Woman's Terrifying Hair Dye Allergy Reminds Us to Read Labels

hairdye allergyGoing to the salon is usually a treat and a half for most women. The relaxing shampooing, the free wine, the prospect of a new 'do ... it's all pretty fun and mostly something a lot of us look forward to. But if you're not careful or just completely unlucky, a visit to your favorite hairstylists could turn ugly. Not like bad perm ugly, or terrible highlights ugly -- I'm talking facial deformation and scalp burns ugly. Unfortunately, Virginia native and 30-year-old woman Patrice Washington knows what I'm talking about.

She went in to get her hair dyed, like she's been doing on the regs for the past 18 years, but this time, something went really wrong. She had an allergic reaction and now requires steroids to keep her eyes open, and walks with a cane.


Doctors say that Patrice had a reaction to the chemical paraphenylenediamine, more commonly known as PPD. It's been used as a dye since the mid 1800s, and one doctor said he's only seen about 50 or 60 cases in the last 10 to 15 years of PPD allergy and considers it pretty rare.

Even though it's unusual, it's still important to get the dye patch-tested on your hair and scalp before dyeing your whole head. It's somewhat time consuming and most women skip it because they just want to get their hair done already, but Patrice's case should remind us to take the warnings seriously when it comes to chemical treatments we use on our hair, skin, and nails.

Taking safety precautions is always kind of annoying, but so is having a face essentially swollen shut and hip and back pain so severe that you need assistance when walking. We all know, hopefully, by now that Brazilian blowouts are not that awesome for us, so, I don't know, let's also try and keep in mind that our skin is our biggest organ and when we put all these dyes, perfumes, chemicals, and such on it, we should be conscious about the products we're using and what harm they're potentially capable of.

Watch Patrice's story:

Woman's face swollen after hair dye job: wavy.com


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