My first blog about PPD was back in 2011 and yet I still get more comments on that than almost anything else. (Only equalled by Are you hosting a BT hotspot? which has taken on a life of its own!)
So the purpose of this brief blog is to bring the material – and the many, often seriously scary comments – together under one heading which will make it more accessible for those who need to know.
My first in 2011 was in response to the death of Tabitha McCourt and solicitor Greg Almond’s campaign to ban PPD. (I wonder how far he ever got with that…..)
The second was two years later, in response to the number of comments we had had, and gave a lot more detail about the allergy. This in turn spurred Alex on to write about PPD on the Skinsmatter site and to reviews the alternative dyes on offer. And since then we have added a clutch of other articles to the hair care section of Skinsmatter, several of which touch on PPD.
My last mention of the subject was in 2015 as part of a blog about cross reactivity. Julie McCabe had died as result of an anaphylactic reaction to PPD in this L’oreal hair dye (see the story in the Mail-on-line here) to which she was thought to have been sensitised to via a black henna tattoo. Although she suffered from a number of allergies she had never been warned to avoid PPD.
The most recent comment on PPD was a couple of days ago, from Lippy and Rouge, a PPD-allergic hairdresser who was inspired by my blog to write a very passionate one of her own…
I suspect there may be more mentions to come.