7 plant-based hair dyes that won’t frazzle your hair (or your wallet)
If you’re looking for plant-based dyes that will leave your hair lustrous without damaging your follicles (or the Earth), check out these products for vibrant, eco-friendly colour. The key to finding a “healthy hair dye” is to avoid both ammonia and parabens, two damaging ingredients that are slowly being phased out of most beauty products.
Many plant-based dyes use henna to colour the hair, while others use a mixture of plant extracts and seed oils to achieve colour nirvana. Both are viable and eco-friendly options, suitable for almost all hair types.
However, if you choose a henna-based dye, remember that henna does not wash out and acts as a varnish over your natural hair colour. This means that you cannot switch to a synthetic colour in the future without a lot of hassle, so if you go dark, be ready to keep that shade for a while.
Blending both direct and plant dyes, Wella has created a line of semi-permanent hair colour without ammonia, peroxide or parabens. Using natural ingredients like henna and cassia, this gentle dye creates colour that lasts up to 15 washes.
With a minimum of 92 per cent natural ingredients in every pot, this toner uses oats to help strengthen the follicle and protect the scalp while the colour processes. Lasting 3-5 washes, this toner is designed to neutralise brassy tones--ideal for both natural and previously-coloured hair.
These plant-based dyes can only be applied by professional hairdressers at select salons, due to the precise application process. Using cassia, henna and indigo, the hairdresser will create a unique mix for each application, leaving behind an eco-friendly colour that doesn’t harm the environment.
Available in 51 colours and counting, Manic Panic’s hair dye is almost entirely plant-based and is 100 per cent vegan. With a variety of shades for both bleached and natural hair, this is the dye to use if you’re looking for an “alternative” shade.
Coming in a wide range of shades, this dye--made of 80 per cent natural ingredients--is an eco-conscious high street alternative. Using hydrating seed oils and organic plant extracts, this permanent colour avoids using common synthetic ingredients like parabens, keeping your hair stronger.
With an intense colour outcome, these henna dyes from Khadi come in multiple shades--or, if you’re up for it, mix the formulas to create your perfect shade. Ranging from a light golden blonde to dark indigo, Khadi’s hennas are 100 per cent natural and free from additives, preservatives and synthetic colours.
Free from preservatives, peroxide, synthetic colours and more, Sante’s colour creams use henna, beetroot and rhubarb extracts to create gentle colours that are perfect if you’re looking for more of a tint than a dye.