Owning an organic, toxin-free salon, many potential clients call to inquire about the products we use, hopeful that they will finally be able to have their hair colored without the itching and burning so many people think they have to endure. While most people who do experience that discomfort aren’t allergic to the products, many people do have an allergy to an ingredient called para-phenylenediamine, commonly known as PPD.
Exposure to PPD can cause coughing, dizziness, headaches, and labored breathing, according to the CDC website. In addition, some people may see skin irritation, eye pain and swelling and blurred vision. Europe, which has more stringent laws than the U.S., has either banned it altogether or regulate the percentage allowed in hair coloring products to no more than six percent.
At Upstairs Hair Affair, all of our color lines are either entirely free of PPD, with one having less than one percent total. We work hard to ensure we use the proper brand on each of our clients. If you suffer excessive itching or burning at the salon you’ve been loyal to, we are always glad to sit down and talk with you about the best option for you. When necessary, we perform a patch test to make sure you can tolerate the product. A patch test is a simple procedure where we dab a tiny amount of color behind your hair then wait 48 hours to see if you have any adverse reactions to the color. So far those we’ve performed this on have been able to come in and get their hair colored without discomfort.
Finally, our products are also ammonia-free, so the burning and itching you may feel while getting your hair colored at traditional salons doesn’t happen here either!