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Are Hair Dye and Chemical Straighteners a problem? Does it pose health risks. Read this latest report...

Posted by Dr Larry Shapiro is developer of Help Hair Shake and Products on

Are Hair Dye and Chemical Straighteners a problem? Does it pose health risks. Read this latest report...

Hair dye has been around since the beginning of civilization.

Chemical Straighteners are extremely common. 

But are Hair dyes and Chemical Straighteners safe? 

IS there any risk in using them.  

Read this recent study...


Reference

Eberle CE, Sandler DP, Taylor KW, White AJ. Hair dye and chemical straightener use and breast cancer risk in a large US population of black and white women [published online December 3, 2019]. Int J Cancer. doi:10.1002/ijc.32738

"Many hair products contain endocrine‐disrupting compounds and carcinogens potentially relevant to breast cancer. Products used predominately by black women may contain more hormonally‐active compounds. In a national prospective cohort study, we examined the association between hair dye and chemical relaxer/straightener use and breast cancer risk by ethnicity. Sister Study participants (n = 46,709), women ages 35–74, were enrolled between 2003 and 2009, and had a sister with breast cancer but were breast cancer‐free themselves."

The study found: 

 During follow‐up (mean = 8.3 years), 2,794 breast cancers were identified. Fifty‐five percent of participants reported using permanent dye at enrollment. Permanent dye use was associated with 45% higher breast cancer risk in black women (HR = 1.45, 95% CI: 1.10–1.90), and 7% higher risk in white women (HR = 1.07, 95% CI: 0.99–1.16; heterogeneity p = 0.04). Among all participants, personal straightener use was associated with breast cancer risk (HR = 1.18, 95% CI 0.99–1.41); with higher risk associated with increased frequency (p for trend = 0.02). Nonprofessional application of semipermanent dye (HR = 1.28, 95% CI 1.05–1.56) and straighteners (HR = 1.27, 95% CI 0.99–1.62) to others was associated with breast cancer risk.

Results:

These results suggest that chemicals in hair products may play a role in breast carcinogenesis.

There are alternatives to harsh hair dye.  

Some suggestions are :

To cover gray hair  without harsh chemical  apply citrus juice  and a paste of cassia powder mixed with water for your grey hair to make blonde shade. For red, brown, or black use henna powder mixed with coffee powder, and curd or plain yogurt.  

Or going gray may not be a bad alternative as long as you have hair!



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