Ayurvedic Hair Dyes

alma-ayurvedic-hair-colorThe dyeing of hair is a problem that many people face on a regular basis. The problem with a majority of dyes available the market is that they contain carcinogens such as toluidine. Many of them still don’t experience the rigorous security evaluations that are cosmetics undergo. Nevertheless, the pressure to look youthful keeps folks coloring their hair by disguising grey or white hair, or to alter their hair color into something more stylish and appealing, regardless of the perceived dangers.

 

Fortunately, centuries of Indian healing traditions known as Ayurveda have revealed a completely new way of dyeing hair that is complete natural and free of side-effects. One of the greatest advantages of these methods is that a wide range of essential nutrients including antioxidants, protein and vitamins, will help to keep your hair looking youthful, soft and lustrous, while nourishing your scalp.

Best of all natural products are much less expensive in comparison to most OTC products that dye your hair. You may not have the amazing selection of colors that come with OTC hair dyes, but if you find a natural color that works just right, you will have saved yourself a ton of money and acquired a host of health benefits!

 

Typical Natural Hair Dyes Used in Ayurveda

 

The most common Ayurvedic hair dyes are derived from the natural pigments of plants with the most popular being henna and indigo. The two combined usually generate a purplish-blue color, but may work with some brunettes. However, the fun doesn’t end there! There are many teas, which have pigment and can be brewed in the right proportions to achieve a wider range of colors. These include lemon juice (for lightening), java, saffron, and walnut husks.

 

Henna is a Natural Solution to Hair Dyeing

 

The first thing that most people say comes to mind when they think of “natural hair dyes” is henna. Why is this shrub so popular? Let’s investigate it in further detail.

 

Henna grows in parts of Asia, Africa and Australia and is known to fortify and soften the hair. When grounded with warm water, it becomes a potent hair dye and can give dark hair with a reddish, auburn tint. The results from a henna treatment are primarily determined by your original hair’s natural color.

 

Tip: Always handle Henna with gloves! Otherwise, your fingers will have an orange hue for the next several days!


In order to increase the color palette of henna, you can add other ingredients such as those mentioned above as well as apple cider vinegar, yogurt or Amla powder. These can be slowly added into the henna mixture until you achieve a thick consistency. An alternative to henna is Cassia, which is popular among blond women looking for a natural solution. It has the conditioning effects of henna without the undesirable undertones.