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PPD-Free Hair Color

Para-phenylenediamine - abbreviated PPD - is a chemical used in permanent hair color.  Some individuals are allergic to PPD and shouldn't use standard hair dye.  This allergy can cause contact dermatitis and in some instances, for highly allergic persons, has been fatal. It isn’t as simple as “take an anti-histamine and you’ll be fine”,  as exposure can cause this allergy to get worse over time. 


If you suspect you're allergic to hair dye, or have had a reaction previously, the best thing to do is be evaluated by an allergist. There are many chemicals in hair dye, and you could be allergic to a few ingredients, not just PPD. Once you’ve seen an allergist, we are more than happy to book an appointment and talk about the best options for you.


The first option is a para-toluenediamine sulfate (abbreviated PTD, aka PTDS) based hair dye.  PTD based hair dyes provide good grey coverage, and can lift and deposit color on the hair. The results are beautiful and the same as with standard PPD hair dye. Some people with PPD allergies tolerate PTD, however some can cross-react.  So a patch test is require prior to your service with this option.



The 2nd option is using pure plant based pigments; henna, amla, cassia and indigo.  This is not the henna hair dye you get at the health food store, which contains metallic salts that can react negatively with bleach.  Nor is it the black henna that comes pre-packaged for body art, which contains PPD.  These are the natural pigments in dry or powdered form, without any additives or impurities.  To achieve grey coverage you may need 2-3 applications or to let the pigments stay on the head over night.  It depends on how resistant your grey hair is.  You cannot lift with this method – only deposit.  So if you want to lift we have to pre-lighten the hair and then use the natural pigment as a toner.  With *pure* natural pigments you can actually bleach the hair, because the pure pigments don't contain additives. The results are beautiful and leave the hair shiny and soft.



The 3rd option is a product called HairPrint.  It is a color restorer. It is not a dye, nor is it a pigment.  It basically replicates the genetic makeup of your hair.  It’s a fascinating technology you can learn more here


However, HairPrint has its limitations and it requires a special detox process the week prior to the application.  It can only restore your grey hair back to its original color. It works best on clients with 50% grey hair or less. It only works on dark brown or light brown hair – does not work for blondes or red heads.  It cannot lift your hair or change the color of your hair, as it only restores hair to its original color. The week prior to the application you have to go through a hair detox, where you only use the HairPrint chelation shampoo and conditioner to make sure you hair is primed for the application process.  Some clients find that they have to do 2-3 applications to cover resistant grey hair.  But it is a 100% PPD, PTD, toxin-free option.

So what are my options?

Aren't allergic, but still looking for non-toxic hair color?

You don't have to be allergic to choose these services.  If you're looking for a non-toxic alternative to coloring your hair, these methods will definitely interest you.


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