Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Some consumers have reported hair loss, burning, redness, and irritation from hair dyes. Allergic reactions to dyes may cause itching, swelling of the face, and even difficulty breathing. Coal tar hair dye ingredients are known to cause allergic reactions in some people. However, today's manufacturers primarily use materials derived from petroleum. The use of the term "coal tar" continues because historically that language has been incorporated into the law and regulations. The law does not require that coal tar hair dyes be approved by the FDA, as is required for other uses of color additives. In addition, the law does not allow the FDA to take action against coal tar hair dyes that are shown to be harmful, if the dye is labeled with the prescribed caution statement indicating that it may cause irritation in certain individuals, that a patch test for skin sensitivity should be done, and that the dye must not be used for dyeing the eyelashes or eyebrows. The patch test involves putting a dab of hair dye behind the ear or inside the elbow, leaving it there for two days, and looking for itching, burning, redness, or other reactions.

A study published in the January 2004 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology has found a link between long-term use of dark hair-dye and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. According to the study, which examined 1,300 Connecticut women who began coloring their hair before 1980, dark hair-dye increased their chance of developing the form of cancer by 40 percent. The risk reportedly doubled among women who used permanent hair-dye. When using all hair chemicals, it's critical to keep them away from children to prevent ingestion and other accidents and to follow product directions carefully. If you have been seriously injured by a hair dye product it may be important for you to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Hair Care Products: Overview
  2. Blindness
  3. Burns: Overview
  4. Hair Loss: Overview
  5. Lymphoma
  6. Poisoning
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