Shades of Gray
At the young age of 31, I found myself blessed with a whole lot of wisdom and head full of gray hair to prove it. My dad went gray in his twenties, so premature gray runs in the family. I had originally resolved not to dye my hair since I knew that hair dye was full of chemicals, but vanity got the best of me. In 2007, I dyed my hair for the first time. I thought it was great but quickly came to find out that when you have dark black hair and a lot of gray roots, you need to dye your hair every 5-6 weeks like clockwork, to avoid having the gray hair exposed.
It weighed on me knowing that I was polluting my body with crazy amounts of chemicals such as ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, tulene-2, 5-diamine and resorcinol, just to name a few.
Less Is Not More
When I started my blood analysis program, I met many people who had petrochemicals present in their blood and these petrochemicals were causing them endless health problems. I decided to change to a so called “natural” hair dye. Although the list of chemicals present was significantly smaller, I still couldn’t escape the laureth-4, propylene glycol, water, peg-2 oleamine, ethanolamine, oleic acid, p-phenylenediamine, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, betula alba (birch) leaf extract, and echinacea angustifolia (echinacea) root extract.
For years, I convinced myself that the ingredients in the so-called “natural” hair dye would not harm me. Even though I knew that propylene glycol is anti-freeze and should never be put into the body, yet there I was putting it on my scalp/skin which is the largest organ of the body and it was going directly into my brain. This may sound blunt, but we come up with endless excuses for our poor health and rarely own up to the bad decisions that led us there. People speculate about the origin of a family member’s Alzheimer’s disease and don’t for one minute consider the 30 plus years of hair dye that was absorbed into that person’s body.
In 2021, after having a bad reaction to my so-called natural hair dye, I decided enough was enough. NO MORE HAIR DYE. I decided that all the hair that was full of chemicals needed to be shaved and that I needed to start over. It was a bold move. The hairdresser who shaved my head asked me reconsider several times and told me that I had a funny-shaped head, but I went ahead with it anyway. February 17, 2021, I shaved my head bald. It was a shock but at the same time it was very liberating. I would never need to put another drop of dye on my head, I wouldn’t need a hair cut for a very long time, I would save myself endless hours on hairstyles over the next months and my hair would be its natural color.
I am not sure this is the solution for everyone who wants to stop dying their hair but for me it was an excellent solution to many problems. I have detoxed my head from the petrochemicals for many months now and have seen many improvements to my health which is more than I could have hoped for!