The New Zealand Government has announced that the country will be introducing a new tie dyeing kit which will allow all Aucklanders to dye their hair, clothes and even their pets.
New Zealand’s Minister for Tourism, Media, Sport, Innovation and Digital, David Cunliffe, said the new kits will be sold at the Auckland Zoo, the Waitemata Zoo and the Waitangi Zoo.
“These kits are designed for anyone who wants to get their hair dyed or to dye it in the hopes that it will help them with their appearance,” he said.
He said the kits were aimed at people with dyed hair and clothes and for those who had dyed hair but who were unsure about the health risks associated with dyeing their hair.
“They’re designed to help people understand the importance of maintaining their natural hair color and what it means to be a natural hair person,” he added.
Mr CunLiffe said the Kiwi Government had taken on the role of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which has long advocated against the use of dyes in animal products.
But he said the IARC had not been contacted by the Government on the issue.
The Government said the two kits will allow people to dye either their own hair or to be dyed in other colours.
“People with dyed or dyed hair are not likely to have any problems with the colour, but for people with other coloured hair, the dye can cause problems,” he explained.
“It will not affect the colour of the hair.
When people wash their hair after dyeing, the colour will return to normal, but the dye will not have any effect on the natural colour of hair.”
Mr Cunniffe said that people with colour-blindness or pigment deficiency had been able to get some benefits from dyeing hair and he said this could be a potential benefit to people who did not have the same problem.
“These people can use a colour-matching kit to make sure that their hair is as natural as possible, which will help to minimise the health effects of dyeing,” he continued.
Mr Cunsiffe said there was a lack of data available about the long-term health impacts of dyeings in New York, where the ICR has recommended against the product.
He said New Zealand was now taking up the issue with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get the right dyeing kits and have it in a way that makes sense,” he concluded.