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Question: Migraine headache - does this hair dye contain a vasodilator?

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Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 12:14 am UTC

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bootcamp
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Migraine headache - does this hair dye contain a vasodilator?
We are following Dr Buchholz’s program for eliminating migraine headaches. See link. On an Amazon.com review of his book, we learned that a vasodilator in a hair treatment triggered headaches in one gentleman, but we are unable to determine if our hair dye, see link, contains a vasodilator and may trigger migraines. Does this hair dye contain a vasodilator? If so, which ingredient?

I valued Google Answers and I’m grateful the GARs are keeping this important service alive.

Dr Buchholz’s book and vasodilator review, (first review) We have corresponded with the reviewer already.
http://www.amazon.com/Heal-Your-Headache-Program-Taking/dp/0761127984/ref=cm_taf_see_more?ie=UTF8&tag=tellafriend-20

Hair Dye Ingredients
http://www.herbatint.co.uk/herbatint/using/herbatint-ingredients.php

 
 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 3:41 am UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

Bobbie Sevens
Researcher

Hello Bootcamp,

One of the ingredients in Herbatint is Propylene Glycol.
http://www.herbatint.co.uk/herbatint/using/herbatint-ingredients.php

In the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for propylene glycol, it says that overexposure via inhalation may cause headaches.

Effects of Overexposure

"Inhalation:  Vapors or mist, in excess of permissible concentrations, or in unusually high concentrations generated from spraying, heating the material or as from exposure in poorly ventilated areas or confined spaces, may cause irritation of the nose and throat, headache, nausea, and drowsiness."

MSDS - Propylene Glycol
Issued May 13, 2005
http://www.pestell.com/minerals/feed/msds/propylene_glycol.html


Is this the type of evidence you're seeking?

Bobbie7

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 3:58 am UTC

Question clarification

bootcamp
Customer

Hi Bobbie7,

Thanks for the question. My wife uses 2 teaspoons at most per application. I think that MSDS may be referring to a more intense use of propylene glycol, "Vapors or mist." I'd guess that the propylene glycol also is a small portion of the total product and she does not inhale it.

For most hair dyes, the scalp absorbs some of the dye and our concern is that one of the ingredients absorbed by the scalp may be a topical vasodilator. Vasodilation is closely linked or actually causes migraines.

So the question should be: Does this hair dye contain a topical vasodilator? If so, which ingredient?

My apologies for not making that more clear in the initial question.

Warm regards,

Bootcamp

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 4:05 am UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

Bobbie Sevens
Researcher

Hi Bootcamp.

Thank you for the clarification. I'll search for more relevant information for you.

In any case,I will unlock the question so that other researchers can try to locate the information you require..

Best regards,
Bobbie7

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 5:23 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

Bobbie Sevens
Researcher

Hello again Bootcamp,

I just wanted to let you know that I did additional research I was not able to identify any ingredient that is a vasodilator.

Were you able to find out what kind of topical hair treatment the reviewer was using? Perhaps it wasn't a similar hair product and possibly the vasodilator is not present in your hair dye.

Bobbie7

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 6:35 pm UTC

Question clarification

bootcamp
Customer

Hi again, Bobbie7,

Thank you for the research. How confident are you that it does not contain a topical vasodilator? We are ideally looking for positive answer, not a "no information found" answer.

I asked the reviewer, awaiting his email reply. Yes, if may have been any number of hair products and hopefully it is not present in our hair dye.

This hair dye is sold by Whole Foods and the cosmetic department employee indicated that they try to select products that do not work like most hair dyes. I'm now learning that most hair dyes use ammonia and that ammonia may work by opening up the hair follicles as part of the dying process.

If you can determine that ammonia is a topical vasodilator and is used in most hair dyes, that would be very reassuring and be very close to satisfying this question. I'd like to hear what the reviewer says he was using.

Best regards,

Bootcamp

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 6:56 pm UTC

Question clarification

bootcamp
Customer

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 7:05 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

Bobbie Sevens
Researcher

HI Bootcamp,

It's difficult to prove a negative when doing research.  All I can say is that I wasn't able to locate a vasodilator in the hair dye. That doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Depending on all the different search strings that are possible, I could  have missed it.

During my research I  did find out that vasodilators are usually found in hair growth products .

For example:

Follicare Hair Loss Products  ". . . all Natural Topical Spray use natural vasodilators such as niacin, hawthorn berry, rosemary and ginkgo biloba, as well as 5% extra strength minoxidil, to increase blood flow to the scalp.
http://www.salonweb.com/follicare.htm

If I find anything about ammonia being is a topical vasodilator I will let you know.

Thanks,
Bobbie7

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 7:23 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

David Sarokin
Researcher

bootcamp,

I did find some information that shows sodium metabisulfite (a preservative in Herbatint) to be both a vasoconstrictor and a vasodilator, apparently depending on concentration:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=2486653&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google
Vascular effects of 2-chloroprocaine and sodium metabisulfite on isolated rat aortic rings.


It took a good deal of time, effort and interpretation to find this article, and then to make sense of it.  I would estimate a fee of $30-40 *per ingredient* to cover the entire list. 

As boobie7 has made clear, it's a tougher challenge than it first appears.

David

 

Mon 14 Jan 2008 - 8:39 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

Bobbie Sevens
Researcher

Hello again Bootcamp,

Niacin, nicotinic acid and vitamin B  can function as vasodilators.

"Niacin is synonymous to nicotinic acid. It is a component of the vitamin B complex. . . .  Niacin can function as a vasodilator. It is suggested that Niacin can help to widen dilation of blood vessels. Some suggest that Niacin may be a natural substitute for the drug minoxidil (Rogain) because of its function as a vasodilator. Topical application of niacin may be beneficial to hair growth since it enhances blood circulation of the scalp and stimulates the metabolism of hair follicles."
http://www.hairsite.com/late-niacin.htm


Possibly  moringa pterygosperma seed extract found in the Aloe Vera Normalising Shampoo and Aloe Vera Royal Cream Conditioner are acting as  vasodilators.  The leaves, flowers and pods of this tree contain Vitamin B and nicotinic acid.

"The drumstick tree also called  Horseradish Tree  (Moringa pterygosperma)"
http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9031260/drumstick-tree

Drumstick tree:
"The leaves, flowers and pods are used as significant sources of vitamins A, B and C, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, folic acid, pyridoxine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and alpha-tocopherol (Dahot, 1988)."
http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/article.php?article_id=1836

Bobbie7

 

Wed 16 Jan 2008 - 11:09 pm UTC

Comment

bootcamp
Customer

Hi Bobbie7,

You've satisfied me. Topical application could result in vasodilation. Not the answer I wanted, but an accurate answer. Thanks very much for your work. I'll use this service in the future!

Bootcamp

 

Wed 16 Jan 2008 - 11:25 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer

Bobbie Sevens
Researcher

Hello again Bootcamp,

Thank you for accepting my findings as your answer. I am reposting the information below.


Niacin, nicotinic acid and vitamin B can function as vasodilators.

"Niacin is synonymous to nicotinic acid. It is a component of the vitamin B complex. . . .  Niacin can function as a vasodilator. It is suggested that Niacin can help to widen dilation of blood vessels. Some suggest that Niacin may be a natural substitute for the drug minoxidil (Rogain) because of its function as a vasodilator. Topical application of niacin may be beneficial to hair growth since it enhances blood circulation of the scalp and stimulates the metabolism of hair follicles."
Hairsite
http://www.hairsite.com/late-niacin.htm


Possibly moringa pterygosperma seed extract found in the Aloe Vera
Normalising Shampoo and Aloe Vera Royal Cream Conditioner are acting as vasodilators.  The leaves, flowers and pods of this tree contain Vitamin B and nicotinic acid.

"The drumstick tree also called Horseradish Tree (Moringa
pterygosperma)"

Britannica
http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9031260/drumstick-tree



Drumstick tree:

"The leaves, flowers and pods are used as significant sources of vitamins A, B and C, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, folic acid, pyridoxine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and alpha-tocopherol (Dahot, 1988)."

Lokvani
http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/article.php?article_id=1836


Thanks again,
Bobbie7

 
 

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