Hair Gel Causing Headaches, flushing, red burning eyes

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ShaneA655
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   Posted 10/24/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont sneeze or have typical allergies however i tested for allergies and was allergic to everything. Doctor said i have so much inflammationt hat causing headaches all the time. I think it might be hair gels i use. Is this possible. I flush and sensitive to sunlight and dont have rosacea. I have headaches all the time and seems i wake up in morning with red eyes adn bad throughout the day. When i am in airplanes, i feel so bad.. red burning eyes adn headaches and flushing. Also when i am in cars its bad. I have used hari gel for 7 years almost everyday. I thinki could developed allergy to it. Could this be causing all the inflammation and headaches. Seems to get worse when i put hair gel in but then when i dont, it also seems to have same side effects. Not sure what it is. I believe it could be the cause of it, just want to make sure. IF so, what is a good hair putty or gel that is safe and wont casue these allergic reactions. No allergy meds work. Eye doc said i have dry eyes and allergy eyes. My eyes could be dried out bc of hair gels all this time .....i think need give inflammation a break for while and not use hair gels...or maybe it wont help and its the pollen and mold allergies that showed up.

couchtater
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   Posted 10/24/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to give up hair gels and fancy products years ago. I have to use dove shampoo, soap, and sauve hairspray unscented.
The other day I tried a new hair stylist. She put so much in my hair that when I left I couldn't breathe or see. I rushed home, had to wash my hair two times to get the odors out of my hair. I also had to pop two benadryls.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Joy, next time take your own products with you and request that she use only those. Most of the hair products have excessive amounts of perfumes in them, which bother a lot of people. A good stylist will always use your product if you request it.
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couchtater
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   Posted 10/24/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think I'll go back to her. She was way too expensive for a wash, cut and style. ($35)
Plus her shop was way too perfumed.

Joy
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ShaneA655
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   Posted 10/24/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
so your saying this very well could be causing flushing face, burning red eyes evey morning. I need some ideas on male hair gel that is fragrance free etc...Who knows. I think this is my problem...Causes inflamation and whenever i am in closed areas, airports, malls, hotels, it gets aot worse. Any ideas. I always have hair gel in since i was younger. Could be reaction for sure. But didnt know it would cause headaches. I guess since i kept over doing it, it now started this. Pease let me know.

couchtater
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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I think there is some gels out there that are hypoallerginic. I think suave puts one out.

Joy
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Razzle
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   Posted 10/26/2009 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Could be a reaction to sulfites and/or sodium laurel sulfate (or variations of this coconut deriviative) or some other irritant. There are a lot of irritants in hair products. My husband uses unscented lotion for hair styling...works just as well as the gels for him, but without the smell. I use Giovanni brand shampoo & conditioner because it is free of sulfites and sodium laurel sulfate/related chemicals, so I don't get all itchy from it like I do from other hair products. I know Giovanni makes a hair styling gel, too, so maybe that would be less irritating?

Good luck,
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lulurao
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   Posted 4/24/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello ShaneA655
we live in switzerland... i was searching after shapoo and gel problems, as my husband is suffering longer then 7 years now of similar problems as you... he cant use any gel or perfumes and many other cosmetic products. he alrady went to specialist and hospital but noone can find any particular reaction in blood or skin that could indicate such an cosmetic allergy. he cannot find a shampoo, nor use gel... if he does, he has the same sideeffects as you have, headachs, eyeproblems, tiredness and sweating all the time. I don't know how to help him.... do you found somthing to your problem? Many thanks for responding.... would be very gratful!!!! Greets from Zurich....

LanieG
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   Posted 4/24/2011 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found two shampoos that are "organic" and do not have any sulfates, parabens, or sodium laurel sulfate (and all the rest of those chemicals), artificial color or fragrances.  One is Avalon Organics and the other is Kiss My Face.  I use their shampoos and conditioners but they have other hair products, too.  And both are at WalMart!  They both have their own websites if you're interested: www.avalonorganics.com and www.kissmyface.com.  I'm not advertising these products but I had to search awhile before I found something that was really made with natural ingredients and not chemicals I can't pronounce!  I am using these because my scalp had become inflammed because of coloring my hair (which I had to stop mad ).
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 4/24/2011 7:00:34 PM (GMT-6)

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