Has anyone used EcoColor or at home hair color that doesnt have all the bad chemicals in them
I am 57 and drats I noticed a couple of grey hairs near the temples are showing up – I don’t like it because it looks like I am balding there – which isn’t true – I have alot of thick medium to light brown hair.
I haven’t tried at home color in years – I have to because of wheat/gluten in the ingredients – My hubby is out of work and going to the hair dresser and dropping $50 or $60 on color isn’t in my budget. Right now I am using the Wow hair makeup and covers really well and looks great -but thinking down the line…
So many of the Clariol, Loreal, etc all have cancer causing chemicals.
Thanks for your time ladies 🙂
I am very surprised at the use guidelines. My whole childhood and youth, and that’s how I do it now as well, you take ground dried henna, make a thin paste with super hot water and apply to hair. Now I am seeing people are doing the mix several hours in advance, add lemon juice… I wonder if we used a different henna or the recipe changed over years… Maybe it would color more if I did that? I guess I will try this new recipe. I typically live it on for about an hour. It does not do much for me on one application, my hair being quite dark; after a couple times, you can see some red tint throughout, especially on strands that are somehow lightened up – like those thinner hair next to the temples. But of course, you do not get to see much on very dark hair. Still, a fun tint I think.
I can’t imagine spending 4 hours in the blasted cap. It bothers me even with one.
Interesting too, some sites talk about the possibility of coating hair too much and suffocating the cuticle. I have not known that to happen to anybody, I guess we never used it too much?
Meezergeezer, love this topic as I too would love a more natural way of hair coloring.
For those henna users, how long does it last? Is this something you do every two weeks or four weeks? Will henna stain? How long to do leave it in?
I have been using Rainbow Henna powder for 2 years, just add boiling water to the powder, mix, apply.Bought it at the Health Food Store. My hair is brown, so I use both light brown and blonde. It does a good job covering gray and gives me shine and highlights. I leave it on longer than the box haircolors, and it lasts a good amount of time…I use sulfate -free shampoo too. I like it because it does not have all the bad chemicals.
I have been coloring my hair with a mix of henna and indigo for about 6 months. I have dark brown hair with about 20% very resistant grey and was never pleased with the results I got from any of the typical hair color brands. The henna gives me dark red highlights and has improved the condition of my extremely dry, frizzy hair making it much more manageable with less breakage. I’ve mixed henna with coffee, tea, orange juice and lemon juice with only a slight variation in the results.
There are several sources for good quality henna (search "henna for hair"). It is a bit more maintenance than using boxed hair color. I have to mix the henna at least 6 hours before use, the indigo about 15 minutes before use and then combine the two together and leave on at least 5 hours or overnight. It smells a bit "earthy" but once I rinse it out and use conditioner it’s no problem. It’s a thicker consistency than hair color (sort of like mashed potatoes) so it’s a little more time consuming to rinse out, but since it is less drippy I actually find it less messy to apply.
I used to use henna, many years ago. It’s messy to use but it does cover well. I didn’t know about all that stuff that Massha wrote about but it’s good information. I’ve heard that the women in prison use Kool-aid to color their hair. I wonder how that works out?
Its funny I have been thinking of using coffee – I am going to check youtube. Thinking wondering if I could use dark coffee and use chia seeds – which would gel up the coffee so it would be less runny – I will let you all know if I work up the courage.
Right now I’m helping hubby with his fractured ankle – been a long summer LOL 🙂
good news and bad news. Good news: henna exists. Henna is a natural herb (?) that you can use to color your hair into bright red/ orange and with several applications mostly covers the gray. You can get different shades by brewing it with say dark tea or coffee; there’s also another herb whose English name I do not know, but it can be mixed with henna to make black color. Henna is good for your hair and good for your scalp.
Bad news: commercial henna products sold in the US all contain some dread metallic salts that can cause horrid reactions especially if a chemical dye is used while henna product is still not completely washed out (and they do tend to stick around). This is especially so with henna products that are not natural red. I have NO CLUE where to buy simple plain ground dried henna. You could attempt asking at ethnic indian and russian srores, but I would not bet on even those not having metallic salts in them.
I now wonder if you can soak your hair in dark coffee. If you try, let us know.
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