On 12/10/2012 replied to avonlady saying:
The allergic reaction actually started a few years before it got so bad that I had to stop dying. At first it was just a chronic itchy spot behind my left ear, but gradually it spread all around the back of my head. I was so determined to keep dying my hair that I kept doing it anyway. I was so afraid to go gray! lol. But then it got worse, and everytime I dyed it, it would burn and blister for a week or two. Believe it or not, I kept going with the hair dye. Until the day that my entire scalp was swollen, and felt like it was on fire. I happened to have a doctor's appointment for something else, and I showed him what was going on with my scalp. He said I had a severe allergy and what looked like chemical burns. He basically told me that it was the end of the road for hair dye. At that point, I agreed with him. It was scary, and painful. I was silly to keep dying for so long. I was so worried that I would look old, and that the grey would be ugly, but I was worried for nothing. Now I love that I don't have to keep up my "roots" and I've made peace with the fact that I am grey-haired and I have embraced the real me. i wouldn't recommend to anyone to continue dying their hair when they're having allergic symptoms. I was lucky that it didn't get worse.
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