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Hair Dye with Neurotoxins

Lead acetate has been an approved ingredient found in hair dye since 1980. 40 years later and the FDA is still dragging its feet on finally banning lead as an ingredient in hair dye. I guess they thought it was bad to eat paint chips, but ok to put lead right on the scalp.

Lead in hair dye.

Most (not all) manufacturers have quietly removed lead acetate since pressure was put on the industry to remove the toxic heavy metal.

Lead is a neurotoxin. Why has it been in hair dye and cosmetics for 40 years?

The CDC is all about how bad lead is for us (but not the FDA?). Lead poisoning can be easily overlooked when it happens slowly over time, like repeated use of toxic hair dye.

Exposure to high levels of lead may cause anemia, weakness, and kidney and brain damage. Very high lead exposure can cause death.

Lead can cross the placental barrier, which means pregnant women who are exposed to lead also expose their unborn child. Lead can damage a developing baby’s nervous system. Even low-level lead exposures in developing babies have been found to affect behavior and intelligence. Lead exposure can cause miscarriage, stillbirths, and infertility (in both men and women).

Generally, lead affects children more than it does adults. Children tend to show signs of severe lead toxicity at lower levels than adults.

Health effects from prolonged exposure to lead

The CDC stated the following:

A person who is exposed to lead over time may feel:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipated
  • Depressed
  • Distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Irritable
  • Nauseous/Sick

People with prolonged exposure to lead may also be at risk for

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Reduced fertility

Man in 30’s – Lead Poisoning from Hair Dye

Murray Susser, MD, shared a story that is horrifying.

“I had a patient once who was a young executive in a bank. His mind was a steel trap. His brain was incredibly sharp and he started to lose it – in his late 30’s – when he really should have been at the height of his power. I happened to do a hair test on him. Nobody could figure out what was wrong with him. He had been to see numerous neurologists and other doctors. His hair test showed an enormous amount of lead. It turned out he was turning gray prematurely and he used a (hair dye) formula that was loaded with lead and that lead absorbed into his body. His body burden of lead was enormous.”

Dr. Susser started chelation therapy with calcium EDTA and he got back to normal. This story was shared 7 years ago and to this day, the FDA is allowing hair dye formulas to contain lead acetate.

This man was being poisoned by lead from this hair dye and his life and career would have been ruined if Dr. Susser had not tested him for heavy metal toxicity, identified the source and helped him with chelation therapy to remove the lead.

There is no safe exposure level for lead. 

Lead is a potent neurotoxin with no safe level of exposure and it is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen,” said Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group’s legislative attorney.

Grecian Formula and Just for Men.

Combe, parent company of the brands Grecian Formula and Just for Men, objected to the FDA’s decision to ban lead in hair dye. Combe requested a formal evidentiary public hearing to review the decision, and claimed the use is safe. This move can delay the final removal of lead from all hair dye products. Combe recently replaced Lead Acetate with Bismuth Citrate but this is not a safer alternative.

Combe doesn’t care about your health, only profits (and they make Vagisil, product with parabens, PEG, fragrance and propylene glycol).

Replacing Lead with Another Toxic ingredient, Bismuth

While hair dye manufacturers have mostly stopped using lead acetate, some are using Bismuth now.

Dr. Edward Group wrote, “While many people will tell you that bismuth is non-toxic in small amounts, sufficient exposure can produce nausea, headache, diarrhea, and pain. According to the Department of Physiology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, anemia is another potential negative side effect of exposure to bismuth and caution is advised when taking any medication containing bismuth.  Additionally, certain metals are known to reduce sperm metabolism and contribute to infertility in men. Bismuth has been suspected to be one of those metals.”

YouthHair still uses lead acetate and other toxic chemical ingredients.

  • Water, Glycerin
  • Wax N.F.
  • Mineral Oil
  • Lanolin
  • Sulfur
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Lead Acetate
  • Fragrance
  • Ceteareth-20
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben

Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium and iron are found in a wide variety of personal care products including lipstick, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner and nail color. Some metals are intentionally added as ingredients, while others are contaminants. Exposure to metals has been linked to health concerns including reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity.

When you See “Fragrance” RUN!

While lead is horrible, hair dyes often have a long list of toxic ingredients.

Fragrance – A chemical soup of dozens of chemicals hidden under the label “fragrance” but according to is is a health hazard: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology.

Parabens – Hormone disruptors.

Parabens are preservatives used in a variety of personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food products. Studies have confirmed the presence of parabens in wastewater, rivers, soil and house dust. Parabens have also been detected in human tissues and bodily fluids, and in the breast tissue of patients with breast cancer. Many believe that the estrogenic properties of parabens play a role in breast cancer development. Yet, parabens continue to be added to our personal care products.

We vote with our dollars! Read ingredients and find better options without the ingredients lead, bismuth, fragrance and parabens.

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