Using herbal hair color? 5 common mistakes to avoid
You’ve finally decided to ditch synthetic, harsh hair colorants! You’re ready to try the natural route by using herbal hair color, which is gentler on your hair and scalp. But before you embark on this hair adventure, read on to avoid the top 5 mistakes people make when using herbal hair color for the first time.
1. Applying herbal hair color on unwashed hair
Wash your hair! Herbal hair color will not settle on unwashed, dirty hair. The natural oily sebum found on strands will reduce the hold of the henna powder. Therefore, clean hair is essential for best results. Want a tip? Wash your hair the night before dyeing it instead of immediately beforehand.
2. Switching to natural hair dye without a transition period
Many people don’t realize that their hair needs time to transition after using mainstream hair care products. Take a look your current hair products. They probably contain silicones and other chemicals, and silicone builds up over time. You’ll need to remove silicone and other substances from your hair. But how? Because silicones are non-water soluble you should go for our detoxifying clay mask which removes chemical build up on your scalp while balancing the pH. Next, switch to a natural shampoo. Continue this regimen of using natural shampoo and a clay mask, after one month your scalp and hair should be ready to receive the henna effectively.
3. Attempting a lighter shade
Are you a brunette wanting to go blonde? Full transparency: herbal hair color cannot lighten hair. Henna does not contain bleach – a harmful chemical needed to oxidize the melanin molecule of the hair. However, we can achieve beautiful reflexes in the hair, but not a lighter tone.
4. Using unsuitable material to prepare the dye
A perfect henna paste is neither too dry nor wet. Use a glass bowl to create your henna paste rather than an iron or aluminum bowl, as they can oxidize and alter the quality of the powder. Wood or plastic is not recommended either because they absorb the natural dye pigment. Therefore, a glass option is best option – plus it’s easier to clean!
5. Not taking a skin patch test
You’ll never find synthetic ingredients in our herbal powders; however, some plant allergies are possible. Performing a patch test before using the henna can reassure you that you’re not allergic. Apply a small quantity of henna paste to your forearm. Leave until completely dry. If you feel any discomfort, rinse immediately! This indicates that you may have some form of allergy. If after 48 hours, you have not had any side effects, you can start your herbal color journey with henna.
At first, the natural hair care route may be a bumpy one, but it doesn’t have to be a bad one. At This Green, we have expert hair colorists to advise you. They have expert knowledge and skills that are invaluable for someone looking to make the switch to herbal color. Get in touch This Green’s henna color specialist.