Painful, Nasty Rash after Coloring…Oh My!
Ewe… I ended up getting this nasty rash after coloring my hair last Sunday. At first I just thought that I was pulling my braids too tightly into a ponytail cause by Monday afternoon, it hurt so bad that I took my barrette out. But just tilting my head back was painful. By Wednesday I asked my mom to look at it and she said she was seeing crusty looking bumps. Yuck. By Saturday, I was picking black scabs off my scalp. This morning, I looked in the mirror and could tell that some of my hair had broken off right at the scalp just leaving a little peach fuzzy feeling. I now have two bald spots back there one a little bigger than the other. Doesn’t look like it’s getting any worse though.
I even have a few bumps and scabs down my neck and shoulder. What the heck? Ok…that’s where the towel was against my neck and back the majority of the time…so in retrospect, my back and shoulders would have been exposed to the hair dye that had gotten on the towel as well.
I can only speculate that the dye did it. I do remember scratching back there and then stopping cause I didn’t want to be breaking the skin before coloring. I also left the color on a little longer than the recommended 45 minutes because we were looking for shampoo. So maybe it was on 50 minutes instead of the recommended 45.
The only other thing is that I did use a different hair product that contains the dreaded mineral oil. So in retrospect, I’m not sure what caused this…the dye…leaving it on too long…or scratching my scalp before hand or all of the above or even the new product.
Although I have never had any sensativity to hair color, I know you can suddenly develop an allergic reaction when you’ve never had one before. Sooo…has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? Should I be concerned about coloring my hair again? Or is this mostly likely an isolated one-time thing?
Shoot, I sure hope so cause I’m not ready to sport gray hair yet!