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The Hidden Truths About Hair Color

Hair dyes or hair colors are probably one of the most widely used hair products that augment the over all appearance of one’s hair. It gives a person a chance to put some variations on the color that a person can choose to have on for an indefinite time. Whats good about it is that you can frequently change your hair color as much as you want. The history of hair color goes as far back to ancient China, where people used to ground herbs and plants to extract it’s organic pigments. These pigments are usually water based soluble colors that lasts for an indefinite time.

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Todays hair coloring systems use a wide variety of coloring compounds which give you so many choices in the colors and blends or a combination of any shade that you prefer to put in your hair. There are some things that you may want to consider first before even choosing a shade of color to put on your hair. In the early years of the development of hair color, the manufacturers of hair coloring products frequently used a combination of bleaching agents mixed with ammonia compounds. This causes a bit of a pungent smell when applied to the hair strands. There were however, cases of people that have used different hair coloring products that have complained about thinning hair loss.

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One possible cause of thinning hair loss related to frequent hair coloring use can be traced to the volumizer in the coloring formulation. Even today, most volumizers contain a tiny amount of ammonia and other inorganic substances that are necessary to allow the deep penetration of the coloring dyes in the hair strands. Unfortunately, despite careful attempts to avoid scalp contact, chemicals eventually seep into the scalp causing the weakening of the follicular cells to shrink and produce thinner hair strands.

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There are other “natural” causes of thinning hair such as hormonal changes in the thyroid glands, diet and medicinal adverse effects as if the natural causes of thinning hair was not enough, that artificial inorganic chemicals such as that incorporated in hair coloring products should add to the damage. Coloring of the hair is a necessity for some people but it is wise to consult hair specialists on the best hair coloring products that do not have chemicals that can permanently damage you hair.

The damage that hair coloring can inflict on your hair comes as a result of the chemicals used to adhere the coloring pigments to your hair. These chemicals penetrate the hair strands in the deepest possible way in order to absorb the pigmentation of the colors used. The damage to hair strands varies depending upon the color of the dye you use. Coloring your hair in dark tints can be less damaging than if you would be coloring it with lighter shades. It should be put to mind that the frequent use of hair dye can result in the loss of the hair strands protein content which will weaken the hair.

Your hair strands are not the most important part when considering the cause of any thinning hair problem but rather that of the follicular condition of the scalp itself. Hair coloring chemicals get absorbed through the hair shafts which in turn are absorbed to the follicles. Prolonged use of hair coloring products can cause your follicles to shrink, resulting to thinner hair growth which in turn leads to hair loss.

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Josh Matthews

My name is Josh Matthews and I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don't work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don't do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.

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