Natural ways to dye your hair

We know hair dye isn’t great for our locks or our health – so we’ve been looking for natural hair care methods which will change our look.

Hanna Brooks Olsen, writing for the Blisstree website, has some tips which may help.

She says it’s wise to avoid conventional hair dyes as they often contain ammonia, parabens and p-Phenylenediamine, or PPD, which can cause nasty side effects.

So what are the alternatives? There’s henna, says Hanna – which is good if you want red or red-brown tones.

If you want a different colour, you need to mix in a colouring agent such as indigo or the extract from black walnut shells, says Hanna. This will give you a darker shade.

For lighter hair, there’s always lemon juice or vinegar, which will brighten up your locks.

To reduce the pong of henna, Hanna suggests adding vanilla extract, lavender oil or rose-water to the mixture.

If you don’t fancy making your own hair dye, there are some hair colouring kits out there which are “natural” or “chemical-free”.

Check for products which are plant-based, and don’t contain PPD, parabens or ammonia.

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