Does Love My Hair contain henna?

Yes it does contain henna in varying proportions depending on the shade, but it is not ‘just’ henna.  In addition to this plant extract, Love My Hair also contains 6-7 other botanical ingredients that contribute to the colour application and health of your hair and scalp. The darker shades in the 100% Herbal dye range consist mostly of Indigo.

If I use henna products will I be able to use chemical dyes/treatments on my hair?

As long as you use good quality, pure henna products, then yes you can use chemical dyes/treatments as you normally do. You won’t have to wait months to do your chemical treatments/dyes as the hairdresser would like to tell you. Keep in mind, that the hair industry is run by major companies that push all types of chemical products. Hairdressers are (for the most part) not trained in the use of natural plant dyes and natural hair care. You should give your hair a break in between treatments. Roughly about 2-3 weeks. You can use a chemical dye over henna and henna over a chemical dye.

How do herbal hair dyes work?

Herbal hair dyes work by coating the hair shaft in a film of colour. They do not penetrate the hair and do not disturb its natural chemistry. Because they are coating the hair, they interact with your natural hair colour giving you a unique shade. The more you use herbal hair dyes, the darker/more intense the colour will get as the dye builds up layers on your hair.

How do chemical hair dyes work?

In a nutshell, chemical dyes work by lifting up the hair cuticle and depositing the dye inside the hair shaft. Chemical ingredients cause rapid oxidisation, which results in very quick colour application.


Why should I use a chemical dye?

The chemicals in hair dyes are not good for us.  However, if you want to cover your grey hair in one quick (20-50 minute) application, then a chemical hair dye is the way to go.  Love My Hair Low Chemical dyes contain the lowest possible levels of chemical ingredients while still giving grey coverage.  If you do not have grey hair yet, or only a small percentage of grey hair, we would recommend that you use the Love My Hair 100% Herbal dye.

What is PPD (para-phenylenediamine)?

PPD belongs to a group of chemicals called Para-dyes. These chemicals are used mainly in brown to black hair dyes. The darker the hair dye the higher the concentration of Para-dyes.   PPD can cause allergic reactions.  It is thus very important that you do a skin patch test before you use any hair dye product containing this chemical.

What are Para-dyes?

Para-dyes are a big group of chemicals with very similar chemical structures. PPD is one of the Para-dyes, as are p-toluenediamine, p-aminodiphenylamine, M-aminophenol, P-methyl aminophenol sulfate, 2,4-diaminoanisole and para-aminophenol. ALL of the Para-dyes will cause the same adverse reactions as plain PPD. So be very wary of hair dyes claiming to be PPD-free, as they will undoubtedly contain one or more of the other Para-dyes.

I’ve had an allergic reaction to henna in the past, can I use Love My Hair?

It is very rare for pure henna to cause an allergic reaction.  Pure henna can only make hair orange, so be very wary of so-called henna that come in different shades as this contains quite high quantities of PPD and other Para-dyes, especially the darker shades.  If you’ve had an allergic reaction to ‘henna’ like this it is mostly likely that you were reacting to the Para-dyes and not the henna.  Please read labels and always do an allergy test before using any hair dye product.

Will Love My Hair lighten my hair?

None of the Love My Hair dyes contain any bleaching agents so they cannot lighten hair.

What shampoo and conditioner should I use with Love My Hair?

We recommend using a mild shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t contain silicone derivatives such as Dimethicone (or other ingredient listings ending in “cone”), and any polymers, especially prior to using Love My Hair 100% Herbal dyes. A good range is Nature’s Gate sold at Wellness Warehouse. Silicones and polymers coat the hair in a layer which prevents herbal dye from reaching the hair.  If you have been using hair care products containing silicone/polymers we recommend using a clarifying shampoo before using Love My Hair 100% Herbal dyes. You can get this from a shop like Clicks.  It is also best to avoid using hair care products containing essential oils such as tea tree, lavender and mint essential oils, at least for the initial wash out. On some hair types, these oils seem to strip the herbal dyes out of the hair thus preventing them from oxidising and completing the dyeing process.

Can I mix the different shades?

You can mix the 100% Herbal dyes with other 100% Herbal dye shades, and with the Low Chemical dyes (see Helpful Hints). You must do a strand test with any experimentation. You can’t mix Love My Hair dyes with other hair dye brands.

Can I mix Love My Hair with coffee, tea or other liquids?

Yes you can… some people enjoy experimenting with making different mixtures. Please do a strand test when trying out any new blend.

I didn’t use all of the mixed dye, can I keep it?

Once the dye powder is mixed with water and exposed to air it starts oxidising and it needs to be used immediately.  It is thus not possible to keep left-over mixture.

I didn’t use the full packet, how should I store the rest of the dye powder?

If you just used half a packet, for example, and would like to keep the rest of the powder, just seal the packet tightly to make sure no air or humidity can reach the powder and keep it in a cool, dark cupboard.

How soon after using other hair dyes can I use Love My Hair and vice versa?

It is best to wait 2-3 weeks after using chemical dyes before using Love My Hair and vice versa. Please do a strand test first.

Can I use Love My Hair when I’m pregnant?

The 100% Herbal range has not been laboratory tested to determine safety in pregnancy, so please use these products at your discretion. We would not recommend using any chemical dyes during pregnancy, even our Low Chemical range.  

Can I use Love My Hair on bleached/peroxided hair?

Bleaching changes the hair structure extensively making it more porous than normal, which will obviously effect the colour, so please approach this with caution and do a strand test first. Please bear in mind that any chemical dye that lightens your hair, even by just a few shades, is technically bleaching your hair.

Nothing happened when I used Love My Hair 100% Herbal. Why is this?

It is very unusual for Love My Hair to give no colour at all.  When this happens it is usually because there is a build up on the hair from products such as leave-in waxes and gels.  If you have been using a shampoo and conditioner that contains silicone derivates, e.g. Dimethicone, this also coats the hair and prevents the herbal dyes from reaching the hair. We suggest that you use a clarifying shampoo to strip the build-up before using Love My Hair 100% Herbal again. Also make sure that you have mixed the powder with the correct amount of water. If the mixture is too runny the dyes will be diluted. Please also apply heat during the dye application as this helps the darker shades to release the dye more effectively.

I didn’t use my application gloves and my hands and finger nails are orange or brown, what should I do?

The colour on your skin will fade quickly, you can speed this up by applying a mixture of lemon juice and vegetable oil.  The colour in your finger nails will remain for a while.  Please remember to use your application gloves.

Contact Us

If you would like more information or advice please do get in touch.

P.O. Box 53095, Kenilworth, 7745,
Cape Town.
Phone: +27 733724578 Email:

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