We all know the skin is very absorbent (and if you didn’t, well, now you do). Nothing changes when you make a trip to the salon. As much as we don’t like to think about it, all the chemicals in the pastes and products, “loaded with all sorts of questionably safe chemicals: ammonia, formaldehyde, sodium laurel sulphates and parabens, to name a few” (Adams) are slurped in through the gazillion pores on our heads. Some bodies handle it better than others, but toxic is toxic and you can bet it’ll getcha one way or another. Going blonde to red or covering up those pesky gray hairs might be perfectly on trend, but according to Dr. Mercola, the ingredients in standard hair dye could also be linked to cancer, developmentive and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity and organ toxicity, allergies and irritation of the eyes, skin, or lungs. The Hansa Center for Optimum Health also concludes that the ammonia in the hair dye alone could cause symptoms that might include, but not be limited to “severe muscular weakness, fatigue, heart palpitations, headaches, and brain fog/confusion.”
In this day and age though, how can they really ask us to give up our precious flare? Most of us would rather suffer the consequences than sacrifice our colors. We are all too ready accept that “beauty hurts.” Statistics say that “more than one in three women, and one in 10 men over 40, throughout Europe, North America and Japan use some type of hair color” (Mercola). While using all-natural products is always going to be the best thing to do, our wallets and favorite salons aren’t always so accommodating. Don’t worry!
I’ve got a plan B for you.
The best thing you can do once the crime has been committed is to detox. However, in this case, a good detox tea is going to be a bit too generalized to do your head much good, though it never hurts. My favorite thing to do is take Neuro-Antitox II CNS/PNS right afterwards because it “specifically helps the body breakdown ammonia and eliminate inflammation caused by ammonia” (Hansacenter.blogspot.com). This rememdy contains sarcodes that send the medicinal properties of the detox remedy to your brain and its area of influence. I also apply it topically to my head when I can. Then I follow that up with a trace mineral called Molybdenum, which is a fantastic complement to the Neuro-Antitox II CNS/PNS, boosting the body’s ability to get the toxins out of the body.
Oil pulling would also be an effective (and cheap) counteractive, as I have found it useful in relieving toxic headaches, toothaches, and the like. It is also claimed to provide extensive detoxification for the whole body, as well as benefiting many systemic diseases. Not to mention being indisputably beneficial for your oral health! Read more about it here.
If you’re really feeling the toxic effects, or you want to be brilliantly careful, go ahead and pour yourself a hydrogen peroxide and epsom salt bath. You can find the ingredients at just about any of your local grocery stores, it’s very budget-friendly, and only takes 20 minutes. This is an AMAZING tool. Check it out!
Can Hair Dyes Give You Cancer? by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Question About Breathing In Hair Dye Fumes by the Hansa Center for Optimum Health
Why I Decided To Ditch Chemicals And Go Organic With My Hair Dye by Rebecca Adams, Huffington Post