When manufacturers call their products “Natural Hair Dyes” , we can be easily confused or even misled. “Natural Hair Dyes” may mean that:
- the product provides natural hair looking results or
- it contains natural ingredients. The latter may also be confusing as it can make us believe that the majority of ingredients are natural while it’s all about 1 or 2 compounds in a plethora of aggressive chemicals.
Read this and find out:
(1) what the true natural hair dyes are,
(2) what their ingredients are and
(3) where to find brands that can be trusted.
Natural hair dyes
The true natural hair dyes contain all-natural ingredients and no chemicals at all. Yes, they do exist and I’ll tell you where to find them in a few moments. Till then it’s may be worth mentioning the semi-natural hair dyes. They are something between the true natural hair dyes and the 100% toxic hair colors. I called them semi – natural hair dyes, because the chemicals in them are the lesser evil than the one found in the conventional hair dyes. The amount of the toxic ingredients is also less.
There are three types of natural hair dyes. These are food – based, vegetable and herbal hair dyes. Some of the natural hair dye ingredients include:
- cranberry juice – it tints hair a reddish color;
- henna – produces a brown or red color;
- cinnamon can brighten red hair;
- black henna is for black hair. It is a mixture of indigo blue dye and brown henna;
- lemon juice and chamomile tea give natural highlights to blonds and light-haired brunettes;
- tea and coffee provide a brown color;
- beets – they color your hair red.
Herbal, food-based and vegetable hair dyes can leave your hair luscious, healthy and full of shine. Natural hair dyes, however, are usually applied at home and may not always give the results you expect.
In order to prevent surprises (e.g. carrot orange), you’d better go to a salon for a professional application at least the first time when you color your hair with a natural dye. After that you may go ahead by yourself.
What is an organic hair dye?
Be aware that there is no such thing as a 100% organic hair dye. There are a few things, however, to look after when buying a hair dye, which is marketed as organic:
- at least some part of the ingredients should be certified as organic;
- the rest should be all natural ingredients;
- organic hair dyes should be rich with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids;
Before applying whatever hair dyes, including natural hair dyes, you should always do a patch test on a small area of your skin to make sure you will not have an allergic reaction by using this product. It may take some time for a reaction to show, so it is best to wait for a couple of days before applying to your hair.
Where to find true natural hair dyes?
The best source of information related to safety of cosmetic products and brands is EWG’s Skin Deep. Below I am giving you the the safest and most natural hair dyes found in their database. Depending on when you read this, you may need to check Skin Deep for an update:
Some of the semi-natural hair dyes are:
Please note that I haven’t used any of the above brands. I still don’t color my hair. But before start using a product I am making my own research and this post reveals only what I have found out and not my personal experience.
Do you want to share your experience with any natural hair dye product? How did it work for you? Did you get any allergies? How long did the color last? Please do so in the comments below.