permanent hair dyeIt’s well-known that permanent hair dye can be hazardous for your locks. We all know that too much dyeing can cause serious damage. However, did you know that it could actually leave you bald?

If you want to avoid permanent damage, it’s vital you understand how dyes can affect the hair. Here you’ll discover why you should be concerned.

How permanent hair dye affects the hair

There are a number of ways permanent hair dye can ruin the hair. Firstly, let’s look at the actual process and what it involves…

Permanent dyes are first rubbed into the hair, before they are rinsed out. The rubbing process involved in both dye application and rinsing can manipulate the follicles. It doesn’t stop there either. You then need to add a thick conditioner, again massaging it into the scalp, before rinsing again. So, in total you are rubbing and rinsing the hair four times.

This in turn, loosens the hairs that were in the resting phase, causing them to all fall out. So, if you’ve ever noticed large clumps of hair coming loose when you’re rinsing your hair after drying, that’s why!

It’s not just the rubbing and rinsing that causes issues. The hydrogen peroxide weakens the hair shaft. It causes the cuticular scale to swell, allowing the toxins of the dye to enter into the shaft.

The swelling weakens the shaft, making it more prone to breakage. Again, you’ll have likely noticed your hair feels quite dry and brittle after dyeing; particularly if you’ve bleached or lightened it.

Can damage be prevented?

Of course, the best way to prevent damage caused by permanent hair dye is to avoid using it altogether. New dyes released onto the market do address the issue and they are a lot better for the hair than older variations. However, they should still be used with caution.

If you’re experiencing hair loss and you regularly dye your hair, it could be the root cause of the problem. However, it’s always best to get diagnosed by a doctor as there are many types of hair loss and each require a different form of treatment.