Natural hair dye formulations are becoming more and more sophisticated. Whether you want to discreetly hide your mousey roots or experiment withВ this year's hottest colour trends, switchingВ your hairВ up a shadeВ is one of the quickest ways to transform your look. But did you know that many permanent hair colours contain ingredients that not only cause long-term damage to hair but can cause scary allergic reactions too?
One key ingredientВ to look out for isВ paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which can cause anything from a mild skin irritation to anaphylactic shock to even aВ deadly reaction in extreme, but thankfully rare, cases. "Every time you color your hair, your immune systemВ registers a foreign particle on the scalp," says Rob Forgione,В the national color educator for hair care brand O&M. "Most of the time there's no problem, but there can be a time when somebody has a PPD colour on their hair and they have a reaction. It could happen after 40 years, or on the first colour, and it can be quite intense."
Checking the ingredients list on your favorite hair dye forВ PPD is a good place to start, but it isn't the only thing you need to worry about. Ammonia is an ingredient to avoid, as it strips the hair of protein and can be really damaging, and resorcinol is another nasty that can affect thyroid function.
Sounds scary, but there can be less extreme reasons for wanting to switch to a more natural solution too. MaybeВ you're doing Veganuary and want to make sure your bathroom is as free from animal products as your fridge. Maybe you're pregnant, or are just conscious of theВ effect on the environment of all those chemicals.В
The natural color of your hair will determine what you'll be able to do with it using natural products. Lots of natural dyes are henna-based, whichВ can add warmthВ to darker hair and really brighten things up. But if you're looking to go lighter, things get tricky as a bleach is usually needed to strip back the natural color. And if you're fair to start with, you'll find plenty of shades from strawberry blonde to more experimental pastels will work better.В
Whatever your motivation and natural color, the good news is that more natural hair dyesВ now look better than ever.В
Click through the gallery to see our favorite natural hair colors to change up your look in no time.
L'OrГ©al Professionnel has launched its first 100%В plant-based and vegan in-salon hair color. The three natural powders: henna, indigo and cassia, are mixed together by the colorist in different ratios to achieve different colors, from light brown to blonde in cool and warm tones.В
Find your nearest Botanea salon here.Logona Herbal Hair Colour in Golden Blonde $9Shop
If you're already blonde, you may still want a helping hand ensuring you stay on the right side of golden. Enter this organic, herbal solution.Lush Marron $10Shop
Trust Lush to bring natural hair color to the high street. The brand's henna range blends the natural red dye with other ingredients to create a broad range of shades. This rich chestnut also contains indigo and coffee.ВHerbatint Permanent Colour in Chestnut 4N $10Shop
This long-lasting color will leave hair feeling soft and conditioned, and will even help hide the greys, something some natural hair dyes struggle to do.ВIt's Pure Herbal Hair Colour in Strawberry Blonde $12Shop
Add a hint of warmth to fair hairВ with this natural, organic strawberry blonde tint.ВManic Panic Creamtone Perfect Pastel in Fleurs du Mal $11Shop
If you're thinking pink, you can hardly go wrong with Manic Panic's range of semi-permanent, vegan colors. But you'll need to lighten your hair first to get the best results.ВSaach Organics Natural Hair Colour in Burgundy $11Shop
The formulations in the Saach Organics range are based on Ayurvedic principles, including the range of semi-permanent henna-based colors.ВSparks Hair Colour in Orange Crush $19Shop
This promises to be permanent, so be sure to think twice before you take the plunge. If you decide to go for it, expect vibrant, conditioned locks that last.ВKlorane Blond Highlights Shampoo $8Shop
All right, so this isn't really a hair dye, but if your blonde hair is looking a bit sad and sun-starved, this lightening and brightening shampoo should give it a lift.В
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