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Are the hair dyes and/or hair straighteners causing breast cancer?

Asked by flo (12853points) 2 months ago

Isn’t hair dead? Isn’t the scalp protected before/during the process, whether it’s dye or straighteners? How can it cause a medical problem, like breast cancer?
https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20191204/study-links-hair-straighteners-dyes-to-breast-cancer#1

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/06/health/hair-dye-breast-cancer-black-women-trnd/index.html

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canidmajor's avatar

The scalp is not protected during the process.

flo's avatar

According to my knowledge it is, and otherwise it would be ridiculous.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I saw that on the news the other day in regards to permanent dyes.
How is the scalp protected?The chemicals come into direct contact with the skin.
My sister in law can’t work as a stylist any longer as she has adverse reactions to even breathing in the fumes from the dyes.

flo's avatar

How about the vaseline that covers the scalp with before anything goes on?

canidmajor's avatar

Your “knowledge” is wrong. In a very few procedures, some hair is pulled through little openings in foil. In most coloring procedures, the color is applied directly to the hair and scruffled throughout. You can’t protect the scalp.
Look at a video of hair being dyed.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@flo -I am unfamiliar with that method. The vaseline is to protect the skin around the perimeter of the hairline from getting dyed but dye does indeed come into contact with the skin on the scalp.

flo's avatar

My knowledge is the whole scalp is covered. I don’t know what to make of that.

canidmajor's avatar

It’s not. Ask a colorist at a salon.

chyna's avatar

The whole scalp is not covered in Vaseline. It is covered in dye or bleach. If you put Vaseline on your scalp, how do you think the dye would take on the hair closest to the scalp? It wouldn’t. Go on youtube and watch a video of dying hair.

JLeslie's avatar

I have serious doubts about this relationship. I would need to know more details about the study. Why would black women be so much more vulnerable? That makes me wonder if there is something else at play. It doesn’t mention age or socio-economics, weight, nothing. I’d want to know those things.

As far as the scalp, you’re supposed to Noh wash your hair so the scalp has some oils on it. We also are inhaling the chemicals.

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jca2's avatar

I am thinking it’s the relaxers or the combination of dye and relaxers that is the reason why black women have a higher incidence from this

@flo: How could the colorist possibly coat your whole scalp with Vaseline? Don’t you think if your hair was coated at the roots with Vaseline, the dye would not adhere? Also, then, your hair would be very greasy after the color treatment.

When you get your hair colored at a salon, they have something they put on your forehead at the hairline so the hair color doesn’t stain your skin. That’s optional. I don’t let them put it on my skin when I get my hair colored.

Different salons use different quality products. The salon I go to uses a high end, mild product that is low ammonia and has very little smell. A colorist told me once that when people get their hair done using over the counter color (at home), those products are especially harsh on the hair.

JLeslie's avatar

If I read it correctly this is a sister study. Sisters of women who have already had breast cancer, not the average population.

@jca2 I heard the opposite. That at home is less harsh. Now, I’m curious about that. I don’t know which is correct.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Heard that and believe it. Next is nail salon fumes, just wait. Its all common sense with harsh chemicals. I went natural this spring because of the chemicals.

flo's avatar

Thanks @JLeslie both for the answer and the wording related comment. But I should stop rushing.

flo's avatar

How has it been allowed by the public health regualtor (whatever iit’s called) that there is nothing to protect the skin? Is the oil on the scalp enough? What is going to happen in light of the study?

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