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Raise your hand if you still have your natural hair color. Anyone? Actually I know quite a few women and men who have maintained or are switching back to their natural hair color. I call my little streaks of grey in my hair my “highlights”. I colored my hair once or twice in my early twenties but I didn’t like the maintenance it required to keep the roots from showing and it was money that I would rather spend on other things.
Let me start by giving credit to my source for this information, “Green Goes with Everything” by Sloan Barnett. It is a very educational book on everything from organic food, cosmetics, energy use, and toxins in our homes. She writes in a personable style and backs up her information with research studies.
In 2001 in the International Journal of Cancer there was a research study by the University of Southern California around hair dyes. They found that women who use permanent hair dye monthly for a year or longer are twice as likely to develop bladder cancer as women who are not exposed. For hairstylists and barbers who were exposed to hair dye on the job for just one year they would be 50% more likely to develop bladder cancer and if they worked in the field for ten years, would experience a 500% increase in bladder cancer compared with people not exposed.
A different study done by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who used hair dye regularly had twice the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.
The main suspected culprit in most hair dyes is “PPD”, p-phenylendiamine (which may be known by other names as well), which is found in practically all available hair dyes and is suspected to be cancer-causing. There have been other studies that have shown a more questionable link between hair dyes and cancer so I think each person needs to make their own informed decision and perhaps make some modifications in their choices.
You may choose to have your hair colored less often or try out some of the safer alternatives who have drastically or completely reduced PPD, ammonia, and peroxide. Some of the brands that Sloan recommends are:
• Vegetal Colour
• Logona or
• Light Mountain Natural
• Naturcolor by Herbaceuticals
However you choose, make it a choice, not a default. And one final tip that is more of a personal thought is that as we age our skin tone changes and as such if we do color our hair we should begin coloring it lighter so we don’t have that unnatural contrast. (That doesn’t mean you need to go blond, just go to a medium brown if you have been a dark brown.)
Donna Copeland is an Independent Shaklee Distributor who cares about the health of the people and planet. As she learns ways we can all live safer lives she likes to share that information here. She does not receive any compensation from any hair coloring company listed in this blog. She does receive compensation if Shaklee products are purchased through her or her website:

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