We had a good response to our July article “Can Frequent Use of Dyes Contribute to Hair Loss?” We, therefore, decided to produce this article, which gives some natural alternatives to hair dye, which reduce the use of chemicals and its impact on your hair.
The abundance of chemicals in the majority of hair dye products make many individuals reluctant to experiment with colour. Although safe and tested, various chemicals, including ammonia, can be highly damaging to the hair leaving it in a dry and brittle condition.
However, this should not be a contributing factor in the decision to dye and should not prevent anyone from changing and adapting their hair colour. The introduction of more organic products with less damaging, substitute chemicals is beneficial to all individuals interested in dyeing their hair. These products mean that hair is more likely to remain smoother and in better condition for longer periods of time.
Natural products that enhance colour
There are a vast amount of home products and kitchen ingredients that can help the condition and colour of the hair. These natural products are an inexpensive option that are easy to apply and can be done at home.
A well-known food product that can enhance colour is the use of lemon. The acid within the citric fruit acts as a bleach making hair lighter on the areas covered in lemon juice. The application should be done when in the presence of sunlight as the UV rays accelerate the effects of the acid, making the lighter colour more intense.
Organic products in the market
Smaller businesses operating in a niche market are likely to opt for the more natural and organic products meaning the best-selling dye products are still abundant in damaging chemicals. This makes products full of 100% natural ingredients harder to find.
However, there are various brands that focus on the organic element and the use of natural products in contrast to chemicals that are likely to dry out the hair. These brands include makes such as Logona and Sante often not found in the most popular supermarkets but can be purchased online or in small stores.
The use of henna and indigo dye
Those looking to dye their hair drastically and desiring an intense and edgy appearance should consider using henna as it has a deep effect on colour. Indigo is the darkest form of henna producing a very dark brown to black colour. Generally the product is most effective on making hair darker, in shades such as dark brown or red, in contrast to attempting a lighter shade.
Each application of henna or indigo will last a similar length of time to the standard permanent hair dye. However, it should be taken into consideration that with each application the colour intensifies and becomes darker. The colour will remain until grown out, cut off or stripped by use of a chemical process.
The best-known products and brands on the market subtly include damaging chemicals, making it essential to look at the label and check the contents of the product. Natural products have no damaging effects on the hair leaving the hair softer as well as richer in colour.
Repeating the application of typical chemically-based hair dye products can potentially cause permanent damage on the condition of hair. In direct contrast, while natural hair colourants, in general, may be less long lasting they are beneficial to the state of the hair in the long term.