Carol’s colorful question: Why can’t I use regular hair color on my eyebrows? I’ve sprouted so many white eyebrow hairs that using brow products alone doesn’t cover them anymore. I see warnings against this. Why? If I’m careful, would it be ok?
Carol, using permanent hair color on your eyebrows is very dangerous because it may cause an allergic reaction that could blind you. Here are some key facts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website:
Hair Dye Reactions
- “…some consumers have reported hair loss, burning, redness, and irritation from hair dyes. Allergic reactions to dyes include itching, swelling of the face, and even difficulty breathing.”
- “The patch test involves putting a dab of hair dye behind the ear or inside the elbow, leaving it there for two days, and looking for itching, burning, redness, or other reactions.”
- “The problem is that people can become sensitized–that is, develop an allergy–to these ingredients, they may do the patch test once, and then use the product for 10 years before having an allergic reaction… you’re supposed to do the patch test every time, even in salons.”
The Beauty Brains bottom line
Considering what could go wrong, I don’t think dying your eyebrows is really worth the risk. And using organic hair color is no solution either. Maybe you could find a temporary brow colors that doesn’t have the same potential for allergic reaction.
What do YOU think? Have you ever dyed your eyebrows? Leave a comment and share your experiences with the rest of the Beauty Brains community.