Natural hair colour tips

Posted on 25 June 2013 | Comments



When you are colouring your hair you don't need to compromise your health or harm the environment. Our natural hair colour ranges say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to glossy, healthy hair. 

At Biome, we believe we stock some of the best herbal plant based hair colours found in the world. Our customers return to our hair dyes again and again, because they love the gentle ingredients and natural results.

Nothing perks up your look and your mood like a great hair colour. However, with over 5,000 different chemicals being used in conventional hair dyes – many of which may be hazardous to your health – natural alternatives are a much smarter choice.

What are the risks?

Early hair dye formulas contained aromatic amines, chemicals which were shown to cause cancer in animals, so manufacturers have eliminated them. However, the debate on the potential carcinogenicity of the many thousands of chemicals still used in hair dyes continues. A small study conducted by the University of Southern California in 2001 found that women who used permanent hair dyes once a month for over a year doubled their risk of bladder cancer. Another study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, suggests an association between the use of hair dyes and an increased incidence of lymphoid neoplasms (cancers of the blood that form in lymph glands).

Mary Beth Janssen, author of Naturally Healthy Hair (Storey Books), says p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient made from coal tar found in many permanent colours, is the cause of most allergic reactions, and is also linked to cancer. Plus, a study of the gut suggests that hair dye increases the risk of progressive liver disease, leading to liver cirrhosis. This is all cause for concern, given that an estimated 75 percent of women and 10 percent of men colour their hair.

Safer solutions

Try these tips for safer, more eco-friendly hair colour treatments.

  • Avoid hydrogen peroxide and ammonia: If you colour at home, look for formulations that do not contain these chemicals. If visiting a salon, find one that stocks a natural colourant range. Aveda salons use hair colours that are 99.9 percent derived from plant extracts. If you want a permanent colour, try highlights instead; this reduces the amount of chemicals contacting your skin, and so lowers your risk of absorbing them.
  • Stick close to your natural colour: Permanent hair colours are the harshest and most drying to your hair, and also pose the greatest health risks. A demi-, semi-, or temporary colour will brighten and refresh your look without damaging your locks.
  • Take care of your colour: Using products specifically formulated for coloured hair will maintain the colour for longer, reducing your exposure to chemicals; you’ll also save money and water, and reduce waste. Use a hair mask or serum like Beauty & the Bees Hair Shine Drops to give dry ends a colour boost.
  • Test first: If you are colouring at home, always patch-test first. If you have a reaction, the money you waste on the product will be far less on what you have to spend later at a salon to correct a botched job.

Go natural with products we love....

Beauty & the Bees apple cider conditioning rinse  - Excellent for extending the life of your colour, and leaves hair feeling fresh, clean and soft.

Sanctum shampoo (treated hair) -  Perfect to use on hair that has been coloured, treated or permed.

Surya Henna Hair Coluring Cream
  - A temporary treatment made from herbs and fruits in a ready-to-use cream; contains no peroxide, PPD, heavy metals or ammonia.

Lagona Herbal Hair Colour - These colours are made using plants only and will leave your hair with added body and lustre coating the hair shaft only.

See the beautiful transformations using our Logona range. 

Before (left) and after applying Logona Herbal Hair Colour in Black (best suited to natural medium or dark brown hair with up to 30% grey on dark brown hair, not for black with grey or chemically tinted or bleached hair).

Sue says that the difference between grey hair and henna colored is considerable (in a good way). Once you have chosen the colour for you, applying Logona herbal dye once a month will build the colour and help to cover grey with a natural, transluent effect (rather than the obvious synthetic solid colour). In addition, hair generally feels softer and shinier.

Before (left) and after applying Logona Herbal Hair Colour in Umber Brown. Suitable for dark blonde, medium brown, light brown hair with up to 50% grey, but not suitable for brown hair with over 50% white as hair can tend toward orange).

To get the best results with Logona powder dyes, mix powder with boiling water to the consistency of yoghurt. Next, shampoo hair twice (do not condition), and semi-dry hair so that it is mostly dry. Apply colour all over if for the first time (after you have strand tested) or to roots only if you’ve already dyed using the colour. Then cover with plastic cap and towel, and heat with hand dryer for a few minutes. Leave for 30 minutes, and reheat again with hand dryer for a few minutes. You can then leave a further 30 minutes (depending on the colour chosen, check the box). And you may like to leave longer which can help give a better result. Lastly rinse with Logona colour conditioner.


Before (left) and after applying Logona Herbal Hair Colour in Henna Red.

Lastly, we should mention that Logona hair dyes are BDIH certified with no synthetic preservatives, fragrances, flavours or colors and 100% disclosure of ingredients. They are also vegan.

Want more info on the safety of hair dye ingredients? Visit the National Toxicology Program (NTP) 

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