Punjab News Express/Dr. Naresh Arora
CHANDIGARH : When it comes to Coloring hair, most women go routinely to salon every six or eight weeks, some even more frequently. Coloring of hair is usually done to hide the advancing grey shades of hair or even to get a little lift of color in the form of highlights or lowlights. New India is experiencing new trends and the new generation (having independent thinking) wants to experiment with their Hair, though at the cost of their health. New Trends in COLOUR HIGHLITING, STREAKING, REBONDING WITH COLOR, KERATIN TREATMENT AND SILK TREATMENTS ARE A FEW HAIR EXPERIMENTS FOR WHICH YOUNG GENERATION IN FLOCKING THE PARLOURS/SALONS.
In a study in the year 2008, it was found that about 75% of females use hair dyes to color their hair but, the commercials hair dyes are loaded with chemicals like, Ammonia which may harm nose, throat, eyes and skin, Quaternium-15 which may release formaldehyde, a known cancer agent, Alkyl Phenol Ethoxylates which causes hormonal disorders and Phenylenediamine (PPD), RESORCINOL, CATECHOL which is classified as toxic heavy chemicals in European Union and is a skin and respiratory irritant.
However there are some natural ingredients of coloring hair that may add desired color to one’s hair and also add volume and shine to the hair and more over it also becomes a tool for dandruff control. The natural ingredients open up the hair cuticles and react with the coloring pigments in the hair cortex and give it a new color.
Some of the natural ingredients that are easily found are:
Henna: Using henna for coloring the hair is an age old process passed on by our ancestors. It not only provides a red-orange tint but also act as a conditioner. Henna is a powdered form of the leaves that come from the henna plant (LAWSONIA). To make own henna for hair dye, mix about one cup of henna powder with other herbs like Amla, Shikakai, Bhringaraj, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Alternatively, you can also add in a teaspoon of vinegar to help release the color. Allow to sit about 3-4 hours until it thickens. Apply to hair and comb through. (This is messy so be careful that it does not stick) Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and allow sitting 2-3 hours before rinsing.
Indigo: Natural Indigo leaves also provide vibrant shades on application on hair next day of Henna application. Some formulae of HENNA WITH INDIGO can also be tried.
Tea: It is best ingredient if someone is thinking of covering the grey hairs and wants to give them a black color naturally. The key is to make the tea highly concentrated. Use 3-5 teabags (or about the same amount in loose-leaf tea) for two cups of water. You can apply the cooled tea to hair alone, or mix with conditioner. If you’re seeking to cover grays, mix with some fresh or dried sage, which helps open up the hair follicles.
Leave on hair for at least an hour - more if you want more color. One can even put on a cap and wear the tea overnight, then rinse the following morning. Check the color to determine what intensity you need. One should keep in mind that tea works best with your natural color. Black tea can darken blonde hair and chamomile can lighten it—especially if you sit in the sun while you have it in.
Coffee: Coffee works great if someone is looking for darker hair, cover gray hairs, or add dimension to dark tresses. For this one need to simply brew a strong coffee (espresso works well), let it cool, and then mix one cup with a couple cups of leave-in conditioner and 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds.
Apply on clean hair and allow to sit for about an hour. If you use apple cider vinegar to rinse, it will help the color last longer. You may need to repeat the process a couple times to see noticeable results.
Beat and carrot juice: These are products available straight from kitchen which give you that red tint to your hair. These two products are great nutrients for the hair. Crush the ingredients and extract out it juice mix it with some coconut oil. Apply it to your hair and leave for 2-3 hours and then rinse well. (These juices stain so one should wear something to protect skin and clothes).
These products are free from any chemicals and it may take some time to get that dark color but its regular usage may help to get the desired color after 4-5 usage. So now it’s time to color your hair with some of natural ingredients available at your own home rather than going to the salon and loading your hair with harmful chemicals. Before you opt for these ingredients as hair colorant, always keep in mind that these formulae provide you temporary to semi permanent hair color.
CONDITION YOUR HAIR: After application of these hair colorants, make sure to provide deep conditioning of scalp and hair regularly for which you may choose curd, milk or egg white. A good hair conditioner with aloe Vera and milk casein.