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Is it the right time to introduce natural hair dye into your lifestyle? The post gives an insight into the full and professional preparation of hair dye at home.
Have you ever observed itching or burning sensation after applying chemical dyes/dye shampoos on your hair?
I think most of you might experience this situation. Moreover, chemical dyes also produce more grey hair and increase hair fall.
I had a similar experience which has troubled me for many years. After thorough research I found an easy and natural method to dye my hair.
Before that here are a few important things you should know.
Chemicals in hair dyes
The national cancer institute states that there are more than 5000 chemicals in hair dyes that are carcinogenic. 5000 CHEMICALS!
These chemicals are well known to cause bladder cancer and pose a potential risk to both the hairdressers and the users.
Chemicals like phenylenediamine is a known skin irritant which causes severe scalp irritation. The APE (Alkylphenol ethoxylates) are hormone disruptors that act directly on female hormones.
Years of research have decreased these harmful carcinogens to an extent, but have not eliminated their use.
Even the so-called safest hair dyes carry few carcinogens in them.
On the other hand, natural dye methods are the safest and purest methods of hair dying. They have given me the best results without any side-effects. Moreover, I found a decent decline in hair fall with an improvement in hair volume and strength.
So lets deep dig into the procedure of the natural dye preparation at home. We are going to tell you how to dye your hair at home without hair dye.
Preparing your hair
- Do not apply oil on your hair.
- Hair should be clean and neat.
- Clean your hair with shikaki or soapnuts 2 days prior to this process.
- If you are habituated to using chemical dyes, stop using these dyes at least 15 before this process.
How to prepare natural Dye at home?
- Henna powder – 1 part
- Indigo powder – 2 parts
- Tea/coffee decoction (Any tea powder can be used) – 250ml
- Fenugreek seeds – 2 teaspoon
- Amla powder (Roasted) – 2 teaspoons
- 1 egg
- Tea tree essential oil – a few drops.
Preparation of tea/coffee decoction
Take 2 tablespoons of fenugreek/methi seeds in a bowl. Pour 2 glasses of water.
Add 2 tablespoons of tea or coffee powder. Boil the solution until the volume reduces to half.
The solution should be warm but not too hot.
Mix henna powder
The day before the application of henna, prepare the mix. In simple words, if you want to apply the henna mix tomorrow, prepare the mix today night (Preferably before going to bed).
Take a stainless steel bowl (Do not use an Iron bowl, as it causes itchiness & fungal infections in the scalp).
Add 1 cup of Henna powder. Add the prepared warm tea/coffee decoction to the powder. Mix it well without lumps.
Add 2 tablespoons of roasted Amla powder. Add 2-4 drops of tea tree oil.
Add an egg to the mix and mix it well.
Leave the mix undisturbed throughout the night with a closed lid.
How to apply the dye to hair?
2 steps Method:
2 step methods best suit housewives, who have a good time at home. Moreover, the 2 step method of home dying is beneficial than the single-step method.The entire procedure takes 2 days of time.
Apply the prepared Henna mix on to hair. See to it that every grey hair is covered.
Leave the hair untouched for an hour, by covering the hair with a plastic wrap.
After an hour, wash the hair with plain cool water. Don’t use any shampoo.
Mix indigo powder
Take 2 cups of indigo powder. Mix it with warm water in a plastic bowl.
Keep it undisturbed for 30- 40 min with a closed lid.
After 40 min, you can observe a dark violet metal-colored surface on the mix. Now it is ready for application.
Apply the mix on hair, just like henna for an hour.
After an hour, wash it with plain cool water without any shampoo. After 2 days Apply oil and shampoo your hair. You can observe black hair with no grey hair.
This is for those who don’t have time for the 2 step method. If you are a working woman and have only one day to spare. This method is for you.
We have already discussed how to prepare the Henna mix the previous day. Now take this mix and keep it aside.
Now take the Indigo powder and mix it with warm water. Keep the mix undisturbed for 10 -15 minutes.
After 10 – 15min, mix the henna mix (which you prepared the previous day) with the indigo mix (which you prepared 15min before).
Apply this mix (Henna + Indigo mix) to the hair and wait for 1 hour. Cover the hair with a plastic wrap.
After an hour, wash the hair with plain cool water.
After 2 days, wash the hair with shampoo. You will get a dark brown hue to the hair, but not black hair.
Benefits of natural dye
- Reduces hair fall
- Reduces dandruff
- Gives smooth and silky hair
- Reduces Itchy scalp
Use this dye twice a month for good results. Hope you enjoyed our post. If so, do share and comment.