While we’re aware that our beauty routine probably comes with health issues – including skin damage from the UV nail lamps used to cure your gel manicure – we often don’t pay much attention when our roots are past the point of no return and our polish is barely hanging on. That is, until now.
A new study has found a link between the chemicals found in hair dyes and relaxers and breast cancer. The results show that women who frequently relax their hair – in other words, get it chemically straightened – are 30 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer than women who don’t.
The study (which was conducted on 50,000 participants) found that the rate of breast cancer in women of colour is an astonishing 60 per cent, while the rate of breast cancer in white women is closer to 8 per cent. The study suggests the massive difference comes as a result of women of colour frequently relaxing their hair – a process less common among white women.
Unfortunately, relaxers aren’t the only thing to blame – using permanent hair dye also increases your risk by 9 per cent. In the tiniest of all silver linings, however, no association was found between temporary or semi-permanent die and an increased risk of breast cancer.
Hair dye can be made up of as many as five thousand chemicals, so, if you can, opt for a semi-permanent alternative (if anything, just to stop yourself from being terrified every time you go for a touch-up).
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