Have you ever had discomfort during a color service and just thought it was normal? Have you ever had a hot sensation that lasts even after you have left the salon and rinsed your color? Then you just might be allergic to something in your color!
Recently I have encountered many clients that thought these symptoms were normal or have experienced these symptoms using several different color lines. This made me look further for a product that could help and of course I used a lovely client as a model to find a product that did not cause her discomfort and was as "pure" as possible. We found O&M which stands for Original Mineral. They do not test on animals and is still highly effective in covering those "God Given" platinum highlights in which we call grey. It is amazing to me how many people do not color their hair or do it less often because they felt they had no other option. So of course I felt compelled to help. Below I will touch on what makes this product special, ingredients to help you make an educated decision, and commonly asked questions to make all this much more clear. At Vocare we carry a variety of amazing products to help give you a versatile and tailored experience no gimmicks here! We let the hair do the talking.
I have not experienced these symptoms should I switch to this product?
I am a huge advocate for the phrase "if it's not broken don't fix it". However with that said I think if you are making an educated decision and want to switch by all means go for it; but here's the catch. Just because it is "natural" this does not mean you may not react to a product, sometimes natural occurring minerals and pigments can still harm someone who has a different body chemistry and in rare cases you may be allergic to pigment all together. Other products are not bad however we want all clients to have beautiful hair and to have choices therefore we brought this product in. If you do or do not have symptoms I suggest getting a patch test on your consult to ensure there is no reaction.
What is a Patch Test?
A patch test is when we leave on color for 24-48 hours in advance and wait to see if swelling occurs in that area. If swelling or irritation occur then you may need to try another product if it doesn't you may proceed with a color service. YAY!
Why are Patch Tests not done regularly?
If you have never colored your hair a consult and patch test is a MUST
If you have had previous irritation a patch test is a MUST
Once a preliminary patch test has been done there is no need to repeat for every appointment. A hair stylist should always be asking new clients their hair history, what products the client has used, and if they have ever experienced discomfort. This gives us great insight to what we feel is safe for the client moving forward and if a patch test is needed. There are many clients who I feel safe coloring without a patch test after asking those questions however if you ever feel a client is with holding information reschedule and do a patch test ! We are hair doctors so please always be honest with your stylist it will save you a lot of problems in the end. I know we live in an I WANT IT NOW society but as we know patience can prevent disappointment and disasters!
Out of nowhere after years of coloring my hair I had a reaction.... Why?
So this can be tricky it can be many factors but a change in hormones, medication, and body chemistry can be factors. These factors can even change how the color takes to or affects the hair. Either way it simply can happen so this why we decided to have several products on hand because no two people or products are made the same.
What chemicals can be in hair color and why are they causing me discomfort?
Paraphenylenediamine is a chemical substance that is widely and traditionally used as a permanent hair dye. People who are highly allergic to PPD usually cannot use most color lines. Some color lines claim to be PPD free and still contain 0.06% of it which I learned by trial and error with the lovely client I used as a model to test these products.
Allergies to PPD are common and reactions include dermatitis, reddening and swelling of the scalp and face.
In some severe allergy cases the eyelids may completely close and can result in contact urticaria and anaphylaxis.
Used as a coloring agent and is also commonly found in topical acne treatments.
Now reading below take the word suspected very carefully it does not mean this evidence has been proven and I work with these chemicals everyday so lets please take it with a grain of salt here!
Suspected to be an endocrine toxicity hazard
Suspected to be a human immune system toxicant
Suspected to be toxic to wildlife and the environment
A chemical that swells the hair cuticle so that color can be absorbed all the way through the hair. This is what makes color so effective in most cases however if you are sensitive to it this color line can help and can still be effective without ammonia. I will still use ammonia based products for color corrections as I need the power to see results that clients want. So if your changing your color with ammonia free there will be more stages to changing color. Unpleasant odor.Many people become allergic due to exposure and suffer from itchy scalps and watery/red eyes while getting their hair colored.
What makes this product so special?
This product is great for those clients looking for a alternative due to irritation and allergies. They are one of the first hair brands to produce professional grade ammonia, resorcinol and PPD free permanent (and actually PPD free unlike other brands I have used and researched) hair color making it gentle on hair, scalp and hands.
What are the ingredients?
I thought this chart says it all and felt it was necessary to share!
If you look below you can also see our product on the Left is safe for people with gluten sensitivities and Celiac Disease. Our other color line Wella is also safe for gluten sensitivities but not recommended for Celiac as traces of gluten may be present! See and that is why we have options.
We hope this helps you better understand hair color and allergies a bit better. Please share with others to educate and also help those seeking a painless hair color service. If you ever have any further questions you may email us directly !