Before beginning school at Penn State University, I had no intentions of ever dying my hair. The longer I was at school, the more I realized how light other girls hair were and that I was sick of always having the darkest hair out of all my friends. So, I did what any person who was sick of their hair color would do – dye it. Sure enough, Thanksgiving break rolled around, and I am now sitting here with blonder hair. Although I now have already dyed my hair, I wonder how safe is dying your hair?
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People have been dying their hair for hundreds of years; however, how safe can it really be? The Null Hypothesis would be nothing happens when you dye your hair, it is fine to do; while the Alternative Hypothesis would be something does happen when you dye your hair, and it could be harmful. This is something I definitely want to discover, because it could change my views on continuing to dye my hair in the future. In order to determine how safe hair dye is, it is important to know what is in it. According to How Stuff Works, hair dyes have two main ingredients – hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. According to Style Caster, the only possible effects these two ingredients could have on you is to cause you to have dermatitis, swelling, and itching. However, these symptoms are so rare that they’d probably only happen if you dye your hair multiple times in one day every time you dye your hair – which all in all, is a lot of dying that is unreasonable for almost everybody. Although the ingredients seem to be safe for people to use, a number of people have grown great concern with the possible correlation with dying hair and cancer. Could dying your hair cause cancer? According to The American Cancer Foundation, there have been many studies in order to determine if there is any correlation between cancer and hair dye. One study, exposed animals to a substance to see if any health problems occurred. While another study, explained that it looked at the rate of cancer in a group of people and to see who was exposed to hair dye and who wasn’t. Although these studies seem to be helpful, there is actually not enough evidence to determine if hair dye does indeed cause cancer, or in fact are harmful at all. So, the Null Hypothesis would stand; however, there are still studies going on to determine if hair dye is harmful.
How To Dye
Although it has been determined that hair dye is not harmful, are there ways that are better to dye your hair? The most common way one dyes their hair is using foil. According to Clairol Professional, a hair salon, foiling allows the chemicals in the dye to seep into the hair giving it the change in color. A newer, more natural looking hair dying process, is balayage. This process is by ‘painting’ the hair in order to give it a more natural look. Unlike the foil, the balayage dyes differently and allows some pieces of your hair to be darker or lighter than other part, rather than the whole piece being the same color. So what method of dying is better? According to Modern Salon, is easier on your hair since you are not foiling it up and suffocating it while it takes in the dye. The balayage is much lighter and more free than the foil. Just like Modern Salon, Vogue Australia, agrees to use balayage in the debate between balayage and foil. Even though these top two fashion sites agree with using balayage, there is no health effects on either of them, so ultimately it is up to the person who is getting their hair dyed.
All in all, the evidence concludes that hair dying is safe and there has been no link to any health effects. The Null Hypothesis stood, but there are still studies going on the determine if hair dye could possibly cause any health effects. The two different ways to dye your hair can determine how it makes your hair look, but ultimately it won’t effect anything about you or your health. In conclusion, hair dying is definitely safe and is definitely something I would recommend doing if you are tired of your normal hair!