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You want your hair to look great, right? But, why risk the toxic effects of chemical preservatives in hair dye? Recent studies have shown that women who used hair dye were 37% more likely to develop liver disease. But there are safe solutions for coloring your hair with chemical-free and herbal colorants, as well as creating an immune system that will detoxify you of any toxic build-up and prepare your body to resist damage from chemicals.
Are you a brunette? Blonde? Redhead? Now, be honest: do you get the color of your lovely locks from a bottle? Well, if you do, then there are a few very important things you need to know.
Hair dye manufacturers do not want you to know the hidden dangers behind coloring your hair with their products. Recently, links have been found between hair dye and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC),1 liver disease. Some of the processed chemicals in popular dyes (which are also found in nail polish) have been shown to block bile ducts which interferes with the liver’s ability to process toxins properly. In 2003, a Chinese patient was diagnosed with “hair dye-induced hepatitis.”2 Similarly, in 2006, another patient was found to have “hair dye-induced liver injury.” This is real. And, really scary, to boot.
According to the study, “Women who used hair dye were 37 percent more likely to develop PBC than women who didn't use hair dye. Previous research has suggested a link between PBC and chemicals in cosmetics, particularly octynoic acid, which is found in hair dye and nail polish.”1
What if you really need to dye your hair? Perhaps you are coloring your hair to cover up early gray, or even to express your individuality. There are some alternatives to mainstream chemical hair dyes, including natural dyes (like henna) that won’t harm you.
You may even find a salon that offers organic, chemical-free dyes.
Would you believe that people have been coloring their hair since as early as history has been recorded? There’s even mention of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks using hair dye to enhance their looks. Of course, those early hair dyes were made of much more natural ingredients, like plants. The good news is that you can still take advantage of these alternatives and keep your hair looking great, without the toxic risk. Look what these herbs and plants can do for your hair:
Increase your bile flow and help your liver push toxins out of your body. LivAmend, a combination of artichoke extract, sarsaparilla extract, wasabi powder and milk thistle extract helps cleanse toxins including chemicals from hair dye from your liver.
If it’s impossible for you to abstain from dying your hair, it’s even more important that you take proper steps to undo as much of the damage as possible. When you create a hardy inner eco-system of healthy bacteria and beneficial yeasts in your intestines, your body will have a much better chance of combating poisons. You’ll also build the best possible foundation for increased energy, great skin, and shiny hair that won’t be so quick to turn gray.
Having a healthy and happy immune system is key in not only feeling well, but also looking fabulous! After all, that is what dying your hair is all about, right? Your liver must filter every chemical and food that enters your body. So, it becomes overtaxed when you assault it with chemicals like hair dye. If your liver isn’t functioning at 100%, then your eyes, skin and hair will suffer too.
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