According to many surveys in western countries, women change their hairstyles and hair colors more than 100 times in their lifetime. If you think about it, that’s a lot of hair-changing that undoubtedly includes loads of chemicals. And some hair dyes (especially traditional, older generation hair dyes) contain many potentially harmful chemicals that, if used consistently, can lead to various health problems, including:
- Respiratory problems,
- Skin issues and allergies,
- A suppressed immune system,
As you can see, these are some serious health issues that chemically laden commercial hair dyes can lead to. If you’re wondering what are the biggest offenders in hair dyes, these are:
- PPD (Phenylenediamine),
- APEs (Alkylphenol ethoxylates).
Natural Ways to Color Your Hair
To avoid potential health problems that chemical hair dyes can lead to, it’s best to use natural hair colorants, which, although very gentle can also be very effective. With natural alternatives there are no side effects; in fact, the following will also add shine to your hair, nourish it and moisturize it.
Whether you want to darken or lighten your hair color, herbs are your friends. Nettle, Sage, Black Walnut Powder and Rosemary Leaf will all darken your hair and may even cover your grays. As for slight hair lightening, Chamomile with lemon juice works wonderfully, and so does Calendula. All of these should be brewed, applied to the hair and left on for about an hour before rinsing. Also, the more you use them, the better.
If you want to darken your hair a little and add shine and bounce to your locks, use strong-brewed tea. Black tea (the green tea’s cousin) will not only darken your hair but nourish it and make it silky and shiny. Just brew some strong black tea, apply to hair and let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing. Use whenever you want (the more the better).
If you want to add shine to your brown hair and cover the grays, or darken your light hair, try coffee. Brew lots of strong coffee and mix it with a bit of conditioner, apply to the hair, let it work its magic for about an hour and then rinse.
Henna is a super-effective natural hair colorant that can dye your locks into wonderful copper color. If you want a different hair color, use pre-mixed henna (the manufacturer will mix henna with indigo to create brownish hair color), and if you want a red-orange color, use straight henna as per instructions.