For decades we’ve been synthetically altering our hair. Dyeing, bleaching, perming, and who knows what else has been detrimental not only to our beloved strands but our scalps, lungs, and environment. In addition to the ingredients in chemical hair dyes penetrating and destroying our hair strands (sucking out all the natural nutrients and moisture), they’re also toxic to our bodies.
Some of the most dangerous chemicals in synthetic hair dyes include Ammonia (poisonous to our lungs), P-phenylenediamine (which is linked to cancer), Resorcinol (which can cause hormone disruption), lead, and Toluene (which can cause birth defects, miscarriage, and organ damage). When labels on boxes are impossible to translate, you’d think the FDA would require a health warning on every box.
So why are millions of people still purchasing these lethal hair dyes for the sake of a change in hair color?
It could possibly be that most Americans don’t believe that the chemicals in hair dye are any worse than those we are victim to each day; sometimes we don’t notice when something is slowly affecting or killing us. A good portion of people may not realize that there are natural alternatives to chemical dyes. For example, henna hair dye.
What is Henna and What are The Benefits of Henna for Hair?
Henna is a dry powder dye made from the henna plant leaves that’s found in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. For centuries, henna has been used to dye skin, of course, hair. Once famously used during the Roman Empire as a temporary skin art for ceremonies, henna is now most popularly found in the warmer climates of the Indian subcontinent, Morrocco & Yemen.
The benefits of using henna as a dye for the hair is its completely natural properties that only coat the outside of each hair strand instead of penetrating under the cortex and bleaching the hair. The natural structure of the hair remains intact and the scalp, instead of being susceptible to the chemicals in synthetic hair dye, is moisturized instead. Henna is getting increasingly popular amongst men as well as dye hair and beard.
Pregnant women who are often encouraged not to use synthetic hair dyes are not at risk when using henna on their hair. In fact, henna has been used to ritually dye the belly of pregnant women for centuries.
Is Henna Hair Dye Permanent?
Yes, Henna hair dye is permanent, however, it can continually treat your hair to add depth to the color and hues. Continual use of henna will help improve overall hair health, condition, strengthens hair which in turn helps in hair growth. However, it will not damage or destroy your hair and is a safe alternative for salons who are a high-risk of carcinogenic diseases from constant contact with the synthetic and toxic ingredients.
Interested in trying Henna hair dye as part of your next beauty routine? Take a look at our products (and their readable ingredients) to find the color that’s best for you.