A Surprising Way to Stop Scalp Irritation Caused by Hair Dye

It never fails. Every time I color my hair, I end up with a miserably itchy scalp that flakes a few days after treatment. You might think I'm crazy to put myself through this torture every six weeks or so (unless you're the same way), but I just can't stand to have glistening silver roots. And if you're wondering why I haven't tried other brands to correct the problem. Trust me, I have. No matter how natural or gentle a brand claims to be, my scalp gets irritated.

So when I explained my situation to pro hairstylist David John at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles, he had a simple, but surprising, solution: Sweet'N Low. Yes, as in the artificial sweetener.

He just added a few packets of the sweet stuff to the hair dye, before application, then let it sit in my hair to develop. It was just one extra little step that felt like a complete miracle to me. My scalp didn't itch, the color still looked beautiful post-rinse and I didn't see any change in my scalp a few days later.

Of course, I had to find out the science behind this discovery so I asked cosmetic chemist Kelly Dobos to explain. She says, "Cream of tartar, AKA potassium bitartrate, is one of the ingredients in Sweet'N Low. It has a low pH buffer, while saccharin [another main ingredient in it] also has an acidic pH. Because of these properties, it is believed that the addition of artificial sweeteners helps neutralize some of the ammonia used in hair color and mitigate irritation."

Really? I couldn't believe someone hadn't suggested this to me before, after all these years of coloring and complaining. Either way, I had to share my newfound knowledge. If you get an irritated scalp when you dye your hair, you might as well suggest this solution to your colorist to see if it works. I'm completely sold on it and think it's worth a try before you commit yourself to a dye-free lifestyle.

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  • Jane

    I've been having the dreaded burning and itching after going to the salon for my hair color. The last time it was horrific. My scalp wept and then scab over only to weep after the shower when scabs would soften. Took two weeks to go away. I told my hair dresser and she suggested another kind of dye. I had the patch test done and it was OK. Today I went and got the hair dyed with that dye and same thing. 2-3 hours later I'm dying. My head is on fire. I saw your blog and ran to the store and bought "Sweet N LOW"! I mixed 4 packets with warm water and rinsed. It was instant relief!!! I'm so happy to find this out. Thank you, Thank you. I'll take some with me to my next hair appointment.

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  • Anonymous

    I had a bad reaction to hair dye after applying more dyed with a better color withing 3 days....now, nearly a month later, my sore neck resulted in a tingling, burning scalp, just like the hair dye reaction..the doctor said the tingling was caused by a pinched nerve and that I'd never get rid of it....andy comments?

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  • Rhome

    can someone tell me if sweet N Low will work for me, i dyed y hair and six hours later my scalp started to itch, and i light scratched and now my scalp is running a clear like puss bad, my pillow was messed up. thanks!

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  • Kani

    Hi, I read that some of you are suffering from white scaly patches on your scalp,and it itches,Well I use to get this and I thought it was dandruff,I even had a dermatologist he told me to use that T-gel shampoo,that shampoo has tar in it, actual (TAR) do you know how bad that is for your scalp and that tar is getting into your blood stream,I had the same thing it was so irritating. I would wash my hair and even after I would wash my hair I and when it was drying I could see the white scales forming especially along the hair line but it was all over my scalp,it would fake off and get all over my clothes so embarrassing I finally found a doctor who know what it was( Psoriasis )of the scalp there is no cure but he did give me a topical, light-based, and systemic pharmaceutical treatments.According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, over 5 million people in the United States have psoriasis.At first I would use it on my scalp at night once a night ,its not greasy or oily it absorbs in your scalp like water,you do this for about 10 days than you see it slowly going away than you use it every other night,than maybe 3 to 4 times a week now I only use it in the winter months with the dry weather and the furnace is running I also use a humidifier in my room at night and have a filter on my shower to block any nasty stuff in the water..but I'm telling you this because there is hope you may think its the dye that's causing your inflammation ,but it just maybe irritating the under line problem it's worth checking out I'm sure glad I did...Hope this helps someone...!

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  • Diane

    Without a doubt, I am a victim of the itchy scalp after hair coloring! Here's what I have found that works: First, make sure your hair dresser adds 4 packets of SWEET-N-LOW (substitutes won't work)in the hair color mix before they put it on your hair! If you do your color at home, do the same thing! It works! If this is your first time discovering this problem, here's how to relieve the itch. Go to any pharmacy and get "SCALPICIN" ... you can buy it over the counter, and it costs about $7.00. It's a liquid itch relief that contains 1% hydrocortizone in a bottle that you can pour on your scalp. Instant relief! It works!! It even makes your scalp feel good after the itchy feeling has stopped. You can also try this home remedy...mix 4 packets of SWEET-N-LOW in a cup of warm water, pour it over your scalp, let it sit, then rinse with warm water. It works also.

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  • Timothys Rambo

    Mainly recent news, get natural hair care products! Its fresh ingredients clean your hair without stripping it. It has been known to improve hair health and stimulate growth. It will help you simplify your natural hair care routine and achieve maximum natural hair growth.

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  • luna

    :) My friend who's a hairstylist told me this trick 8 yrs ago! You add it to you hair color while mixing. It does work though;)

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  • Anonymous

    Usually after I dye my hair I have to take benedryl for the itch. I definitely will try sweet n low, after all these years of suffering I'll try anything.

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  • Anonymous

    I suddenly developed an allergy to hair color after 25 years. Each time the reaction gets worse. I found a semipermanent color called Tints of Nature at Whole Foods. Did patch test, no problems. I have been warned that if I expose myself again to PPD, it could cause anaphylaxis. The last exposure took more than 4 weeks to recover from and were on my scalp, neck, chest and back. Look very carefully for a product with NO PPD!

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  • katie

    hi every time i dye me hair at my hairdresser my ears get swollen and very itchy.so do i use sweet n low? i tried every product nothing worked.i never had problems before.

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  • Kingofthechair

    Sweet N low is old school, however it can effect the penetration of color dyes into the hair as it reduces alkali . I recommend Hair and scalp therapy by Prorituals www.prorituals.com it is an essential fatty acid that puts moisture on to scalp and hair as the color processes. This can be added to the hair color. I also pre clarify hair before coloring hair. When you are an EMMY winner and work on A- list clients you have to do color the correct way and remove all the silicones from hair prior to coloring as they can block peretration of color and cause pre-mature fading. The hair has a layer called the endocuticle that will open with the moisture from water giving petter color penetration and a more even result. Same way as when we wipe a spill on a counter top with a damp sponge vs. a dry one. It is unfortunate that our industry has fallen into the hands of uneducated manufactures who's motive is to get your hair to fade faster to sell you more products. My advice, Stick with boutique color brands as they tend to have a higher grade of dye than mass market brands.

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  • sri

    Hi friends, Can we use other sweeter instead of sweet n low

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  • Rani

    I asked my niece to send me sweet n low and i used john fredia's blue blak BUT it was foam type of color and i had my fingers crossed and oh my god after two to three hours it itched like hell,,so i don't know because the color was in the form type that's why ?? I am going to try the creamy type to see if it does or not..The form coloring is new on the market so i don't know if it does not work with this type..Please help someone out there,,by the way i am indian so i don't know...

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  • Geri

    It worked great for me with a n organic hair dye . Now I will try it with Wella and hope I get good results. Will try 3-4 packets. Thanks for confirming what I heard from my hairdresser

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  • BobbysGirl

    After twenty years of coloring (and dreading the burning, itching scalp that resulted)I tried this yesterday and was amazed. I have long hair and use two bottles of color and the equivalent developer. I added six packets of Sweet N Low and could immediately feel a difference. It did not affect the color's capability at all. Thanks so much for the great tip!

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  • kmorris

    I was so excited to try this and put 4 packs of sweet n low in the hair color I use. The good news: The color still looked good. The bad news: just as much itching as before.

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  • Anonymous

    What size packet of Sweet and low in Ireland there are big pckts give amount in trams please

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  • Patti

    I have the exact same problem. The back of my head breaks out and itches like crazy when I color my hair every 3 weeks. I am silver under this brunette color and I am not ready to stay that way. I have used hair color that says it's ammonia free. I have tried the sweet and low before, but we only used 1 pkg. Sorry you all are going through this too! OH, the price we pay!

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  • Roset

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I'm going to try these.

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  • DB

    I've used Sweet n Low with L'Oreal Preference for 3 yrs no difference in performance. I dump 4 packets of Sweet n Low in the bottle of developer cream then shake it, then I add the color and shake again. Color as usual. I would not dye my hair at all without it.

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  • Beverley

    It really works dyed my Hair twice now no itchy scalp Thanks Sweet n Low.

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  • jojo

    being a chemist, HC pH is around 9.50 to 11.00. Yes it can reach that level. pH for HC is not acidic and yes sugar does neutralize the system....

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  • Fay

    Thank you so much for posting this.

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  • Lisa

    omg my scalp burns so bad i can hardly stand it when i color my hair.the day after i get puss on my scalp and i just feel like i'm gonna die but i still keep coloring it. I'm going to try the sweet and low something has to help relieve the pain.

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  • Lisa

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  • leesha

    I dyed my hair a fortnite ago and it itched, within a couple of days i was at the drs gettin antibiotics as my head was weeping and scabing, it has been a fortnite nw an if anything it has worsened, the scabbing has spread all ova my head an my body is itching crazy.not sleeping caus of itching. I use tgel daily wich to is a shampoo that i find soothing..if anyone can help please do thanx.l

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  • leesha

    I dyed my hair a fortnite ago and it itched, within a couple of days i was at the drs gettin antibiotics as my head was weeping and scabing, it has been a fortnite nw an if anything it has worsened, the scabbing has spread all ova my head an my body is itching crazy.not sleeping caus of itching. I use tgel daily wich to is a shampoo that i find soothing..if anyone can help please do thanx.l

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  • leesha

    I dyed my hair a fortnite ago and it itched, within a couple of days i was at the drs gettin antibiotics as my head was weeping and scabing, it has been a fortnite nw an if anything it has worsened, the scabbing has spread all ova my head an my body is itching crazy.not sleeping caus of itching. I use tgel daily wich to is a shampoo that i find soothing..if anyone can help please do thanx.l

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  • leesha

    I dyed my hair a fortnite ago and it itched, within a couple of days i was at the drs gettin antibiotics as my head was weeping and scabing, it has been a fortnite nw an if anything it has worsened, the scabbing has spread all ova my head an my body is itching crazy.not sleeping caus of itching. I use tgel daily wich to is a shampoo that i find soothing..if anyone can help please do thanx.l

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  • JetBlack

    I had read this article after yet another itchy, burning, irritating reaction to my drugstore hair dye. Tried all brands, they all made me itchy and irritated. The skin around my hairline and on my neck would get red, hot and itch like crazy. I refuse to go gray, so I decided I would suffer. I colored my hair today and remembered at the last minute about adding Sweet 'n Low. Used just 2 packets and it's like a miracle. There is some very minor itching, still, but nowhere near what it used to be. Next time I'm going to use 4-6 packets. Give it a try....what have you got to lose? Thank you so much for the tip ~ my scalp thanks you, too!

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  • Sandra

    So lets get it clear. Exactly how many packets of Sweet n' Low and are they just stirred into the dye or should the mixture be left to stand or used immediately. Exact instructions please!! Also is it worth using Sweet n' low as a rinse when shampooing in the couple of days after having hair dyed.

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  • Tammy

    Thanks for the tip, i'm going to try that for next time because it really is sore and itchy. thanks again. Hope it works for me. :)

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  • Tracy

    My stylist does this when she colors my hair! When she first said she would do this after I told her my scalp always gets itchy, I thought she was crazy, but it really works! I can't believe I'm seeing it here, bug then again, it really does work, so I shouldn't be surprised!!!

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  • Kate

    A PPD allergy can result in anaphylaxis. I am severely allergic to most chemical dyes -- boxed and professional. I highly doubt that Sweet n' Low will rectify this, and such is a dangerous suggestion for someone who has a PPD allergy. But, hey ... fly at `er if you want to be on devil drug Prednisone! PPD free: Goldwell Elumen and Chi Ionic.

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  • donna

    i do use sweet and low when i color my hair because if i do not my scalp is sooo itchie my hair dresser told me about that trick it reay works!!!

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  • Marcie

    PPD is a horrible and very serious allergy. A packet or 10 packets will not help you if you're allergic to this chemical. If you are itchy or worse after having your hair colored get to an allergist and get tested before it becomes much more serious. This is an allergy that gets worse over time.

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  • HM

    PPD isn't banned in Europe. It's considered safe, and only about 0.1% of the population will develop and allergy to it. If you find your scalp itching after you color your hair you really should do a patch test before coloring again. If it's an allergy the Sweet'n Low won't help. If your skin breaks out in a rash, you start swelling, or have breathing problems you're likely having an allergic reaction...and I'd hope you consult your doctor. http://www.thefactsabout.co.uk/files/22112011143021hair_colorants_final.pdf

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  • tom

    The sweet and low really works. I have my stylist stir in 4 packs in the color. No more itching and burning.

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  • Marcia Brady

    I also have heard Sprite helps. I have not colored my hair in over two months now because of the burn. Trying to find a good brand. I love Loreal's color but it always burned. Then I tried NiceNEasy Clairol and I about died. That brand really really burned. I am just now scared because top of my head has hardly any hair. ha ha

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  • Anonymous

    Oh my goodness some of you girls kill me... Sweet N' Low is NOT Splenda!! The ingredients are NOT the same!! If she says use Sweet N' Low, then use Sweet N' Low. That does not mean, try substituting Equal, Splenda, Stevia, etc... "Cream of tartar, AKA potassium bitartrate, is one of the ingredients in Sweet'N Low. It has a low pH buffer, while saccharin [another main ingredient in it] also has an acidic pH. Did y'all bother to read the article?? That is probably why your head is still itching. SMDH... but at least it is not itching :)

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  • Milla

    I had itching right from the beginning when I started coloring my own hair w/supermarket brands of hair dye.Then had a bit of relief when I had it professionally done,as it did not seem to itch for as long as it did when I applied the color myself as my stylist could apply it w/a brush delicately to the root area, something I couldn't avoid.When I did it,it always laid on my scalp too long.Now have the same head on fire itching issues again, w/ my hair dresser applying the color.But my gray is resistant to color so she has to smush it into the scalp.It always itches,but seemed to reach a pitch of uncomfortableness a few weeks back.My hair dresser then started using the ammonia free dye& for three sessions it barely itched,then BOOM back again& in a way that I had never had it before.When the ammonia based coloring had started to bother me I had a spot of two where I would get bloody scabs.The time prior to this it got worse & this last time it was ridiculously itchy.I work up this morning with long thick scabs on my scalp and my hair clumped together in places as if with blood,but when I asked my hubby to look he said that whatever it was, it was clear & colorless like glue.So my scalp must have been ousing puss or something or other as a reaction to my scratching.It literally feels like I have dried honey in the roots.I'll try the Sweet N'Low sugar substitute,& if that doesn't work will try returning to ammonia based dyes.Won't be the 1st time I've had an allergic reaction to an additive in a supposed gentle or less chemically loaded product.I'm allergic to Tide Free and clear but not to regular Tide, and to Baby Oil & Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, & soaps like Lever & Dial. Suspect that it's an common additive allergy that does not bother most people but that I'm allergic to.Washing my hair when I come home from the stylist used to help. Clobex Spray is fantastic for flaking skin in your hair. Spray it in, pick out the flakes & immediately looks great..awesome!

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  • Tiffany

    Yes, it works for me.

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  • Christi

    Wow! Can't wait to try...

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  • Miranda

    I am skeptical about the sweet & low. I just use the Loreal Everpure moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. It calms my scalp down pretty fast. It's sulfate free so it's supposed to help prevent fading. I can't say that it does because I use red dye which is going to fade fast no matter what. I'm planning on stocking up on the Pureology Reviving Red line that my salon swears by. They have a couple of redhead who work there who insist that it helps keep red. But as far as a quick cheap fix for the scalp, the Loreal Everpure moisturizing does great.

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  • filip

    Cindy...really? Do you think it's literally the flavor "sweet" that helps with irritation? I ask because it's the only thing that Splenda has in common with Sweet'n'Low (and even that is questionable). Splenda is sucralose. No cream of tartar, no sacchrine, no irritation mitigation.

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  • Anonymous

    I just had my hair colored and it was burning and itching so bad I couldn't think straight. She kept taking about sweet n low next time and I just thought she was talking about some other hair product. I had no idea she was taking about the sweetner. Interesting, good tip to know.

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  • Cindy

    Even when I use the sweetener - I have a problem. I'm wondering if it is just Sweet-n-low or if it's because I'm using Splenda. But anyhow, I literally get sick from the itching as it feels like a bad sunburn on top of the itching.

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  • Anonymous

    Just had my hair done 4 days ago and the flakes on my scalp look and feel awful. The flaking looks so bad especially on dark brown hair, I am so embarrassed. I am trying the sweet and low today. I will write back in a few days how it worked. Thanks!!!! Peggy

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  • D

    For those facing severe breakouts in the head, try this anti-biotic, CO-TRIMOXOZOLE. It's also known as BACTRIM. But surprisingly it only stops the acne for a short duration. I still haven't found the complete cure. Need help on scalp breakouts, I've been having it for a few years now.

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  • Phil T

    Got some color today and my scalp broke out and itched like crazy. The Sweet and Low was a godsend!

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  • mary

    Wow, it works!! Just colored my husbands hair. The itching was so bad. Four packets of sweet and low with a couple tablespoons of water applied to his hair and instant relief.

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  • Cammie

    Which professional hair colors do not have PPDs in them and where can we buy them

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  • Kay

    Someone please HELP!!! My daughter got her hair colored at a SALON and has had a severe reaction to a "new" color! The stylist DID NOT do a pre-strand test to check for allergies or reactions. My daughter is the mother of a small infant and in severe pain, almost 2 months later....she isn't ANY better!! Everyone who has been adversely effected by the hair color needs to file a complaint with SOMEONE!!! Clairol has several class action lawsuits against them right now and this has been going on for YEARS. The PPD has been banned in the UK and some other countries. Please post if ANY of you know of anything that will relieve her pain, itching and misery!

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  • Angie

    Does this actually work????.

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  • Amrik

    I with lot of proud would suggest a shampoo that mother of all the anti dandruff / scalp itching shampoos in the world. Yes it is HAIR SCIENCE anti dandruff shapoo from Australia. It is 100 pct soap free with perfect combination of medication to give u 100 Pct result. I sufferd like hell from dandruff and itching and used 10s of shampoos but of no use. This god send gave relief to me 100 pct. go ahead use it and be happy and bless the mfrs

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  • Alyce

    A hairdresser suggested this to me some years ago and it has been a lifesaver. it really does work like magic. I have been to several hairdressers since then and they all look at me like I have two heads when I hand them the two packets - they mix it in, but I can tell that they think that I am crazy and that they are indulging me. :-) Not sure why every hairdresser doesn't know this!

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  • Lina

    I've been having the same problem since I dyed my hair black. The itching is unbelievable. Thought I would google my issue and low and behold I'm not the only one!...Going to try the sweet & low and hope it works. I feel like a dog w/fleas after dying my hair. The itching is so constant.

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  • vina

    Thanks for shairing.I was going crazy to know what to do with itching scalp.am tired scratchig my head.

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  • Stephanie McDonnell

    I colored my hair last night, and for the first time ever have a burning scalp. I called a friend in another state who is a hair stylist, and she recommended this same thing. In fact, she said wash with milk, then put Sweet N Low in your conditioner and leave it in your hair overnight. I suppose it would be a great preventative measure putting it in your color prior to treatment. I did wash with milk last night, but with no Sweet N Low on hand, I plan to go with this remedy for relief today. I'll check back with my results.

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  • Katie

    Please do not use sweet n low. You are only masking the itching. Research lawsuits that have been going on from all over the country if its tingling a little its suppose to the ph balance of our hair is between 4.5-5.5 color is a ph of 10. If it is burning rinse it out ASAP you have to clarify hair before color to remove mineral build up in your hair from hard water color cant be put on dirty hair and it burns from minerals in our hair. Get pure is a great clarify & soma has one. Please research people sweet n low is not helping you if you have a hole in your scalp from chemical burns!

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  • Laura Clin

    Please, all you people out there still dying your hair-hair dye is not what it used to be. Many horrible chemicals are now added that have been banned in many countries. I used Loreal preference hair color-did my pre-test-nothing happened-but 23 min. into dyeing my hair-I had extreme burning. A few wks. later my hair started falling out, my scalp became red, itchy, inflamed and scaly. Many weeks later nothing is getting any better-only now I have itchy rash everywhere. I'm afraid,eventually it will cause lead to cancer-as I have lumps all over my scalp

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  • going grey

    scary reaction 2 i too had reaction to brown dye. third time at the salon using Wella demi-permant dark brown. supposed to be gentle. my hair has been falling out for the last 13 days from the scalp (lost more than 1/2 its volume). no red blistering just falling out and crunchy hair. everything i've read about these chemicals is that you can get sensitized. in other words with each exposure reaction can get worse. i think the dark dyes have the PPD or TDS in them. and PPD was banned in european nations decades ago. Got dr appt monday to find out. No more dye for me, i'll wear my greys proudly. Ladies, if it itches -- something's wrong. Listen to your body.

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  • Debbie

    Will rinsing with sweet and low work after you have colored to reduce the itching? Does a clarifying shampoo or tree tea oil work better? This intense itching is driving me crazy, and oral antihistimines have not helped.

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  • Teri

    I'm trying the Sweet'N Low today! Will post later if it was a success or not. I so hope it does. The itching makes me think I'm going crazy for about 3-4 days after applying dye. Crossing my fingers ;)

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  • Thi

    Ok, tried the sweet & low in my home hair coloring kit, didn't work; my head itch like every time I have colored my hair. I used 3 pkgs ....should I have used more? I wonder if this sweet & low thing only work with certain brand of hair coloring kit; any suggestion anyone? I guess I will find out the next time I color my hair. Also I have found online that it was suggested to use 2 pkg of sweet & low PLUS 4 drops of lavender oil (mix in with your hair dye before applying)....hhmmmmm; should I or shouldn't I?

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  • Scary Reaction

    I had swelling so severe the last time I colored my hair, I looked like something out of Star Wars. It's been itching or burning previously, but never anything like this. Finally got tested and found out I am allergic to PPD - a substance apparently banned in Europe, so why do we allow it here in basically ALL of our hair colors? It comes under a lot of names, but basically it is ANYTHING with the word "chrome" in it; dichromate, etc. My most severe reaction was to the L'Oreal Cream version - the basic version didn't bother me. Also, reds seem to give me more irritation. The darker the color, the more PPD is in it. I tried sweet and low as well. Didn't work so well for me. I have been coloring my hair for 25 years and this only recently started happening. Apparently that's not so unusual, either. I may go gray very soon.

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  • Rebecca

    Can you use sweet n' low in store bought dyes as well? i had a VERY severe allergic reaction to L'Oreal Preference hair dye. I am naturally blonde and, like a dummy, went black. i'm scared of frying my hair and having to chop it off to get back to blonde, so i continue to dye it black, i use natrual instincts now and it has been better, but i'm still getting the sever itchy scalp and headaches. at least my face hasnt swelled up yet, this time...

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  • Maryann Scott

    I am sitting here trying very hard to not dig at my head which is driving me crazy. I just had my hair done two days ago. So I think what I will do now is mixup a solution of sweet low with water and pour it over my head and see if that will give any relief. I look forward to your solution. I have my hair done. How many packets should be put in? You say a few does that mean 3, 4,6,? Thank you again for trying to help all of us. MaryAnn

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  • Marilyn

    JK My daughter just has a chronic itchy scalp. We've tried Tea Tree shampoos/oil, selsun blue, head and shoulders,scalpicin, T-sal shampoo and she has scabs/flakes/itching all the time! Would sweet n'low be good to put in a tablespoon of shampoo? She is getting very anxious and depressed and doctors have no clue why it's itchy. PS. no lice --> Try L'Oreal EverCreme or EverPure. It's more more gentle than the shampoos you have listed in your post. Your daughter may have a food intolerance such as wheat or dairy.

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  • anila

    please tell what is sweet low

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  • Becky

    My stylist did a skin test which was negative.... He suggested not only the packets of SweetnLow, but watch how your stylist applies haircolor.... should use sides of brush, not scrubbed into scalp, don't color freshly washed hair, need oil on the scalp, dont scratch scalp before or sometimes even brush hard, don't scratch while color is on your head, etc... don't put on glasses (can cause reaction to metal stems or even the color with the plastic) There are so many reasons that are not true allergies.

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  • HaleyBrees

    Do you have to put the sweet n low in the bottle before applying or on your head after you put the dye in?

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  • RedBurn

    Oh! I wish I knew this on Monday - my hair looks great but I'm DYING with the burning/itch!

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  • Jeri

    I'm about ready to quit the hair coloring. I've tried the sweet & Low with not success. I've tried everything but still have the itching and scabbing condition after a color is put on. It usualy lasts about 12 days before I'm back to normal. Also when they put the color on I have instant burning everywhere. I've seen my dermatologist who told me "just don't have your hair colored." Any other suggestions from anyone?

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  • Jane

    Will Equal work as well???

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  • Joanne

    Does anyone know where to buy sweet n low?

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  • Maria

    Thank You for sharing...I've been having a problem with every hair color out there.. I'm going to have to try it, can't wait, I hope it works and will let you guys know.....

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  • Joanne

    Where can I buy Sweet n Low?

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  • Ed

    Tried this, it really works. Unbelievable !

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  • Susan

    Sitting in the salon chair now with zero itching!

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  • Pat

    Thanks so much for sharing! i will try this next time I color. :)

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  • Jassi

    I just cannot believe this Sweet n low thing but tomorrow I will defenately use in my hair color . Thanks for sharing ...

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  • frank

    Works all the time!

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  • JK

    My daughter just has a chronic itchy scalp. We've tried Tea Tree shampoos/oil, selsun blue, head and shoulders,scalpicin, T-sal shampoo and she has scabs/flakes/itching all the time! Would sweet n'low be good to put in a tablespoon of shampoo? She is getting very anxious and depressed and doctors have no clue why it's itchy. PS. no lice

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  • Debbie

    I am a hairstylist and haircolor irritates my scalp also. Sweet and low absolutely works! I add 3 packs to my color. I learned this trick at a hair show years ago and I swear by it!

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  • Ivan

    I could not believe it, I stopped dying my hair for the last couple of yrs because of itchy scalp. I simply added 6 sachets of sweet n' low. I could not even feel a thing. This works.

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  • Kelly

    I have been getting itchy scalp for years as well...this would be Awesome if it works. My question is...I also get a nasty rash that lasts for a few weeks, will it help that? If so, you have made me a happy woman.

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  • Azslyn

    Thank you for sharing =}

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  • Maria

    The crimes we commit against our health simply because we refuse to accept ourselves the way we are :| I dye my hair too and the reason I ended up here is because I have an itchy scalp after having gone to the hairdresser to come out of there pretending I have no grey hair!

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  • andrea

    Can i use any sweetner or does it have to be sweet and low????

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  • Claire Tilly

    I recently used some hair dye and my scalp had a bad reaction to it. I had a little dry scalp previously but nothing crazy. After my scalp was so dry and itching all the time and scabbing. I tried the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo and it was INSTANT relief. I also feel like it took it away, my scalp does itch anymore.

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  • Julia

    WOW !! I have not used hair color for almost a year now because I just couldn't stand the itchiness. I am gonna try and will be sure to let you guys know how it goes

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  • Try L'Oreal Professional color "INOA" it's ammonia free so there is zero scalp irritation .

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  • Kelly

    It's not likely that the amounnt of sweetner contained in one or two packets would overwhelm the basic nature of the hair color to a point at which it would be no longer effective.

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  • maxi

    Hi Susan,My grey roots are driving me crazy every two weeks i have to color what can i do for this please?

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  • Coiffurecottage

    I've been using sweet& low for about 20 yrs in color. In our salon ...we use it in all on the scalp color.

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  • Stephanie G.

    If it neutralizes elements of the hair dye, wouldn't that also make the coloring product less effective? Do you find that since using this solution that the color is weaker or that it doesn't last as long?

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  • I know, when David told me he was going to add Sweet'N Low to my hair dye, I thought he was joking at first, but I promise it worked. He put about 4 or 5 packets in, but I also have really thick hair. Let us know if you try this! Would love to know what you think.

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  • pandabear

    Sweet n low isnt real sugar, and therefore wont make your hair sticky, but does have the proper pH balance to counter act the pH of the hair color so your scalp wont dry out and be so itchy.

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  • gale

    I can't believe it, I have the same exact problem! I'll have to tell my colorist the next time I go, very interesting...

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  • Meredith

    Sweet n Low really?? This seems like it would make your hair sticky.

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  • Marcia

    I love common household fixes. I'll have to talk to my stylist about this strategy the next time I get my roots done.

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