Organic Hair Coloring

True organic hair coloring products are limited to hennas, indigo powder and ingredients you grow yourself. Retail products may use the words 'organic' or 'natural' but their ingredients list tells another story. One popular product claims to provide 'natural color' because it uses no ammonia, peroxide, or parabens. Even though it contains some organic herbal extracts it also uses paraphenylenediamine, toluene and sodium lauryl sulfate. Hair color makers should be commended for offering relatively safer products with low or no levels of ammonia, peroxide, paraphenlyediamine and resorcinal. But truly organic hair coloring they're not.

But there are a few hair dye products that, though technically not organic, avoid all or most of the conventional oxidative dye chemicals. Recent advances in hair dye technology have enabled some manufacturers to substitute select herbal extracts to get just as good, and certainly safer, results. As an alternative to these commercial products you can make your own completely natural and 100% organic hair dyes  using herbs and household staples.

Best Organic Hair Coloring Products

Palette By Nature

This hair color maker uses 100% plant-based ingredients of which over 50% are certified organic. After more than 30 years of research in dye technology a breakthrough in green chemistry has resulted in a naturally derived permanent dye free of all conventional synthetic chemicals. This organic hair coloring product covers gray and can change color within several shades of your natural hair. Herbal extracts, anti-oxidants and bioflavonoids nourish and moisturize. It comes in 15 shades ranging from 'dark natural brown' to 'very light blonde'.

        What it Contains

  • Chlorophyll
  • Hawthorne Fruit
  • Emblica
  • Green Tea
  • Rooibos Leaf
  • Quercetin
  • Ginseng
  • Nettle
  • Lemon Balm
  • Rosehips
  • Honeysuckle
  • Calendula

        What it Doesn't Contain

  • No Paraphenylenediamine
  • No Amines
  • No Ammonia
  • No Peroxide
  • No Resorcinol
  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No GMO
  • No Gluten
  • No Petroleum Based Products
  • No Dioxanes
  • No EDTA

Aubrey Organics Hair Color

This popular organic hair coloring product regularly gets rave reviews from most users. The color selection is limited to two shades: Dark Brown and Mahogany. Aubrey hair color products are best used for enhancing your own natural color or for covering/blending gray. The color coats and conditions hair, leaving it feeling soft and fuller. Although most users like this product very much, they do mention that application takes at least an hour and tends to be messy. They say it's similar to henna but easier to apply and provides better coverage. Some say the product covers their gray very well, others disagree. An Aubrey help line is available at 1-800-237-4270 where a hair colorist can suggest specific products and application tips to help you get the best results.

Ingredients: Indigofera tinctoria, Lawsonia inermis alba, Emblica officinalis, Eclipta alba, Acacia cathechu.

In addition to hair coloring, there is also a line of Aubrey organics shampoo. One of their most popular shampoos judging from the great reviews it gets is Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Shampoo. This is a candidate for best organic shampoo for bleached or highlighted hair and is specifically formulated for dry hair. It re-hydrates with herbal emollients and leaves hair silky-soft with a light floral fragrance.

Ingredients: Sweet Almond and Organic Rosa Mosqueta Oils, Organic Aloe Vera, Honeysuckle Extract.

Don't forget the organic hair conditioner to go with your shampoo and organic hair coloring product. Golden, rich jojoba oil is a 100% organic, chemical free conditioner that lightly coats hair to retain moisture and control flyaways. Simply apply a drop or two directly from the bottle and gently massage into hair. It soothes and hydrates dry hair and skin. Another great hydrating hair conditioner is organic argan oil. Users consistently comment that just a tiny bit leaves their hair unbelievably soft and shiny, and controls frizzy hair like nothing else.

Indigo Hair Dye

If you're looking for hair color henna alternatives that are natural and plant-based, try indigo. This  product creates a midnight black hair color with captivating blue highlights. It's a traditional hair colorant that's been used for hundreds of years and is created by crushing the leaves of the flowering plant Indigofera. The powder is mixed with warm water and applied as a paste to the hair, similar to henna. Indigo is renowned for creating raven hair with a lustrous black hair blue highlight effect.

Check with the manufacturer first to confirm they don't add chemicals to their product. Natural black henna is usually 100% indigo powder but sometimes is mixed with henna. The henna mixture creates different shades of black color and includes the benefits of herbal henna hair care. Here's a popular henna company  based in Texas that sells pure, plant-based indigo powder without added chemicals.

Organic Color Systems

This hair color maker offers a semi-permanent organic hair coloring product called No Limits which is available in salons only. It's packed with nourishing anti-oxidants, plant extracts and certified organic ingredients. It contains no paraphenylenediamine, ammonia, peroxide, formaldehyde, toluene, sodium laurel sulphate or paraben. The color should last for 6-12 shampoos and is available in these shades: black, dark brown, chestnut brown, golden blonde, orange, red, violet and yellow. They also make a permanent coloring product but unfortunately it contains paraphenylenediamine.

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