Why Choose a Natural Hair Dye?
What is the deal with this fuss about choosing natural products? Does it really make that much of a difference what I expose my body to?
Yes. It does. And in this post, I seek to answer why.
Women have always desired gorgeous hair as it is the ultimate signature of feminism, youth, beauty and sexuality. It is common for us women to use our hair colour as an indicator of our personal style, or as a tool to cover emerging grey hair. Hair colour thus is a highly attractive beauty product. But as much as we love our colourful hair, it is a fact that permanent hair dyes contain a mixture of chemicals that may damage your hair and your health. The trick is to choose the most natural hair dye with the least toxins.
Natural Hair Dye Contains Less Toxic Chemicals
In the following are listed six of the most common chemicals, which you should all watch out for when choosing your natural hair dye.
PPD is an ingredient derived from ammonia and is often found in hair colours. The most commonly known risk of PPD is allergy. Many people are to some extent allergic to this substance. And even if you’re not allergic, the effect of PPD is believed to be cumulative. This means that the more you are exposed to the substance, the more likely you are to develop a reaction in time. Allergies should be taken serious, so if you still want to use products with PPD in them, you should do a patch test beforehand to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction.
Ammonia is a colourless gass that works as a precursor to for example foods and as a building block for various pharmaceutical products, such as hair colours. In hair dyes, ammonia is used to prepare the hair shaft to take in the pigment by opening the hair shaft and cuticle. This process damages the hair because the pH of the hair is raised to a level where it is basically impossible to return to a normal level after colouring. Thus, the hair loses protein and moisture. Furthermore, ammonia is irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory system, and can cause asthma and breathing difficulties.
Resorcinol is a dihydroxy benzene. Benzene, which is used to make resorcinol, is one of the chemicals known to increase risk of dangerous diseases like cancer. In hair colours, resorcinol formulates with other chemicals to provide a permanent colour effect.
Resorcinol has commonly been linked with hormone disruption and can cause skin irritation. And like PPD, the more you’re exposed to resorcinol, the more sensible you’re likely to become. The affects caused by resorcinol should be taken serious as they suggest a variety of health issues. Besides affecting our health, researchers argue that this substance could be dangerous for the environment as well – another good reason to avoid it.
Parabens are the most commonly used preservative in personal care products. The basic function of parabens is that they stop bacteria and fungus from moving into your favourite beauty products.
Parabens have been victim to much vilification because 1) they can mimic estrogen, and 2) they can be absorbed into our skin and potentially affect our endocrine system. Nothing has been scientifically proven, but researchers well know that estrogen exposure can be linked to breast cancer progression. And therefore, more research is needed on this subject. However, we do know that parabens can be absorbed and detected in blood and urine. This means they could potentially affect and harm our health.
Sodium, potassium and ammonium sulfates are present in hair dyes and bleaches, and are used in concentrations of up to 60 %. BUT concentrations of only 17.5 % have been shown to irritate skin, so when in contact with this chemical, make sure your wash and rinse your skin well after. Persulfates are also toxic when the fumes are inhaled, causing asthma and lung damage.
SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate)
This chemical is widely used in many hygiene products such as shampoos. The basic function of SLS is that it allows for better interaction between the product and your hair. This is done by breaking surface tensions and separating molecules.
But how does SLS really affect your body? There are conflicting answers to this question. One thing about SLS that is heavily debated is whether it is a carcinogen. That is, a potential cause of cancer. However, there are currently no scientific evidence that this is the case. But SLS poses other threats to the health of your hair and skin. For example, it can cause irritation to the skin and scalp, even when the level is very low.
Natural Hair Dye Contains More Natural Benefits
The primary reason for choosing a natural hair dye is to avoid the chemicals. However, natural hair products possess other beneficial qualities for your hair and body as well. NATURIGIN’s natural hair dye formula is based on natural ingredients, which all contain certain natural benefits for you and your hair. Fruits, plants and vegetables all possess natural benefits that you can transfer to your hair. Learn more about the benefits of natural and organic ingredients.
Now, just because a natural hair dye contains natural ingredients, it does not mean that there are zero harm in using it. However, the more natural ingredients and the less chemicals, the better the product is for your body. AND! Our experience is that the result you get from a natural hair dye can be just as good – if not better – as from a chemical-stuffed hair dye. I hope you think about these facts the next time you wish to dye your hair.
Michelle, The Hair Log
Four Natural DIY Hair Treatments
After a long winter and with summer waiting just around the corner, your hair might need a little extra attention. In this blog post, I will tell you how to bring your hair back to life and make it shine before summer with simple, natural DIY hair treatment.
The winter months can be hard for you as the cold weather might dry out your hair and scalp. The windy and rainy days and the constant change between outdoor cold and indoor warmth can result in electric and frizzy hair. None of this sounds very nice, and if you don’t take good care of your hair the cold winter can be quite damaging for your locks. Therefore, I’ve decided to test and give you some inspiration for how you can make your own hair treatment.
DIY Hair Treatment for Dry and Frizzy Hair
Dry and frizzy hair is a problem for many of us all year. Besides the everyday tips for how to prevent dry hair, I recommend that you apply a hair treatment on a regular basis. Personally, I strive to use a hair treatment every second week, but you can also do it every week or every month – whichever you prefer. Last week I tested this hair treatment and thought it was really nice.
1 spoon of plain yoghurt
Mash the avocado and mix the two ingredients. Apply on clean and damp hair. Leave it on for approx. 15 minutes and wash out. Depending on how well you mash the avocado, you might need to wash it twice.
DIY Hair Treatment for Greasy Hair
There are certain everyday things you can do to avoid greasy hair. One of them is to use a hair treatment on a regular basis. I would advise, that instead of washing your hair every other day, apply the treatment once a week and then only use shampoo two or three days a week. Test if this method works for you, otherwise, consider whether your shampoo is fitting for your hair.
5 spoons of plain yoghurt
1 spoon of baking soda
1 spoon of fresh lemon juice
Mix the three ingredients. Apply on dry or damp hair and tie the hair with a plastic bag. Leave it on for approx. an hour and wash out.
DYI Hair Treatment for an Itchy Scalp
If you’re struggling with an itchy scalp, consider talking to an expert as the problem might be caused by different things. Like with the two above, there are certain things you can do on an everyday basis. Additionally, you can try out this DIY hair treatment.
2 spoons of fresh lemon juice
2 spoons of jojoba oil
2 spoons of water
Mix the three ingredients. Apply on dry or damp hair. Leave the treatment on for approx. 20 minutes and wash out.
Bonus DIY Hair Treatment
Now this last hair treatment I personally like a lot since I am a big fan of applying oils in my hair in general. If you’re not experiencing any of the above hair problems, but just feel like doing something extra for your hair, this treatment might work for you.
1 spoon of coconut oil
Mash the banana and mix with fluid coconut oil (I just heat it in the microwave for 1 minute). Apply on dry or damp hair. Leave it on for approx. 30 minutes and wash out.
No matter the type of your hair and your particular hair ‘struggle’, applying a hair treatment occasionally, is a good idea. I hope you enjoyed the post and got some inspiration for how to make your own natural and vegan hair product.
Michelle, The Hair Log
Vitamin B – What You Need to Know About the Beauty Vitamin
Last week I wrote a post about hair vitamins and how you can eat you way to healthier hair. Vitamins are essential for your health and beauty, but choosing the right ones can feel like a task that requires a degree. Like I mentioned last week, your hair can tell a lot about your health in general as the two are closely connected and both dependent on vitamins and minerals. Though there are many vitamins and minerals that are crucial for your body, one commonly stands out when it comes to the health of your hair and skin: the vitamin B. Therefore, I have taken a closer look at what vitamin B can do for you – read along to find out.
Vitamin B helps your hair, skin and nails grow effortlessly
If you want shiny, bouncy and fast-growing hair (and who doesn’t want that, really?), a good multivitamin with active B complex is ideal. The ‘active’ part is important because the B vitamin should have a methyl group attached that will make sure we absorb it properly. Naturally, hair growth is not everything (at least not to us). True, natural beauty is doubtlessly connected to your general health and the way you feel and live. For this reason, below I include different vitamins that can all affect the general health of your body – and hereby also your hair. The vitamin B ‘family’ encompasses different types of B’s that have different functions:
Biotin is the #1 vitamin for hair growth and the one that is promoted the most. It is a B complex vitamin that helps produce keratin – a key component for healthy hair. Biotin promotes healthy hair by increasing the hair’s elasticity and protects the hair against dryness. Natural sources for biotin are brown rice, bulgur, green peas, aloe, basil and so on.
Vitamin B12 is one of the vitamins found in vitamin B complex. Active B12 is good source for energy coming from the core as it is required to convert food into fuel for your body. Generally, vitamin B12 provides nourishment to all the cells in your body, including the hair follicles. Additionally, B12 also stimulates hair growth. You can get B12 from meat, egg, fish, cheese and milk.
As stated in last week’s blog post, sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and thus, of a healthy body. Certain deficiencies in vitamins can interrupt your sleep, and this is the case with vitamin B3. This vitamin is mainly known for its contributions to healthy and nourished skin. However, as it boosts circulation in skin, it may contribute to the health of your scalp, and hereby the health and growth of your hair. Some sources for vitamin B3 are beets, fat fish, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamine and is commonly found in shampoos and conditioners. Like the other B’s, vitamin B1 is easier for your body to absorb when included in a vitamin B complex. If you aim for beautiful, shiny, bold locks, thiamine is a vitamin you will want to make sure you get plenty of. B1 contributes to the growth, strength and volume of your hair – plus, plus and plus! If you want to include vitamin B1 in your diet, you should eat more beans, peas, oat and barley.
Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient that helps your body produce hormones, antibodies, and other important components. Furthermore, it is also essential for breaking down proteins to supply them to your body system. Since hair is largely made of protein, you need a diet rich in protein to secure healthy hair, skin and nails. Ways to get plenty of protein are for example through poultry, fish, potatoes, avocado and banana.
Note: All the B vitamins work better if they are taken complementary. Vitamin B cannot be restored by the body, wherefore they should be consumed through your diet on a regular basis. If you’re in doubt whether you get enough of these vitamins, it can be a good idea to talk to a specialist. Otherwise, just make sure you get enough of the foods mentioned above.
Don’t forget the other vitamins!
Although this post is mainly focused on vitamin B, there are other vitamins and minerals that are essential for you and your hair as well, such as:
Folic and fatty acids
You can read more about some of them in my post Hair Vitamins – Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair.
Michelle, The Hair Log