Dyeing your hair can be a fun thing to do, but often comes with harmful side effects, especially when it is done frequently. Most people overload their hair with chemicals including hydrogen peroxide and ammonia which are both common hair dye ingredients and can put stress on your hair.
But does coloring your hair cause hair loss? In this article, I am going to explain in detail what happens if you constantly experiment with different hair colors.
Hair Dye = Damage?
When you dye your hair, your hair cuticles are penetrated by hair dye entering the cortex and reacting with the melanin in your strands. Since most hair dyes are made of chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to facilitate the process of dyeing your hair, this chemical reaction leads to a manipulation of the hair shaft.
Due to physical stress caused by hair dye, some people might experience hair loss afterwards. Physical stress is the most common cause of hair loss after coloring your hair because it weakens the hair shaft by disrupting the protein backbone.
Which Kind Of Hair Dyes Cause Hair Loss The Most?
Dyeing your hair darker causes far less damage to your hair than dyeing it lighter because hair dyes that lighten your hair contain high volumes of hydrogen peroxide. In order to remove the eumelanin pigments from the hair shaft by replacing them with lighter colors, using peroxide is indispensable.
But this leads to a breakage at the distal end of the hair shafts, which is why hair becomes weaker and thinner and, as a result, falls out. Of course alopecia due to hair dyeing is just temporary
Hair Breakage Vs. Hair Loss
Hair loss is a condition in which the hair follicles are either damaged or inactive whereas hair breakage occurs further down the shaft and is not caused by an inactivity or damage of hair follicles. Bleaching your hair with hydrogen peroxide makes strands more susceptible to protein loss, which causes hair breakage.
However, dyeing you hair doesn’t affect the areas beneath the skin.
I Will Dye My Hair Blonde For You – Precautions To Take Before Dyeing Your Hair
Before you decide to dye your hair, you should make sure to follow these steps:
- Try to use semi and demi-permanent hair colors rather than permanent colors as they don’t contain any chemicals that can cause hair breakage and hair loss.
- Go to a professional instead of dyeing your hair all by yourself. In doing so, you can avoid a disaster.
- Only use products from trusted brands that are free from chemicals.
- Conduct a patch test to determine if your hair is healthy enough to be dyed.
Are There Any Alternatives?
Yes! If you are concerned about thinning hair and bald patches, using natural and organic hair dyes that are free from peroxide and ammonia can help reduce the breakage and damage to the follicles and shaft. But if you want to go all natural, here is a list of things you can use.
1. Henna: Being one of the most popular hair coloring treatments, using Henna is a safe alternative if you don’t want to cause any damage to your hair. You can apply it to your hair after making a paste by mixing henna powder with water. Let it sit for a couple of hours before shampooing your hair and rinsing it off.
2. Food Color: You can use food color and drinks like kool-aid to change the color of your hair naturally. Just mix the food color with conditioner. After applying it to your hair let it sit for a couple of hours. Rinse it thoroughly with water.
3. Coffee And Tea: Both of them can be used to darken your hair. Simply pour either tea or coffee through your hair and let it air-dry. The color will stay as long as you don’t shampoo your hair.
4. Honey And Lemon: You can use honey and lemon if you want to lighten your hair. Apply it to your hair after mixing both ingredients. Sunbathe for an hour or use a heat tool (e.g. a blow-dryer). Wash it out with shampoo and use a hair conditioner. Repeat this procedure to see results.
5. Beet And Carrot Juice: You can use beet and carrot juice if you want to add a red undertone to your hair. Mix 3 parts of beet juice with 1 part of carrot juice. Apply it and let it sit for an hour. Proceed with shampooing and rinsing your hair.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Founder of The Hairy Solution