Coloring your hair can take a toll on your locks. From drying out, to breaking off, and just looking dull and lifeless, chemical processing is not healthy for your hair. So what do you do when you need to color your hair and cover your roots or just want a change?As a beauty expert, here are my tips and tricks for getting color without the chemicals.
Henna dyes are amazing for getting rich, intense color. It also has no damaging effect on your hair and a little henna goes a long way. I like buying henna bricks from Lush and using them for my coloring process but you can buy henna at many health food shops or online. You want to break up your henna or put your powder in a heat proof bowl. Slowly add hot water until you get a cake batter like consistency. Then slather it on your hair and work in with gloved hands. You can pop on a shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap to help intensify the color. Once it’s set for the amount of time on you package, rinse it out and wash your hair as normal. It does get a bit messy so you will want to apply it in the bath tub.
Black Tea or Coffee
Dark tea and coffee can have a staining effect on your locks and is completely natural. This isn’t permanent of course, but can help when your dark hair is sun faded. Simply brew up about two cups of coffee or tea and allow it to cool to room temperature or chill it. Wet your hair and pour the tea or coffee over your head and work in. Simply rinse it out after about ten minutes to help lock in your new color.
Lemon Tea and Hibiscus Tea
Much like the coffee and black tea, hibiscus and lemon teas can help tint red and blonde hair. Simply brew up them up and rinse through your hair exactly how you would the coffee method. These methods aren’t really the best for getting a deep color, but can help brighten up your natural color. I like to rinse my hair with hibiscus tea once a week to help perk up my red color and the great smell doesn’t hurt either.
Non Toxic Hair Dyes
There are non-toxic branded hair dyes on the market but they aren’t officially tested by any organizations for being toxin free. They often contain extra hair proteins and vitamins that can help your hair repair itself, and provide great shine and bright color. Try Palette By Nature if you want to try a chemical free product. They claim to not contain parabens, which are likely to strip your hair of its natural texture and moisture.
Non Permanent Hair Dyes and Glosses
They may not be chemical free completely, but color glosses and non permanent hair dyes contain far fewer amounts of chemicals like ammonia that other dyes contain. Glosses are simply color deposits added to your hair that last through one shampoo. My favorite brand is Fanci-Ful Temporary Color Rinse which helps me freshen my color but doesn’t strip my hair. I massage it in after I wash my hair and comb it root to tip. Semi permanent hair dyes, like Clairol Natural Instincts, aren’t permanent and have less chemicals than other brands.
The most important part of coloring your hair is after care, too. Be sure to use a thick conditioning product or color masque after you color your hair to lock in the look. Be sure to also use a color protecting shampoo to help keep the dye from fading. I hope this quick guide has given you insight into some new products that can help you achieve color without the chemical commitment.