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Dyeing Your Hair? Beware Chemical Burns

FRIDAY, June 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Nothing can perk up your appearance like a new cut and color, but failure to take proper precautions when having your hair dyed could result in chemical burns on your scalp, an expert warns.

“We usually see this injury around prom season and into summer,” said Dr. Nneka Okafor, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

“We are seeing some now because people have been in quarantine and are finally going out again and want to try new hairstyles or get highlights, so it’s not unexpected that there could be some scalp injury from various cosmetics,” Okafor said in a Baylor news release.

Chemical burns on the scalp can be caused by certain additives and chemicals or from leaving the hair wrapped in foil under the dryer for an extended period.

Okafor recommends watching for these symptoms when the dye is placed on the hair: redness on the scalp, irritation, pain or burning.

If you suffer a chemical burn, the first step is to fully rinse the hair. After the dye is removed, wash your hair with baby soap or any soap without harsh chemicals or fragrance.

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