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Something Every Parent Should Know about Allergic Reactions and Hair!

June 24, 2008 by  

Although I have a son and hopefully he will not be asking anytime soon whether or not he can “borrow mom’s hair straightener” I am sure that there are many moms who hear that from their young daughter. Now this is personally my opinion and I am not here to tell you what to do but I will prove my point with some actual events in this post later. I think a child’s hair is the most virgin type hair you can get. I see young girls getting their hair permed and colored even hair extensions, this is too much for a young girl…I think!

Now, why wreck such “virgin” hair? I do understand some people’s hair you can take through the ringer and still see no damage, but I think that children require an age limit where it is okay to do what they please with their hair. Colouring, perms and hair extensions not being among them…for me. Now, on the other hand, considering the Karmin hair straightener has temperatures that allow the user control of the heat to distribute, I do not see any harm, I do recommend the adult be there to either assist or do the work. I would use the lowest temperature to start with and see if this work’s for your daughter’s hair.

Now here is what I found “Googling”. There was a young girl of 14 who wanted to color her hair, she had never before done so and didn’t “think” she needed her parents supervision. Well, what incurred was a severe allergic reaction to the color and this poor girl ended up in agony with major weeping sores all over her head and a swollen face for over 10 days. hair-dye-swollen.jpg

Another girl of 13, was rushed to hospital after using a L’oreal cream hair color, she too had an allergic reaction. Her face was swollen for days also, given no photo judging by the one above I am sure it wasn’t any prettier.

And still another girl writes: After dyeing my hair I had an allergic reaction. I hadn’t done a patch test cause I figured I would be safe, I wasn’t. I ended up with second degree burns all over my scalp, neck, and ears. That was several months ago and the color has now grown out quite a bit, but my scalp has not felt the same since.

Something that should always be done is a patch test, whether or not you are coloring or getting some kind of permanent wave. Always do this at the back bottom of your head so you will not see this section if a reaction occurs and you cannot finish the rest of your hair.

Surprisingly enough still yet another girl wrote that she was “surprised” to have a reaction. “I looked like the elephant man all the way down to my chin,” “burns on the scalp as well.” I used nothing on my hair for almost 2 years after this happened.

I really could have gone on for quite some time in regards to this topic but I don’t think anyone after seeing the above photo would want to see another child in such agonizing pain. Do I need to mention patch testing again? Parents, you are required to be there, not only to inform your child of the possibility of a horrendous outcome but to let them know that yes, this can happen, even to them. I feel for these poor girls, that had to be painful, and yes, I do realize that we cannot be there all of the time but if given the chance I would show these photos to my young daughter to deter this from ever happening. Till next time, Good Luck,

niki

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