Hair bleach: Melanin and Hydrogen Peroxide

Hair bleach is used to dye people's hair in different colours

Chemical reaction: H20 + 2e + 2H+ -----> 2 H20

Type of reaction: Hydrocarbon Combustion

  • What are the hazardous compounds?

Amnioa causes hair to lose its moisture and hair to colour to fade away. Hydrogen Peroxide is toxic if ingested, inhaled or try to contact with the skin or eyes. It causes mild irritation. Inhalation of if from anything higher than 10% solutions may cause pulmonary irritation. Ingestion of Hydrogen Peroxide causes vomiting, gastric distension and on rare cases gastrointestinal erosion or embolism (blockage of blood vessels by air bubbles).

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