What Are The Best PPD-Free Hair Dyes In India?
Having good hair is a boon but in India, hair is a lot more than that. We all love flaunting our hair and showing off its soft texture, gorgeous curls or our new hair colour. Darker colours are more in demand than the lighter ones and that is why you must be very careful about the ingredients of the hair dye you choose to apply.
Our hair is quite capable of taking strong chemicals but the real questions is – Should we expose our hair to all these chemicals and stand a risk of damaging it? Also, there is concern over these chemicals having allergic reactions when they come in contact with your scalp or the skin of your forehead or neck.
One of the first things you must do when picking out a hair colour is to check if it is PPD-free i.e., Para-Phenylenediamine free. It is a chemical that is found in darker shades of hair dye, including black henna and even tattoos.
Why are PPDs found in hair dye?
If it is harmful, why add it to hair dyes and colours, right?
A valid point. Yet, the reason for doing so is that PPD makes the hair colour more long lasting, prevents it being washed off quickly and you will mostly always note that the darker shades of hair colour contain this chemical.
How and Why are PPDs harmful?
PPDs are harmful to us and here’s why. The most common effect caused by them is an allergic reaction to the dye. Some common symptoms of allergic reactions to PPDs in hair dye include:
- Swelling of the face
They are also particularly harmful to people suffering from skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions. You must avoid applying hair colour when you are having a flare-up.
What Can You Do?
The best and the safest way to go about colouring and dyeing your hair is to choose safe, non-PPD containing hair dyes.
- When you are choosing a hair dye, remember to check if the dye contains chemicals like PPDA, phenylenediamine base, benzenediamine, etc.
- Do a patch test always before applying the hair dye to your hair
- Choose organic, and more natural hair dyes that are free not just of PPDs but also other harmful chemicals like sulphates
- You can look out for hair dyes that contain alternatives to PPDs
- Avoid colouring your hair during a flare-up of an existing skin condition
Colouring or dyeing your hair is not just about your hair but also about the skin that nourishes the hair strands. It is of utmost importance that you choose hair dyes that are safe and follow instructions mentioned on the package while applying the dye.