Helpful Hints

Tips for covering grey…..

  • Covering very grey hair with purely herbal dyes can be tricky and we cannot guarantee complete grey coverage in one application with the 100% Herbal range. Coverage depends on your hair type and condition. Some grey hair needs several applications. We have found that fine grey hair seems to take the herbal dye very well and coarser or thicker grey hair is more likely to need several applications.
  • Sitting under a salon dryer greatly increases grey coverage with the 100% Herbal dyes. Just one hour under a dryer gives nearly complete grey coverage for many people.
  • The best 100% Herbal shades for covering grey are Light Auburn, Flame Red, Wine Red (if a reddish shade is desired), and Dark Brown (if a brown to blackish shade is desired).
  • Herbal Soft Black has a high percentage of indigo and can make very grey hair a blue-green colour. Herbal Brown tends to make very grey hair reddish with one application. These shades look lovely on hair with a small percentage of grey, but if your hair is completely grey it is imperative to do a strand test before dyeing all your hair.
  • Henna coats grey hair more readily than indigo so on the first application of 100% Herbal dye your grey hair may be reddish and a lighter shade than the non-grey hair.
  • All the Ultra Low Chemical shades give complete grey coverage in one application.
  • If you are not allergic to the chemicals in hair dye, we recommend mixing the 100% Herbal dyes with the Ultra Low Chemical dyes.  For example, you can make a mixture with half Herbal Soft Black and half Ultra Low Chemical black.  This will give you complete grey coverage in one quick application, at even lower chemical doses. You can experiment to find the lowest amounts of Ultra dye you can use and still get grey coverage.
  • If your grey hair is concentrated in one area, for example your temples, we recommend using the Herbal/Ultra mix on this area.
  • If you are allergic to the chemicals in hair dye, please do not use the Ultra Low Chemical dyes. You will have to stick to the 100% Herbal range.
  • If you are used to the fast-acting nature of chemical dyes, please bear in mind that herbal dyes sometimes cannot work as quickly on grey hair. If you have been using chemical dyes for a while, your hair and scalp may also need to adjust to the gentle nature of herbal dyes.  Allow a few months for this process – your body and hair will thank you.

More tips….

  • Wait 2-3 weeks before using Love My Hair on chemically treated hair and vice versa.
  • Love My Hair contains ingredients to nourish your hair and improve its condition. However sometimes if hair is damaged by chemical treatments, it can feel dry after the first application of Love My Hair. A coconut oil treatment will sort this out quickly. Use organic, extra-virgin coconut oil as the deodorised version is not effective.
  • Herbal dyes are effected by temperature, hair type and hair condition.
  • The indicated colour is a guide, the final colour will vary slightly depending on your original colour, application time and the above factors.
  • Because herbal dyes work by coating the hair, the more you use them the deeper and richer the colour will get.  If you are using the dark brown dye, for example, and don’t want all your hair to get too dark, just do your roots as they grow out and colour your whole head every 3-4 months.
  • If your hair has been bleached, permed or straightened you must be cautious. These treatments damage hair structure extensively and colour results will be very unpredictable.
  • The dye will work more effectively with a longer application time and with heat.
  • 100g is enough for 1 application on collar to shoulder-length hair, depending on hair thickness.
  • To re-touch roots, mix up about ½ a packet, depending on hair thickness and length of roots.
  • Before using Love My Hair 100% Herbal, avoid hair care products containing silicone, e.g. Dimethicone and other ingredients ending in “cone”, and also products containing polymers. Silicones and polymers act as a block to herbal dye. It is a good idea to use a very mild shampoo for a few washes prior to using Love My Hair, and to not use a conditioner for the wash directly before the dye application.
  • If products containing silicone and/or polymers have been used, it may be necessary to use a clarifying shampoo to clean your hair before using Love My Hair 100% Herbal.
  • The dye will not ‘take’ properly on hair that is oily, has styling products or leave-in conditioners on it.
  • It is best not to mix the colours as this upsets the balance of the ingredients.  However feel free to experiment!
  • Colour intensity will fade after 4-6 weeks depending on hair care, but will not wash out.
  • Wait 48 hours between dye applications to allow for oxidation.
  • Different shades can be used after each other, e.g. Soft Black can be used 48 hours after Brown.
  • After the dye is mixed with water it must be used immediately and cannot be stored. This is because the indigo starts oxidizing and if it is not used immediately it will lose efficacy.