Using Plant Pigment to Color Your Hair

While chemically coloring your hair may give you a much-needed change or be part of your routine, there is an alternative that is much easier on your hair and scalp.


| May 2016



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Nature’s own ability to shape-shift and morph can be seen as a model that opens up more options for fulfilling our personal vision of what “natural” is. Part of this shape-shifting includes expanding our definition of beauty, and how we embrace and offer it to ourselves and our world.

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Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. In Natural Hair Coloring, (Storey Publishing, 2016) expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results!

Why Herbal Colorants?

There are many reasons why people of every age color their hair. Perhaps we do so because it is enjoyable to care for ourselves or to allow others to, or because it is refreshing to adopt a new persona. We receive tangible and intangible gifts from any colorant, so why would we want to choose herbal colorants?

Herbal hair colorants connect us to ancient traditions and generations past, and they nourish our hair, our spirit, and the earth.

Herbal colorants smell “green,” repair damaged hair, and do a better job of covering gray than chemical colors can.

Pure herbal pigments are also nontoxic and can be applied frequently and remain on your hair long enough to achieve the color tones you wish without causing dryness or damage.





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