Hair is one of the most outstanding features of humans. Its contribution to beauty cannot be overemphasized. Hair’s contribution to beauty differs from person to person as hair has different colours and textures. In Nigeria however, there are dominantly two hair colour types; black and brunette.
In order to look more appealing and beautiful, a lot of people have done a lot of things to manipulate their hair, chief among which is hair colouring also known as hair dyeing. Hair colouring is the application of certain chemicals to the hair to change its colour to the desired colour.
There are many different reasons why different people dye or colour their hair. For some people with grey hair, they don’t want to be reminded that they are ageing; some others dye it for fashion sake. But irrespective of the reasons, people that make use of hair dye actually face the same risks like:
The first introduced permanent hair dyes contained compounds that were highly carcinogenic. The tests carried out on animals further confirmed it but the tests were inconsistent in humans. New formulas that changed these chemicals were introduced but the argument of the possibility of the dye causing cancer have not stopped and there is yet a scientific study to create a bridge between the use of permanent hair dye and cancer.
Dyeing hair excessively and frequently can lead to the chemicals in the dye touching sensitive parts/ of your face which may include the eye. It can lead to ‘pink eye’ or conjunctivitis and can even cause severe discomfort and inflammation.
Most times, permanent hair dyes contain chemicals like ammonia and peroxide which can cause high damage to the hair. The ammonia breaks through the hair shaft and the peroxide kills the natural pigment in your hair responsible for colour, thus taking away the colour of the hair.
While the over-processed hair can be fixed with hair treatments, the most effective way is to cut the hair and start growing it all over.
Although unconfirmed, scientific research has created a relationship between lead acetate, a chemical found in hair dye and fertility problems in both male and female. It is also advised that pregnant women should abstain from hair dye to prevent harming their unborn child.
Due to the presence of persulfates in hair dye, continuous inhaling of these chemicals can result in lung inflammation, wheezing, coughing and even asthma attacks.
Hair colouring requires regular maintenance using the deep conditioning cholesterol treatment. Deep Conditioning is necessary to prevent the hair from getting dry. Proper deep conditioning helps to repair damages on the hair, gives the hair the tensile strength it needs, conditions the scalp and gives life to the hair which keeps the hair in perfect condition for healthy growth. It is important to retain moisture to avoid dryness. This is why deep conditioning is an essential routine after colouring the hair. Natures Gentle Touch 3 Step solution helps in the ensuring proper deep conditioning of the hair. It comes in the Herbalblend Moisture Care conditioning Shampoo, the Deep Conditioning Cholesterol and the Intensive Leave-in Conditioner.
However, if you do not deep condition your hair regularly (2 weeks), it could lead to a condition called ‘’excessively dry hair’’. An excessively dry hair is hair that does not have moisture or oil to maintain its natural sheen and texture. It is a sign of hair damage. If left untreated, the hair can become brittle, causing it to break. Natures Gentle Touch Shea Butter range, however, is a solution to excessively dry hair. It is specially formulated with natural ingredients to help rehydrate excessively dry hair. It comes in the Shea Butter Moisture Care Shampoo, the Shea Butter Instant Balance Conditioner, the Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Cholesterol, the Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner and the Shea Butter Daily Oil Moisturizer.