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Injuries Due To Hair Dye

The British Medical Journal released a paper during February 2007 warning that allergic reactions to hair dye are increasing in the UK as more people reach for the bottle and colour their hair.

This is not only putting consumers at risk from sustaining personal injury such as dermatitis but also leaving the industry at risk of having product liability claims made against them.

According to market research, more people are dying their hair than ever, the majority of which are at a younger age.

A survey carried out during 2001 found that 41% of female secondary school students, 85% of women in their 20s, and 33% of men in their 20s reported using hair colourants. Worryingly, over two thirds of hair dyes on the UK market contain known irritant para-phenylenediamine (PPD).

The reason this chemical, which has caused allergic reactions for many consumers throughout Europe, has not yet been banned in the UK seems to be that no widely accepted alternative is available for use in permanent hair dye.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and other related agents which can trigger allergic reactions are contained in more than two-thirds of hair dyes. Current European Union legislation allows PPD to comprise up to 6% of the constituents of hair dyes on the consumer market. But the researchers, based at St Thomas' Hospital, warn that no satisfactory or widely accepted alternatives to these agents are available for use in permanent hair dye.

Allergic Reactions to Hair Dye

Reaction caused by the use of hair dye in mild cases usually only involves dermatitis to the upper eyelids or the rims of the ears. In more severe cases, there may be marked reddening and swelling of the scalp and the face.

The eyelids may completely close and the allergic contact dermatitis reaction may become widespread.

Severe allergy to PPD can result in contact urticaria and in some extreme cases a hypersensitivity allergic reaction. People working with PPD such as hairdressers and film developers may develop dermatitis on their hands; patch testing usually reveals hypersensitivity to PPD.

Occupational allergy to PPD has been found in a milk tester whom through laboratory work was in frequent contact with PPD solution. Dermatitis on the hands and occasional spreading to the arms and upper chest occurred. Allergic hair dye reactions are increasing as more people - particularly the young - colour their hair, researchers have warned.

In the British Medical Journal, they warn this can lead to facial dermatitis and, in severe cases, facial swelling. Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and other related agents which can trigger allergic reactions are contained in more than two-thirds of hair dyes.

The warning comes from St John's Institute of Dermatology in London. Allergic reactions to PPD became such a serious problem that it was banned from hair dyes in Germany, France, and Sweden. Current European Union legislation allows PPD to comprise up to 6% of the constituents of hair dyes on the consumer market. But the researchers, based at St Thomas' Hospital, warn that no satisfactory or widely accepted alternatives to these agents are available for use in permanent hair dye. More in clinics A UK survey found a doubling in frequency of dermatitis over six years to 7.1% in a clinic for adults. The same clinic reported that between 1965 and 1975 it saw between five and 11 patients with non-occupational PPD allergy each year.

More recently the number has consistently exceeded 40 such patients annually. Market research also indicates that more people are dyeing their hair and are doing so at a younger age. The researchers said a wider debate on the safety and composition of hair dyes was overdue.

Almond Solicitors will be campaigning for this debate to take place urgently.

A ban on PPD should, in our view, be seriously considered.

Please support our campaign and sign the online e-petition we have set up:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/18664

What you need to do if you have been injured as a result of a reaction to Hair Dye:

  • Obtain medical treatment as soon as possible - do not delay!
  • If possible, you should keep the faulty product so that it can be inspected and used in evidence if necessary
  • If you no longer have the faulty product that does not necessarily mean that you cannot claim
  • Take Photographs of the product and the injuries sustained
  • Keep evidence of purchasing the goods/ hair dye i.e receipts.

Almond Solicitors are experts at dealing with claims involving allergic reactions to hair dye and injuries from hair dye. We can help you claim the damages you are entitled to receive.

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