I’m a natural brunette. I have some serious red undertones, but there is nothing “blonde” about this girl. That said, I have envy of girls like my little sister and a few of my friends who can pull off platinum like they were born that way. Recently, I decided to undertake a mission to gradually go a little more golden. In September, I spent some cold hard cash on a bayalage treatment, which still left me more brown that blonde. Last week, though, I went to a different stylist on the advice of a friend, who not only didn’t do a great job, but left me looking a little washed out and not that great.
And then I started having the worst histamine reactions of my life. My eyes itched, my nose ran, and I could barely wear contacts without wanting to cry.
A few years ago, I had a few highlights and had the same reaction. I’ve dyed my hair several times before – I once even went red. But I’ve only had an allergic reaction to the bleach process – and once we dyed me back to brunette, the allergies almost instantly subsdided.
The problem? I’m allergic to Ammonium persulfate
Ammonium persulfate is a chemical used to “boost” peroxide hair bleaches. From the Archives of Dermatology, it:
produce a variety of cutaneous and respiratory responses, including allergic eczematous contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, localized edema, generalized urticaria, rhinitis, asthma, and syncope. Some of these reactions appear to be truly allergic while others appear to be due to the release of histamine on a nonallergic basis.
I’m sure some blondes have plenty of fun, but this girl apparently does not. I’ll stick to being brunette. If it works for Leighton Meester, who can rock a brunette hairstyle with class, fashion, and a bit of that you-know-what, it can work for me.