Long before the invention of synthetic colors, women used plant pigments from nature to emphasize their beauty. Several thousand years old techniques dyed and nourished hair and concealed gray hairs. Their ancient methods as hair coloring in a natural way, with increased, holistic care for health and beauty, are back in vogue.
Conventional hair dyes are known to be rich in harmful chemicals that link research to skin and respiratory irritation and weakening immunity, especially in people who are frequently exposed to them. According to the British National Cancer Institute, hair dyes contain about five thousand different chemicals, some of which are linked to an increased risk of cancer, animal testing has shown. By contrast, organic hair dyes, especially home-blended ones – made from plant pigments, have no added chemicals.
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In addition to the well-known henna, natural coloring also includes other plant pigments, such as hay and indigo. By combining henna, hay and indigo, a range of hair colors can be achieved: from a light honey color, various warm and cool brown shades, through all tones of fiery red to black. These herbal powders also act as nourishing hair masks. They can regulate the secretion of sebum, alleviate decline and stimulate hair growth, protect them from negative external influences, prevent dandruff and fungal infections of the scalp. At the same time, hair damaged by chemical dyes and treatments can intensively nourish, strengthen and recover, improve its volume and shine.
Unlike artificial colors that aggressively remove the natural pigment from the inside of the hair and replace it with a synthetic one, the natural colors coat the surface of the hair without destroying its structure. Therefore, their result is different from that obtained by conventional colors.
Synthetic colors achieve a specific shade, while plant pigments are transparent, which means they act as a dressing. With their color, they wrap the hair without penetrating it, which is why the coloring result is a combination of the herbal mixture and the existing hair color. However, each color is unique because it depends on the base shades of the hair, as well as the thickness and texture of the hair and it cannot drastically change the natural color. Therefore, it may be necessary to repeat the staining process several times to achieve the desired effect.
Little secrets of coloring
Plant pigments should be selected based on your existing hair color, not the one you want to achieve. All combinations of henna and hay match the light blue to medium brown hair color. Pure henna is best suited to brunettes and reddish women, but also to gray hair. Hay is best suited to blue, gray and honey-colored hair. Different henna and indigo blends give the best result on all shades of brown and red. We don’t recommend pure indigo for gray and blond hair. It is good to choose brighter than the one you want because with pigments, with several successive applications, you can easily darken your hair, but it is almost impossible to lighten it.
Henna is known to provide intense copper color, but if you want to avoid its typical orange tone and get burgundy instead of water, add homemade hibiscus mixture to the dye mixture.
For a range of darker colors, from chestnut brown to intense black, henna is combined with indigo in varying proportions. To achieve a darker result, amle powder is added to this mixture. In combination with pure henna or in a henna and indigo blend, its ash tones will dull the copper and red hues to produce the coolest tones of brown or black.
Lighter hair colors are obtained by hay coloring. With pure hay powder or in combination with henna, different shades of honey and golden blue and intense light orange tones are obtained. Hay can not lighten dark hair, but it is great for lighter or gray hair that can give it a beautiful shine and golden tones.
Natural hair coloring requires a little more time and effort. However, after the first coloring, the result is visible.
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