Hypoallergenic hair dye for men

Updated July 13, 2018

A Japanese study in 2001 revealed that men in their 20s are colouring their hair more than before. Men, like women, dye their hair for aesthetic reasons, variety and to cover grey. Luckily, safe and natural hypoallergenic products are available for them, as well.

Effects of Chemical Dyes

Permanent and semi-permanent chemical hair dyes contain harsh chemicals such as ammonia and peroxide. Para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a notorious chemical used in the first hair dyes, is still used today and has been known to cause hair loss and severe scalp irritation.

Meaning of Hypoallergenic

PPD is listed as an allergen to avoid by and a carcinogen by By definition, hypoallergenic products are less likely to cause an allergic response in users.

Natural Hair Color for Men

Herbal and vegetable dyes and food-based ingredients are the least toxic and can leave hair healthy and shiny, according to the Environmental Working Group. Hair dyes made from natural sources and botanicals that don't contain PPD are hypoallergenic, causing less damage to the hair and scalp.

Henna Dye

According to, henna, a flowering plant from Egypt, is a natural and safe hair and body dye. The colour is temporary and works by covering the hair rather than penetrating the shaft. It gradually gets darker, so it's not meant for those who wish to lighten their hair.

Where to Buy

Natural, hypoallergenic hair dyes for men are available at most major health and natural food stores and beauty supply stores. The colour treatments are also available at environmentally conscious hair salons.

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K.C. Hernandez has covered real estate topics since 2009. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in San Diego since 2004. Her articles have appeared in community newspapers but her work is mostly online. Hernandez has a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and works as the real estate expert for Demand Media Studios.