By littlebit from Saint Joseph, MI
As a former cosmetologist and major allergy sufferer, I can say from more than one viewpoint that the pink scalp is nothing to play around with. When I was a cosmetologist, we were required to do a patch test on all customers any time we changed the brand or shade of hair color we used. If there was a reaction it didn't always mean the customer needed to stay away from color, but that we needed to try a different brand, or even a different shade of the same brand. If the patch test is used and there is any irritation, keep trying until you find one that does not have a reaction; this may even mean bringing your own color to the salon if the ones there all cause reactions.
If they all cause reactions see an allergist, you may have other sensitivities as well. Do not add anything to the color or just take a benedryl without first trying to alleviate the problem, as this is the least dangerous option. Danger? I know someone who would pop benadryl when she had a reaction and one day she had to take 4 doses before the reaction slowed, 4 doses is a day's worth, and she had to take them all within maybe an hour, next time she may not be so fortunate. Also, have you ever seen a full-blown allergic scalp reaction to a chemical such as color or perm? Horrible to see, painful for its victim, and the effects are lasting.
While all others say scalp irritation I might have a solution that can help. Bear with me for a minute. Use a couple packages of Sweet N Low, not any other sugar substitute, is has to be sweet n low (I would imagine the generic would work too). Add those packets to the dye, cuts down on the allergic reaction. I've tried it several times and it seems to work! I've heard several hair dressers say they use it too!
It definitely sounds like a chemical reaction because otherwise a golden (base) blonde would be staining your scalp a yellow or golden color.
Ask your hairstylist if she's using permanent, semi-permanent or demi-permanent haircolor. If it's permanent ask to switch to semi-permanent to see if that helps and if semi-permanent then switch to demi-permanent.
Permanent uses the strongest 'developer' and the most mild developer is used in demi. Hope this helps!
I have very thin hair on top and my hair dresser has a product that you sprinkle on your scalp that blends in with the color of your hair. It works wonders and makes me look like I have a fuller head of hair -- it's called XFusion. It has little hair fibers in it so it sticks well.
It sounds like irritation to me, too. You should see a dermatologist to find out for sure. If you keep irritating your scalp, you could end up losing some or most of your hair, so please take this seriously. That happened to my aunt, and she had to wear wigs most of her life, as well as endure the discomfort of skin problems that later developed.
So ask your dermatologist for recommendations for hair dye that won't do this to your scalp. Good luck!
The only thing I could imagine that being is scalp irritation. I would say just wait it out and use a heavy moisturizing conditioner to calm it down maybe?
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