Eve Inquires About Her Hair Dye:
Beauty Brains, I love your blog and am an avid reader. I hope you can help me with my problem: I have my hair colored, and get a touch-up every 3 weeks to cover my grey. I’ve recently switched hair colorists, and while I love the new color, seem to be having a bad reaction to the product. After about a week, my scalp gets itchy and a little flaky, and actually hurts a little if I run my fingers through my hair (I know it sounds odd, but it really does feel like that). The salon that I’m now going to uses Redken products. I think that my old salon used Goldwell products. Am I having a reaction to this new brand of hair dye? Is there anywhere to research which brands are better for your scalp/hair than others? Thank you for your help!!
The Right Brain Responds:
As we’ve written before, hair dyes can cause allergic reactions. The typical reaction is redness and irritation – which you didn’t mention. The flaking and itching you did mention may be a symptom of something else. Perhaps they used a different shampoo or conditioner? From what you’ve described, your change in stylists certainly could be causing the problem but without more data it’s hard to tell exactly what’s wrong. You could try a couple of things to see if the problem goes away:
1) Go back to your old colorist.
2) Tell the new colorist to try a different dye but use the same shampoo and conditioner.
3) Tell the new colorist to use the same dye but use a different shampoo and conditioner.
Hopefully this helps – write back and let The Beauty Brains know what happens.