The hair is everyone’s crown and glory, and that is also the reason why you should at least know how to make things look better for your hair without compromising the fact that it needs tender care as well. Hair dyeing may look and sound simple but little did most people know that there is more than just painting each hair strand to whatever color that catches your fancy or if you just simply want to bring the old look back such as covering your gray hair. There is really no concrete and established details as to how the concept of hair dyeing started but according to some notes and records from the historians, hair dyeing began during the Ice Age period when the early humans learned how to extract colorings from plants, fruits, and flowers and used them to paint the cave walls to record their daily activities until such time they realized that they can also use the dye on their body (henna) to fight off the extreme cold temperature and evolved to fashion. The same concept rose during the ancient civilizations like those of Greek, Middle Eastern, and Egyptian only this time they started using henna or dye for hair coloring for religious ceremonies, rituals, and vanity.
Today, you would know that hair dyeing has surpassed the level of just being an art. It became one of the society’s new basic needs especially for seniors. More than just for fashion, a person would want and need to color their hair to hide or cover gray hair but you have to also understand that doing so is not the end of the process because you also need to keep few things in mind such as the following (Most applicable for the “Safe and Respected” group of the market and society):
Skin’s Sensitivity and Tolerance to Chemicals
Before you feed your excitement upon seeing the best hair dye color that you would like to use, it would be best if you are familiar with your skin type. There are some people who’s skin are highly sensitive (allergic reaction and/or chemical burn) to almost any chemicals in contact and if this is true for you, then it is just necessary for you to seek an advice from a skin specialist or a Dermatologist that you way you would know which are the chemicals that you should avoid. Be at least vigilant for your scalp – check the chemical content for safety.
The idea is very simple; you simply need to make sure that the color of your choice for hair dye should complement your skin complexion. Though this may be depend on your reason for coloring your hair because there some of those occasions in which you will find yourself being forced to go extreme.
Wearing striking and screaming hair colors are no longer appropriate for seniors, it is important for this group that they maintain the level of acceptance and respect that they are getting from the society that they belong to and that is a general and proven fact. Appropriateness would only mean that you are able to comply with the set of norms depending on your profession (workplace policies and profession ethics) and community.
The Better Alternative
“Going green” is no longer a brand new idea; it has been around long before the big issue of global warming rose to everyone’s awareness. As mentioned earlier, you may want to familiarize yourself first on how your skin will work with all the chemical contents of your hair dye or better yet choose those products that are made from organic materials and ingredients, that way you are sure that you are not letting your sensitive skin deal with harmful chemicals which may lead to allergic reactions or chemical burns.
Just so you know, the Environmental Working Group of the United States recently conducted a research which exposed a handful number of 400 hair dye products containing some of the 15 harmful chemicals such as HCl (banned by the European Union’s health association) that are sure to burn your skin (scalp). The health hazard does not end on your skin as the fumes emitted by the chemicals in your hair dye may cause irritations to your upper respiratory system as well, this may lead to asthma and other breathing disorders. Pretty much you have had that share of strong odor in the salon that you frequent to, right? Besides, why would you let an industrial chemical settle in your hair?