Allergy To Hair

Allergy To Hair Signs. Allergic To Hair Dye & Common Allergies And Symptoms.

In this day and age anything is possible. But is it possible for one to be allergic to hair, and in fact, her own hair?

Through my research the short answer would be no, one can't be allergic to her own hair, in the strictest sense of the wording.

What Is An Allergy?

An allergy or intolerance symptoms happen when your immune system goes into hyper-drive after coming into contact with an allergen. Your immune system views the allergen as the enemy and releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E in an attempt to remove this invader from your body.

You can also release histamine each time you come into contact with a particular allergen. Being that your hair is part of you, we would need to look further into what might be causing a hair allergic reaction.

Allergic To Hair Dye 

Hair dye could be one of the many aspects of an itching scalp. It could also be soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair sprays, or another chemical that you're putting on your hair. This is possibly a chemical overload on top of your head. You scalp could be red in color with swelling, itching, or burning after using hair dye or another kind of chemical that would cause a chemical allergy reaction. This can then lead to possible dermatitis on the face. 

If you've ever looked on the box of hair dye you've probably seen the ingredient para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and other related chemicals. Many dermatologists believe this chemical is the cause of many allergies to hair. Some European countries have actually banned the use of PPD in their cosmetics. I've read an interesting article in the BMJ-British Medical Journal. "Allergy To Hair Dye Increasing." Science Daily, 5 February 2007.

Allergy To Hair Treatment

I consulted a friend a mine who is a hair dresser about this issue. She recommended to first stop using any hair dyes that contain PPD. Next is to wash the hair and scalp with a mild soap and try to remove any residue and excess dye. Then to massage the hair and scalp with 2% hydrogen peroxide and rinse thoroughly.

If the scalp feels tight or sore you can use rub a bit of olive oil onto the scalp and hair with a few drops of lime juice. Put a plastic shower cap on and leave for a few hours. If the symptoms persists you'll want to contact a local dermatologist who will have further specific advice. It's best to avoid products with PPD. Hair dyes with PPD normally contain a 2-bottle set.

PPD May Go By: 

  • PPDA
  • Phenylenediamine base, p, 4, and 1-4
  • 4-Benzenediamine, 4 and 1-4
  • Diaminobenzene 
  • Aminoaniline 
  • Orsin
  • Rodol
  • Ursol

If you think you have an allergy to hair, intolerance or other symptoms it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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