Herbs used in coloring
You can make an herbal tea to add to your henna or as a rinse to “highlight” hair
• Hibiscus, rosemallow, imparts a reddish tone to the hair
• Chamomile is wonderful for light colored hair
• Indigo mentioned earlier has anti-dandruff properties & soothing to the scalp
• Heartwood extract derived from the acacia catechu tree (black catechu) produces a brown color
• A black dye can be extracted from the plant “false daisy” more popularly known as bhringaraj, eclipta alba which is well known for preventing dandruff and hair loss
Amla, indian gooseberry, is a very important herb in indian culture
• Mild detergent (antiviral/antibacterial) and rich in vitamin c
• Will not “color” your hair but it is said to prevent hair loss and premature graying
• Sold in oil or powder form in indian grocery stores
• Use the oil alone or mixed with a conditioner as a pretreatment the night before washing your hair
• Make your own amla oil by soaking the alma powder in your favorite thick oil (strain it to catch those pesky bits bits that do not dissolve) i use almond oil because it is loaded with vitamins; other great oils to soak your powder in: avocado, wheat germ, macadamia, etc.
• Use amla powder mixed with other indian powders to make a natural hair wash
search for an indian store in your neighborhood
now you are informed, so go make informed decisions!
best of luck and welcome to the wonderful world of color!!! :)
Ladies, do you use natural or commercial hair dyes when you color? Which do you prefer?
*This article was originally published on October 28, 2008