What is the best way to color hair without setting off a horrible flair? I already used the less toxic more natural products, but not sure if they are ok now. Since first onset in March, I've had to change shampoo, soap & toothpaste, and diet, so I have been scared to color.

I have a company holiday event with the Hub soon and want to color my drab brown, gray & white hair, I usually color medium-dark ash blond, but I don't want to end up too sick to attend. Do I just pre-medicate like before dentist? Is there a safer op out there? I want to look my best without taking myself out! HELP!

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a.kolb
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I thought it was just me . Years ago I used to go to a nail salon and it made me feel awful ! The best way re hair for me is foil lowlights and or highlights at least it doesn’t touch the scalp . Do you flush too in flare ? X

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Yes. And swell.

a.kolb
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Jenine I sweat or shiver too .

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Yes I get sweats/shivers too, just was not sure if it was part of this or one of my other special qualities!

a.kolb
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Lol! Yes then add in menopause ...deep joy

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Exactly!


jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Make sure the color is mixed in a different room, have tons of ventilation, don't let them apply it to your scalp/roots

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I color at home.

a.kolb
Answered 1 year ago    reply

There are organic chemical free colours too I think

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

everything is made of chemicals

a.kolb
Answered 1 year ago    reply

True however might be lesser of ‘evils ‘

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

i was a hairdresser & had my license up until last month thanks to going thru the mold crisis, moving over and over and super sick.
Saying organic for hair dye is basically innefective as there aren't real good boundaries for this. Hell, even the FDA has crap standards compared to many countries you'd think wouldn't have nearly as good of standards as we have. I see the term organic for hair products, espeeecially hair color to be a way to push prices higher mostly. It might be less caustic, but it doesn't really mean much. And if it's lightening the hair in the process, I promise it's gonna have harsh chemicals bc it's pulling out color atoms.


firsthand.lugubrious82
Answered 1 year ago    reply


relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I do home hair coloring myself.

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I've used Naturatint & Tints of Nature in the past.


broadbent53
Answered 1 year ago    reply

If your hair is dark, you could try the coffee method. I’ve looked it up, but haven’t tried it yet. I don’t think it lasts long, but it might brighten it up for your event. I can’t do any kind of chemical coloring anymore.


chambleesuperior
Answered 1 year ago    reply

http://Hennaforhair.com/ has some non-henna (red) options.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Be careful on henna products. It's caused horrible, huge burn blisters on people's hands and arms-like blisters 6" long or more

chambleesuperior
Answered 1 year ago

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motherly.kimberli
Answered 1 year ago    reply

^ Seconding this!!!!

laine_griner
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Be very very careful with henna! It can have other chemical reactions afterwards. And much of the time ends up turning green

chambleesuperior
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Not if you use pure henna. What you get in the store is junk.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

the % of henna doesn't matter. I saw it was cheaper items from India that we're doing this, but I've always stayed away bc I won't allow the opportunity for this to happen to me.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago

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tommyekaylor82
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Usually that sort of reaction is to what is called 'black henna', which isn't actually henna at all. Instead, it has a lot of nasty ingredients, especially PPD (paraphenylene-diamine), which is in many hair dyes. It's nasty, a severe sensitizer and irritant, and is the primary cause of that kind of skin reaction. It can cause horrific scarring. It's also the reason that some people eventually become sensitive to their conventional hair dyes. As I mentioned, it's in many hair dyes. So that's an ingredient you want to look for and make sure your dye is PPD-free.

True henna, made from a plant, is fairly safe.

And the stuff going green? I'm pretty sure you're mixing up henna and indigo. Indigo over henna can sometimes produce a black, but if too much indigo is used or no henna is used, you get green.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

No haircolors do that to people except maybe some totally rare cases, being the individual that had some weird thing happening. I've been licensed for almost 10yrs and never heard of any reaction even remotely like that.

tommyekaylor82
Answered 1 year ago    reply

So-called 'black henna' contains a higher amount of PPD. The reactions like that do happen with hair dye, if you do a quick google you can find them. The extreme reactions with either product are fairly rare.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Blister 6" long from hair dye? No. LOL

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Answered 1 year ago

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lashanda.b
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I have tried all kinds. Finally decided my health was more important than the color of my graying hair. Ironically I now gets complicates from people, who would have know! Not worth your health. I say go all natural.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

It easily might add to hair loss as well

jonna.g
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I stopped coloring my hair two years ago. I was so uncertain about how I would like it up up until the day the last chunk of dyed hair was finally chopped (I have shoulder-length hair and didn’t want to go the Pixie cut route, so it was a long process). Now that my hair is all natural it is much easier to manage and I, too, get lots of compliments on it.

jonna.g
Answered 1 year ago    reply

That was probably not what you were looking for in an answer when you don’t have years to grow out your hair before your event. Sorry!


jonna.g
Answered 1 year ago    reply

If you are just needing a root touch-up for the party, maybe a hair chalk that washes out would be enough.

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I've been using a natural light brown eyeshadow for the roots, and some obviously white parts, but now it's so much it's taking forever to do, and end result still not looking too good!

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

It's all over my head and now roots are to the end of my shoulder length hair, which means no colored hair remains. It's not pretty, just very drab. And I'm just not ready for that, I still have teens!

motherly.kimberli
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Jenine if you usually do the same colour, I've heard great things about Morocco Method henna/related products. They have a range to mix whatever colour you desire (from blonde to red to black), and have thorough instructions on their site. Their products are PURE henna/indigo/amla, etc. No additives. Not even organic ones. I'm not grey yet but I don't feel like myself without my super dark hair, I feel you on the "drab" part!!


boss
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I recently switched to Aveeda. No more insane red burning scalp and body hives. (In allergic to mammal caused by a tick bite. Mammal is in a lot, including body care, hair care, hair color etc.)

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I use Aveda also. It's the only thing allowing me to not have to cut it more bc of drying special shampoos


laine_griner
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I'm a hairsylist...I would say to use either an ammonia free lightener and do highlights. Or if you are wanting a darker color make sure the line doesn't have a strong smell. Also, don't put it on your scalp. I put the color in a foil to prevent soaking into my scalp. Have them wash your hair at least 2 times after to help with the smell of the color.

jarvis_myrna
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Nailed it

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago

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tiller
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Pre-medicating can help, also going when the salon is empty (I go Monday mornings!) and bringing a dye that is not so toxic. Phoebe maybe remembers what she uses to color her hair. I'm blonde so we use bleach and that stuff, and we do "breaking the base" with a really light dye, but for some crazy reason, I don't react. Like for me I technically could do that in between my highlights but most hair stylists won't even tell clients about this. I'm sure others can chime in about hair dyes. I tagged my mom, she can grab the brand even at Whole Foods or can buy it online and her stylist does it and it's fab. She doesn't have MCAD but she has a really sensitive scalp.

phoebe.miller
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Even my stylist can't believe how well it covers my grey. Most color burns and itches, even naturetint did. But this product is beautiful. Reasonable to purchase on line through vita cost. Extra 15% discount today !

relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Tints of Nature is what I was using before this reactive state started, its the only one that wouldn’t give me a migraine, but I haven’t colored since last December, was afraid to. But I guess this may be my safest op! Thanks!

phoebe.miller
Answered 1 year ago    reply

My last stylist would add a package of sweet and low to the color to help stop itching. But more chemicals might not be the way for you to go.


relievedbeer
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Has anyone done the coffee dying successfully?


foxworth_96
Answered 1 year ago    reply

One of the best ways to do this is have a couple colors that match closest to yours and if blending greys, a highlight and have them use FOILS instead of getting it on your scalp. If it is costly in your area, just have the crown down every 6 weeks and every 3rd or 4th time, whole head.


foxworth_96
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I heard "Madison Reed" is gentle and better for sensative skin with low odor and available at ULTA. They also have Root Reboot and daily brush on touch up kits (if you have bald spots or receeding hairlines like I do, this is a must)


marikochaparro
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I used to wear my hair cut very short and and colored with base color and then high lights and low lights. I had reactions for years to hair color until finally I had four day stage three Ana from coloring. This was my hair at its longest and thickest. It turned a lot of heads. People either loved it or hated it. I also had it cut pixie style . I had no choice my hair grew so fast I had to touch it up every two to three weeks .


wolverton.jettie
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I am unable to use hair coloring as it causes these huge splotches on scalp and back of neck.


bernardine_trahan
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I needed to find a small business that does not do nails. Also, schedule as first client for the day. And bring your shampoo.


meyers
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I react every time I get my hair done unless I premedicate.


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