Stop Using Para-Phenylenediamine (PPD) in Hair Dye
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Stop Using Para-Phenylenediamine (PPD) in Hair Dye

    1. Nadra Kareem Nittle
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      Nadra Kareem Nittle

      Los Angeles, CA

 

Tabatha McCourt’s loved ones are still reeling from the 17-year-old’s sudden death on Oct. 8. The teen didn’t die in a car accident or from alcohol poisoning as many young people are prone to—but from a severe reaction to dyeing her hair. Twenty minutes after applying the hair dye, Tabatha fell violently ill.

The 17-year-old is an extreme and tragic example, of course. Most people dye their hair without a hitch, but a number of reports indicate that allergic reactions to hair dye are on the rise. The main culprit is a chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which is found in more than two-thirds of hair dyes, Science Daily reports. Allergic reactions to PPD became so commonplace in the 20th century that European countries such as Germany, France and Sweden barred the substance in hair dyes.

As more people—including an estimated 85 percent of women—dye their hair regularly, reports of allergic reactions to hair dye are on the rise. A person who suffers an adverse reaction to hair dye may not die suddenly but may very well end up hospitalized. I should know. Following a trip to get my hair colored on Sept. 30, I ended up in the emergency room after my face swelled to twice its normal size. It took more than a week and a course of steroids and antihistamines for me to recover. I’d colored my hair before with no trouble, as had Tabatha McCourt.

That’s the scary thing about allergic reactions to PPD—they can occur at any time, no matter one’s history with the chemical. Hair color manufacturers can protect consumers by ceasing to use PPD in their products. No hair color is worth dying for!

 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Another victim of PPD in hair dye.

      Nadra Kareem Nittle
      Petition Organizer

      A 14-year-old's head doubled twice in size after an allergic reaction to hair dye.

    3. Tell Cosmetics Companies to Stop Using Dangerous PPD

      Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      To say that hair coloring has grown in popularity over the past decade would be an understatement. Anywhere between half and two-thirds of American women color their hair regularly, along with growing numbers of men and youth. In other countries that...

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Doug MacTavish SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      true

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    • Doug MacTavish SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Safe hair dye is a delusion because Dupont

      the PPD says in their MSD-sheet to use cap protection not provided and it builds in the body organs. Patch tests are not reliable.

      SEE: Federal Law, title 21, Sec.740.18.

      SEE:

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    • Megan Ddoge FAIRFIELD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The need for companies knowingly putting harmful chemicals & ingredients into consumer products has to stop.

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    • donna donald AIRDRIE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      my daughter suffered a severe reaction to a hair tint that she gets on a regular basis,what a fright.this happened on the 2nd of october,6 days before tabatha mccort.i am now terrified for my daughter or myself to ever get our hairs dyed again.why why why dont the so called makers of these deadly hair dyes just eliminate the killer ppd from the dyes????

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    • Rach W READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I've had numerous allergic reactions and have also been in hospital due to coming in contact with PPD. I'd never wish the side effects on my worst enemy - get rid of it!!!!

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