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Scalp is itchy after coloring
« on: 01 Jan 16 / 10:53 AM »
I told the hair stylist that I had a terrible reaction when I died my hair. She said what she is going to use is natural and will not cause a problem. But now my scalp it itchy and getting a little itchier. But it's nowhere near has bad as it was when I had the allergic reaction last time. She did not do a test. What should I do about the itching and make sure it doesn't do damage? I'm a guy by the way. Thank you.
 

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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #1 on: 01 Jan 16 / 06:20 PM »
 From now on, never, ever, ever get your hair dyed without a patch test. Natural is a meaningless buzzword in beauty products and it's starting to drive me crazy. People can be highly, deadly allergic to anything, even natural. Peanuts is one that springs to mind immediately. The idea that if its natural it must be good for you, or safe, is a fallacy yet it's a growing trend.

For now, it really depends on what caused the itching. I'm not sure if an anti histamine would do anything, but I suspect it might help if it's just itching. Look out for any swelling.

What dye was it? It could be you have a ppd allergy or that the peroxide has burned your scalp. Do you have any scabs forming?
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #2 on: 01 Jan 16 / 09:01 PM »
From now on, never, ever, ever get your hair dyed without a patch test. Natural is a meaningless buzzword in beauty products and it's starting to drive me crazy. People can be highly, deadly allergic to anything, even natural. Peanuts is one that springs to mind immediately. The idea that if its natural it must be good for you, or safe, is a fallacy yet it's a growing trend.

For now, it really depends on what caused the itching. I'm not sure if an anti histamine would do anything, but I suspect it might help if it's just itching. Look out for any swelling.

What dye was it? It could be you have a ppd allergy or that the peroxide has burned your scalp. Do you have any scabs forming?

Thanks for the input. I took an anti histamine and it's helping with the itch. There is swelling and redness but no scabs.

In the future, is there ANYTHING I can use? I am a man and just want some touch up to make the gray look less noticeable when I get a new job. I really don't mind the gray and can live with it. It's kind of nice.

About the swelling... ???

I told her I had a very very bad reaction when I died my hair. I am going back tomorrow and ask to take an iphone photo of the ingredients.

Oh yes, I will ALWAYS get a patch test done if I never get it done again.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 01 Jan 16 / 09:17 PM »
There are dyes you can use. I suspect it's a ppd allergy as it usually is. So you probably need to have dyes without ppd.

Reactions to ppd can start at any time and I believe that sometimes they get worse each time, so you might be lucky that it wasn't worse. Even if it's not ppd, it still could have been worse. You really should make a complaint to the hairdresser as it's extremely bad practice to do a dye without a patch test (or certainly used to be) but to tell you it'll be fine because it's 'natural' is extremely irresponsible and potentially shows a lack of knowledge and safety measures. You could very easily have ended up with a stay in a hospital.

Basically, any time you want to have your hair dyed, get a patch test 48 hours ahead of time. If you don't get a reaction, you'll be fine. As I said before, it's a good idea to try and make sure it's without ppd as its most likely that you're reacting to.
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #4 on: 01 Jan 16 / 09:22 PM »
Thank you.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01 Jan 16 / 10:05 PM »
Oh, you never did say what dye it was? By which I mean, was it just a dye it bleached then dyed? Any info at all?
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« Reply #6 on: 01 Jan 16 / 10:18 PM »
Oh, you never did say what dye it was? By which I mean, was it just a dye it bleached then dyed? Any info at all?

Sorry about that. All I know is she painted on my hair to make my gray hair less noticeable then washed it. I'm going to stop by tomorrow to find out exactly what kind it was. Then, maybe I will give the salon a really bad Yelp review. This is BS. Not sure about the review or not. But she should have tested me first.

What is making me a bit mad was I specifically told her several times I had a very very bad allergic reaction to die. She probably will deny that I never said that.

And I'm starting to feel a TINY TINY TINY irritation in my inner ear. It might be my imagination. On a scale from 1 to 10 it's a .5
 

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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #7 on: 01 Jan 16 / 10:44 PM »
If you're at all worried, go to hospital. It might not be connected. I'm not really sure of the amount of time that a reaction is likely to still be a problem, any irritation in your ear might be connected, but it's also likely it's not. Sometimes when we're looking for symptoms we'll see more than there is or attribute something that isn't connected at all. One of the most common side affects of drugs is headache, mostly because headaches are very, very common and so it's very hard to know if the headache was caused by the drug or not, so they list it as a side affect! Hopefully it's nothing :)

It's highly likely to have been either a permanent or a Demi permanent. Did it small strongly of chemicals? Did it burn a lot when it was on? Or was there no sensation at all?
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #8 on: 01 Jan 16 / 10:58 PM »
There was no sensation at all and I did not smell anything.
 

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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #9 on: 01 Jan 16 / 11:18 PM »
Oh, that's interesting. Doesn't totally rule out a dye with peroxide (which could mean chemical burns), but if it wasn't then it is more likely to be a ppd allergy or something similar.

Well, good luck, hopefully nothing gets worse. Let us know what happens as I'd be very interested. It's a bit of a slow day here, I think everyone is off doing other stuff! But someone else might have other ideas of what it might be or ways you might be able to find out exactly what it is.
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« Reply #10 on: 02 Jan 16 / 11:47 AM »
You asked me if there was a scap. no. but i do feel a tiny hard thing... microscopic really, the size of a follic in one area. Nothing to worry bout i am sure. Please reassure me. lol Surely there must be a place I can complain to about this salon. It was the owner who did it too.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 02 Jan 16 / 12:29 PM »
Well, scabs don't always form immediately, they sometimes take a few days. It sounds like what you found was probably a tiny scab, but yeah, nothing to worry about. If it were anything really serious chemical burns to worry about then you'd know already. I was more thinking along the lines that a healing scalp can be itchy as hell and cause swelling. If there's still not scabs other than this tiny one then I would guess it's more likely it's a reaction. It's likely you're past the worst now, but I'm not a medical expert in anyway, just a former hairdresser (very short term I will add!) and what I know from personal experience. If you're still itching/swollen, go to the doctor. It might be worth it anyway, though doctors are a bit of a pain when it comes to hair dye. They have a habit of blaming everything on it.

Is it chain hairdresser? Or a local independent? If it's local, I'm not sure. You might have to take them to small claims court? Not sure. Probably not worth it. It might be something you can go to trading standards about. I have to admit, I've never thought much about it before. But she needs to know that not doing a test is wrong, to cover herself if anything, and potentially dangerous for her clients. Also, that natural doesn't mean safe.

If it's a chain, google the headquarters and email them. 
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #12 on: 02 Jan 16 / 01:27 PM »
Wow! You always reply so fast. :)
I am probably just going to do nothing. She's a local private owner. I will just ask what she used so I at least know.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 02 Jan 16 / 01:59 PM »
Lol I suppose so. I work from home and this is something I use as a quick break!

It's a shame, hairdressing is woefully under regulated in the UK (assuming that's where you are, if not, it's a whole different matter). There's a register for hairdressers and a hairdressers council who you can complain to, but it's estimated only 10% of them are on the register. I would guess with her apparent bad practice that she isn't. They deal with potentially life changing kind of dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. You don't even have to have to have any experience at all to set up as a hairdresser.
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« Reply #14 on: 02 Jan 16 / 03:25 PM »
I am in the USA.
I just showed her. She used loreal homee.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 02 Jan 16 / 04:45 PM »
You likely can make a formal complaint somewhere then. I really think you should. I would advise where to go, but I can't find anything but UK specific stuff at the moment on Google. I believe all hairdressers have to have a licence in the US.

I don't know the dye, but I believe it's a men's specific dye. It probably does have ppd, unless it says it's ppd free.
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #16 on: 03 Jan 16 / 02:05 PM »
She didn't even say she was sorry or offer my money back. I feel disrespected.

Hi again,
Is it okay to wash my hair after having an allergic reaction to hair dye?
Thank you.

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« Reply #17 on: 03 Jan 16 / 02:19 PM »
You really should research into complaining. She could cause someone some serious damage if she carries on.

How is everything feeling now? If its back to normal there shouldn't be a problem. Just be gentle. It might be worth avoiding getting shampoo on your scalp too much and don't rub it in to your scalp, just to avoid any potential irritation.
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #18 on: 04 Jan 16 / 01:13 AM »
Hi Again, :)
It's getting better but still red. I found an organization I can complain too. It's not itchy any more.

Help!! I am afraid my hair is thinning. Not from this allergic reaction. Just due to age. I have always had the most perfect hair you could imagine! It's gone kind of gray. I am cool with that. But the texture changed. Oh well. But what scares me is this. I have thinned in the back. I have started using rogaine for that and I think it has helped. But I am scared out of my sits that it's thinning a little bit in the front! This scares me to death! You wouldn't think I was losing my hair. It's just not the same texture as it was. I am 55 so I guess I am safe in that I have kept it this long so I should be safe. :)
PS: You're my new therapist. I think I love you> !! Lol Joking of course.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 04 Jan 16 / 06:32 AM »
Oh boy, I can actually sympathise with the worry. As someone that has very thick hair, who's outward identity is essentially in the look of their hair and a history of females in the family who's hair has thinned considerably, it's a worry I also have. It's not exactly the same, but thinning hair on women is more shocking to people in many ways. I'm nearly 43 now so expecting it to start soonish, if it does...

You are lucky to have kept it this long in some ways. My partner started thinning in his early 20s, by the time I met him at 29 his bald patch at the back was becoming obvious and his hairline was receding. Now he's 38 he just shaves his head as it's almost all gone on the top of his head. It's a little sad he doesn't have his blonde spiky hair anymore, and I know he's a bit sad about it still, but he's come to terms with it for the most part.

However, I can more than understand how it's distressing at any age! It's a massive shift in anyone's life and perception of their outward self.

All I can really say is, kept going with the regaine for now, it does appear to work for some people but not everyone. So if you're in the camp that it helps you might as well keep going. Do be objective about the results though. The flip side is. You don't want to be giving money to a company when their product isn't actually working for you. Obvious, I know, but it's so common to be convinced something is making a difference when it isn't. I admit a bias though, I have little trust in the claims of the beauty industry, it's a pretty dark area and a lot of exaggeration and twisting of the truth goes on.

It might be worth thinking about what you would do if the regaine stops working. Start easing yourself into the idea of it.

But heaven knows, I'm definitely no therapist lol just someone obsessed with their own hair and that of others because, well, no I've idea really!
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #20 on: 08 Jan 16 / 02:07 AM »
Hi again. :)
My head is back to normal.  *1*
Is there any dye I will be able to use? Natural vegetable die or something?
Thanks again. :)
 

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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #21 on: 08 Jan 16 / 08:23 AM »
Avoid anything with ppd. Any direct dyes such as adore dyes are fine for you to use.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 08 Jan 16 / 10:22 AM »
Just do a skin test before you use anything, just to be sure.
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Re: Scalp is itchy after coloring
« Reply #23 on: 16 Jan 16 / 07:50 PM »
I'm so shocked that the hairdresser would think because something was 'natural' it couldn't cause an allergy! Latex is perfectly natural but if someone wears latex gloves when treating my hair (or the problem I usually encounter, when doing my tattoos) I break out in an awful rash! A bit late now, and I don't know if they have the same name for things in the US but I get an anti-histamine from my doctor called Fexofenadine rather than the over the counter ones (usually cetirizine or loratadine) and I find it much better for skin break outs from allergies.
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