Back in 3400 BC, Egyptian women started using henna to cover up their gray hair. Today, the hair dye industry is a multi-billion dollar business.
It has been estimated that more than one-third of women over the age of 18 and about 10 percent of men over age 40 use some type of hair dye. But were you aware that there are over 5,000 different chemicals used in hair dye products?
Chemically-based hair coloring products contain some nasty stuff. Some of these products reportedly include potential carcinogens like coal tar, which is in 70 percent of hair coloring products, cause allergic reactions and perhaps even neurological problems.
Though studies have been controversial and, to date, inconclusive, new research shows that the repeated use of these dyes significantly increases your risk of developing various cancers, such as estrogen-based and bladder and breast cancer. Not only that, these harsh dyes break up the original color pigment in your hair and replace it.
Luckily, there’s a safer alternative that recently hit the market.
A natural cosmetic company called Generation Klean not only developed a product that works really well to camouflage your grays, it also found a way to make the ritual of coloring your hair free from any of the harmful ingredients found in hair dyes, even the ones that claim to be “more natural.”
They sent us a sample of Gray Disappear mascara and we put it to the ultimate test — having Isabella (who didn’t want us to use her real name), a sufferer of lupus and frequent graying near her roots, try it out.
Why This Is Important
When someone has lupus, the autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own organs, and tissues, it is recommended that they steer clear of anything that produces allergy-like symptoms, including makeup, drugs and hair dye. Because lupus weakens the immune system, it is important for a person to avoid risking their health just to cover up premature graying.
Permanent hair dyes actually contain potentially lupus-triggering chemicals called aromatic amine and hydrazines, not to mention parabens, sulfates and glycol. Apparently, the dark the dye, the higher the chemicals.
Also, for many women with lupus, dying their hair just seems to cause more hair loss. Hair loss is a common side effect of lupus and the medications used for treatment.
Using the Product
Gray Disappear mascara is paraben, sulfate and glycol free. Additionally, it contains panthenol, Vitamin E and other natural waxes.
This product is incredibly easy and convenient to use. It’s pretty much a hair mascara that revitalizes natural color by disguising those unsightly grays in between visits to the salon.
Isabella raved about the fact that she no longer has to rush to her regular stylist in order to benefit from professional expertise. The product has not only saved her money on frequent visits, it also has her resting easy about the various health risks that come along with looking good.
Another advantage to using Gray Disappear is that it left her hair feeling silky smooth, unlike other temporary hair color touchups that hardened her hair, making it look unnatural. With just a single stroke of the brush, those silvery gray strands of hair vanished, and she was able to quickly wash out the color with makeup remover or shampoo.
It comes in a stylish drawstring pouch and is compact enough to take on the go.
While aging is nothing to be ashamed of, dealing with gray hair is serious business. Instead of yanking out those occasional gray hairs or exposing your body to the potential dangers of chemically-based dyes, give Gray Disappear a try. Seriously, this product is so handy we even recommend that men use it to hide gray hairs growing on their mustaches, beards or sideburns.
The revolutionary product is currently sold at all high-end beauty supply stores in Beverly Hills, Fred Segal, Planet Beauty, Whole Foods and many more stores and online retailers across the country.