Various chemicals are regularly found in hair color products, including formaldehyde (chemical used to preserve specimens in jars), p-Phenylenediamine, which has been linked to bladder cancer
and coal tar, which is sometimes used to seal cracks in asphalt.
But, luckily, there are more natural ways to color your hair – specifically, through the use of Henna. Henna is a flowering plant from India that has been used for thousands of years, to dye everything from saddlebags to decorative designs on skin for weddings. It’s also quite a bit less expensive than getting your hair colored at a salon!
Interestingly enough, Henna isn’t red! It’s actually a light green color. And, while some companies may try to sell “Blonde Henna,” it isn’t pure Henna! When you color your hair with henna, you can use “pure” henna that will result in a reddish brown color. Some companies mix henna in with other plants (like indigo) to get a different color.
An added bonus: Henna usually fades out of your hair naturally! Because it doesn’t use harsh chemicals, Henna is also proven to add strength and shine to your hair.