Health Risks In The Name Of Beauty

A glass bowl filled with hair relaxer(BlackDoctor.org) — You may be surprised by how many beauty rituals are actually causes for concern. Normal beauty care can contain some not-so-pleasant ingredients that you may want to consider avoiding.

Beauty To Dye For

You probably didn’t know that using some hair dye may increase your risk for certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer involving the lymph nodes. A recent study from Yale University published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who started dying their hair before 1980 had a 30% increased risk of getting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, compared with those who never used hair dye. Among women who began using hair dye in 1980 or later, there was an increased risk only for those who used dark dye.

As with hair relaxers, some consumers have reported hair loss, burning, redness, and irritation from hair dyes. Allergic reactions to dyes include itching, swelling of the face, and even difficulty breathing.

(Speaking of relaxers, we should be very careful when using relaxers on our little ones; there have been reports of children losing their sight as a result of relaxer chemical getting into their eyes).