Do you want to have shiny hair in the colour of your choice? However, you don't want to damage it by using lots of chemicals that attack and weaken the hair fibre, so what should you choose? Herbal hair colouring with natural products is the future of hair colouring. No more dry and damaged hair after colouring, no more aggressive products, natural colouring products are there for you.
Herbal hair colouring
herbal and natural hair dyes are more and more present on the hair colouring market and the use of natural colouring is more and more often proposed in hairdressing salons. All for good reasons!
What is a herbal hair colour?
A herbal hair colour is, as its name suggests, a product made from pigments extracted from dyeing plants. Among these are :
Henna, used for both hair and skin.
Indigo from India, used in combination with henna for dark dyes.
Neutral henna, to lighten and reduce colour reflections.
Dyer's madder, for a radiant red colour.
Chamomile, to add golden highlights to hair.
Unlike chemical dyes, herbal colouring does not penetrate the scales of the hair but envelops them. This makes it much less damaging to the hair fibre. For a longer-lasting hold of the colour, a plant composed of an alkaline and fixing active ingredient is added to the composition of the product. In addition, some hairdressing salons also use a heat helmet to fix the colour.
The advantages of a plant-based colour
Herbal hair colouring is gentler on the scalp and attacks the hair itself less, but this is not its only advantage over chemical-based hair colouring. Indeed, natural hair dyes are also appreciated for other benefits.
Regrowth is less visible.
The result looks very natural.
The colouring acts as a protection for the hair.
Dyeing can be done on hair that has already been dyed.
Herbal hair colouring requires a little less maintenance than chemical hair colouring.
It is better suited for sensitive people (allergic, pregnant women...).
Colours: the disadvantages
As with any product, colouring, even herbal colouring, has its drawbacks.
It takes longer to set on the hair.
Not all types of colouring are possible: lightening or sweeping require the hair to be oxidised and a radical change of colour is not possible (from blonde to dark or vice versa).
Choosing the right shade is less easy if done without the help of a professional.
A colouring made with plants is better for the skin and the hair, but to avoid ending up with an undesired result you should not do it in half measures. Despite the fact that it is natural, herbal hair colouring is not to be taken lightly and if you are not careful you end up with a problem on your head.
For any plant hair colouring, natural care must follow.
The principle of plant-based hair colouring is to stop using chemicals and to take advantage of the benefits of natural pigments. So the choice of a natural shampoo, conditioner and mask is important to avoid destroying all the natural virtues that plant hair colouring brings us.
The application of the colouring is important.
The material used is important because it will be in contact with the hair during application. Therefore, the use of iron and steel materials is not recommended as they may oxidise. It is better to prefer wood, glass or plastic for your combs and bowls.
Likewise, the laying time is extremely important as it determines the precise colouring. It is advisable to regularly check the colour at the root.
For a natural effect it is best to mix several colour powders.
When you want to use powders to colour your hair, it is best to mix several shades before applying, as this will give the hair a more natural effect. For those who don't know how to choose, the advice of a herbal hair colourist is interesting for making a custom-made colour.