If you color your hair frequently, you must know that synthetic, ammonia-laden and bleach-containing dyes can do a lot of damage to your hair with the chemicals in them. That’s why switching to herbal and natural hair colors is often a good idea. These are relatively gentle on hair and give damaged & dry tresses a break from synthetic colors, while still giving you that colored-hair look.
What to expect from natural and gentle dyes
Natural dyes don’t have the saturated, intense pigment that synthetic hair colors do. So, getting an intense color look in one go, especially if you don’t leave it on for the suggested amount of time, is difficult.
They also don’t leave hair feeling artificially silky and smooth in that silicone-like way that a lot of synthetic boxed dyes do immediately afterwards. But, they are much gentler in the long run and cause little to no damage and breakage.
Natural dyes can fade faster and need more frequent reapplication than synthetic hair dyes.
Natural and gentle hair colors for dry and damaged hair
1. Surya Brasil Semi Permanent Chocolate Hair Color Henna Cream, Rs 925
This brand’s hair colors are Ayurveda-based and herbal, so there’s no ammonia or hydrogen peroxide. That chemical-like stench a lot of boxed dyes have is also not present here because it’s a henna-based cream, making it great for those with a sensitive nose. The color might not last as long as most other colors dobut it still lasts for two-three weeks, and most importantly, is quite easy on the hair.
The best part? It comes in the form of a cream and can be applied like a conditioner, so there’s no mixing needed. Plus, if there’s leftover product, it can always be used later.
The chocolate shade is a nice medium brown which doesn’t look too light, but also isn’t dark enough to make hair look flat. If you apply it on salt and pepper hair, it gives hair the most gorgeous, highlighted look, adding a lot of dimension.
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2. Kama Organic Hair Color Kit, Rs 1,525
This kit comes with and henna powder and an indigo powder. The idea is to apply the orangey-red henna first, and then the blue indigo powder. Both the tones combine to make a brownish-black hue, so they look very natural on Indian hair when combined. Completely natural, this doesn’t have most of the harsh chemicals present in your average boxed dye, so it’s quite gentle on the hair.
The henna needs to be soaked in coffee or tea overnight, and then applied the next day. The indigo needs to be mixed with water and applied. Both need to be left on for about two hours and then rinsed with water. As with all hair colors, it’s best not to shampoo on the same day, and only wash hair with shampoo the day after coloring.
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3. Juicy Chemistry Organic Hair Color Irish – Burgundy, Rs 650
If you don’t want black hair, this natural deep brownish-red color is great. The color saturation is really mild, and it gives hair a soft highlight. You’re supposed to mix the powder with hot water, and then apply the paste, leaving it on for two hours. After that, it’s supposed to be rinsed off with water.
According to the instructions from the brand, it’s best not to shampoo for 48 hours after coloring, as natural dyes like these take time to stain hair even after being washed off with water.
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4. Nat Habit Ready To Apply Henna Paste, Rs 462 for a pack of 2
Another easy-to-use hair color cream, this contains natural ingredients like henna, hair-strengthening amla, shikakai, triphala, manjistha, and bhringraj. The rosemary it contains is soothing for the scalp, and the black tea helps add color to the hair.
This paste needs to be left on for 2-3 hours, and you shouldn’t shampoo afterwards. It needs to be refrigerated because it is a natural product that does not contain preservatives, so the shelf life is short.
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