Opting for an appropriate organic product is one of the best ways to add color to your hair safely. It helps eliminate the risks associated with hair colors prepared from chemicals.
Henna and vegetable dyes are the most popular natural hair colors. These products make use of herbal extracts.
On the downside, though, plant-based hair colors require repeated applications and hence, take much more time as compared to the usual toxic hair products.
Tips for choosing organic hair colors wisely
- Henna is perhaps the oldest of all types of natural hair colors. Pure henna imparts red color tone. Apart from hair coloring, it is also useful for hair care as it tends to strengthen your hair naturally.
- You can get different shades of red and brown by adding certain other ingredients in henna dye or powder. For example, combination of green walnut shell powder and henna gives brown color.
When mixed with Rhubarb Root, it produces blonde tones. In the same way, you can create brunette to black hair color by using indigo dye along with henna.
Here’s a video showing how to mix henna for hair.
- In case you have light-colored hair, you may avoid using henna because it is likely to result in bright and unnatural hair color.
- Sage rinses help bring out the color of brown hair.
- Hibiscus tea serves as a nice organic hair reddener. You may also apply a mixture of carrot juice and beet juice taken in equal proportions to create a reddish tinge.
- You can cover your grays by using a combination of half cup each of dried sage and dried rosemary steeped in about two cups of boiling water.
- Rinsing the hair with black tea or coffee results in a nice brown color for brunettes.
- If you have blonde hair, use chamomile rinse once in a week to brighten your hair.
- Combination of eight ounces of yogurt and four tablespoons of cinnamon serves as a good organic hair lightener.
- When using a homemade organic hair dye, make sure you follow the procedure carefully to get encouraging results.
Search out the proper proportions of ingredients required to get the color of your choice. As Shana Alexander puts it, “Hair brings one’s self-image into focus; it is vanity’s proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.”
- Natural hair colors are gentle on hair and hence, can be used as frequently as you want. Chemical based hair colors, on the other hand, damage the hair texture over a period of time. Organic colors, however, tend to fade away sooner, merely after a few washes.
- Certain organic dyes may not be virtually free of ammonia, but they tend to have considerably less amount of most of the harmful chemicals.
- Some eco-friendly hair dyes make use of flax and soy as the base. Plus, they include natural ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract, rosemary, nettles, flower essence, vitamin C, vitamin E, etc.
- When using an organic color (prepared from fruit and seed extracts) for your hair, make sure you choose an FDA-approved product. In addition, perform a patch test before using it to check if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.