With the increased popularity of vivid colors and creative unicorn hairstyles salons are often packed with requests for coloring services. Many hairdressers serve from 6 to 20 clients on a daily basis with the majority of their clients requesting some sort of color. Unfortunately, new studies are showing that hairdressers face a higher risk of bladder cancer due to the coloring products that they use.
Melanie Harling, Anja Schablon, Grita Schedlbauer, Madeleine Dulon, and Albert Nienhaus conducted a meta-analysis to discover if those who work as hairdressers have an increased risk of bladder cancer. 42 studies were analyzed to get a clearer picture as to the bladder cancer risk faced by hairdressers.
The researchers found that hairdressers indeed face an increased risk for bladder cancer. They shared that this risk is even greater among hairdressers who have worked in the field for 10 years or more.
Carcinogenic Aromatic Amines and Hair Dyes
Researchers are convinced that the increase risk for bladder cancer among hairdressers is due to their exposure to carcinogenic aromatic amines. They are typically found in some of the hair dyes used in the practice. These carcinogenic aromatic amines have been found to increase the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia.
In the 1970s, these carcinogens could be found in almost 90% of the hair dyes on the market. These harmful hair dyes were taken off the market due to the onset of restrictions on hair dye formulas. While the legislation was put in place to reduce or eradicate the presence of these formulas, studies done in the United States and Turkey found that some hair dyes still have notable levels of carcinogenic aromatic amines.
The Frequency of Dye and Perm Increases the Risk
A new study found that hairdressers’ risk of bladder cancer is increased by how often they dye and perm their client’s hair. This study was conducted by researchers from the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Lund, Sweden.
To come to a scientific conclusion, the researchers evaluated the blood samples from 295 female hairdressers. Some members of the sample were regular users of hair dyes while others had not used hair dyes in years. The researchers also studied other data that could serve as contributing factors such as the participants’ other income-earning activities, hobbies, and general lifestyle. The findings of their study confirmed that the frequency at which hair dyes and perming products were used increased the risk of bladder cancer.
The Wrap Up
Many studies show that hairdressers are at a higher risk of experiencing bladder cancer due to frequent exposure to hair dyes and perming products. Hairdressers who use the products more frequently have a higher risk of bladder cancer than others.
To minimize the risk of bladder cancer, researchers suggest that hairdressers should wear masks and gloves when treating hair with dye or perming their clients’ hair. They also recommend that hairdressers do other tasks that cannot be done wearing a mask such as cutting hair before hair dye is applied.
Natural hair color dyes are also available on the market and have gained popularity in recent years. With proper research, you can find a nontoxic brand to support your coloring needs. We will follow up on this post with suggestions at a later time.