LOS ANGELES - Actress Pauley Perrette, forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the top-rated CBS series NCIS, is warning fans about the dangers of hair dye after suffering a severe allergic reaction.
A blonde who has been dying her hair for 20 years, Perrette told KCAL that her beauty routine landed her in the hospital, triggering a rash and severe swelling.
Perrette posted a photo of her swollen face on social media, warning her half-million Twitter followers about the dangers of hair-dye allergies.
"The most important thing to me is that anyone out there that dyes their hair, particularly black, you need to be aware of the symptoms," she said.
There are warning signs, according to Jacob Offenberger, an allergist at Northridge Medical Center.
"If you have hair dye, and the next day or the day after you start to have itchiness and you start to see redness or (an) eczema-type of lesion, it is telling that you that you are having an allergic reaction to that dying," Offenberger said, according to CBS2.
"If you would do nothing, the next time you do the hair dye, it's going to get worse."
That is what reportedly happened to Perrette. Six months ago, the actress broke out into a rash all over her neck and scalp but ignored the symptoms, she said.
Perrette says she's now looking into natural hair dye and also into wearing a wig.