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The Truth about Chemical Free Hair Dyes
Did you know the first recorded use of henna as a coloring agent was in 1500 B.C.? Hard to believe, right? Women used their hair color to indicate their class in society. Noblewomen tinted their hair red. Middle class women tinted theirs blond and the poor women colored it black.
Today, men and women choose to dye their hair for different reasons: to look younger, to reinvent themselves or to spice things up. What they may not know is most hair dyes not only damage your hair, they also damage your body. Chemical free hair dyes are a healthier alternative.
Here are some facts about these dyes:
Fact #1: There’s no such thing as organic or chemical free hair dyes
At least not in the way we think. Companies often use the term ‘organic’ as a marketing tool to boost sales. They’ll describe the harsh effects of synthetic chemicals found in nearly all hair dyes to scare customers into purchasing their product. They neglect to tell you that their products contain them, too. Stay away from products containing ammonia, peroxide, coal, tar, lead, toluene, resorcinol and PPDs. Look for those hair dyes made with natural ingredients.
Fact #2: PPDs (paraphenylenediamine), a chemical found in most hair dyes, is believed to be carcinogenic.
The majority of hair dyes claiming to be organic don’t have this chemical.
Fact #3: Henna, one of the only known natural dyes, often produces unreliable or unacceptable results.
Generally, the hair is more orange than anticipated. Even if you use the same natural dye products repeatedly, results can vary with each application. Some vegetable dyes yield even more inconsistent results.
Fact #4: Natural hair dyes won’t infiltrate the hair shaft.
Typically, synthetic dye products have the best results. Unfortunately, the chemicals used can be rough on your hair and body.
Fact #5: The best dye for you depends on your hair type and level of sensitivity.
Always perform a skin test before dyeing your hair.
Benefits of Ammonia Free Hair Dye
Ammonia is another chemical you should stay away from. The slightest hint of it in your hair color might not be dangerous. Continuous use, however, could severely damage your hair and skin.
Here are the top benefits of using ammonia free hair color:
It’s good for your hair:
People who occasionally color their hair suffer from rashes along their hairline or irritating skin. The ammonia free formula helps reduce the risks of allergic reaction or irritation of the scalp. Ammonia free hair dyes are also free of side effects on your hair at the same time they’re making your hair healthier and shinier. Products containing ammonia also can cause split ends and damage hair cuticles and shaft over time. These products are recommended for those with dry or frizzy hair.
It protects your skeletal skin:
If you experience a burning sensation or itching after using your hair product, you’re probably allergic to ammonia. Consider changing to an ammonia free hair dye since continued use of ammonia hair dyes can adversely affect your skin.
It is less likely to cause sinus problems:
In addition to your skin, ammonia can harm your senses. The pungent smell of the hair color may cause sinusitis, which is largely responsible for premature graying.
It preserves proteins and other vital nutrients:
At alkaline environment, the hair color swells the hair’s cuticle so it penetrates the cortex. During this phase, there’s a significant loss of protein and moisture. Ammonia raises the pH level of your hair to such a degree that it can’t get back to its original levels after coloring. As a result, the cuticle stays open for the entire time, resulting in a continuous loss of proteins and moisture.
Organic colors work at a lower pH value:
Organic or chemical free hair dyes create an alkaline environment by raising the pH level and work as a softening agent. The cuticle is softened while you color your hair. This ensures that the organic colors can work at a far lower pH level than the ammonia colors. It also ensures that protein and other vital nutrients in your hair are preserved. Ammonia free hair dye opens up the strands of hair so it can easily penetrate and deposit its pigments.
The Top 5 Chemical Free Hair Dyes
Colors with chemicals flood the market but the health and wellness industry is providing safer, healthier solutions for your hair. Temporary and permanent colors are available in exciting shades.
Surya Brasil has been spearheading the henna color segment since 1995 and in 1997 it came out with a henna coloring cream made with organic ingredients.
Pros: This cream hair color covers all your white hair, has no peroxide or other heavy metals and is ammonia-free.
Cons: Not everyone trusts the ayurvedic products, believing it’s not as powerful as today’s products.
Made with 100 % natural ingredients including, certified organic comfrey extract, roman chamomile, organic aloe vera and orange and grapefruit. All products have no animal by-products and aren’t tested on animals.
Pros: All ingredients serve a specific purpose. Organic comfrey has healing properties. Roman chamomile is an essential oil. Aloe vera moisturizes the scalp and the antioxidants in orange and grapefruit protect the scalp. The is suitable for those sensitive to odors in hair colors.
These hair colors are natural, organic and safe. The ingredients come from the foothills of the Himalayas. Henna plants, organic herbs and flowers are harvested in northern India. The professional design of the products helps henna penetrate your hair through the shaft for natural absorption.
Pros: The overall health and strength of your hair is improved and maintained without using harmful chemicals, peroxides or other metallic elements. Suitable for all hair types, including bleached, frosted and straightened hair.
Cons: This color is semi-permanent and will fade away in 6-8 weeks.
This fresh concept of coloration uses vegetables to revitalize your hair. Active ingredients include oleamine, aqua water, cocamide DEA and alcohol.
Pros: The color formula is long-lasting with a powerful vegetable base and solar enhanced filter that provides better protection against harmful elements. From the first application, all your gray hair will be covered and youll have a smooth and soft shine.
Cons: The color lasts for five weeks before fading and will have to be reapplied.
This natural hair color brand from the UK gives your hair shape and color without damaging it. The herbal-based formula comes in 30 exciting colors.
Pros: For every hair shade there’s a corresponding hair color. Available in permanent and temporary shades.
Cons: There are too many shades to choose from.
To color or not. The choice is yours. The important thing is to do your homework. Be responsible for your own health and what goes on your body as well as what goes in it.
Do you use chemical free hair dyes? If not, will you start to use it after reading this?