Two weeks before my trip to El Nido, I decided to dye my hair purple after playing with an app called Make-Up Plus that makes you change your hair color. Initially, I wanted to have my hair done at a salon by professional hairstylists, but the prices were unexpectedly high and I would rather spend the money on my trip. So I went to look for different hair dyes and decided to dye my hair at home with a help of a friend who used to work at a salon.
After a week, I finally decided to use L’oreal because I have heard that their brand is really one of the best in the country and mainly because they provide free hair coloring service on the spot. Yes, on the spot, meaning it is done in the middle of the department store with a lot of people passing by and with multiple eyes staring at you. I have never tried it before and my adventurous side kicked in. “Sure, why not?” I told myself.
So a day before my trip to El Nido, I went to the mall and waited in line for my turn. They colored my hair and wrapped it with plastic. In the process of coloring my hair, two of my college block mates even saw me having my hair dyed at the middle of the mall. Haha! After an hour, they washed and blow-dried my hair. Overall, it took only 2 hours to get my hair done.
At first it turned out okay. I didn’t feel any itchiness for the first 24 hours. However, on the following day and also my first day to El Nido, my scalp started to feel itchy. Around noon, my scalp has turned red and bumpy. It actually scared the hell out of me, but I immediately knew it was probably an allergic reaction to L’oreal’s hair dye. Still, I had my doubts, thinking it was probably because of something I ate or because I used shampoo right after instead of just with conditioner. (I actually forgot to just use conditioner for the first two days. My mind was full of “El Nido”.)
On my second day at El Nido, aside from my scalp, even my face swelled a little minus the redness. That’s when I decided to look for a drugstore and bought an antihistamine medicine. When I got a hold of the internet, even though the connection was really bad, I tried to search for L’oreal hair dye reviews and turned out that I wasn’t the only one who experienced the same thing. [Dailymail: Woman died of allergic reaction] *heart thumping*
The reason? L’oreal’s hair dye contains PPD, or scientifically known as the chemical para-phenylenediamine. It is also the same chemical used when having henna tattoos. I have had a henna tattoo and I had an allergic reaction to it as well. My henna swelled really bad and turned red instead of black making it looked embossed. A lot of people thought it was cool that my henna was in red and that it looked embossed when it fact it was an allergic reaction and it took me two months to heal it.
So when I read that L’oreal hair dye have PPD, I immediately knew the reason and what to do. I am allergic to PPD, and the best way to heal it is to put aloe vera on it twice a day, every morning and every evening, and also to take antihistamine medicine to lessen the itchy feeling. But I couldn’t find an actual aloe vera in El Nido and was told that I have to wait for market day; so for the meantime, I bought an aloe vera gel in the pharmacy.
It is a good thing I already have an experience when it comes to PPD allergic reaction, or it might have gotten worse. PPD allergic reaction can actually kill and is a very dangerous allergic reaction when left untreated.
Immediate remedy for PPD allergic reaction:
1. Take antihistamine, but make sure you aren’t allergic to it.
2. Wash your hair with unscented soap or baby soap until all excess color are washed off. I did this for three days, washed 4 times a day.
3. Buy aloe vera or aloe vera gel and spread it on the areas affected as needed.
4. Avoid eating chicken, seafood and eggs.
5. Do not scratch the affected area.
If symptoms persist after three days inexperienced any other symptoms not mentioned in my post such as fever, consult a doctor immediately.
Hair color is not worth dying for.
The moral lesson of this story is- Always check the content of any products first before application.
A question to all my readers: have you had any experience with allergic reaction? 🤔