Black, red, gold, brown…colours make life fun. I know, dyeing your hair is a fun thing to do. Having to choose from different colours to different shades of the same colour for your hair is also lifting. Well, dyeing of hair is just the chemical reaction between the dye’s pigment, your hair’s pigment, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. As simple as the process sounds, it comes with some side effect (Kinda obvious. Chemicals are generally harmful).
Common side effects of chemical hairdyes
1. Allergic reactions
Whether colouring your hair to hide the greys or just experimenting, you could be risking severe allergic reactions. The primary perpetrator of allergies is a substance called paraphenylenediamine or PPD. The most common symptoms include itchy scalp, redness and swelling in the scalp, mild dandruff, swelling around the eyes and eyelids, and scaly skin around eyes, nose and face.
2. Weak or brittle hair
If you colour your hair often, it gets over-processed because of chemicals present in the dyes. The chemicals strip moisture from your tresses, separating cuticle scales and making them dry and brittle. Your hair ends up losing its shine. Thus, you will have to ultimately compromise on your length because the solution for getting rid of the damaged locks is, unfortunately a haircut.
3. Fertility issues
Lead acetate is a common ingredient used in permanent hair dyes. Research has drawn a possible link between this chemical and fertility issues in men and women. It should also be made a point for pregnant women not to use any kind of hair dyes as the chemicals present may cause malignancy in their unborn infant.
When permanent hair dyes were first introduced they had compounds which were carcinogenic (cancer causing.) While the formulas were altered to replace these chemicals, the debate as to whether hair dyes can cause cancer has not been put to rest. On the contrary, more scientific research and studies are needed to establish a definite link between the use of permanent hair dye and cancer.
Hair dyes aggravate asthma because of the persulfates present in them. Continued inhalation of these chemicals leads to coughing, wheezing, lung inflammation, throat discomfort, and also asthma attacks.
Failing to exercise extreme caution when dyeing your hair can result in the chemicals making contact with the sensitive parts of your face. In some cases, when chemicals from hair dyes make contact with your eyes, it can lead to conjunctivitis or pink eye. In other cases, it causes inflammation and severe discomfort.
Natural Alternatives To Chemical Hair Color
Now, let’s say all these talks about chemicals has you worried about what you’re subjecting your hair to, not to worry. There are several natural ways to tint your hair that don’t involve harmful chemicals.
While these methods might only give you subtle results, they’re a great alternatives to permanent hair dyes and will give your hair the much-needed break.
Freshly brewed coffee or tea can significantly darken light hair. Chamomile tea can help add natural highlights. All you need to do is pour the brew through your hair as a final rinse and let it air-dry. The color will wash out the next time you shampoo your hair, but you can just repeat the process as it has no side effects. In fact, some teas can actually improve the health and texture of your hair.
2. Food Color
Food color and pigmented flavored drinks like kool-aid can be used to attain a whole range of crazy colors. Simply mix the food color or kool-aid with conditioner and apply it to your hair. Let it sit for a couple of hours and then rinse it out with water.
3. Beet And Carrot Juice
A beet and carrot juice treatment is often used to add red undertones to blonde and light brunette hair. You simply need to mix 3 parts of beet juice to 1 part of carrot juice and saturate your hair with the mixture. Let it sit for about an hour and then rinse it out with shampoo.
Henna is one of the most popular natural hair coloring treatments. Henna has been used for centuries by women in Asia to add a reddish, burgundy hue to hair. Henna hair dye also conditions your hair and leaves it luxuriously soft. With regular use, your hair becomes naturally henna-colored, which can work well if you have dark brown hair. Simply make a paste out of henna powder and warm water and apply this to your hair. Let it sit for a couple of hours and then proceed to shampoo and condition your hair.
5. Lemon And Honey
Lemon and honey work well together to lighten your hair and give you natural highlights. Mix equal parts of the two ingredients and apply it to your hair. Sit out in the Sun for an hour or apply heat using a blow dryer. Wash the mixture out with shampoo and then proceed to condition. You might have to repeat this process a couple of times to get visible results.
There you have it, tinted hair without worries about chemicals. You see, nature is so perfect that everything you need to have fun in life is right here with you. So, have fun!
*Walks off to dye hair with henna…