Everything You Need to Know About How Hair Dye Damages Hair - Koils by Nature

Every once in a while we get that itch to change up the color of our hair, whether it’s to a brightly bleached pink, or to simply cover up our greys. But are the side effects of dying hair really worth it?


If you’re currently on the fence about hair dyes and deciding whether you should go for a new color or shade, you might want to know the potential side effects of that tempting new look. 


Many of us have been dying our hair for years without really fully comprehending the potential risks involved in such an innocent looking box. Let’s look into what hair dye does to our hair beyond coloring the hair, which dyes or worse than others and how to nurture color treated hair so that you don’t permanently damage those curls or coils! 


What harmful chemicals are in hair dye?

Depending on the brand and color, hair dye contains a number of powerful chemicals to ensure that colors stick and stay. 


Some of the strongest and most common chemicals found in hair dye include:

  • Ammonia- this works at shifting the pH level of the hair so the dye can enter the hair shaft beyond the hair cuticle (which is there in the first place, to protect your hair and lock in moisture). It’s almost like drugging the cuticle in order to get it to do what you want it to do. It’s not hard to imagine how this chemical is working against your natural hair tendencies and will damage and weaken the cuticle. 
  • Hydrogen peroxide- the peroxide works at breaking down your natural hair color/pigment. Though the ammonia has already damaged the hair, it’s really the peroxide which dries out the hair, making it feel straw like and brittle. 
  • Sensitizers like Paraphenylenediamine (PPDA)- this is the chemical that actually colors the hair after the cuticle has been lifted and your natural color has been weakened. PPD is often a common allergen and may cause allergic reactions. 

How hair dye damages hair

It’s no secret and should come as no surprise that permanent hair dye will weaken and damage hair. Some of the worst side effects include drying out the hair, making it feel brittle to touch. Drying out the hair leads to breakage and frizz. 


Though a semi-permanent color is less damaging than a permanent dye, it only works at making the hair a darker color and not a lighter color. And it also requires more applications than your permanent hair dye. 


Dying the hair too often will not only weaken hair but can also lead to hair loss - no thank you! 


Other speculative side effects include fertility issues, especially when exposed to hair chemicals very frequently. Other potentially harmful side effects include non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the development of adult acute leukemia, bladder cancer (which is mostly linked to hairdressers and barbers and less to those who use hair dye). Many OB GYNs recommend avoiding hair dye during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Though there haven't been any direct links to hair dye and issues with pregnancy, many OB GYNs recommend to stay away from chemicals when possible - no surprises there! 


How to repair hair damage from color treated hair

This is when you’ll want to get a mega-hydrating conditioner, an effective leave-in conditioner and a hair mask to hydrate your hair back to life. Of course, we’d recommend opting for natural conditioners instead of adding more chemicals to your damaged hair. 


If you’re looking for a deep conditioning conditioner without harmful chemicals, go for Koils by Nature’s Ultra-Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner. We also recommend using a replenishing hair oil and treating yourself to a hot oil treatment to really moisturize and reboot that hair. 


And if you’re really concerned about the condition of your hair, opt for a moisturize, detox and seal package to remove any toxins from your hair and scalp and to really seal in that moisture. 


Our Final Thoughts on Hair Dye

We know how tempting it may be to dye your hair with an enticing new color, but it’s important to consider the consequences and if the change is really worth it. Why not try out a new hairstyle, hair ties, or even a new all natural product to give you that same glowing feeling. 


We’re feeling pretty confident that you’re already beautiful the way you are and, in fact, you don't even need that change! Why not treat yourself to some activity that makes you feel great, take on a new fulfilling hobby and then see if you still need that new color, or highlight in your hair?


Have you recently overcome the urge to dye your hair? How did you surpass the desire to dye those curls and learn to love your natural look? We’d love to hear your story and share it with the community!

Every once in a while we get that itch to change up the color of our hair, whether it’s to a brightly bleached pink, or to simply cover up our greys. But are the side effects of dying hair really worth it?


If you’re currently on the fence about hair dyes and deciding whether you should go for a new color or shade, you might want to know the potential side effects of that tempting new look. 


Many of us have been dying our hair for years without really fully comprehending the potential risks involved in such an innocent looking box. Let’s look into what hair dye does to our hair beyond coloring the hair, which dyes or worse than others and how to nurture color treated hair so that you don’t permanently damage those curls or coils! 


What harmful chemicals are in hair dye?

Depending on the brand and color, hair dye contains a number of powerful chemicals to ensure that colors stick and stay. 


Some of the strongest and most common chemicals found in hair dye include:

  • Ammonia- this works at shifting the pH level of the hair so the dye can enter the hair shaft beyond the hair cuticle (which is there in the first place, to protect your hair and lock in moisture). It’s almost like drugging the cuticle in order to get it to do what you want it to do. It’s not hard to imagine how this chemical is working against your natural hair tendencies and will damage and weaken the cuticle. 
  • Hydrogen peroxide- the peroxide works at breaking down your natural hair color/pigment. Though the ammonia has already damaged the hair, it’s really the peroxide which dries out the hair, making it feel straw like and brittle. 
  • Sensitizers like Paraphenylenediamine (PPDA)- this is the chemical that actually colors the hair after the cuticle has been lifted and your natural color has been weakened. PPD is often a common allergen and may cause allergic reactions. 

How hair dye damages hair

It’s no secret and should come as no surprise that permanent hair dye will weaken and damage hair. Some of the worst side effects include drying out the hair, making it feel brittle to touch. Drying out the hair leads to breakage and frizz. 


Though a semi-permanent color is less damaging than a permanent dye, it only works at making the hair a darker color and not a lighter color. And it also requires more applications than your permanent hair dye. 


Dying the hair too often will not only weaken hair but can also lead to hair loss - no thank you! 


Other speculative side effects include fertility issues, especially when exposed to hair chemicals very frequently. Other potentially harmful side effects include non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the development of adult acute leukemia, bladder cancer (which is mostly linked to hairdressers and barbers and less to those who use hair dye). Many OB GYNs recommend avoiding hair dye during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Though there haven't been any direct links to hair dye and issues with pregnancy, many OB GYNs recommend to stay away from chemicals when possible - no surprises there! 


How to repair hair damage from color treated hair

This is when you’ll want to get a mega-hydrating conditioner, an effective leave-in conditioner and a hair mask to hydrate your hair back to life. Of course, we’d recommend opting for natural conditioners instead of adding more chemicals to your damaged hair. 


If you’re looking for a deep conditioning conditioner without harmful chemicals, go for Koils by Nature’s Ultra-Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner. We also recommend using a replenishing hair oil and treating yourself to a hot oil treatment to really moisturize and reboot that hair. 


And if you’re really concerned about the condition of your hair, opt for a moisturize, detox and seal package to remove any toxins from your hair and scalp and to really seal in that moisture. 


Our Final Thoughts on Hair Dye

We know how tempting it may be to dye your hair with an enticing new color, but it’s important to consider the consequences and if the change is really worth it. Why not try out a new hairstyle, hair ties, or even a new all natural product to give you that same glowing feeling. 


We’re feeling pretty confident that you’re already beautiful the way you are and, in fact, you don't even need that change! Why not treat yourself to some activity that makes you feel great, take on a new fulfilling hobby and then see if you still need that new color, or highlight in your hair?


Have you recently overcome the urge to dye your hair? How did you surpass the desire to dye those curls and learn to love your natural look? We’d love to hear your story and share it with the community!

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