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There are numerous women and men who choose to dye their hair for their own reasons. The truth is, most hair dyes are damaging to your hair and even your body. There has been a lot of hype about organic hair dyes. We are here to straighten out some of the facts for you.
The most important thing you will learn from this post is there is no such thing as organic hair dye. At least not in the sense we would like to believe. Some companies use the word “organic” as a marketing technique to increase sales. These brands will often describe the harsh effects of synthetic chemicals found in almost all hair dyes in attempt to scare buyers into choosing their product over another. They omit that their product also contains them. However, there are hair dyes made with natural ingredients. Choose a product that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients, such as ammonia, peroxide, coal tar, lead, toluene, resorcinol, and PPDs.
PPDs (para-phenylenediamines), a chemical found in most hair dyes, is widely thought to be carcinogenic. Most hair dyes that claim to be organic do not contain this chemical. Some hair dyes contain PTD (para-toluenediamine), an alternative to PPD. It has only been on the market for a short time, therefore its effects have not been studied as harshly.
Henna is one of the only known natural dyes, but its results are often unpredictable or undesirable. In most cases, the hair color comes out much more orange than anticipated. Even people that use the same natural dye products over and over may have varying results with each application. There are also vegetable dyes that produce even fewer consistent results. However, natural dyes can leave hair looking healthier and shinier than before dyeing if you find one that works well with your hair.
Natural dyes do not penetrate the hair shaft. As a result, their color does not last as long as synthetic dyes, which do penetrate the hair shaft. Synthetic dyes produce the best results in most cases. The only issue is the chemicals used are often harsh on your hair and body.
The best hair dye for you depends on your hair type and sensitivity level. Anyone can develop a sensitivity to any material, natural or synthetic. Always do a skin test prior to dyeing your hair. It is best to avoid certain chemicals that are harsh on your hair, but if you want to use them, go for it. After all, it’s your hair.