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Shine, care and brilliant results thanks to herbal hair colors

Henna hair colors - the natural alternative for beautiful hair

Natural color, long color brilliance and preferably without any hair damage - this is what every woman who dyes her hair wants. Chemical hair colors often have the opposite effect. In this post, we have dealt with an alternative that is becoming increasingly popular: dyeing hair without chemicals with herbal hair dyes. How do they work and what can Henna & Co. really do?

Of course, coloring hair with henna

What conventional hair colors often promise can only be achieved without chemicals. While chemical colorations break up the hair structure and permanently change the color pigments in the hair, hair colors made from herbal ingredients such as henna, indigo or amla are nourishingly around your hair. As a result, minor damage is replenished and the hair immediately shines with a new shine. In addition, your natural hair color is not destroyed, which can happen in the long run with frequent chemical hair coloring, but combines with the overlying plant color to form an individual looking hair. In contrast to conventional colors, natural highlights and the sun-bleached ombré look are not over-colored, but emphasized with colors from Radico, Khadi, Logona or Sante.

With natural dyes, you can dye your hair without chemicals. The classic henna red, for example, comes from the leaves of the henna bush. In most herbal hair colors, however, not only pure henna, but also other natural dyes are added. This is how henna brown and other natural tones are also made. Often a natural hair color mix also includes indigo. It comes either from the indigo plant, which occurs mainly in tropical Africa, China or India, or from woad, which was cultivated in Europe in ancient times.

In combination, indigo and henna color red, brown, black and even blonde in various natural shades. Depending on the desired tone, all colors can be mixed with one another without any problems in order to achieve individual shades from red blonde to chestnut brown to pure black. However, the result depends on the original hair color. Because with henna hair colors, the original color always shimmers through. Therefore it is not possible to dye the hair much lighter than it was before. From brown to golden blonde is unfortunately not feasible with natural cosmetics. However, you can easily darken light hair.

By the way, henna is also a great natural alternative to cover gray hair. While the step from gray to blonde or light brown is even possible without pretreatment, it is advisable to dye two to three times within a week if the desired color is very dark in order to effectively cover all gray hair. Pretreatment with pure henna red achieves the same result. In this way, the desired hair color can accumulate in the hair, last longer and shine more intensely. By the way, you can find more about gray hair coverage with herbal hair colors in this post. There we will also tell you why we get gray hair in the first place.

What to consider before coloring hair with henna

First things first: your hair must be free of so-called film formers such as silicone before you apply the henna hair color. These lie like a coat on the surface of the hair, which makes our mane appear softer, shinier and smoother. Sounds pretty good, but it also ensures that the herbal hair colors cannot get stuck in the hair and the color does not hold. In order to achieve a very good coloring result, it is best not to use any silicone-containing shampoos, conditioners or styling products two weeks in advance.

By the way: silicone in the shampoo does not only cause problems when dyeing with herbal hair dyes. You can read more about this in our article on silicone-free shampoos.

Back to dyeing: To avoid undesirable color results, you should test the chosen shade on a test strand. To do this, simply collect your hair strands for a few days, for example from your brush. You then place this in a small amount of the henna hair color and let the strands act for different lengths of time. So you can see which tone arises after how many minutes. Test times between 30 minutes and two to three hours are recommended. After the exposure time, the individual strands of hair must be washed out in lukewarm water. After that, you should wait a day or two and watch the test strands, as the herbal hair colors can intensify during this time.

Coloring hair without chemicals - step by step

After you have already prepared your hair for the henna hair colors with silicone-free care products and tested the color with test strands, it is now time for the actual coloring:

  • Make sure you have all the utensils you need. This includes a bowl for the color, the henna hair color itself, the enclosed gloves, a paint brush, an old towel, possibly a large-toothed comb and our insider tip: a greasy cream - more on that later.
  • Wash your hair with mild, silicone-free shampoo, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. If you have used silicone-containing products for a long time, we recommend that you use Logona's mineral earth pre-treatment instead of the shampoo. It effectively removes residues and provides an ideal starting point for dyeing with herbal hair dyes.
  • In the case of chemically colored hair, it makes sense to carry out the pretreatment two days in a row in order to prepare the hair even better. As an alternative, lava earth is also suitable, which, by the way, can not only be used as a shampoo substitute, as we will show you in this article
  • Before we start mixing the color, let's reveal the secret of the cream: This is now applied generously to the ears and around the hairline. In this way you prevent annoying discoloration on the skin, as the contained fats prevent the color from being absorbed.
  • Important: Now put on the enclosed gloves to avoid skin contact with the paint. It is particularly difficult to wash off the skin around the fingernails.
  • As far as mixing the henna hair color is concerned, you should also pay attention to the information provided by the respective manufacturer, which may differ with regard to the water temperature, for example. Usually warm or boiling water is common, with many colors coloring more intensely with hot water. Mix the colored powder with the water until a creamy to mushy paste is formed.
  • Now put your towel around yourself and apply the color with the brush part by part starting from the hairline.
  • If you pull the color in the lengths with a coarse-toothed comb, you will ensure an even distribution of the henna hair color.
  • Finally, you can knead your hair again by hand so that you really have caught every strand.
  • During the exposure time, the hair should always be kept warm, preferably with layers of cling film or aluminum foil. Some manufacturers also include a plastic warming hood. It is best to wrap a towel turban over it or put on a hat. This is how the color can best combine with the hair to achieve a successful result. How long the henna has to sit on depends on what your own hair color is and how intense you want your color to be. Basically: With thicker and darker hair you should choose a longer exposure time than with fine and light hair. Orientate yourself on the manufacturer's instructions, which are often around two hours, and on the results of your test highlights.
  • Shampoo should not be used when washing out afterwards, as the color has to set in the hair first. After you have rinsed your hair until the water is clear, you can use a silicone-free natural cosmetic conditioner or the Color Fix treatment from Logona, which fixes and intensifies the color. Hair oil such as Khadi Amla hair oil can also contribute to better durability. After 24 hours you can use shampoo again without any problems.
  • When assessing your result for the first time, please note that the color can still darken slightly within the first few days. So before correcting your color with a second dye, wait for your hair to reach the final hair color.


How long does henna hair color last?

When you decide on a new hair color at your hairdresser, you have the choice between tinting or coloring. The difference: the tint washes out more and more from one hair wash to the next, while the color difference is only visible on the hairline that is regrowing. Henna does not interfere with the cell structure in the same way as permanent coloring, but it also does not wash off like a tint. After washing your hair a few times, however, the intensity of the color may decrease somewhat.

Since our hair grows on average about one centimeter per month, after a certain time, like a coloration, a beginning is visible. However, this can also be adjusted separately without dyeing the entire hair with henna again. How long henna lasts cannot be said across the board, as it depends on the individual coloring and it is not necessary to re-coloring with henna immediately for every color tone if a nice new look is created as a result of the growing out.

When dyeing again, you should note that henna hair colors cannot be kept indefinitely due to their purely herbal ingredients. You can still use unused powder, but after a few months the color result may become less intense.

Henna in pregnancy

While chemical hair dyes should not be used by pregnant women, dyeing with certified henna red and other natural colors during pregnancy is not dangerous, as it does not contain any toxic substances. Because certified herbal hair color is checked regularly, no pesticides or other toxins from production can adhere to the plants.

However, only colors from official agencies offer this certainty. Our colors from Khadi, Logona and Sante have the BDIH quality seal, Logona and Sante also have that from NaTrue, while Radico has an Ecocert certification. The colors are 100% vegetable and cruelty free.

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Shine, care and brilliant results thanks to herbal hair colors
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