Organic is everywhere, even in hair products … So why not take advantage of natural elements? The main advantage being least they damage the hair. However, the result may not be uniform (and therefore may be asking the help of a friend to distribute the product), and the result does not take long (allow six to eight shampoos). Plants, too, have coloring properties. Chamomile is ideal and if you want to lighten hair. However, if you want to accent dark reflections, go for the walnut. Indigo gives intermediate colors. If you combine it with other plants, you get shades of color.
Natural Hair Coloring
Essentially, there is no completely organic hair dye on the market today. In order for the hair shaft to make a dramatic change in color, it needs to be chemically treated with oxidative dyes and a hydrogen peroxide developer. Now, there are commercial hair dyes that are ammonia free and that add essential oils to their compounds but they are not organic. Currently, the only way to make a quick dramatic change organically is by using Henna. You can read more on using Henna as a dye in Henna Hair by Harriette Halepis.
Home Made Hair Dyes
There are homemade and organic options to dyeing your hair. From natural spices and plant extracts you can make a change to your hair shaft and create a new color but the process is not an automatic one. Depending on the chemical state of your hair now and how dramatic a change you want to make, the organic dyeing process for your hair can take days, weeks or months to accomplish. Having a certain level of commitment and patience is a bonus when trying to dye your hair in an organic way based from home.
Jessica, even though you cited this brand as being organic, we can’t find anything on their website that actually states that. But they do claim their products are designed for people who are worried about the chemicals used in “regular” hair dyes. They also claim that EcoColors are based on soy-derived ingredients. The impression their website gives is that their colors don’t use the same harsh chemicals that “regular” dyes do. Is this true? Not exactly.
It is true that one of the key ingredients, dihydroxyethyl soyamine dioleate, is soy-based. But the rest of the formula is a pretty standard combination of ammonium hydroxide and oxidative dyes with a hydrogen peroxide developer. So basically it looks like they’ve formulated their soy ingredient into a standard hair dye base.
Henna and Your Hair
If you are able to find a pure henna dye, then this kind of color is better for your hair than regular hair dye. Why? Aside from the fact that henna is all-natural, it also happens to moisturize hair leaving it soft and shiny rather than dry and brittle.
Henna, used for centuries in Asia, gives red-orange highlights to the hair. You can also mix it with indigo if you want some hints of brown. Be cautious, do you make henna unless you are sure of the outcome. Because if you miss, you will get a different color just after. The advantage of natural color, it is obviously that it does not damage the hair. Because it contains no oxidizing agent.
Most are widely available but I’m including their manufacturer’s websites so people can do their own research and ingredient-label-reading before using. Several of these brands are also available at Naturalhairdye.com, which has an interesting decision guide to help consumers make educated choices.
ammonia free hair coloring
More “NATURAL” and organic, green fresh air, none toxic, etc. the marketing extend so much that it becomes scientifically misleading to the general public and hairdressers off course whom believe anything the brands say and repeat it like they knew. The question is the alkaline replacement for an oxidation hair dye (MEA) or ethianolamine, monoethianolamine truly a better alternative? Is it not more toxic and stays in the hair? Being also less effective in developing the hair colour, but being as damaging as ammonia to the hair fiber or more (since it doesn’t evaporate)??
Be Beautiful, but Be Safe
Many women feel it is important that they keep their hair dyed to look younger or as a “lift” to their coloring. These decisions should not be made lightly. More chemicals added to your skin and your immediate environment may mean added health problems later in life.
Always choose the safest and most gentle product that will work for you.
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