Some parts of your hair, such as the top portion, may take the dye differently. Thanks. I am a professional hair stylist who is allergic to PPD and only use herbal ingredients like henna & indigo to dye hair. Mary – Totally agree with you – it’s impossible to create a chemical reaction without chemicals, and achieving permanent, customized color just happens to require a very involved chemical reaction! I am going to find out more about it. Dyeing your hair naturally takes more effort than using conventional hair dye. I also give them a huge thumbs down on highlighting the natural/organic aspects of their products, and making it impossible to find information on the chemicals they use. Most of my clients are in their late 40’s and 50’s and love the healing benefits and color results of herbal dyes. If you dye your hair with henna, dry it, then dye it with indigo, it goes a very dark colour (mine went black). Rinse it out under water and then dry your hair as normal. It took 4/5 days for the swelling to go down and now 1 year later my scalp is a dry scaly mess. And there probably are other herbal/plants dye options that also cover grad 100% with the appropriate application and processing techniques! Hi Naomi, Have you been able to find any good products subsequent to your comment in April? THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!! Usually, the damage is due to bleaching the hair prior to coloring. After doing extensive research, we think these are the best ammonia-free hair dye products you should get: Two products stand out from the rest and they are Garnier Olia Ammonia Free Hair Color and the Keune So Pure Permanent Hair Color. Your requests are so noted. You don't want to reuse the same brush for food preparation. This should be applied after the dye. They do have loads of info as far as how to. I gave her my usual spiel, which can be summed up in a word as “no.”, Customer: “You mean it might not cover all the gray?” It doesn’t just protect your hair from damages, it also ensures the color stays and lasts long. (It’s usually 30 minutes.) Customer: “YOU ARE NOT HEARING ME!! I have been PPD allergic for the last 12 years and also gradually developed sensitivity to all the alternatives I tried. Warm wishes You are dying your hair with chamomile, Amla, Fenugreek seeds, Indigo, Brahmi leaves and Rubia Cordifolia. They also take longer to develop (from an hour to six hours) once applied to your hair. Perhaps the most significant benefit of ammonia-free hair dye. Also, if you can find good herbal information pages they can often say who should not use that herb (what is contraindicated in medical terms) and why (such as folks with auto-immune illness should not use immune system boosting herbs, for instance). Eco Colors, Naturtint, O-Way, Tints of Nature, Naturlique all contain chemicals. In a follow up article I’ll cover a few of my favorite brands, and share with you some tips for getting the best results from them. I have been highlighting my hair for 15 years, so that I could use foils and keep dye off my head. Application is a cinch and it did not leave a big mess behind. I also had difficulty breathing, complete lethargy and rash. i unfortunately became severely allergic to all dyes at a prematurely grey 32, and if society would ACCEPT the wisdom of it graciously, us ladies wouldn’t have to continuously risk our health and breast tissue for the vanity of it all. The key is to try to find out what caused the allergic reaction…it could have been any ingredient in the dye or even something you came into contact with while applying or removing it. I am now looking to cover my gray which at this stage isn’t too bad but is making my hair a very boring and dull colour. Two are permanent and one is semi-permanent. Great read! Logona – one of the brands I’ll be talking about in upcoming pieces – combines henna with other ingredients to customize the color a bit. Laura Martin is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Georgia. Are you in the “grey hair, don’t care” camp? I now have stubborn grey hair, but dye it black. So, are you still on the fence about using ammonia-free hair dye? Years ago a hairdress put perm solution on top of hair dye by mistake and my hair fell out so since then I have done everything myself. Thanks for valuable information. Good luck and SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS!! Hair dye novices will find this product easy to use. It doesn’t change the reality of the situation, but at least I understand why so many women wish there were better options out there. This article has been viewed 275,453 times. After dyeing your hair, make sure you give it the care it needs. Naturally white hair will struggle as well. I use Cassia Obovata, a 100% plant based blond hair dye, to cover my gray. In fact, you can find ammonia-free hair dyes that have essential oil fragrances, so they make your hair smell better. If you, like the customer I mentioned earlier, would rather saw your legs off at the knees than live with gray hair, or were simply hoping I would tell you all about some incredible, permanent, non-toxic hair color brand you could run out and buy today, this article is probably going to be a bit of a letdown. But I found a product which has no PPD, Ammonia, Paraben…chemicals at all. It doesn’t leave color on your skin and hair. See this article on balayage. Fingers crossed! I have heard that henna is often mixed with other chemicals which may be why people have allergic reactions. I had itchy scalp, headache and felt unwell which fortunately went away the next day except of itchiness that persisted for a week. You can get this henna leaves from oriental stores. TY. Thank you. All i want it black hair but im allergic to perminant dyes. It claims to be chemical free and promotes hair growth. Adjust your expectations accordingly, and you’re much more likely to be happy with the results. You can use conditioner if desired. Rinsing it out is quite easy as well. If you have grey hair issues, you might find this an ideal choice. And ofcourse, the gray is covered not as deep but that makes it very natural and everybody loves my hair color. try taking copper and or use blackstrap molassess , i use both and they work for me, it takes around 30 too 90 days to see results. A good allergist might be able to help figure out what caused it or can try to help you find out what all you are allergic to so you can avoid it in the future. If I was more careful with the application at the roots I could avoid layering color, but I actually think it looks really cool that the ends are a bit darker. I do it every day! unlocking this expert answer. Would love your expertise! Just a friendly request to the commenters on this thread. It is a thick dye, so you shouldn’t have problems with it running and dripping on the side of your face. It will really give you the color you want. Not only will you get the color you want, you also will be left with hair up to 3x shinier. Ilana – I have not heard of this line, but will definitely look into it! In fact, it is comparable to other popular hair dyes out there. There are more color options. After decades of believing that only ammonia hair dyes will really work in changing the color of our hair, it seems like such a stark change . EarthDye is the most natural hair dye you can find. In any case, there are definitely all natural, organic and non-toxic hair covering options available that do cover Gray 100% – henna absolutely covers gray 100%. Today my hair looks, feels and smells fabulous . Processing Time. The technology simply doesn’t exist (yet) in the world of non-toxic chemicals. It covered my grey completely and the hair was fuller and shinier. But the whole point of saying dont’ expect 100% coverage of gray hair is so that women aren’t *expecting* that to happen. These aromas managed to be light, soft, and delicate without smelling too much like an herbal shop. I would also say, however, that at some point, it might even be better if we women learned to embrace our natural hair color, including gray, rather than believe covering it up is a critical necessity, thus resigning ourselves to using whatever nasty chemicals we *must* until new products are available to try. I know not everyone has insurance that covers those (I wish!!! If you’d prefer to tint your hair, apply the juice of 1-2 lemons to your hair with a brush, and sit out in the sun for 30 minutes for a natural lightening effect. The dye also smells decent, unlike some that are harsh and caustic. There are some pretty great natural hair color products, if you know where to look, how to use them, and what to expect. I’ve run into many stylists who thought they had found a “natural” hair color – or worse, were told by the product rep it was natural – only to show me an ingredient label that included both peroxide and PPD every single time.