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Can I dye my hair without chemicals?

Sarah says: I am dying my dishwater blond hair red very soon. My regular salon uses Schwarzkopf hair dye products. I am looking into going to a “natural” salon, but they use Redken hair dye, which doesn’t sound natural to me. I assume Aveda might be the most natural, but they are also often faux-natural. What is the safest/gentlest/least chemical ridden permanent hair dye?

The Left Brain responds:

Sarah, the sad truth is that there is no such thing as a “chemical free” permanent hair dye. All the oxidation type dyes (the truly permanent ones) use the same basic technology. There are natural color alternatives like henna that can stain hair, but your color choices are limited and those kinds of products only work on the surface of the hair so they’re not really long lasting.

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  • Julia March 3, 2017, 6:50 am

    I used henna for about 3 years and am currently letting my natural colour grow out. If henna wasn’t long lasting I wouln’t still have red hair ends after two years of growing hair out. But there are some other things you might need to consider when colouring with henna, for example: The result is not as sure because it depends on your own hair colour and your state of hair (there’s usually more difference if your hair is lighter and more damaged). Khadi is one of the brands that you can usually be sure seeing the difference afterwards.