Hair color scalp irritation?

topic posted Sun, April 23, 2006 - 7:19 PM by 
I just found a new stylist who is super! She did not scorn me about coloring my hair at home, in fact she made the suggestion of putting one or two packets of Sweet n' Low in my hair dye to lessen the irritation on my scalp. I know it sounds strange, but I am certainly willing to give it a try, because my skin is so sensitive and burns when I color my hair..

I'll keep y'all posted on the final results!
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    Re: Hair color scalp irritation?

    Sun, April 23, 2006 - 8:20 PM
    well maybe you should just not use that type of dye?

    chemicals on more chemicals?
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      Sun, April 23, 2006 - 8:51 PM
      <<<<well maybe you should just not use that type of dye? >>>>>

      True, I could..if you can suggest something that is more gentle, but cover gray
      (I'm mostly gray) in a medium brown orange/red color, I'd be willing to try it..

      But, I have one bottle of my color already in my house, and I like it very much (been using this color for years)..and yes, I know it's chemicals on chemicals, but if it works as a PH buffer (the Sweet 'n Low) in the color, It may help with my particular irratation issue..
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        Sun, April 23, 2006 - 9:03 PM
        " but cover gray "

        oooooooooooooooooooh....thats one of those things...ugh,,,i know what you mean. its wierd how picky grey hair is about grabbing color.

        i think some people have used henna to cover it. i never tried it on myself or anyone else
        BUT MAKE SURE YOU CAN LAY IT OVER YOUR PRE_COLORED HAIR. otherwise you could burn it off...that wouldnt be good. haa haa.

        hmm...i wonder if a gentle dye...i have no idea what to tell you try.
        and then maybe throw something over it thats temporary to tint the grey hairs?

        what part chemical of the dye did the hairdresser say you were reacting to?

        does every dye you have used do this to you?
        what have you used?
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          Sun, April 23, 2006 - 9:43 PM
          Well, this irritation thing is kinda new I've been coloring my hair since high school, which was a long time ago..I took a break from it for a while and started up again the last 5 years or so..

          My hairdresser didn't really say what's causing it, but I'm thinking that what it is doing is drying out my scalp; which makes my head kinda itch, which makes me scratch, then when I dye my hair again it burns like hell and dries my skin out and the cycle begins over again. I even stopped coloring my hair (which looked HORRIBLE btw; red hair with grey roots: Blech!) and waited to see what my scalp would do, and my scalp did tend to normalize..I should also say I've never developed a rash; it just kinda burns and itches when I have the color on..

          and I've been using this color for a while now, so I don't really know if any other color will do this to me..
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            Mon, April 24, 2006 - 4:14 PM
            i am wondering if the S&L will make the dye less effective...but anyway....

            a few suggestions from someone who has a similar problem. i don't always have it, but it tends to be more of a problem with the DIY stuff than what they do in salons. that said...

            i try not to wash my hair for a few days before i'm getting color. that allows your natural oils to protect your scalp a little bit. as many days as you can stand it is best.

            if you've already tried that, and it didn't work, then maybe you need to do a really intense moisturizing treatment afterwards...maybe use some warm olive oil and massage it into your scalp, then wrap your head in plastic and put a warm towel over that. sit around for an hour and just let it soak in. a few years ago i decided to go platinum. my hair is normally pretty dark and very stubborn about going blonde, so we did two back to back blonding sessions, nearly an hour each, including sitting under the dryer. my hair was certainly blonde (and shockingly, no worse for wear). my scalp, however, was a MESS for days. i tried everything and nothing helped until i tried this.

            a hot oil treatment could work too.

            finally, i don't know how this would work but maybe try a dandruff treatment shampoo? that might make matters competely worse, i don't know, but it just popped into my head.
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              Wed, April 26, 2006 - 10:28 AM
              I've been dyeing my hair on and off since I was 13. In my experience I've found that making sure your scalp is "dirty" or not washed for a day or two works pretty well. Also, I just read some instructions on a Clarol product (I know it's bad, but I'm good in so many other ways) that mentioned increased sensitivity for people with TATTOOs and hairdye. Hummmmm...the plot thickens.

              Wonder if this is partially why I react to all tatoo ink, and have to have tatoo work done in little amounts? Yeah, having 4-5 hour sessions isn't good for me apparently, who knew?! Not that I don't have other allergies, but it does make one wonder.
              Ave! ~Nephtys

              p.s. Greetings all, I'm new here. This tribe rocks and I'm going to try threading today. I heard about it before and was so pleased to find a how-to link here. I'll post in another listing as to the results. ;D
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            Wed, April 26, 2006 - 5:25 PM
            Hair dyes contain PPD ( Para-Phenylenediamine) Black shades, being the darkest, are worse, but all hair dyes have some amount of this chemical in them. You can acquire an allergy to PPD from absorbing it into your body over years of dying your hair. Extreme sensitivity to PPD can cause serious reactions. Read up on it here:

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    Tue, April 25, 2006 - 1:28 PM
    there is a hair dye I can get at Wild Oats or in Santa Monica at Co-op. It's called Naturtint (green box) and as far as I know does not have peroxide or amonia. I have very very sensitive dermatitis and during that time of month, my scalp in particular, gets inflammed on it's own. First off, I try not to wash my hair a day or two before coloring and color about a week after my period. Coloring my hair would make it fall out and would make my scalp get red and puffy and sometimes burn the skin. I can leave Naturtint on for the 20-40 minutes (40 minutes to cover gray) and it's wonderful. No henna color (too red for me and makes my hair too coarse). Here's a link:

    I have very dark hair, gray in front and interspersed throughout my head. I love this stuff. It covers my gray and I've mixed colors to get some really wonderful colors with more depth.
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      Tue, April 25, 2006 - 3:26 PM
      Is Naturtint permanent? I've been using a semi-permanent color while I grow out years of henna. Don't get me wrong, I *LOVE* henna and the color I achieve is so natural-looking and works so well with my skin tone. But I'm trying to go lighter and/or blonde (less maintenance to cover my gray) and don't want any surprises when the time comes, hence the semi-permanent approach.
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        Wed, April 26, 2006 - 1:48 AM
        Hmmm... It's almost in between. It covers my gray but the gray will start showing up from shampooing in about 8 weeks. It's both grow-in as well as the dye wearing off. the colors stays vibrant and there's a definite skunk line.What I mean by skunk line is, I sometimes go for a redish brown, like a wine color, and when it grows out, you can see the more redish hair and then my own somewhat ashy brown growing in.

        I would explore the website and read it more in-depth. It works for me, colors gray and brightens up my color. They also have color-washes but I haven't seen those in the US, only UK.
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    Sun, May 14, 2006 - 9:30 PM
    just a quick follow up:

    I used a different dye (not the naturatint one, but another Loreal type of Color) and used two packets of sweet n' low....and seemed to work well, with no burning at all!

    Did anyone get to try the naturatint btw??

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