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Researchers: Hair dyes have a direct connection to breast cancer

Though dying their locks might seem like an absolute necessity for many women as they get older and the gray starts setting in, new research from Finland should give women everywhere pause, as it indicates that this apparently harmless beauty ritual could be linked to an elevated risk of breast cancer. For her doctoral dissertation, researcher Sanna Heikkinen […]

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New, safer hair dyes to be made from graphene

Scientists found a new way to make safer hair dyes using graphene. The study, published in the journal Chem, suggested that the naturally black material graphene could be used for making hair dyes in various dark shades. Most hair dyes use toxic chemicals, damaging the hair in the process. Because the hair is covered in cuticle scales, […]

High levels of cancer-causing compounds found in hairdressers' blood

High levels of cancer-causing compounds found in hairdressers’ blood

Sweden’s Lund University went to bat for hairdressers in a new study, attempting to isolate the cancer-causing chemicals that hairstylists may be exposed to. The study investigated the blood of 300 hairdressers and also compared the data of 32 women who use dyes and 60 women who use no dyes. All 392 women in the […]

Hair colorants and the cancer connection - Protect yourself with these natural alternatives

Hair colorants and the cancer connection – Protect yourself with these natural alternatives

As a culture obsessed with youth and beauty, it’s easy to fall into the trap of using hair dyes to cover those telltale gray hairs. However, using these commercial products is risky since the chemical formulations are linked with a range of cancers. Even so-called ‘natural’ dyes can compromise health. Where do we turn? With […]