It is hard to find a woman who did not change her hair color at least once. Most of use dye our hair regularly or from time to time. Aggression with which we treat this beauty attribute is unbelivable.
More and more people take care of what they eat. We are aware that although products on the supermarket shelves are permitted to be marketed, many of them should never visit our digestive system. So why do we forget that skin, which is a protective barrier, is not impenetrable? Why do we see only when we have allergic reactions?
Women all around the world have something to think about. They spend billions on hair colors.
The market of hair dyes is growing. The best selling products are made by L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Beiersdorf or Henkel. You know them for sure. Their cosmetics flood the shelves and their commercials brianwash the customers.
Unfortunatelly, although the EU made stricter regulations, still hair dyes are one of the most harmful cosmetics. The most dangerous compound is PPD that is p-Phenylenediamine. This substance called “fake henna” causes serious allergies. Reactions may include redness, rash, edema, itching and blisters. After some time festering ulceration may appear. Other type of reactions include shortness of breath and an anaphylactic shock, sometimes fatal.
In some European countries PPD is banned, but not in the USA.
Other ingredients with negative effects are hydroquinone regulating oxidation, drying, irritating and destructive for tissues and resorcinol which is a part of the colorant (used in production of industrial glues and synthetic resins) and can cause edema, redness and rash.
Many ingredients have cancerogenic potential. Taking into consideration that statistically dyeing takes place each month and the time of keeping the dye on your head is minimum 30 minutes, we can imagine long term consequences of using hair colors for years. The names of these ingredients sound rather scary: phenylenediamine, 4-chloro-m-Ethylenediamine, 2-4 toluenediamine, 4-amino-2-nitrophenol, coal tar, hydrogen peroxide, 1-naphtol.
Moreover, it is important to mention substances facilitating absorption (they let hazardous ingredients transfer to bloodstream), which are common in all cosmetics (look at the labels): propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, fatty acids: oleic, palmitic, lauril, isopropyl alcohol.
What else? Using hair dyes can lead to many congenital abnormalities. Phthalates in dyes can lead to malformations in boys’ genitals and among adult men – genetical mutations in sperm cells. Fortunately, men haven’t decided to follow the trend.
What to do? Change for the nature. It has its advantages and disadvantages and can also cause allergies. It cannot be denied. However, I got convinced.
I used a traditional dye once and only on the lower half. Last year I used a natural color for the first time in order to add the natural shade some life and hide my first two grey hairs. I chose such a color that nobody noticed anything. So you know my secret now 😉 However, I don’t do this regularly and I cut my two greys.
I tried 3 dyes: Khadi (the favorite), Logona and Sante. All cosmetics are powders and after mixing them with water we end up with a nice mud.
Khadi products come from India and they have a BDIH certificate. They include dyes and fantastic oils, shampoos, conditioners, masks etc.
The color lasts for around a month. It covers grey hair very well. Moreover, henna has conditioning properties. It gives hair beautiful shade and shine. The more often we dye the hair with plant colors, the healthier they become. In case of chemical products the effect is totally opposite. The formulas are based on ayurvedic principles. They consist of coloring henna and indigo and additional ingredients such as nourishing amla and antibacterial and toning neem.
More on the official Khadi website:
Logona is a German company with lots of certificates BDIH, NATRUE, EMAS, CSE (Certified Sustainable Economics), ECOControl. Logona products were rewarded with top rating of a well-known Öko-Test over 300 times.
The composition is richer and the conditioning effect is amazing. Khadi wins only with the price. Apart from a base in the form of colorants we can find here wheat protein and jojoba oil which has a miraculous effect on hair. The ingredients differ depending on the shade. The result lasts for a month and covers grey hair.
I’m finishing with Sante. Unfortunately, the worst, because the grey hair did not give up. What is surprising is that the effect is much weaker than Logona’s but on the bag in the box there is Logona’s name and a similar compostion…Hmmm…
I will sum up. Using natural hair colors means that you have to mix the powder with water on your own (nothing difficult; for the lazy people there is a ready made paste by Logona, but it costs double price of the powder), and the process of dyeing lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It depends on the intensity we want to achieve. In case of grey or blond hair which we want to darken quite some time is necessary. But it’s worth it! Definitely!
If you are interested, here is a compendium of knowledge about henna: