Having a freshly dyed head of hair is a sure way to feeling our most confident and fresh.
This feeling can disappear in the long run, however, if we think the dye starts to take a toll on our beautiful, healthy hair.
With natural and clean beauty alternatives taking the beauty world by storm, it makes sense that we would turn to gentler alternatives to traditional dye to still have our hair looking its best without all the negative effects of so many harsh chemicals.
What is natural hair colouring?
Natural hair colouring is an alternative to traditional hair dye methods that uses less harsh chemicals.
It’s a way to colour your hair and avoid many of the harsh chemicals that not only cause damage and irritation to your hair and skin but can have some pretty hefty environmental impacts as well.
While it is almost impossible to get natural hair dye that is completely free of chemicals, there are many great options on the market that include significantly fewer toxic chemicals in their formulation and are much gentler on your hair.
Choosing a formula that is free of p-phenylenediamine (PPD) for example and opting for one that can include nourishing oils and soothing plant extracts is a great way to start.
5 things to know about natural hair colouring
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with all the information available on the internet. We’ve taken the most commonly asked questions about natural hair colour and answered them for you.
1. Use the right shampoo
When it comes to maintaining your beautiful new colour, you want to make sure that you’re using the right products.
A clarifying shampoo will help to remove any buildup from your hair.
A clarifying shampoo works to deep cleanse your hair and remove dirt, grease, silicones and product buildup from the surfaces of your hair and scalp.
Unlike regular shampoo, clarifying shampoo is gentle on your hair and sulphate free.
There are many other types of shampoo and treatments that can provide great benefits too.
Shampoo that can help the keratin bonds in your hair is always a great option.
Here at Lux Hair Lounge we use Bhave products which is a great brand utilising many natural ingredients to provide smoother frizz free hair for our clients.
2. Use the right conditioner
Applying a good conditioner after using your clarifying shampoo will help keep your hair soft and easy to detangle.
A good conditioner can help protect the hair shaft from damage helping to extend the life of your natural hair colour. A good conditioner will replenish moisture and re hydrate your hair.
3. Condition your hair
If you would like to keep your hair soft and easy to manage, it is recommended that you apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair every week or so to help keep it healthy, strong and looking its best.
A regular deep conditioning treatment provides your hair with needed nutrients that are vital to help keep damage to a minimum.
Deep conditioning treatments can help prevent breakage while repairing, strengthening and moisturising your coloured hair.
4. Trim split ends
Keeping up with regular trims is vital to maintaining healthy hair. Regular trims get rid of the older sections of your hair that are most prone to damage. When you trim off the old ends, it helps to prevent your hair from splitting, breaking or becoming unnecessarily tangled. Trimming off your split ends helps your hair look healthier, fuller and longer.
5. Avoid heat
Limiting the use of hot tools such as straightening irons, hairdryers, and hair curlers will help extend the life and vibrancy of your natural hair colouring.
Excessive heat can destroy and break down the molecules in your natural hair colour, leading to your colour fading drastically.
If styling your hair daily with hot tools is a must-do, look for tools that will only reach a safe temperature to help keep your colour vibrant for longer.
Remember always to apply a thermal protectant to your hair when you do use your hot styling tools.
FAQs about natural hair colouring
When it comes to natural hair colour, it’s understandable that you might have a lot of questions about what it is, how it works and why it’s a healthier alternative to traditional hair dye.
We’re here to answer those questions for you. We will also take a look at some common questions about natural hair colour foils.
What is the best natural hair dye?
Due to the fact that the formulation of hair dye requires chemicals, completely natural hair dye isn’t technically a thing.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t get hair dyes that are gentle on your hair, however.
There are many fantastic alternatives available on the market today that can be used instead of traditional hair dye and they have been proven to be much gentler on your hair while still giving you a great professional colour.
The Redken shades EQ range, used here at Lux Hair Lounge is just such a product.
The Redken Shades EQ Range is a fantastic product that offers clients a beautiful colour while being completely ammonia free.
This is a brilliant way to either refresh your current colour or try a whole new colour without the risk of further damage from traditional hair dyes.
There are many different natural hair colouring techniques that your professional hair expert can utilise when working with the Redken EQ range.
Here at Lux Hair Lounge, we primarily use Redken products as we believe that they are some of the best on the market.
How can I colour my GREY hair naturally?
There are several ways to colour your grey hair naturally.
The easiest way is to have your professional hair expert dye your hair with natural hair dye such as the Redken Shades EQ range. Having a hair professional colour your hair with salon quality products will ensure that your greys are covered and your hair dye is perfect every time.
Is there any hair dye without chemicals?
Generally speaking, it is almost impossible to get a hair dye that is completely free of chemicals.
At least some chemical actives are required to formulate a dye.
There are gentle alternatives, however.
You can often find dyes that have fewer chemicals in them and include soothing plant extracts and hydrating oils.
These are considered to be gentler alternatives that will cause much less damage than a traditional hair dye that includes all of the chemicals.
For professional advice on what will work best on your hair, give us a call.
Which is the safest hair dye?
As a general rule of thumb, the less harsh chemicals that are used, the safer a hair dye will be.
If you want to avoid as many chemicals as possible, but still get the salon ready results, opt for a hair dye that is ammonia free. A great example of ammonia free hair dye that provides fantastic results is the Redken shades EQ range.
If you are pregnant and considering dying your hair, always have a chat to a hair professional first.
They will be able to advise you on the safest way to get the results you are after.
To ensure that you and your hair are well protected and at your healthiest, we always recommend talking to your professional hair expert and discussing your options.
How can I colour my hair naturally at home?
There are many at-home alternatives to getting your hair professionally dyed at a salon.
Many companies are recognising that natural hair colour is becoming increasingly important and that people want alternatives to dyes that are packed full of chemicals.
Many great companies have started producing natural home dye kits to help you get a great looking colour from the comfort of your own home.
Some people opt to utilise ingredients that they have at home. Just keep in mind that if you do decide to colour your hair with ingredients you have in your kitchen that this can negatively affect how your colour turns out in the future if you go and get your hair done professionally at a salon.
Here is a quick list of just a few ways you can colour your hair without the use of any chemicals:
- Lemon Juice
- Chamomile Tea
Just remember that if you do opt to use some of these DIY ingredients that they can often have permanent results that are often difficult to correct when you want to change your hair colour.
How can I darken my hair without dying it?
You can darken your hair without dying it using completely natural ingredients that you probably already have at home. Utilising natural ingredients such as coffee or sage, you can successfully enhance your natural hair several shades.
Again be careful taking this route as you may not be able to safely alter the colour in the future.
When it comes to having the freshest and healthiest new hair colour possible, you don’t always have to opt for traditional hair dyes that can cause a lot of damage over their long term use.
Natural and toxin-free beauty is becoming more of a staple in the industry, and many options are emerging for those of us who still want beautiful hair without such a toxic cost to our bodies and the environment.
With fantastic options such as the professional and reliable Redken Shades EQ Range, there is sure to be a natural hair colour option that will work for you.
For more information about natural hair colouring, why not give us a call. Lux Hair Lounge is here to help with all your hair colouring and styling needs.