Recently, a reader wrote in asking about organic and natural hair dyes. What differentiates the natural varieties from the "regular" ones, anyway? First off, natural hair coloring is made without ammonia, which can be toxic and irritating. Also, p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical coloring agent that can cause allergic reactions, is present in many standard formulations. Some permanent dyes may contain dangerous petrochemicals like coal tar to assist with the deposit of color. Doesn't sound so lovely, does it?
But that's the nature of the beast. To lift and deposit tones into the hair for long-lasting results, chemicals are often involved. While some of these dyes may not be completely non-toxic, they are considered safer and more natural. Check out my widget below for some suggestions on going more natural. And if you've gone the natural dye route yourself, let us know which brands you like best and what types of results you've had, too.