The Purple Hair Dye: What you need to know about the new color
Posted On August 9, 2021
The purple hair color trend started with a simple, but important question: What does it mean to have hair that is purple?
For years, purple hair was thought to be a marker of fertility, but research shows that women who have the hair color do not actually need to worry about having a baby, and in fact, it’s often a good thing.
Now, a new study from the University of Utah shows that the color actually has health benefits, too.
Purple hair dye helps you look younger and has a stronger immune response, according to a new article in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
What is purple hair?
According to Dr. David Osterholm, the head of the Center for Functional Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, purple is a color that is not just one color.
It’s the result of three chemicals working together.
Osterhammer says that because of this chemical relationship, it gives the hair a certain tone and consistency, which can lead to healthy, even healthy hair.
“The way that this chemistry works is that when we put something like this dye on the hair, the natural enzymes break down the color to create a different pigment called melanin,” he said.
“So if you look at a normal strand of hair, it will just be a regular strand of blonde hair.”
Osterhemans study also found that purple hair is beneficial in preventing the development of dark skin.
“It also helps protect against the growth of melanoma,” he explained.
According to Osterheit, it is possible to find a purple hair replacement that contains both purple hair and melanin-producing pigment, but they are usually only available at specialty beauty shops.
For now, though, he says it is important to know the benefits of the color and the chemicals used to make it.
“When I first started looking into the science of purple hair, I did not have any information about it, and then one of the first things that came up was this study that looked at the effect of a different color on the immune system,” Osterhoff said.
The researchers found that while purple hair did not help prevent melanoma, it did help with other diseases.
It is not clear why purple hair works as a natural treatment for melanoma and how it can be helpful for other conditions, but Osterhoms research suggests that it could be related to a molecule called Methylcobalamin (MCH), which is produced by the melanocytes.
Dr. Scott T. Fenn, a dermatologist in Dallas, Texas, told NBC News that MCH is found in the skin and has been shown to help protect skin against the effects of certain infections.
MCH is also known to play a role in treating conditions like psoriasis and rosacea, and some dermatologists believe it could also be helpful in treating hair loss.
“The idea is that if you have a lot of red hair, you have lots of melanin, so you may be at increased risk of melanomas, and if you are having a lot more gray hair, your melanin levels are also increasing,” said Dr. Fenton, who is also the president of the American Academy of Dermatology.
If you have curly or wavy hair, MCH can also help control redness and help maintain the curl, Fenn said.
However, other factors can also play a part in the color of your hair.
Ostersholm said it is not certain if this color is actually linked to other disorders, but he does know that certain people may benefit from the color, even if they are not necessarily cancer-prone.
“People that have a genetic predisposition to having more purple hair are more likely to develop skin cancer, which is a disease that is very common,” he added.
How is purple dye made?
Purple hair comes in a wide variety of colors, and the researchers found the best-known ones are orange and red.
What are the risks of purple?
There are risks associated with purple hair.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common side effects of purple are a hair rash, rashiness, redness, dryness, and itching.
The rash can be painful, but it can also be mild.
Other side effects include anemia, anemia related to iron deficiency, and anemia associated with severe vitamin D deficiency.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that women with darker hair have no more than 10 percent purple hair to be safe.
But for people with lighter hair, red and purple hair can also result in skin redness.
This is a common side effect of many chemicals, but the Mayo website also suggests that the risk is not serious, but that if red hair is present, the symptoms can be worse.
Should I use purple hair dyes?
The Mayo clinic does not recommend that people try to use purple for hair replacement, but if you do have to use it, the Mayo clinic says it