Is Hair Color Really Okay?
There is power in switching up your look on a regular basis. Whether it is purchasing a new fragrance, a new pair of shoes or completely revamping your wardrobe and beauty routine. Nothing is more invigorating than upgrading your personal aesthetic to something new. This is especially true for those who know the power of getting a new hairstyle. In addition to changing the style of your hair, changing it’s color can elevate a hairstyle that is already amazing. While the right hairstyle will enhance and complement your features, great hair color will add dimension and illuminate the complexion. It could be a single process, balayage, or multicolored, the options are endless.
While having fun with hair color, we all understand the concerns of continual hair color processes. Done on a regular basis (as many of us do) without proper hair care, hair becomes dry, damaged, brittle and is prone to severe breakage and scalp damage. In addition to the surface damage that hair color can do, have you ever considered the ingredients in the hair color you use? Regardless of it being box color or color from the salon, have you considered the chemical process that is being directly absorbed into your scalp? Whether you consider yourself skilled in living clean and green with your beauty and life in general, toxic hair color is something to consider if you haven’t already done so.
The truth is, traditional hair color, particularly semi-permanent and permanent hair color, is filled with harmful toxins. These toxins can possibly lead to allergic reactions, certain types of cancers and other issues with blood and lymph nodes. The FDA still does not regulate cosmetics and the U.S. isn’t required to file data on ingredients. So it is very important to understand ingredients and how they can possibly affect your health.
So what can you do? If you color your hair on a regular basis for whatever reason, what are the alternatives, if any? Sure you could embrace your natural hair color, including the gray, but you shouldn’t be confined to one look. If you decide to continue coloring your hair, there are options.
To begin with, when looking for hair dye, three ingredients you should avoid are products with peroxide, ammonia, and high amounts of PPD (para-phenylenediamines), the chemical ingredient that is responsible for creating color and is thought to be carcinogenic. Coal tar, which is often found in deeper hair colors of black and brown should also be avoided.
Henna is a great option for those who want to enhance the natural shine of their hair. Henna, which is gluten and animal cruelty-free, will enhance the hair with subtle, sheer colors of black, brown, and red and will work on all textures of hair. So how does henna work? Unlike permanent hair dye, henna coats the outside of the hair shaft instead of penetrating the cortex and gradually fades over time.
There are several at home dyes that provide natural, organic options. Many can be found online which will give you the ability to read ingredient lists before purchasing.
- Light Mountain Hair Color
- Morrocco Method International Henna
- Sante 100% Herbal Haircolor
- Earth Dye
- Organic Colour Systems
Hairprint is not a hair color but instead is a protein treatment that gets rid of gray, restoring hair back to it’s natural color (for black and brown hair). Hairprint also restores body, texture and sheen to the hair. The above-mentioned methods of safer color options may not last as long or be as exciting as traditional semi-permanent, lightening/bleaching or permanent options but are worth considering.
Do you color your hair? If so how often and what is your preferred method and have you considered the effects of coloring your hair? Please share your thoughts below.