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What are good hair dye choices for someone with psoriasis?

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Whether you get your hair colored in a salon or you do it at home, choosing the right dye can help. If typical hair dye irritates your scalp, there are a few options that may be gentler on your skin.

Highlights. Unlike all-over color, highlights don’t reach your scalp.

Henna. One-hundred percent pure henna is a natural alternative to chemical-laden hair dyes. It can tint your hair red or reddish-brown. You should avoid so-called black henna (real henna is a shade of orange). It may contain irritating ingredients.

Other plant-based dyes. Some “natural” boxed dyes contain pigments from a variety of plants, such as buckthorn, hibiscus, and rhubarb.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Don’t fear your flakes,” “Safe styling for scalp psoriasis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hair Dye Safety: What You Need to Know About Salon and Box Color.”

NHS: “Dangers of black henna,” “Hair dye reactions.” 

Logona: “Hair Color Guide.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis,” “Stress Management.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Use of an epinephrine autoinjector (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair styling tips that can reduce flares of scalp psoriasis,” “Scalp psoriasis: Tips for managing,” “Scalp Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 7, 2020

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Don’t fear your flakes,” “Safe styling for scalp psoriasis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hair Dye Safety: What You Need to Know About Salon and Box Color.”

NHS: “Dangers of black henna,” “Hair dye reactions.” 

Logona: “Hair Color Guide.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis,” “Stress Management.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Use of an epinephrine autoinjector (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair styling tips that can reduce flares of scalp psoriasis,” “Scalp psoriasis: Tips for managing,” “Scalp Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 7, 2020

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