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Hair Color and Autoimmunity – My Hairprint Journey Continues

Thyroid and Hashimoto's: A Safer Way to Color Hair

The Investigation

Those of you who have been listening to the show for a while might remember the challenges I had with coloring my hair during the pandemic. This upset to my regular routine led me to seek out a healthy, at home option. I was particularly curious about how dying my hair may have impacted the management of my Hashimoto’s. You can hear more about that in Episode 121

Well, it’s been a year since then and I wanted to give you an update. In this episode, I deep dive into the problem with hair dye for people with autoimmunity, Hashimoto’s and thyroid issues. Plus, I share my review of Hairprint after one year of continuous use. 

The Problem with Traditional Hair Dyes for Autoimmunity and Hypothyroidism

Chemicals in hair dye act as immune triggers. This can be a big issue for anyone with an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s because the immune system is already confused and attacking the thyroid. More confusion means more attacks which can result in a flare up or subtle symptom shifts.

If you have hypothyroidism, you may already be dealing with:

  • Hair loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry brittle hair
  • Frizzy hair

Unfortunately, using traditional hair dye can make it worse. 

Traditional hair dyes use harsh chemicals like ammonia or nanolumens to break apart the layers of the hair protein to give the dye access to the hair shaft. Even ammonia-free dyes use chemicals like Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) that are potentially harmful (they’re even banned in Canada and the EU). Moreover, chemicals in hair dyes seep into the bloodstream during the dying process, causing harm to the immune system, respiratory system, liver, kidneys, and can trigger serious allergic reactions, hair loss, and hair breakage.

Why You May Want to Avoid the ‘Organic Hair Dyes’

The term ‘organic’ is not defined, recognized, or regulated by the FDA in the personal care industry. Companies can add natural ingredients and call their hair dyes organic or natural, but it doesn’t mean that they’re chemical-free. 

Often, the added botanical or organic elements have nothing to do with the dyeing process and are there in addition to all the usual chemicals that are in conventional hair dye. It might just be a marketing gimmick.

Hairprint: A Safer Alternative to Traditional Hair Dye?

I was thrilled to find Hairprint last year for all of the reasons I listed above. Before I share more about the product, I want to clarify that this is not a sponsored post – I genuinely use the product and love the product. And, in the past year of using it, I’ve learned a lot about how to get the best results. 

First, let me share a bit about Hairprint (in case you missed episode 121). It’s a unique product that doesn’t break up the hair follicle and degrade it in any way, unlike traditional hair dyes. This makes it a safer alternative for everyone but especially for those with thyroid issues or autoimmune diseases. It actually restores the natural pigment in hair without using harsh chemicals. 

How to Apply Hairprint (and Get the Most Out of It)

If you’ve been using Hairprint or plan to use it, it’s important to note that it can have a slight drying effect on your hair, even though protein is great for hair. To combat this, I highly recommend hair oiling. You can use moisturizing oils such as amla oil, argan oil, or jojoba oil. You can apply the oil to the full length of your hair or just the ends depending on where you need it and if you want to avoid adding oil to an oily scalp. Now, if you have a dry scalp, you can apply it there as well. Apply the oil 15-20 minutes before shampooing, or even better, leave it in overnight and wash your hair in the morning. 

I have noticed a significant improvement in my hair’s manageability and moisture since starting this practice. I apply the oils right after I do my Hairprint application and then once a week, or sometimes twice a week if I have time. This has made such a difference for my hair, and I highly recommend it for anyone with dry hair, whether or not you are using Hairprint.

Guilt Free Hair Coloring

One of the great things about using Hairprint is that it’s natural, so you don’t have to feel guilty about coloring your hair more often. You can do it at home without spending a lot of money or spending time traveling to a salon. It’s empowering to be your own self-advocate and take control of your hair health. 

My Final Take on Hairprint

By now, you can tell that I love it. If you have been hesitant to try Hairprint, I encourage you to give it a try and take care of your hair naturally.

Eliminating Health Mysteries

If changing how you color your hair can reduce your exposure to toxins, it might just be what you need to shift the scales and help you solve your own health mystery. If you think this episode could be helpful to someone you love, please share it. 


Related Podcast Episodes:

121 Hair Dyes and Autoimmunity – What’s a girl to do? 10 Reasons Your Hair is Falling Out w/ Deb Matthew 139 How to Power Up Your Hashimoto’s and Thyroid Healing Journey with Hypnosis Part 1 [Ask Inna] Answers to All Your Hashimoto’s Questions [Ask Inna] More Answers to Your Hashimoto’s Questions (Part 2)

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