Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bigen Hair Color (Dye That Actually Can Kill You)

This is my first-ever blog, I feel compelled to share this information in case it may help someone else.

Until four months ago I had used this product regularly for about 10 years. I had been told by a stylist that Bigen was a completely natural ‘black henna’ and I really liked the idea of using something all natural. As an avid swimmer and surfer, the staying power of this product was amazing on my ash-blondey hair, so I was pretty devoted to it. Coincidentally, I also had to be put on oral corticosteroids, allergy shots, daily antihistamines and every allergy medication on the market for about 10 years because of extremely severe “UNKNOWN” allergies that included facial swelling, migraine headaches, full-body giant hives, severe asthma, anaphylactic shock, some form of migrating dermatitis and bouts of unexplained “heat” and itching flashes and rashes every month.

I feel SOOO incredibly stupid for NEVER associating any of these symptoms with my black hair dye, but the reactions were often delayed, escalating over the course of a week or even two. My 24 hr skin tests were not enough time to develop a reaction and I would usually color the next day. By the time my reaction was subsiding it was time to color my hair again... an endless cycle of allergic reactions.

I honestly can’t even count how many specialists I have been to over the last ten years (including the head of asthma and allergy at UCLA, multiple department heads at Scripps Clinic and a very reputable Stanford physician, to mention a few) and not ONE had ever asked me about hair dyes, and my hair is obviously dyed black. Four months ago my friend had to be hospitalized with giant lesions and breathing problems a few days after her stylist used Bigen on her hair. After researching the ingredients and reading the articles on the internet I realized what my “UNKNOWN” allergy had been for a DECADE! I immediately threw out all the Bigen products in my house and have not dyed my hair since. I do have a bizarre ashy-grey landing strip on top of my head but I don’t care because the symptoms have subsided and I am almost off all the medications (a very tricky process after 10 years). Using this product has cost my family, myself and my many insurance companies tens of thousands of dollars, enormous stress and ten years of suffering. I have so many secondary problems from the corticosteroids that I may have permanent damage for life. BUT...

I am incredibly thankful that I feel better and that this was brought to my attention so I can avoid the thing that was poisoning me. I wanted to share this information in case it might help someone else.

Bigen is not natural (as in plant based) or black henna (there is no such thing). It is a highly concentrated chemical dye made of 3 (according to the label) forms of PPD; a chemical used in printing ink and toner as well as being associated with coal or tar. This chemical is a known skin sensitizer and can cause life-threatening reactions and has been banned in some countries. I have not seen category statistics, but it is suggested that Bigen contains many times the “safe” amount of PPD that is allowed by the FDA for cosmetic uses, including hair dyes. It is a Japanese product and somehow beyond FDA regulation despite it’s distribution in the US.

The listed ingredients in order are;

Sodium Perborate; an oxidizing (bleaching) detergent

Cellulose Gum; A food-grade thickener

Sodium Sulfate; Sulfuric acid salt (used to make detergent)

Sodium Carbonate; Carbonic acid salt (dye fixative, also used to melt flesh off bones for taxidermy)

Paraphenylenediamine Sulfate; (PPD)

P-Aminophenol; Rodinol (B&W photo developer)

Disodium Lauryl Sufosuccinate; A salt that is not known to be toxic

Magnesium stearate; Soap scum (filler that increases volume of powder)

Fragrance; ?

2-Nitro-P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, (PPD)

4-Nitro-O-Phenylenediamine Sulfate. (PPD)

My guess is that there is also some form of Henna in this product as the base is very red, which I believe makes it a compound dye as well. Henna is not a listed ingredient, so I wonder what else may not be listed?

I’m sorry I didn’t include a bibliographies with each ingredient. I didn’t think of it, at the time I was just compiling information for myself. The below definitions of each chemical and information herein can be found by typing the ingredient name individually into a search engine. If a Wikipedia description was unavailable, I used articles with the most relevant information. Excessive pharmacological terminology was omitted for easier comprehension.

Bigen (Hoyu Japan) ingredients

Sodium Perborate,Sodium perborate (SPB) is used in the detergent industry as a bleaching agent. It serves as a source of active oxygen in many detergents, laundry detergents, cleaning products, and laundry bleaches.[1] It is also present in some tooth bleaching formulas. Sodium perborate is a less aggressive bleach than sodium hypochlorite, causing less degradation to dyes and textiles.

Cellulose Gum,Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is used in food science as a viscosity modifier or thickener, and to stabilize emulsions in various products including ice cream. As a food additive, it has E number E466. It is also a constituent of many non-food products, such as K-Y Jelly, toothpaste, laxatives, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents, textile sizing and various paper products. It is used primarily because it has high viscosity, is non-toxic, and is non-allergenic. In laundry detergents it is used as a soil suspension polymer designed to deposit onto cotton and other cellulosic fabrics creating a negatively charged barrier to soils in the wash solution. Cellulose gum is used in cosmetic products such as hair gel, shaving cream, shampoos and beauty masks as a thickener.

Sodium Sulfate, Sodium sulfate is the sodium salt of sulfuric acid. Sodium sulfate is mainly used for the manufacture of detergents and in the Kraft process of paper pulping.

Sodium Carbonate, Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda crystals or soda ash or "Soda Carbonate"), Na2CO3, is a sodium salt of carbonic acid. Sodium carbonate is also used as a relatively strong base in various settings. For example, sodium carbonate is used as a pH regulator to maintain stable alkaline conditions necessary for the action of the majority of developing agents. It is a common additive in municipal pools used to neutralize the acidic effects of chlorine and raise pH.[2] In taxidermy, sodium carbonate added to boiling water will remove flesh from the skull or bones of trophies to create the "European skull mount" or for educational display in biological and historical studies. In domestic use, it is used as a water softener during laundry. In dyeing with fiber-reactive dyes, sodium carbonate (often under a name such as soda ash fixative or soda ash activator) is used to ensure proper chemical bonding of the dye with the fibers, typically before dyeing (for tie dyes), mixed with the dye (for dye painting), or after dyeing (for immersion dyeing).

P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, (PPD) No Wikipedia definition available. Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. It may also been found in textile or fur dyes, dark coloured cosmetics, temporary tattoos, photographic developer and lithography plates, photocopying and printing inks, black rubber, oils, greases and gasoline.

The use of PPD as a hair dye is popular because it is a permanent dye that gives a natural look. Hair can also be shampooed without becoming decoloured and perming to achieve waves or curls can be done without difficulty. PPD is a colourless substance that requires oxygen for it to become coloured. It is this intermediate, partially oxidised state that may cause allergy in sensitive individuals. Fully oxidized PPD is not a sensitiser thus individuals with PPD allergy can wear wigs or fur coats dyed with PPD safely. Reaction caused by the use of hair dye in mild cases usually only involves dermatitis to the upper eyelids or the rims of the ears. In more severe cases, there may be marked reddening and swelling of the scalp and the face. The eyelids may completely close and the allergic contact dermatitis reaction may become widespread. Severe allergy to PPD can result in contact urticaria and anaphylaxis. In acute severe cases of PPD hair dye dermatitis, wash the hair and scalp thoroughly with a mild soap or soapless shampoo to remove the excess dye. Apply a 2% hydrogen peroxide solution or compresses of potassium permanganate in a 1:5000 dilution to completely oxidise the PPD. To soothe, soften the crust and alleviate the tight feeling of the scalp, a wet dressing of cold olive oil and lime may be used. Further treatment with a topical application of an emulsion of water and water-miscible corticosteroid cream, or oral corticosteroids may be indicated.

“Sensitization by para-phenylenediamine(PPD) has been considered by some countries to be so great a hazard that its use in hair dyes was banned in Germany in the early 1900’s. It was subsequently prohibited in France, and in 1964 in Sweden; however in Japan PPD is still used as a common component in hair dyes.”

p-Phenylenediamine hair dye dermatitis is common in Singapore. PPD hair dyes are preferred for colouring, as they impart a long-lasting jet-black colour. PPD is a potent skin sensitizer; it can cause angio-neurotic edema, collapse, and renal failure in severe cases. Severe cases of immediate type hypersensitivity to PPD described in which the patients developed severe edema, irritation of the eyes and face and also difficulty in breathing. p-Phenylenediamine has been reported to increase the formation of liver tumors in mice. Numerous MSDS report that repeated and/or prolonged exposure can cause asthma. Acute exposure to high levels of p-Phenylenediamine may cause severe dermatitis, eye irritation and tearing, asthma, gastritis, renal failure, vertigo, tremors, convulsions, and coma in humans.

Alternative names for PPD - paraphenylenediamine

PPD or PPDA, Phenylenediamine base, p-Phenylenediamine, 4Phenylenediamine, 4-Paraphenylenediamine 1,4-Phenylenediamine, 4-Benzenediamine, 1,4-Benzenediamine, para-Diaminobenzene (p-Diaminobenzene), para-Aminoaniline (p-Aminoaniline), Orsin™, Rodol™, Ursol™, 2 - Nitro - 1,4 - diaminobenzene, Dye GS, Durafur Brown 2R, Fouramine 2R, 1,4 - Diaminonitrobenzol (German), 1,4 - Diamino - 2 - nitrobenzene, C.I. Oxidation Base 22, Fourrine Brown 2R, NCI - C02222, 4 - Amino - 2 - nitroaniline, 2 - Nitro - 1,4 - benzenediamine, Fourrine 36, o - Nitro - p - phenylenediamine, 2 - Nitro - 1,4 - phenylenediamine, Nitro - p - phenylenediamine, 2 - Nitro - p - phenylenediamine, Oxidation Base 22, Ursol Brown RR, C.I. 76070, Zoba Brown RR, 2 - Nitro - 4 - aminoaniline,

Cross reactions

  • Azo and aniline dyes
  • Benzocaine / Procaine
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
  • Para-aminosalicylic acid
  • Sulfonamides
  • Carbutamide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide

P-Aminophenol, ami·no·phe·nol/ (-fe´nol) a dye intermediate and photographic developer, it is a potent allergen that causes dermatitis, asthma, and methemoglobinemia. Commonly used as a developer in black and white film, marketed under the name Rodinal.

Disodium Lauryl Sufosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate is the disodium salt of a lauryl alcohol half ester ofsulfosuccinic acid. Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel. Not suspected to be an environmental toxin

Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium stearate, also called octadecanoic acid, magnesium salt, is a white substance which is solid at room temperature. Magnesium stearate is often used as a diluent[3] or filler in the manufacture of medical tablets, capsules and powders. By increasing the bulk volume, the fillers make it possible for the final product to have the proper volume for consumer handling. Magnesium stearate is a major component of "bathtub rings". When produced by soap and hard water, magnesium stearate and calcium stearate both form a white solid insoluble in water, and are collectively known as "soap scum".


2-Nitro-P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, (PPD) See P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, (PPD) above

4-Nitro-O-Phenylenediamine Sulfate. (PPD)See P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, (PPD) above


  1. Thank you for all this information, my son is in the hospital with his head so swollen that his left eye is completely shut. I printed this out for his Dr because they had no idea what was causing the reaction.

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    2. Hello Crystal, my mother has the same thing as well, how did your son go? what ended up happening? Thank you

  2. my finance used this product and now his head face and neck is swollen his eye is shut and he is in a lot of pain

  3. To Whom It May Concern:

    I am currently representing persons injured from using Bigen Hair Products. Please contact me to discuss your injuries and possible lawsuit.


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  4. I have had the same problems using bigen, i never did realize my once smooth face was being affected by the use of this dye,rashes,swellings,hives i could really understand.I just discovered the other day it was the bigen dye,never again will i use it again!roger-kenya

  5. I have had the same problems using bigen also. I did not realize that the problems that I was having my face swelling, rashes all over my scalp, and face. The constant scalp burning and itching. Never again will I use this product.

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    1. Hello, I live in NY and have tried this product for the first time 1/29/2015. I normally take zyrtec for allergies and am nervous about all of the reactions I have just read. Can I contact you if I should have a reaction.

    2. My fiance had to go to the emergency room hiservice head swollen with puss and his eyes closed on him will be contacting you

  7. I have been using this product for 5-6 yrs. My salon said it was safe and contain no ammonia. Recently my scalp started itching in one place. I could not understand why. I have been using Number 58 powder mix. I will no longer use this product. I placed it for the last time a week ago. plese keep us informed. Any changes for me and I will be back. thanks again for information

  8. I am actually reading this and crying ... thank you so much for all this information ! Three days ago I colored my hair with Dark Brown Bigen hair color .... I am COVERED in hives and welts all over my body. My eye swelled closed and my bottom lip tripled in size. I am in a lot of discomfort :( I too assumed that this was a "natural" product ... I had not idea ! I emailed the compnay and received a form to fill out asking for my doctors name and what medicine I was put on. PLEASE do not use this product !!!

  9. Hi Everybody

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  10. Hello,
    I can't believe that I never saw this blog before. I too have had a traumatic experience with this Hair dye not once but twice. Last fall I used this product after having use it for a few years. I mistakenly got some in my eye while washing out the dye. This was followed by swelling of the eye and what I thought was just a common case pink due to an infection from the chemicals. It did not stop there however. My hair became increasingly itchy and sore and I developed lumps in my hair that oozed a yellow gross liquid material. This went on for a few days before going to Urgent care who diagnosed me with a staph infection. I thought this was a fluke from scratching and getting bacteria from under my nails on my scalp. I decided to give the dye another try a couple of weeks ago. Bad decision!!! I left the dye on for a few minutes only, made sure that I washed it out thoroughly. The next 24-48 hours would prove to be awful. My face, eyes, forehead, hair, nose, were all swollen. My left eye was swollen shut and so big i could not see out of it and could not attend work or school for a week. I was prescribed a steroid, antibiotic, eye drops, you name it to help my situation. Today after a week of medications I still have an itchy, burning scalp, with gross liquid seeping. I went back to the doctor yet again to have a topical steroid prescribed. This dye is awful. I would not recommend that anyone uses this product and it should be off the shelves. I have endure pain and suffering with this product so immense that I have thought twice about the lengths I will go through for vanity.

  11. It's called a skin test. Every dye tells you to conduct one before using it.


  12. I performed the skin test for 48 hours as told and no reaction. So I went on and put the dye in my hair and 5 days later I have been to the hospital twice and I I'm 21 weeks pregnant,mYt head looks like a balloon, my eyes are swollen and all the way closed,skin has rash and hives all over my body, my scalp is oozing puss and the list goes on .....THIS Product will kill you it nerds to be banned......

    1. Hello,I havejust used this product yesterday. I am petrified if I will get an reaction. I would like to knw how you are doing now and if anything has been resolved?

    2. Today I my head and body is starting to itch. I did do a test before trying it and my skin didn't react and I thought it was safe. But two days after use I have itchy/tingling feeling through out my body,scalp, and face.

  13. Hi all,

    What type of Bigen product do you all use? Could you please specify the name of the Bigen product that caused the health issue? The one my family and I are using is "Bigen Speedy Hair Color Conditioner No.865 reddish brown" but we are not experiencing any health issues like you all mentioned. I'm so sorry that it happened to the rest here but I'm still concern and I want to know if the company Bigen giving any feedback on this issue suffered by the consumers?

  14. Hi,
    I agree with all,I used this for last 10 years or more,but since one year I started getting reactions,allergic symptoms.My hair is natural black,only moustaque I use to apply.my doubt is am I using genuine product?

  15. I have been using Bigen for the past 4 years and had no reactions. Until recently I have begun to feel some itching sensation. I have noticed that the product is now being manufactured from Thailand.

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  16. I just used it..i didnt have a problem..but that it didnt take..i do not use the powder I use the liquid in the bottle..but not anymore because it never take..maybe its my hair

  17. google: p-phenylenediamine sulfate in hair dye
    This ingredient is not only in Bigen but a lot of hair dyes such as Naturtint Permanent Hair Dye, Just for Men, Revlon Colorsilk etc... Have read the semi-permanent hair dyes do not contain ppd's

  18. i too used this product,Bigen hair dye.
    i am suffering horibly. my whole body is blistered and scatchy.
    i don't know what to do. i beg those who are using this produc to stop using immeditely. we should find the producers of this product and sue them.
    The ppoduct should be taken off the shelves immeditely
    igntius -17 Nalbarra dr. Bunbury, W A 6230

  19. use Vegetal hair colour.i am using it from last 2 years.it is 100% natural hair colour.it does not have ammonia and ppd.




  21. thank you!!! This information is very important to me. I was thinking of using this dye but I see that is a dangerous poison.

  22. OMG...I have been using Bigen Natural Black over 10 years had no problems...BUT now Im feeling the danger of using this product...my both eyes are badly affected...severe headaches....cannot work...cannot watch TV or work on the PC...PLEASE NEVER TRY OR USE ANY HAIR DYE WITHOUT DOCTORS PRESCRIPTION/CONSENT....HEALTHY LIFE CANNOT BE REPLACED WITH ANYTHING ELSE....I AM SUFFERING EVERY SECOND OF MY LIFE...

  23. Use Herbins Herbal hair colour. I am using it from last 2 years. It is 100% natural hair colour. It does not have ammonia and ppd or even any other Chemicals. Visit www.herbins.in

  24. 99% of hair dye has PPD, this is why ALL hair dye products recommend doing a patch test before applying to your scalp. The darker the color, the more PPD it has, as it's the chemical that creates the dark pigment. PPD allergies aren't common, but you're likely to be allergic to it if you're allergic to PABA (in most sunscreen) and Sulfa-based prescriptiong drugs.

    I also find it interesting that the only information I can find on the ingredients is in this blog and Charles Boyk Law's website, which is word for word the same. This seems like fear mongering to me.

  25. Jaelle,

    Found this on Bigen's website:

    Privacy Policy
    Contact Us
    Bigen Hair Color Ingredients: Are They Harmful?

    The Bigen hair color ingredients are one of the reasons why I prefer this over other dye brands. This is also what we used at the salon and customers obviously love the results especially that the color stays long.

    PPD: One Of The Main Bigen Hair Color Ingredients
    The permanent Bigen hair color is not made from plants unlike other hair dyes. It is made from chemicals. It’s been my habit to look at product labels. I noticed that the Bigen dye has three forms of PPD namely Paraphenylenediamine sulfate, 2-Nitro-P-Phenylenediamine sulfate, and 4-Nitro-O-Phenylenediamine sulfate. The PPDs are the same chemicals that are used in printer inks and toners. It is not dangerous. However, some people may have allergic reaction. This is why I highly recommend that you do a skin test on the skin behind your ear or at the inner bend of your elbow.

    PPD is known to have life threatening properties. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows a small amount on some products including cosmetic products like hair dye.

    Permanent Bigen Hair Color Ingredients
    The permanent hair dye is in powder form. It has to be mixed with water. You can prepare all of the bottle’s content or use only half or a quarter depending on the length and volume of your hair.

    The ingredients including the three PPDs, sodium perborate, cellulose gum, sodium sulfate, sodium carbonate, P-Aminophenol, and disodium lauryl sufosuccinate and magnesium stearate. The sodium perborate is used mainly in cleaning products and detergents. The cellulose gum is used in detergents and water-based paints. The sodium sulfate is most commonly used in fire extinguishers. The sodium carbonate (soda ash) is used mainly for manufacturing glass. For dyes, soda ash is the one responsible for dye bonding.

    Ingredients Of Semi-Permanent Bigen Hair Color
    The semi-permanent Bigen hair dye has the same ingredients as the permanent or powder-form hair dye. It also has natural moisturizers including sunflower and honey. There is beeswax, too.

    Are Hair Dye Ingredients Dangerous?
    In general, hair dyes have been reported to have bad health effects. However, the FDA still allow some dyes with ingredients that have moderate amount. Only dyes that have bothering amount of dangerous ingredients like resorcinol and triethanolamine are the only ones banned.

    Most hair dyes with dark color have coal tar. This ingredient has been linked to health problems like cancer. However, the health problems are not to be developed if we use dyes infrequently. In addition, there are studies that showed not only the users can be harmed by dyes. Even hair colorists who have been exposed to hair dye for about a decade are likely to suffer from cancer.

    The Bigen hair dye is a good choice whether you want permanent or semi-permanent hair color. It has PPDs in small amount. Other major ingredients include sodium perborate, cellulose gum, sodium sulfate, and sodium carbonate. It is not like henna dyes that are made from plant extracts but Bigen hair color ingredients are generally not dangerous since they are in moderate amount.

    Bigen Hair Color Chart: What Color Suits You Best
    Bigen Hair Color Ingredients: Are They Harmful?
    Bigen Hair Color Reviews – 5 Reviews That Tell Something
    Bigen Hair Dye: How To Choose And Use Hair Dye
    Bigen Semi Permanent Hair Color – Choosing Color And Using Dye
    Contact Us
    Privacy Policy

    1. Absolutely. Thank you for some non-hysterical objectivity.

  26. oh my God!!! my dad just used this product. so far there's no reaction yet. but im so worried now. is there any ways or anythg i can do to prevent the reactions? please help :(


  28. Bizarre. First, the chemical dye in Bigen is the same as the (dark) chemical dyes in all non-ammonia hair colors (to include revlon and clairol) ... although the peripheral ingredients (for conditioning etc.) do differ.

    Even more bizarre: 10+ years of doctors at University hospitals where the medical information is about as cutting-edge as it gets and ... no doctor ever inquired about use of hair dye.

    Every doctor / allergist I've ever been to first requires that an exhaustive written check-list be checked off (do I have reactions to any of the following 99 foods ... wheat, nuts, artifical sugars ... etc. ad nauseum; do I have reactions to cleaning products ... do I have reactions to indoor and/or office pollutants such as paint, insect sprays, toner ... it goes on and on, and is then followed by a verbal follow-up and discussion with the doctor ...).

    Huh. 10 years of UCLA and ... zilch, you say. If true, sounds like you should move to Bangladesh or Pakistan, maybe the doctors / allergists there are better trained...

    1. In any event, this is why every hair-color product says, "do a patch test each and every time!"

      And this is why almost all allergists routinely ask about hair-color use without prompting.

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  31. Thank goodness I found this information just moments before applying the dye....don't think I'll bother now!

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  33. The culprit in the Bigen colour (which is made by Japanese cosmetics firm Hoyu Company) is almost certainly the P-Phenylenediamine, or PPD. PPD is an aromatic amine common to most permanent hair colorants; it’s well-known to cause allergic reactions, which can range from mild to severe and, occasionally, fatal. Hoyu is not the only maker of hair cosmetics to use PPD in hair colour: you’re just as likely to suffer an adverse reaction from using a Wella (P&G), L’Oreal or Goldwell product. Most hair colour is oxidative and requires an aromatic amine to impart the colouration. Just because a product’s “PPD-free” in places like Germany, where PPD’s been banned for over a century, doesn’t mean that it won’t contain another, still-legal aromatic amine of the same family as PPD. PPD is merely the worst of a bad group of chemical compounds – all can cause varying degrees of adverse reaction. A general rule is that, the darker the shade of colour, the more PPD or similar aromatic amine it will contain and therefore the more likely you are to suffer an adverse reaction.
    I’ve used Hoyu colour for six years and, to date, have suffered only very minor irritation. I use, however, a lighter shade (105 or 885). I once used a single shade darker (104 or 884 “natural brown”) and my scalp was on fire for a fortnight. If you use any permanent hair colorant, past performance is no guide to the future – sensitivities can develop spontaneously and without warning even after many years’ reaction-free usage.
    The problem with products like oxidative hair colorants is that they’re huge business and the P&Gs and Hoyus of this world have a vested interest in their not being outlawed: a) because they’d lose $ billions of revenue; and b) because a ban would indicate that something really was wrong with the existing product, thus opening the floodgates to product liability claims. A further problem is that the FDA and other regulators around the world determine what constitute “safe” and “unsafe” levels of certain compounds in consumer products by reference to expert opinions. And guess what? These are experts from the chemicals/cosmetics industry, who work for companies like P&G, Henkel (Schwarzkopf) and L’Oreal...
    There is an alternative, which works better (i. e., more predictable result) than oxidative hair colours, contains no harmful compounds and doesn’t damage the hair like traditional colorants. It has been successfully trialling in one of London’s most exclusive salons for two years but it’s unlikely to be on a supermarket shelf or at a hairdresser’s near you quite yet because, to date, the industry’s Goliaths won’t touch it - to do so would implicitly concede that, for 100+ years, they’ve been selling something that’s potentially dangerous to consumers.

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  35. After reading the above posts, I will be tossing this product out! I would rather live comfortably with my 'salt and pepper' than take a chance with the possible side affects or disfigurements mentioned.

  36. This is very nice blog. There are many people who have black hair always to look younger but in order to maintain themselves they started to use chemicals which is harmful for hair.

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  37. My mother had a severe reaction to Bigen dye this afternoon. Her face, eyes and lips were swollen and she was struggling to breath. Rushed her to the hospital and they managed to stabilize her. She is in the ICU now but stable and getting better.

    This product should be banned. I am thinking of suing the company.

    1. HI Raj,I used this product for the first time yesterday. I am very nervous now. How long did it take before the reaction happened?

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  39. very useful information some hair dye is very dangerous harm our skin and Hairs.

  40. I think this product may be responsible for hair balding around the edges (just started balding this year), but have been using this product over 10 years, and only side effect experienced was kinda red eyes after applying. Will not use again.

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