How to make a success of your plant-based hair color?

The benefits of vegetable coloring are numerous, for your hair, your health and even the environment. Far less aggressive than chemical coloring, 100% vegetable coloring is a natural way to change hair color or cover gray hair. Find out in the next few lines how to make a success of your plant-based hair color.

The difference between vegetable and chemical dyes

Natural plant pigments envelop and bind to the hair fiber. Visit vegetable coloring is generally nuanced and depends on your hair's base color.

Chemical coloring, on the other hand, follows an oxidation process that consists in expanding the hair with an alkaline base. Once the scales have spread, the natural melanin is eliminated and replaced by synthetic pigments. Color is stable, predictable and long-lasting. However, it is far more aggressive than vegetable coloring and contains pollutants that are toxic to health. 

Home vegetable coloring: the steps

For a successful vegetable coloring at home, here are the steps: 

  1. Apply a preparatory clay mask
    To cleanse the scalp and hair fiber, you need to apply a clay mask. The clay will mop up and absorb excess sebum and product residues on the fiber (shampoo, old coloring, etc.)
    This step is necessary if you already have color-treated hair or if you use non-organic shampoos. It helps prepare the hair and maximize pigment adhesion. 
  2. Apply the product
    After preparing your mixture, apply the product evenly all over your dry hair. It should be as thick as a poultice. Do not stretch the product over the lengths or massage the hair. The longer the application, the more intense the color.
    Once applied, cover the head with a self-heating cap or stretch paper and wrap it in a warm towel, just long enough for the dye to set.
  3. Rinse with color-fixing shampoo
    Rinse with plenty of water and a dab of color-fixing shampoo. It cleanses without damaging the hair fiber and nourishes it. It also protects, enhances and prolongs shine. 
  4. Fixing care
    Fixing care in mask form is recommended for fixing and maintaining certain dyes, especially dark dyes. Applied every 15 days, this care deeply nourishes the hair fiber.

The advantages of100% plant-based hair color

Vegetable hair color is made up of pigments extracted from dye plants. For example, walnut stain has been used for centuries to dye hair black and henna mahogany.
Today, henna remains one of the most widely used plants for coloring hair. Plants are gentler on the scalp and offer many advantages:

  1. Regrowth is less visible.

  2. The result looks very natural.

  3. Hair color acts as a protective barrier.

  4. Dyeing can be done on already-colored hair.

  5. Botanical hair color requires slightly less maintenance than chemical hair color.

  6. Vegetable-based hair color is more suitable for sensitive people (allergies, pregnant women, etc.).

The disadvantages of natural hair color

Like all products, coloring, even vegetable coloring, has its drawbacks. It takes longer to set in the hair. Not all types of coloring are possible: lightening or balayage require the hair to be oxidized, and radical color changes (from blonde to dark or vice versa) are not possible. Choosing the right shade is less easy if done without the help of a professional.

To conclude, discover the 11 natural and vegetal shades of the Khadi brand to find on santi-shop

With a break of 30 minutes to 2 hours maximum, Khadi plant-based colorants cover white hair from the very first application, even on a dark base.

And a range for blond hair. Please note, however, that these products do not lighten hair. 

Alexia Bernard 21 April, 2023
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