This post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
I made a resolution to live more sustainably this year, but there was one thing I didn’t plan for. If I had been smart, I would have booked a hair appointment for December 31st. I would have gotten my hair lightened before I embarked on a whole year of no chemicals, less waste, and reduced emissions.
But then again, what fun would it be if I had? Part of living sustainably is learning how to problem solve. You must ask yourself: How can I do the same things as before, but in a way that is better for the planet?
February came around and my hair hadn’t been touched up in a year and half. It was time give it some attention, and I wasn’t about to forgo my whole mission just to do so. I looked into natural dyeing solutions instead. I asked friends, searched on the internet, and found a lot about henna hair dye. I decided it was the technique for me, so I ordered a bottle of Surya Brasil Henna Cream in ‘light blonde.’
Advantages of Henna Hair Dye:
- No ammonia, PPD, peroxide, parabens, resorcinol, or heavy metals
- Enriched with natural extracts
- Forms a protective layer around each strand of hair, rather than severing the original structure
- Developed using natural herbs and fruits
- This particular brand (Surya Brasil) does not use GMO’s and extracts raw materials with environmental responsibility
Nervous as hell, I slathered the henna cream over my locks on one (very exciting) Friday night. I was pleased to notice no itching or burning like one experiences with box dyes. I smiled to myself knowing that this was the real stuff. Following the directions I let it sit for 60 minutes, and then rinsed it out. I went to bed with wet hair, and woke to see the results.
The Outcome: The henna cream did lighten my hair, but not nearly as much as any chemical dye would. The results were very subtle, a beachy sun-kissed blonde over a drastic bleached-out look. The effects showed more on sections of my hair that were already lighter. I do like the way it looks, and I’m happy that it didn’t turn my hair any weird colors. Next time I might leave the henna cream in longer to see if I can get a blonder result. I would not be nervous to do so knowing how gentle and slight the color change is. A plus: my hair felt very silky and healthy after using the dye.
Who else has used natural hair dyes? What have you found works best for your hair color?
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