Hair dye as a trigger?

I’m just throwing this one out there because I was considering getting highlights, and wanted to know if anyone thought that the hair dye could be a potential trigger. I don’t take ANYTHING for granted these days, so I thought it might be better to get an opinion from those who are pretty careful about these things, and might know something about it. The doctors have no idea. :wink:

Rich

Rich

I have had highlights since being ill and didn’t notice a worsening of my symptoms. The only problem was caused by having to hold my head upright for so long, I was knackered afterwards!

Mind you, I haven’t noticed ANY ‘triggers’ that make my symptoms worse, (I feel bad ALL the time) so I sometimes wonder if my migraine is ‘fully activated’ constantly and nothing can make it worse. Just a thought.

Becky x

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I’m just throwing this one out there because I was considering getting highlights, and wanted to know if anyone thought that the hair dye could be a potential trigger. I don’t take ANYTHING for granted these days, so I thought it might be better to get an opinion from those who are pretty careful about these things, and might know something about it. The doctors have no idea. :wink:

Rich

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I have colored my hair for years. i will say since this started last year the smells of having the color done is a problem. I wear a surgical mask when go to get my hair colored and usually go outside the salon while it is processing to alleviate the close quarters that intensifies the odor. It is not a problem on a daily bases but while the process is going on it can be bothersome. But the mask works pretty well other than the strange looks i get while there. :mrgreen:

When I was a teenager, my dad lived near a hair salon. Every once in a while the place would kick out some chemical smell that would cause me to have headaches. I never stuck my head inside to see what it was that was causing the headache, I just usually huried on by.

My point is that if you are sensitive to odors, then the chemicals in hair products such as perms or dyes may be a trigger.

Brian

Hi Rich,

I have been colouring my hair for years, never had a problem with highlights. Had a problem with Colour Expert and so did a friend of mine who gets migraines, also tried that Boots hair thinning spray and gave it away because of dizziness, should have put this on my trigger list on new post, had forgotton this one.
Christine

Just remembered something else. I know that highlights are usually woven now, but in the days of the rubber hat, I found that when that was on, it actually got rid of a migraine I had, maybe I am just odd :mrgreen:
Christine

Hi Rich ,
I coloured my hair last week and had no problems with it at all.
I’ve never had any problems with colouring.
except for the head tilting backwards when it’s being washed out.
oh and “merry Christmas” have a rocken free Chrissy. :stuck_out_tongue:

jen

Thanks for all your responses. So I take it, at least for all of you, that is there are/were any triggers, they were all in the “process” and not in the “end result”? My concern was possibly doing something to myself that could cause a constant trigger from either residue from the dye or from dye seeping from the hair down into my head lol. Who knows lol. I am doing SO WELL with MAV, that I’d just choke myself if I set myself off with something dumb like this lol. Thanks guys!

Rich

i often get migrains the following morning after dying my hair if im going to dye my hair i will make sure i have imagran recovery waiting for me in the morning and only dye my hair on a fri/sat night so i can sleep the migrain off on the saturday/sunday so that it doesnt effect work

It makes me dizzy and gives me a headache. I’ve tried multiple dyes to no avail. I am EXTREMELY chemically sensitive. It usually passes after a day or two. I do mine every 8-10 weeks and plan it on a Friday or long weekend : )
It also helps if I sleep with a handkerchief or other cloth/plastic shower cap wrapped around my hair the night I have it done. Possibly because it t helps contain the odor!?
Sarah

I think that if i had mine done at the hairdresser it wouldn’t be so bad. I color mine every 6 weeks and when you put hot water on ammonia forget it! i had a hairdresser tell me that even a normal person would get dizzy from it well i got real dizzy. I started wearing nose plugs like for swimming and a mask too :slight_smile: it helps a bit but i think there is residue the next day so i’m usually not feeling too great more dizzy and headachy than usual I think. i wish i had money to get it done at hairdresser!!!

chris