Being trendy in today’s fast-paced world requires a lot of hard work. You must have patience, passion and proper planning to look presentable always. Especially when you have to attend occasions that are completely different in purpose and spirit, like let’s say, formal or probably, executive-like, and another casual, in which you can relax and spend a few hours comfortably with your loved ones. But there is one thing that is most important for all occasions. And that is your hair. It does not matter what clothes you wear or what trends you follow; if your hair is dull, dry or greying you will be in a negative light for sure as far as your appearance is concerned. So, what is the solution? We can simply start colouring up our hair, isn’t it? But then, should we opt for costly chemical-infused hair products or we should opt for a natural hair dye—a possible solution that can help retain not just our looks, but also the quality of our hair too.
Now some people may argue that a natural hair dye looks so boring! Others may continue to opt for the top brands for their hair dyes that they have been using for years. Now, before you pick any one of them, it is suggested that you read the following argument.
Organically natural hair colour V/s chemical-based colour
As the name suggests, natural hair dye is based on herbs like Amla, Henna, Basil, Indigo, Chamomile Leaf and so on. Each ingredient plays a crucial role in building a protective layer on each strand of hair.
On the other hand, chemical-based hair colours comprise of chemicals like Paraphenylenediamine (PPD), Ammonia, Hydrogen Peroxide (Bleach) and heavy metals. Each chemical mentioned rips your hair apart and leaves them dull, dry and brittle with split ends.
How does it work?
Henna is the primary colouring agent in any pure botanical hair colour. It has a component called Lawsone, a natural colouring agent, which gives a beautiful shade of red to the hair and has been in use for over 5000 years. When any damage-free hair colour is applied, henna creates a coat over the hair shaft and Lawsone gradually gets absorbed in the shaft gaps, then binds with Keratin (hair protein) and strengthens the cuticles.
Hair dyes come in four different types—temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent and permanent. With each type, the damage of hair increases exponentially. Unless you go for plant based hair colours like henna, indigo, coffee, tea, chamomile flowers, manjistha roots, etc.
The functioning of chemical hair dyes
Temporary hair dyes: Such hair dyes stick to the cuticle (outer layer) like a coat of paint. With two-three washes, the paint goes away completely, but not without increasing dandruff, dryness and flakiness of the scalp.
Semi-permanent: This type of hair dye causes a little bit more damage than temporary ones. Especially if it’s made out of chemicals. Semi-permanent hair dyes, just like temporary hair dyes do not enter the hair shaft, so only the severity of dandruff, dryness and scalp flakes increases with their regular usage. Unless you are using plant-based semi-permanent hair dyes like henna, indigo, chamomile flowers, manjistha roots, tea or coffee, which not just nourish hair and scalp, but also condition and hydrate it inside out. So, only the plant-based semi-permanent natural hair colours are the healthiest to use. The semi-permanent hair colours, both chemical based and plant-based, fade away after 2 to 3 weeks.
Demi-permanent: You need to really start worrying about your hair health from here onwards. For, both demi-permanent and permanent hair dyes enter the hair shaft to bring about their new colouring effects. The demi-permanent hair dyes being a little less damaging than the permanent ones. The demi-permanent hair dyes enter through the outer layer of the hair to stick with the middle layer called the cortex. Normally, such hair dyes fade after 5 weeks.
One responsible hair colour manufacturer from India has come up with an innovative organically natural hair colour—one that is infused with the goodness of 8 certified organic herbs supported by hair nourishing organic compounds. It’s called Indus Valley New Damage-Free Gel Colour. This hair colour is, by far, the healthiest that you can get in the market. You can buy it directly from the company’s website, or from any of the well-known marketplaces like Amazon, Flipkart, Tata 1mg, Nykaa or Snapdeal.
Permanent hair dyes: Permanent hair dyes penetrate deep inside the hair shafts and chemically react inside to bring about the new colouring effects. These are extremely harmful as they completely change the texture and composition of hair physically, biologically and chemically as well. Such hair colours primarily comprise of chemicals—a hair colour gel and a developer gel. While the ammonia opens up the cuticle, the developer strips off the natural hair colour and begins chemical reactions inside the shaft oxidizing and depositing the new colour inside the inner layer of hair, i.e. the cortex. This leaves the hair severely damaged—dry, rough, brittle and stripped off its natural colour.
Pricing and Usage
The pricing of the purely organic and natural hair dyes is either comparable to the chemical ones or they are slightly more expensive. This is due to the 100% purity and organicity that they offer to their users, which is not an easy thing to do. However, they are easier to use than their chemical counterparts. Indus Valley New Damage-Free Gel Color being one of them. The brand offers six different shades of the product, which simply means that now you literally don’t have to worry about being bored anymore with only one shade. You can choose between the different shades to suit your mood.
Since all the arguments have been presented before you, we think that your next hair colour choice will certainly be a judicious one that would also be adored by your loved ones. With pure botanical hair colours, you can look as trendy, but also as fresh as you feel. It will not only keep your hair healthy, natural and protected, but will also keep you younger and ever ready for all occasions.