp swelling and upper airway compromise due to black henna hair dye.

Extreme patch test reactivity to p-phenylenediamine but not to other allergens in children.