Top 6 Safest Ways To Color Your Hair
The practice of hair coloring dates back to the Celts in 1200 B.C, who bleached their hair blonde to make themselves look intimidating!
Amid criticisms of causing allergies and hair damage, hair dye products have evolved over the years from being a hardcore synthetic product with plain cosmetic effects to more natural ones that are easy on the hair, while producing desirable effects.
Today hair dye products are part of a multibillion dollar industry. People are coloring their hair either permanently or frequently changing the color to suite a fashion trend.
So hair dyeing is a practice that is here to stay.
The question is: how can you do it safely without damaging your hair or sensitizing your system to allergic reactions?
Here are 6 ways by which you can dye your hair safely.
Trivia: The first synthetic hair dye was created by Eugene Schueller in 1907, the founder of the L’Oreal
#1 Safe hair dyes
Several hair dyes that you find in stores contain ingredients like ammonia, PPD, paraben, and resorcinol. Before we get into alternative options, it is important to discuss why companies use these chemicals in hair dyes.
- Ammonia: Ammonia is alkaline in nature and increases the pH of the hair colorant that makes the hair swell; allowing for more dye to be absorbed into it.
- Paraben: Paraben is used as a preservative to prevent microbial growth.
- PPD (paraphenylenediamine): PPD is usually found in hair colour of darker shades. It is used by hair color companies to make the dye long-lasting on the hair.
- Resorcinol: Resorcinol reacts with the developer and attaches the dye permanently to the hair. Hair color companies use resorcinol because it is efficient in this function, and is cheap.
It also worthwhile to note here that these chemicals have been banned by the guidelines put forth by the European Union.
Solution: Not all hair dyes are made this way. Before making a purchase read the label carefully.
If you find the names of any of the chemicals mentioned above, do not buy the product.
You may wonder: what can I do if all the products in the store near me contain those ingredients?
What are the advantages of buying hair dye products online?
That’s always on the top of our list. When you buy online you deal with the company directly. Brands that have a robust online service make a detailed product description available online. Through this you can know which ingredients these companies use. If you find a chemical that is disagreeable to you, you can move on to the next seller.
You can sift through several options online, read customer reviews read about the brand online and make an informed purchase. In other words, the internet equips you with so much information that you can complete your research in the safety of your home instead of having to rely on hearsay advice from a bored salesperson at a retail store.
Online stores are a shopper’s dream. At any point there is always a sale or a coupon code that you can use for a discount and get your product at a lower price.
Atbro Safexx hair dye is an example of a safe hair dye.
Advantages of Atbro Safexx product over other hair dye brands:
- Made in Italy under strict compliance of the healthy safety guidelines put forth by the European Union
- Does not contain banned chemical like ammonia, paraben, PPD, and resorcinol.
- Includes a free at-home hair dye kit: mixing bowl, hair dye brush, developer, and gloves (all worth Rs. 399).
- Improves hair texture by making the hair soft, smooth, and shiny.
- Reduces hair fall and brittleness.
- Cash on delivery online service available.
Certain chemicals are banned in some countries due to health concerns. However, certain other countries have not passed regulations regarding these chemicals.
Companies exploit these loopholes to continue to sell products with these harmful ingredients in countries with lax regulations.
It is our responsibility to be aware of the health impact of the products we use and not entirely rely on regulations, which may or may not be up to date.
Freshly brewed coffee or tea has been shown to darken light hair.
How: Pour the freshly brewed coffee/tea through your hair as a final rinse and let it dry in air.
Limitation: The color may wash away in you next hair wash. However, you can keep repeating this process over since there are no known side effects to using this method. In fact, some teas can actually improve the health and texture of your hair.
#3 Food Color
Food color can be used safely as a hair dye.
How: Mix food color with hair conditioner and apply it on your hair. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Rinse it out with water.
#4 Beet And Carrot Juice
This method can be applied to achieve red undertones if your hair is blonde or light brunette.
- Mix 3 parts of beet juice to 1 part of carrot juice.
- Saturate your hair with the mixture.
- Let it sit for about an hour.
- Rinse it out with shampoo.
Easily one of the most popular natural hair coloring treatments.
- Make a paste out of henna powder and water.
- Apply this all over your hair. You can focus more on the grey to white regions if you prefer.
- Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight if you are up to it.
- Rinse and condition your hair<.>
#6 Lemon And Honey
You can use lemon and honey work to lighten your hair and for natural highlights.
- Mix equal parts of lemon and honey and apply it on your hair.
- Sit under the sun for an hour or apply heat using a blow dryer.
- Wash away the mixture with shampoo and then condition.