Yeah, I was really excited by the news. Can you imagine regressing the disease? Wouldn't that be great. I think in the next ten years we'll see some really promising new treatments coming out as well as preventative measures. On the hair dye issue, there may be a problem with dark pigment as well, but the real problem with vitiligo is the PPB, or phenols in it. I used to double process my hair, bleach it out totally white, then tone it. My vitiligo started with a drop of creme bleach (developer and bleach mixture--the white liquid and the oily stuff or in my case powder) mixture, the same stuff in all permanent hair dyes, which is why there is now warnings on the packages that they may cause pigment loss. This is what they are talking about. Of course, that wasn't on there until just recently in the last year or two I think. Babs, your hair dresser may or may not be aware of this issue, you should definitely bring it up before, call or whatever. If they are careful, they may not get any on your skin. My vitiligo started from a single drop of hair color on my thigh that I wiped off immediately, but it had already taken the pigment, then it spread from there all over my body. Loving care will not lighten your hair, its just a washout color that lasts 6 - 12 shampoos. Possibly your stylist has something better. I can't afford to go to those places so I'm really out of touch. I would call and talk to someone about it. I've been using Balsam color for a while and it hasn't affected me, though it should and Clairol doesn't know why it didn't. Maybe some are worse than others and maybe because I usually just do root touchup and I'm gray there anyway so I wouldn't notice. Definitely, having someone else do it and only getting highlights would be the safest way to go as far as applying it. I just wanted to warn people so they didn't have another problem to add to the list. Not having pigment is a real drag, it burns bad and people stare. I'm glad this helped some people. I think it's important to know, especially if you have teenagers who may want to dye their hair and all.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments