Organic hair colour in London or how to dye you hair without chemicals

It is a fact that anything that we put on our skin gets absorbed into a blood stream and hair dye is not an exception. If you have sensitive scalp or skin disorders such as eczema or if you are pregnant then you would have asked yourself a question: how can I look good and stay as natural as possible?

To avoid the harmful chemicals being absorbed into your blood stream you have got two options:

Using hair dying techniques that ensure that hair dye does not come in direct contact with your scalp. These techniques include foils, balayage, chatouche, air-touch.

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The advantage of this option is the natural multi-dimensional seamless hair colour. The downside is: the more coverage you want (if you have greys) the more sectioning will be needed and the more it will cost you.

If blond suits you, highlights or air-touch are good options to camouflage the appearance of greys.


If you have lots of greys and you would like the full coverage then you should consider plant-based dyes such as henna, cassia and indigo.


Here comes option N 2.

The important thing about herbal dyes and their main difference from the chemical dyes is that they do not lift your hair colour they just add pigment to you existing pigment. That means that grey hair will be left more translucent and bright.

If you are very hair conscious it is best to consult a specialist before trying herbal hair dye. 

Cassia (or colourless henna) can be used to dilute the red pigment of the henna make it lighter and softer to give your greys a beautiful strawberry blond colour.


Indigo is a natural blue pigment it can not be used on its own on hair but only in combination with henna to create a cooler result: brown or black. Henna and indigo are often used as a 2 step colour process particularly if you need to cover greys. First the henna is applied and processed and then indigo is applied.

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Both with henna and indigo the true colour only reveals itself after about 3 days as it keeps processing while on the hair that is why is it not recommended to wash you hair for 3 days.

The other thing one has to know about using indigo is that it will be impossible to remove from the hair should you wish to change your hair colour. It is a commitment. Unless you have short hair and you are happy to experiment you have to think carefully before you use it. If you have been dying your hair brown for a while and are happy about it then using henna and indigo is a beautiful healthy option for your hair.

Contrary to the common belief that henna does not go well with chemical dyes, it does! It should be a good quality henna though (make sure you get pure stuff) you can remove it with bleach or use chemical dye once it has been 2- or 3 month after you last henna application.