by Faith Litke of @organic_faith_
Do you have a favorite look you love with your locks? Do you or have you had your hair colored? We are a couple of professional stylists that, after experiencing the fallout of our health, realized just how toxic hair color can be!
We still adore having our blonde every now and again, or a little change up of color in general. So we put our heads together with some simple tips on how to make your experience the least toxic exposure possible.
1. Try having your color done off the scalp if possible. Balayage is a good way to achieve a fun look without the chemicals ever touching the skin.
2. Have your stylist foil your color in. This also keeps the chemicals from touching your skin and absorbing straight into the bloodstream. These toxins like to store themselves in the liver when absorbed or inhaled.
3. Talk to your stylist about ammonia free bleach/lightener or color options. See if she/he will consider doing research and order a less toxic brand.
4. Look into Hairprints or henna as some natural and safe color options. Organic Color Systems is another less toxic, ammonia and paraben free color line.
5. Wear a face mask while sitting in the salon and receiving a color treatment. You can order reusable masks that have carbon filters in them on Amazon. This will help minimize
the fumes that will effect you.
6. Talk to your stylist about being either the very first client of the day or much later in the day so that you're the only person being worked on in the shop. This may or may not be possible but it's worth asking for just to avoid the quantity of fumes and chemicals lingering around the salon.
7. If covering gray hair is your priority, keep in mind that sometimes gray hair is a sign of a deficiency and you may want to bring in nettle and silica!
8. When we put chemicals directly onto the skin, it takes about 20 seconds to absorb right into the bloodstream. We tend to sit there for a minimum of 10-30 minutes so it is making it's way into our organs and leaving heavy toxins behind. So just be mindful when you go! Know that there are other options and your stylist should be able to discuss what less toxic options you have to achieve maximum results.
Generally speaking, you want to look for dyes that contain Certified Organic ingredients whenever possible. Search for companies that have no resorcinol, nonoxynol, parabens, napthol or ammonia, and where the average percentage of PPD is a quite low. Around .42% is ideal.
All in all, don't be too shy to assert yourself and your needs. If your stylist can't or won't accommodate you, you're better off fresh with someone new.