Regular hair dyes are full of toxins – peroxide, paraphenylenediamine (PPD), ammonia and resorcinol are just a few that you should know. These chemicals are all absorbed directly through your scalp. Use a natural hair dye instead, and you may find that your hair looks healthier and shinier too.
Natural hair coloring is a concept that has been around for decades, and whether due to experimentation, student budget constraints or eco-friendly reasons, many of us have experimented with natural products. Things like lemon juice used in the hair to lighten and give a natural sun kissed look, is something just about everybody can relate to.
But there are many reasons why people prefer to use a natural hair dye product instead of its chemical counterpart. Things like allergies to artificial pigments, chemicals and other irritants found in permanent chemical hair dyes are a big reason why many people opt for the gentler, natural option.
There is also a large group of people who have found the persistent use of harsh, cheap, store-bought products have stripped their hair of their natural moisture and protein content. There are a lot of chemicals in hair dyes and color treatments, yet hair continues to look dull, frizzy, damaged, lack luster and fly away despite the mass of products tried and huge amount of dollars spent.
Without the correct aftercare and with the use of cheap, harsh chemical hair dyes that are incorrectly purchased and applied – remember there is no-one standing in the hair dye aisle at the supermarket – people tend to just buy what is cheapest or in the most attractive packaging – your hair could be irreparably damaged by the chemicals in hair dye.
But before you rush off to your hairdresser and get them to chop it off, you may want to try one of the natural color alternatives, that could actually restore your hair to its natural vitality and bring back the shine and bounce you so desperately seek.
Henna is one of the most natural hair dye products on the market and people have been coloring their hair with henna for decades. Many people only know about henna as a decorative skin stain application in the Hindu faith, and henna tattoos have experienced something of a boom in popularity as a trendy alternative to the skin and ink variety.
But henna is also a fantastic option for hair. It is environmentally friendly, affordable, toxin and chemical free, environmentally sustainable and leaves the hair looking soft, silky, full of bounce and life while being shiny and revitalized at the same time.
But do take care to purchase your henna product from an organic and reputable supplier. Some manufacturers have been known to ‘’water down’’ their products using harmful additives like metallic salts and other such chemicals found in hair dyes that are mass produced.
Black henna is notoriously known for having high levels of toxic metallic salts in the mixture, which are added to get that truly flat, deeply black color that is so coveted by people. An indication of whether it may have metallic salts in it is whether the black henna has a violet aspect to it. The color true black with a violet reflection is not something that can be found in nature, in terms of what the henna ingredients are.
Your best colors for henna are red and brown and you can alter the depth and hue of the henna by adding in additional extras of your own. If you want to brighten up a red henna – which may look bright orange on application but that is quite normal- you can add anything from organic cranberry juice or cranberry tea, red wine, herbal tea, mulberries – anything you like really.
Your natural additives are not going to react with anything in the natural henna, so as long as it is chemical free, you can brighten up the color as you wish. If you are a bit more conservative and would like to stick with a natural, shiny golden brown, but require a bit more depth, don’t be afraid to add coffee or carob extract to the ground henna powder when you mix it.
There are very little risks involved when using a natural hair dye and you will eliminate the dangers associated with the harmful chemicals in hair dyes. Natural hair dye products will also pump moisture and shine back into your hair, making it look as nature intended it to – healthy and shiny, only better.
Many people go for the natural hair dye option as it can be both a color enhancer and a hair treatment conditioner without any trace of chemicals. And you can safely and effectively change your hair color and look after the environment at the same time.