Which hair dye is PPD-free?

Phenylenediamines

Opaque color pigments

The hair color comes under attack on a regular basis. The reason are para-phenylenediamines, PPD for short. This substance is not only contained in the classic hair color for a long time. Intensive tints and plant colors also use the covering effect of these pigments. We reveal what the controversial material is all about.

Large pigments through small openings

The big challenge with coloring hair is that

Cuticle

not to open the hair too wide, so as not to damage the hair too much and still smuggle large pigments into the hair.

PPD has the advantage that it is relatively small in its individual state and only connects to long chains in the hair. So far, PPD is the only substance that can completely cover white or gray hair permanently. The disadvantage: many people are allergic

PPD is classified as an allergenic substance because some people are allergic to it. Due to this fact, the substance was banned in 1908. Since the toluylenediamine used as an alternative can also cause allergic reactions and no powerful alternative has been found to date, PPD was approved again in the 1980s at the request of the industry.

Beware of henna with PPD

Particular care should be taken with black henna, which is often used for skin tattoos. Henna itself is red, the black color is mostly achieved by adding PPD. Since no couplers that connect the dye precursors are added here, PPD reacts with itself - a relatively violent reaction. Even people who are not hypersensitive to PPD often react to these tattoos and later suffer from an allergy.

The patch test

It is recommended in every package insert, but unfortunately only rarely implemented in reality: the allergy test. It’s very easy. You apply the paint in the crook of your arm because the skin is very thin here. With a plaster over it, the product should act for 48 hours. If there is a hypersensitivity to one of the substances, this can be found out quickly in this gentle way.

What to do if you have an allergy

Anyone who is allergic to PPD should clarify whether the product used contains the opaque pigments before each paint application. If PPD is included, this information can be found on the packaging. By the

Hair coloring ban for under 16 year olds

it becomes even easier to identify dye products with PPD, as they have to be provided with a warning.

Since the skin contact is very intense when coloring the hair completely, an allergic reaction can be severe. So in the event of hypersensitivity, it is better to use an alternative.

Alternatives for allergy sufferers

Even if you cannot tolerate many dye products, you do not have to completely do without changing the color of your hair today. Extensions (Link to T) offer a wide range of color effects for your hair. Here you can choose between short-term and permanent methods.

Elumen is a PPD-free, physical hair color that sticks magnetically to natural hair.

Vegetable colors are also an alternative. But be careful, not all vegetable colors are PPD-free.