The Warning On Hair Dye

United States
December 31, 2010 1:19am CST
i get the feria hair dye and i always wonder when i read it when it says "if you have tattoos you are at higher risk of having an allergic reaction" how can a tattoo make you have an allergic reaction to hair dye? does it matter how long you've had the tattoo? i just cant figure out why it would matter.. i am allergic to everything (amazingly not hair dye though) but i doubt its due to my tattoo i got in 2002.. anyone know why they put this warning and why the risk is higher?
4 responses
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
4 Jan 11
When you get a tattoo, the ink is injected deep into your body and stays there because it's trapped by cells called macrophages which are part of the body's immune system. So if you do have a tattoo, your body is already familiar with the ink (tattoo ink and hair dye are similar) and so sometimes when you dye your hair, the body recognizes the ink as a foreign body and attacks it. Does that make sense? This type of reaction is very rare though, so there's not much to worry about even if you do have tattoos.
• United States
13 Dec 11
i think i understand what you are saying. lol im having a blond moment so i cant guarantee it
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Not a clue. I do know that some of them have metallic components in them and they can cause allergic reactions.
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• United States
13 Dec 11
hmm didnt know about the metallic part
@maezee (34589)
• United States
31 Dec 10
That is beyond weird. I couldn't even tell you... I will have to ask my sister, who has about 20 tattoos. Maybe she knows.
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• United States
13 Dec 11
i am surprised i havent had any probs. i mean the fumes mess with my asthma but everything does. im allergic to everything yet havent had any probs so far with hair dye thank god
• Philippines
31 Dec 10
I haven't heard of that thing, hair dye allergy due to tatooes. I never had a tatoo and I never dyed my hair. Maybe you got that allergy because of the brand of hair dye that you have used. You might want to try other hair dye so you could know where your allergy came from.
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• United States
13 Dec 11
the allergy is a warning on the box. for once its something i havent been allergic to since im allergic to everything. but i wonder why they feel the need to put that disclosure on the box and mention tattoos