HENNA: This powder is made from the dried leaves of the Lawsonia inermis shrub. It has been used for centuries (about 6000 years) to dye hair, skin and nails. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and helps to maintain the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. This helps to eliminate dandruff and itchy scalps. It colours hair by coating it in a film which bonds to the hair. This not only protects the hair but also makes it full and shiny. It is the main ingredient in most shades in the 100% Herbal range and in the Ultra Low Chemical range.
INDIGO: Comes from the dried leaves of the Indigofera tinctoria shrub. It has also been used for centuries to dye hair as well as fabric. In eastern medicine, it is used to detoxify the body and to treat problems like depression, urinary-tract infections and respiratory illnesses. Some research suggests that it has liver protecting properties. When mixed in varying proportions with henna, it colours hair different shades of brown to black.
AMLA: This powder is made from the dried fruit of the Indian gooseberry bush Emblica officinalis. It contains high levels of vitamin C and A as well as essential fatty acids. It promotes hair growth, helps to prevent dandruff and makes hair shiny and smooth.
SHIKAKAI: This powder is made from the dried seeds of the Acacia concinna tree. It is high in vitamin C as well as vitamins A, D, E, and K. These nourish hair follicles with the necessary micronutrients to encourage hair growth. It is also anti-fungal and has a low pH so helps to eliminate dandruff and keeps hair shiny.
BHRINGRAJ: Comes from the dried leaves of the herb Eclipta alba. It is considered an excellent remedy for hair loss, premature greying and skin conditions, and is also used to support the functioning of the liver, lungs and urinary tract. It makes hair shiny and feel fuller.
HARAD: Comes from the dried fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree. Its main application for hair is to prevent hair loss and encourage growth. It is also a valuable tonic for the whole body.
BAHERA: Comes from the dried fruit of the Terminalia bellerica tree. It is used in eastern medicine to prevent the premature greying of hair, to encourage hair growth and also for treating skin ailments and boosting immunity.
BRAHMI: This powder is made from the dried herb Bacopa monnieri. It is used in hair treatments to encourage hair growth, reduce hair loss, nourish hair follicles and reduce split ends. It adds volume and gives a shine to hair. It alleviates dry scalp problems, reducing itchiness and dandruff.
ROSE PETAL POWDER: This is made from the dried petals of the Rosa gallica flowers. The powder is anti-bacterial and is useful for cooling the skin and clearing up skin infections. It contains vitamin C and other antioxidants and in stimulating blood flow to the scalp, it encourages hair growth.
PARA-PHENYLENEDIAMINE or PPD: This compound belongs to a group of chemicals called Para-dyes. They offer a vast colour range, are permanent, quick and easy to use. All permanent chemical hair dyes, without exception, contain one or more of the Para-dyes. The darker the hair dye shade, the higher the quantities of Para-dye it contains.
It is not possible for a chemical hair dye to work without one of the Para-dyes.
Please beware of chemical hair dyes claiming to be PPD-free, as these brands undoubtedly contain one of the other Para-dyes. Chemicals such as p-
If you’ve ever had a burning reaction to hair dye with redness, blistering and welts, you were probably reacting to one of these chemicals.
Para-dyes are not good for us and have been linked to various health problems. However, they are the only way to reliably cover grey in one quick application.
To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, we suggest shifting to a lighter shade of chemical hair dye, or mixing the Low Chemical dyes with the 100% Herbal dyes (see Helpful Hints), or using the 100% Herbal dyes on their own.
BARIUM PEROXIDE: This chemical is an oxidising agent. When the oxidising agent combines with a Para-dye it creates a new compound called a Meta-dye. The oxygen released by the reaction develops the colour, enabling chemical dyes to work very quickly. Herbal dyes rely on air and time to oxidise, this is why they take longer to work.
CITRIC ACID: This is an alpha-hydroxy acid used to adjust the acidity, thus ensuring the desired colour result.
SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE: This is a Surface Acting Agent (surfactant). It is used to break surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your hair. All chemical hair dyes contain a surfactant.
SODIUM SULPHATE: Used in hair dyes to adjust viscosity, which determines the flow of a liquid.
If you want to find out more, a very handy guide is the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database Skin Deep http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.
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