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Going gray? No way!

January 10, 2011 |  2:00 pm


Everything in the makeup and skin-care world seems to be going green and organic, but what about hair color? It still smells gross, makes my scalp feel itchy and might or might not cause cancer.

OK, it probably doesn’t cause cancer, science tells us, but when, if ever, will it become gentler and more natural? The industry is working on it, but it sounds like it might be awhile from what experts tell writer Alexandra Drosu in an Image story on Sunday: "Hair color that's eco-friendly — and effective."

For one thing, it seems that vegetable dyes don't take hold of the hair as well as current hair-dye chemicals do. For another, as one hair expert says, just because something is natural doesn't mean it's good for you (arsenic, for instance).

I guess I could give up the dye bottle and just let nature take it's course as some women are doing in the going-gray movement.  As my own mother did, in fact. Naw! Not gonna happen. I plan to emulate my mother-in-law, who died last year at 95, a happy blond to the end!

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Hair products by Clairol. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times.