When my natural black hair started to go grey at the age of 36, I turned to commercial chemical hair dyes, which gave me back my beautiful black hair colour.
However, into my 7th year of using chemical dye, I suddenly had an allergic reaction.
The day after I applied the chemical dye, I remember having a tingly, itchy feeling on my scalp.
Then came the tiny bumps, which when scratched, oozed with a sticky liquid. I felt parts of my skin on my scalp and part of my forehead thickened.
I didn’t really pay too much attention at the time, as I thought it might just be something else that had that caused the reaction (stressful life at the time?).
It took a whole week before my scalp came back to normal and I could enjoy having my beautiful black hair for a few months until the grey hairs started to show.
When I applied the chemical hair dye again, I had the same reaction but this time much worse than the previous time. It was then that I started to research.
I had spent money buying different brands of chemical hair dye, doing the patch test and then having the same reaction each time and still no clue as to which ingredient was causing the allergic reaction. But then I came across a henna based natural hair black colour at a health store.
Yes, it had whole lot of big words in the ingredients list but it did say henna (which is from a plant) and it did say natural, so this would definitely be good. As expensive as it was, I just had to try it, so gave in and bought a box. That ended up being a very expensive patch test as, again I had an allergic reaction to it and had to discard the rest of the box .
However, I did note that in all of the chemical dye brands I had been trying, a common ingredient was PPD (p-Phenylenediamine, or Paraphenylenediamine).
So finally I gave up chemical hair dyes and hope of ever getting my original hair colour back.
But a head full of grey hair just was not for me and I was definitely not ready to accept it.
This is when I turned to henna powder.
I had heard of henna body art before, but never really knew how to use henna as a hair colour. I decided to buy some. I just went with the advice the saleslady at the store gave me.
My first application was messy, messy, messy. There were clumps of paste everywhere else but my head. When I finally did get some of the paste on my head, I waited for a few hours to dry as the lady said.
Washing out the dried paste was quite a painful mission, as it was not easy to remove.
Well, I thought, after all that hard work, I would at least have a nice brown hair colour as the sales lady said I would get. But to my horror, all my grey hairs ended up being, yes, you’ve guessed it ORANGE and rough like straw. But on a positive note, at least I was not allergic to henna.
Well, needless to say, I just had to get used to having orange hair until it faded or my hair grew out.
By this time, I had had enough of dyeing my hair. I actually did give up hope of ever getting my beautiful black hair again.
OR so I thought … Until a beauty therapist said she had black henna.
I didn’t think twice and was just thrilled that henna, which is meant to be natural, could restore my hair to its former glory.
I was so thrilled that I went ahead and allowed her to apply it to my whole head.
This time the allergic reaction was so bad that I ended up in the A&E (and had to endure side effects from prednisone too).
It was after this experience that I started to research more about the dyes and, in particular, black henna and found that PPD had been the nasty ingredient. There is no such thing as black henna or any other colour henna, as I’ve learnt painfully, first-hand.
As for my grey hairs, it was back to square one. I had to start experimenting again with pure henna powder, each time trying different brands of henna powder, methods of mixing and applying. Although not entirely happy with the orange end result, I got used to it … it was a lot better than having a swollen PPD head.
I then started to research natural methods to change the orange dye of henna to get a colour close to my original hair colour. It was during this research that I came across indigo dye. After buying some and experimenting the first time, I wasn’t too impressed with the result. Many more experiments on my own hair, using different proportions of each powder, followed. Each time resulting in a better colour.
I have tried many different henna and indigo powders from different suppliers over the years, but the ones we sell always work best for me and our repeat customers.
Our aim is to introduce you to a world of pure natural hair colours, derived entirely from plants. You don’t have to risk your health while trying to have beautiful hair. And you don’t have to go grey to enjoy these natural dyes. It will not only enhance your natural colour, but will strengthen hair as well.
All of our hair colour powders (Henna and Indigo) and hair care powders (Neem and Amla) are natural and pure, and are PPD free and additive free.
You can have beautiful, healthy hair, Naturally.