Back in the 1950s less than 10 percent of women dyed their hair. These days, this percent has grown to 75! A 6-year study at Yale University discovered that women who have been coloring their hair for a long time are at higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Another study on the topic has found an increase in the incident of upper digestive tract, lung and skin cancer among hairdressers who are exposed to hair dyes and their questionable ingredients on a regular basis.
Here is a list of ingredients you need to pay attention to in your hair products: 4-MMPD, 4-chloro-m-phenylenediamine, 2,4-toluenediamine, 2-nitro-p-phenylenediamine and 4-amino-2-nitrophenol.
All Natural Alternatives
The good news is that there are hair coloring products that are non-toxic, safe to use and all-natural. But, make sure you don’t get fooled by clever labeling. Some brands add in avocado oil for a healthy shine, but this cannot change the fact that they do contain a wide range of toxic chemicals. Hydrogen peroxide, Tetrasodium pyrophosphate (TSPP) ,p-Phenylenediamine, 2-Methylresorcinol ,Resorcinol, Cetrimonium chloride, p-Aminophenol, Pentasodium pentetate, Monoethanolamine (MEA), Lauric acid, 3-Aminophenol… these are some of the ingredients.
Use Real Herbs and Plant Extracts
Mother Nature provides amazing alternatives for those who dye their hair regularly. All you have to do is to apply a little bit of whatever recipe you want to try, and let it dry naturally.
List of Herbs: Chamomile, calendula, mullein, saffron, turmeric
Steep 1/4 – 1/2 cup of any of the herbs above in two cups of boiled water for about half an hour. Strain the flowers and allow it to cool down. Shampoo your hair and then rinse with the cooled tea. Squeeze excess moisture and leave it in the hair for twenty minutes prior rinsing it out with water.
Light Brown Hair
Pour three cups of boiling water over four tablespoons of rhubarb root ( chopped). Simmer for about twenty minutes. Then, strain and apply onto freshly shampooed hair. Rinse in clear water and let it dry naturally.
Henna products work wonders for covering up grey hairs. Henna coats the hair and its effects last for up to six weeks. It shouldn’t be used by people with white or very light blond hair.
- Put 2 to 4 tablespoons of henna in a bowl
- Add water to create a thick paste
- Add a tablespoon of vinegar to help release the plants’ colors
- Let it cool for a few minutes
- When lukewarm, apply the paste on the hair, massaging it in your wet hair and combing it through with a wide-toothed comb
- Pile up the hair and wrap a towel around the head
- Let the dye work for half an hour to two hours
- Rinse with water and air-dry
Using Potatoes to Rejuvenate Your Hair Color
- 4 cups hot water
- 6 potatoes
- Mesh strainer
- Essential oil (optional)
- Clean bowl
- Boil 4 cups of water
- Peel 6 potatoes and add the peels to the pot. Boil for about 25 minutes before straining the liquid
- Add a few drops of essential oil of choice
- After you have washed your hair, coat the roots with potato juice
- Massage it into the scalp and then rinse with cool water