If trend forecasts are to be believed, then the bold hair color fad of recent years isn’t going away any time soon. Maybe you’re still in love with unicorn or rainbow hair, are thinking of giving lilac hair a go, or are planning to just dip dye the ends of your hair in hot pink—there are so many hair color ideas to choose from but don’t forget: Having fun with your tresses also subjects it to stress.
Bold hair colors typically aren’t very noticeable on dark hair so for Filipinos with black or brown hair, bleaching is a necessary first step. This alone already damages your mane; artificial hair colors can make it even worse. Plus, these artificial hair colors may have harmful chemicals that have can cause adverse reactions. So, when exploring ways to play with your hair, you shouldn’t just consider style but should also consider for safe hair color options.
Why Artificial Hair Color Is Bad for You
Semi-permanent or temporary hair dyes work by coating the outermost layer of the hair shaft; they don’t alter the internal structure of the hair and they wash off within a short period of time. Permanent hair dyes go deeper, with color molecules entering and getting trapped in the hair, altering its makeup and causing damage. As a result, artificial hair dyes can dry out hair and make it look unhealthy or, worse, give you some adverse side effects. Many commercially available hair colors contain ingredients like PPDs (p-Phenylenediamine), resorcinol, ammonia, parabens, phthalates, and gluten, which may lead to health issues. Resorcinol, for example has been linked to endocrine disruption, while PPDs can cause irritation.
Natural Hair Color
Natural hair dye is much gentler on your tresses and scalp but their effects are more subtle than artificial hair dyes. Some natural hair dyes are:
Henna. Used since ancient times in such places as the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, henna comes from the leaves of a plant called laswonia inermis. It coats hair and even strengthens and conditions it, making it thicker, smoother, and silkier. It also fades gradually, which means it looks more natural than artificial hair dyes over time.
Henna is commercially available in powder and cream form. Applying it can be tricky, though, as it can stain anything it touches, so make sure to use gloves (a good rule for applying hair color in general) and an old t-shirt or towels that you wouldn’t mind ruining with color. Applying petroleum jelly on your forehead, neck, around your face, and behind your ears can also keep it from getting on your skin.
Sage. This herb can darken hair and is great for covering up gray hairs. Be warned that, like henna, it can also stain
Lemon. This citrus fruit is used as a lightening agent but with those subtle highlights come dryness. Also take note that lemon juice permanently alters the color of your hair, meaning it won’t fade over time.
Safe Hair Color
If you’re looking for eye-catching colors that aren’t quite found in nature, then your best bet is a natural hair color brand. A number of companies now produce hair dyes that are “six-free,” or free of the six chemicals that are harmful to hair and health. Tints of Nature has a Bold Colours line that can give you the technicolor hair of your dreams without the damage (most effectively used on blonde or bleached hair). It comes in eight colors—green, teal, blue, purple, pink, rose gold, orange, and fuchsia—and also comes with a Pasteliser to soften shades. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty free!
Once you achieve your desired hair color, you can keep it from fading fast and show your hair some love by using natural treatments for colored hair. Tints of Nature has a range of products, from shampoos to conditioners, to give you soft, silky, healthy color-treated hair. Also help your hair color last by staying away from heat (that means hot showers and hot styling tools like hair dryers, straightening irons, and curling irons); if that can’t be avoided, make sure to use a styling agent that protects your hair from heat.