Debra Lynn Dadd
hair dyes / tattoo dyes
My husband & I love your web site, thank you for all the info and "words of wisdom".
I have two questions.
1. Do you know of a permanent hair dye that is free of perfumes and harsh chemicals, safe for MCS people ?
2. Do you have any information in reguards to the safety of tattoo dyes on people with MCS ?
Many thanks Debra!!!!
POSTED BY LOUISE :: WASHINGTON USA :: 09/28/2009 11:09 AM
Readers, what are your recommendations?
I use NaturColor as it is mostly herbs and does not have propylene glycol in it (causes cancer)...be sure to read ALL ingredients in so-called natural or holistic hair dyes. I had to switch two times because they added propylene glycol...
As for tattoo dye: I have seen quite a few articles lately saying that all tattoo dyes have lead in them.
If you like tattoos but don't want to risk the lead in the dye or have to wonder later in life "how in the world can I get rid of this tattoo???" you may want to consider henna tattoos which do not use needles. They disappear over time. Many henna dyes DO, though, have lead in them depending on where the henna is coming from. But, some henna dyes do NOT have lead in them.
There is one lady in WA who sells henna tattoo kits and the henna is free of lead.
POSTED BY AIMEE :: WASHINGTON USA :: 10/02/2009 12:30 PM
Re: Permanent Hair Dye
Yes, I do know of some phytochemical (plant) dyes that are very safe I've used them myself. (And congratulations on avoiding standard hair dyes like PPD, they are some of the most toxic, sensitizing chemicals out there.)
henna (lawsonia inermis) - intense red hues, orange, permanent
cassia obovata or senna italica (same plant different names) - pale yellow to golden hues, good for diluting more intense dyes, gives intense shine, fades slightly over time
indigo (indigofera tinctoria/sumatrana) - black, brown (when used as a 2nd step after henna or henna+cassia) very permanent. Used alone it yields a steely blue fading to purplish blue, this fades about 50-70% over time.
I have medium dark, cool brown hair and I blend/cover my whites with just indigo. I used to use henna first, then indigo + cassia as a second step. But I don't bother with henna any more. Indigo fades a bit so it makes the roots growing in less obvious. I don't always have the time to do a touch-up and I hated the obvious line of demarcation between dyed and undyed.
Get your henna, cassia, indigo from a local Indian grocery store (ask for mehindi for hands), or a reputable dealer like the Canadian company Henna Sooq (they're online). Good henna, indigo, and cassia should be fine textured powders with no sticks.
Don't buy your typical packaged hair henna from a health food store, often henna sold for hair is full of chaff, is stale, has very weak dye ability, and is very hard to rinse out because of the chaff getting horribly knotted in your hair. It is far from cost effective.
Henna only produces a red or auburn color. Other colors like blond, strawberry, brown, and black have other plants or typical hair dye chemicals mixed in. "Neutral henna" is not henna.
Their advantages: They leave your hair intact, they don't rough up the cuticle, and they reinforce your hair by bonding to the keratin layer. They don't remove your natural color, they add a transparent layer on top of your natural color, so they look more natural.
Mixes with henna in them are very permanent, they fade little if at all. You don't have to keep redoing the dyed portions. As such, they're time-saving in the long run. They're beautiful and people will think it's your natural color. They're non-toxic, and non-sensitizing.
They are easy to use, and only require warm to hot water for mixing
Disadvantages: You must be patient and do strand tests or else risk ending up with a color you don't like. (Bing cherry anyone?) Henna, henna+cassia, or henna+indigo can only be partially removed in the first 24-48 hours after application. After the color is BONDED to your hair.
Good to Know: All 3 dye more intensely when they're kept warm, such as on a hot day when your head is warm versus a cool day. Rinse the herbal dye paste out of your hair with cool water (70'F) for maximum color result. 24 hours later you can expose your hair to hot water all you like and the color won't budge.
Resources: Henna Sooq (online merchant) great place to buy all 3 herbs
the Long Hair Community forum - go to the articles or the natural hair dye section and read all about it.
POSTED BY JANINA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/02/2009 12:41 PM
I don't know about the tatoos, but for hair dye have you tried Herbatint? It's available now in most healthfood stores and if you can't find it there you can order it from VNF Nutrition at 1-800-681-7099.
POSTED BY EDY :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/02/2009 12:45 PM
I don't know of any that are permanent. I use coffee on my brown hair. It brings out some of the natural auburn highlights I have. It's cheap and easy enough. I brew enough to use it as a rinse - maybe a half gallon or so? Make sure it's cool before pouring onto your clean hair. I "rinse" my hair with it over the sink about a dozen times first. Then, I leave the coffee in for about 15-20 minutes. Be careful to wrap or tie up the damp hair, because the coffee can stain towels, etc. Then, rinse with clean water and voila! Good luck!
POSTED BY JAPS :: NEW YORK USA :: 10/02/2009 12:46 PM
While I am not familiar with your condition, this is the most "green" permanent hair color my colorist and I have been able to find short of using a henna dye.
The product is Naturtint and has no ammonia, no resorcinol and no parabens. It's about $15 a box. I find I need to reapply about every 4 weeks. I'd buy it at a health food store (you can google it to find an online vendor if needed) and have my hairstylist apply it at the salon. Now I just do it myself. It covers grey (& white) well. While it's certainly not chemical free by any means, it's at least an alternative for those of us not ready to embrace our grey (I went grey in my 20's!).
POSTED BY NATURAL MOM :: IDAHO USA :: 10/02/2009 12:47 PM
I use Naturtint hair dye that I purchase at Whole Foods. It does have a smell which doesn\'t bother me too much, but I try to minimize my use of it. It is not like the ammonia-based hair dyes
POSTED BY TZ :: ILLINOIS USA :: 10/02/2009 12:55 PM
I recently tried Naturtint and like it very much. They have a variety of colors. My hair is natural and very tightly coiled (aka nappy) but it provided excellent coverage and great conditioning. I had no skin nor respiratory reaction and that says a lot for the quality of the product. You can find it in your local co-op or Whole Foods type store. Other natural hair dyes contain lavender to which I am allergic.
POSTED BY DR LEA-CURRIE :: :: THETAKEBACKTOUR.COM :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 10/02/2009 1:01 PM
The only natural permanent haircolour I've ever heard of is this one: www.actbynature.com.
I don't know much about tattoo ink, but the temporary henna (vegetable dyes) tattoos that I've seen Indian women use look really beautiful, and you're not stuck with an ugly tattoo if the artist doesn't do a good job :)
POSTED BY SAMANTHA :: NEW YORK CANADA :: 10/02/2009 1:46 PM
I just discovered a salon that uses Jalyd permanent hair color. It claims to be organic with no peroxide or ammonia. It covered gray completely, there was no smell and it softened my hair.
POSTED BY STACY :: FLORIDA USA :: 10/02/2009 1:52 PM
Naturtint also has Propylene Glycol in it:
POSTED BY AIMEE :: WASHINGTON USA :: 10/02/2009 2:25 PM
EDY...Herbatint has Propylene Glycol in it:
POSTED BY AIMEE :: WASHINGTON USA :: 10/02/2009 2:25 PM
Since so many of you are using hair dyes that DO have Propylene Glycol in them (it is wise to read ALL ingredients lists on ALL products you use or are thinking of buying), I thought I'd share with you what I know:
Both of my Compounding Pharmacists and one of my regular pharmacists told me that Propylene Glycol does contribute to cancer. This is when I did some research and found out what Propylene Glycol actually is and what it does and why most pharmacists and most beauty products manufacturers use it...and it is SCARY! It causes rashes, depresses the central nervous system (not got for CFS and FMS sufferers!), eye irritations, gastro-intestinal disturbances, headaches, vomiting...and, more. I have even seen it in FOOD products at the health food store! You can even see it in baby wipes! Read all of the info here and you will never ever buy another product that has Propylene Glycol in it:
Can we trust the FDA??
POSTED BY AIMEE :: WASHINGTON USA :: 10/02/2009 2:32 PM
I'm sorry, I meant to say "Naturtint" not "Herbatint". In any case, both of them contain PPD.
POSTED BY JANINA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/05/2009 2:46 PM
If you're interested in exploring the option of plant dyes for hair such as henna, indigo, etc. then hennaforhair.com is a great resource. The site has tons of information about which ingredients to use to achieve the color you want, and they supply everything you need to do it. I have been ordering my henna from them for a while, and it's very high quality stuff, my hair color is nice and bold each time.
POSTED BY ALETA :: HENNA (AND OTHER PLANT DYES) FOR HAIR :: HENNAFORHAIR.COM :: OREGON USA :: 10/06/2009 1:31 PM
I use Light Mountain Natural Color the Gray hair color and conditioner. It is 100% Pure Botanical Hair Color. Ingrediants are Lawsonia inermis leaf powder (organically grown) and Indigoferae tinctoria leaf powder.
POSTED BY LAURIE :: OREGON USA :: 10/06/2009 1:31 PM
I use Light Mountain Natural - Color the Gray. It works great and contains only henna. It is available in several shades and lasts about 4 weeks. I have shoulder length hair, on the thin side, and I have found that I can use half of the package for each color treatment which makes the cost per treatment less than $5.00.
POSTED BY TANYA :: FLORIDA USA :: 10/06/2009 1:41 PM
I use naturcolor. I love it. it looks natural. Our Whole foods in Franklin, Tennessee carries some of the colors but not the one that I use. I buy it when I am in New Jersey or I order it. I order it from Sunshine Shoppe Health Foods 2715 Traders Rd Ste B
Greenville, TX 75402
Phone: (903) 454-2742 And they send to me. Try it and you will never use another hair color again!
POSTED BY DOTTY BEAGLE :: TENNESSEE USA :: 10/09/2009 5:38 PM
I was told that Propylene Glycol is anti-freeze. It's also used in many baked good as a preservative. The prescription Vitamin D that my doctor recommended contained PG. I found this out from the pharmatist when I called to get the ingredients. I use Herbatint too and know it's not healthy but I can tolerate the smell. Used sage rinse for a while but didn't do much. Will definitly check out the hennas.
June from Mechanicsville
POSTED BY JUNE NOLEN :: VIRGINIA USA :: 10/12/2009 2:21 PM
THANKS EVERYONE FOR RESPONDING TO MY QUESTION ABOUT CHEMICAL FREE HAIR DYE. ALL THE WONDERFUL INFORMATION HAS GIVEN ME MANY OPTIONS TO TRY.
POSTED BY LOUISE RICHARD :: WASHINGTON USA :: 10/21/2009 2:33 PM
I PREVIOUSLY POSTED A QUESTION ABOUT TATTOOS, WONDERING IF
ANYONE WITH MCS HAS HAD A TATTOO WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS, DUE
TO THE DYES USED IN TATTOOS? I DID NOT GET ANY RESPONSES ABOUT
THIS SPECIFIC QUESTION, IF ANY OF YOU CAN HELP ME OUT I WOULD
REALLY APPRECIATE IT. I DON'T WANT TO FIND OUT LATER THAT IT
IS TOXIC FOR ME. IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF YOU COULD SHARE YOUR
POSTED BY LOUISE RICHARD :: WASHINGTON USA :: 10/21/2009 3:34 PM
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