Hair dye receives a lot of attention because of their ingredient lists. There’s plenty of information that many mainstream hair dye products contain dangerous ingredients that can harm our health. I’m all for the fact that everyone can freely choose whatever beauty products he or she wants to use, but some things just confuse me. Like, take parabens for example – I can’t believe that after so many years of research about threats they can pose, they still are widely used preservatives. Though speaking about hair dye, it’s not parabens that raise the biggest concern, it’s an ingredient called ammonia. Ammonia is a substance that is used in hair dye to break through the hair cuticle to deposit color. Ammonia naturally occurs in the environment, so we are often exposed to it. However, a problem begins when we get exposed to high levels of ammonia. It’s a corrosive substance so it can cause numerous problems such as skin irritation, respiratory irritation, and other risks. There are thousands of articles, including this toxicological profile for ammonia, you can read about the dangers of this ammonia. So what should I do, you might wonder after reading this. Well, to protect yourself you can choose one of these following options:
• YOU COULD STOP COLORING YOUR HAIR
I can see you rolling your eyes and thinking „yeah, right..“. However, I quit coloring my hair about 5 years ago, and still can’t understand why I didn’t do it sooner. I went through quite a journey with my hair color: from black to red to blonde to medium brown, and despite the fact that I liked it, my hair didn’t enjoy the changes as much as I did. After a while, I decided to give it a temporary break from coloring that turned into a 5-year long virgin hair period. Imagine how awesome this is for a person who’s too lazy to color the hair at home or keep up with hairdresser appointments (I’m talking about me).
• YOU COULD CHOOSE HERBAL HAIR DYE
I’m speaking about henna and indigo. If you want to dye the hair by using only completely natural ingredients, this is the only way to go. Henna and indigo are plants, which are dried and powdered, that stain the hair. Many people who dye their hair with these plants swear that the hair became stronger, healthier, and shinier. Still, there are a few downsides of using herbal dye as it is not always predictable. You have to know what you’re doing because it can cast a color you didn’t want in the first place. The dye is pretty permanent, and although it fades with time, it can be a gamble. Also, I often read people complaining that color by the herbal dye is uneven, but I can’t confirm those claims as I’ve never tried it myself.
• YOU COULD CHOOSE SAFER PERMANENT HAIR DYE
If you don’t want to stop coloring the hair, there are safer alternatives to mainstream hair dye. One of the brands that have inspired this post is NATURIGIN – a vegan and cruelty-free company with a broad range of permanent hair dye created with certified organic ingredients.
Naturigin stays away from all the harsh and possibly irritating ingredients such as ammonia, parabens, PTD, DEA, propylene glycol, and SLS. All colors contain natural, hair-caring extracts and oils such as aloe extract, shea butter, grape seed oil, citrus extracts, and more. Naturigin offers 19 different colors varying from black to platinum blonde. The dye covers gray hair, too. For those who dye the hair at home, here’s a helpful step-by-step video for the best results.
What brand of hair dye do you use? Would you like to try Naturigin?