Grey hair might be in vogue at the moment but for many of us it can be an unwelcome sign of ageing that we’d rather conceal from the wider world. If you’re not ready to go grey yet but are concerned about some of the chemicals involved in the dyeing process, what options does that leave you with? Today I’m here to discuss some alternative choices when it comes to dyeing grey hair and how you can implement them from home.
What can you do about going grey?
When it comes to going grey, some women are open to the change whereas others are left feeling upset at the appearance of silver strands and rush to conceal them as quickly as possible. While we’re all for embracing your natural beauty here at Jan de Vries, we do understand the mixed emotions that grey hair can stir up and many of our customers express frustration as they often feel as though the harsh dyes found on supermarket shelves are their only option.
This isn’t necessarily true though, as I shall go on to explore in this blog, but first let’s examine why hair dye is so controversial. Well, often it comes down to the chemicals that are involved in these dyes and how they can impact the condition of your hair. As my colleague Gill explains in a bit more detail in her blog, ‘Is dyeing your hair bad for your hair?’ chemicals such as ammonia can be very abrasive for your hair and scalp, often stripping away essential oils and moisture leaving your hair more prone to dryness and damage.
However, humans have been dyeing their hair long before hair dye packs hit the supermarket shelves so today I’m going to investigate how you can implement a few of the more natural options!
1 – Put on a brew
In the UK, we go through an astounding 60 billion cups of tea a year and coffee probably isn’t that far behind with an incredible 95 million cups being consumed every day! Now, a cup of tea or coffee might help to power you through your day but surprisingly it may also help to cover those pesky grey strands of hair too!
This option isn’t for everyone though and may best suit those with naturally dark hair. The method is extremely simple – if you’re using coffee, mix up a cup of strong black coffee (think espresso) and mix with a couple cups of leave-in conditioner. Apply to your hair and allow it to sit for an hour before rinsing out.
If you’re using tea on the other hand, the method is still very similar. Strong black tea works best for darker hair types (make sure to use at least 3 bags) again mixed with a leave in conditioner. Whether you’re using tea or coffee, make sure you give the mixture time to cool – the last thing you want to do is scald your scalp with boiling hot water!
2 – Get juicing
If tea or coffee doesn’t appeal to you, you could try using vegetable juices. This option might be for good if you’re looking to add some red undertones to your hair as carrot or beetroot juice tend to work best. Simply mix a cup of your chosen juice with a little coconut oil and massage into your hair. Leave to soak for a couple of hours before rinsing the juices out – just remember that fresh and organic juices are key here. Supermarket juices that contain a plethora of sugar, preservatives and other additives are unlikely to have the same impact!
3 – Start peeling those spuds
Potatoes are a dietary staple for most of us but they may also help when it comes to eliminating the silver in your hair. All you need to do is peel a few spuds and then add these peelings to a pan of cold water. Raise to a boil and then simmer the peelings for 10-25 minutes before taking off the heat and leaving to cool. Once this is done, strain the liquid and set to one side. You can use this later to rinse your hair as the starches in the potatoes should help to darken any strands of grey.
4 – Add a little lemon
Okay, so most of the remedies I’ve mentioned so far are for darker hair colours but what if you’re blonde? Well, this is where a little lemon juice may be able to help. Lemon juice is often recommended because it’s rich in anti-ageing nutrients such as vitamin C and can help to ward off the nasty free-radical molecules responsible for premature ageing. Adding a little coconut to this mixture can also be extremely useful as it contains medium chain fatty acids which can nourish and strengthen your hair. All you need to do is blend around 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with a little bit of coconut oil and then leave this mixture to soak into your hair for a few hours before rinsing out.
Are there any natural dyes you can use?
The grey hair remedies that I’ve already mentioned can be useful to try out but their success rate can vary and their longevity isn’t guaranteed so it’s understandable if you’re still dubious. That’s why, if the old treatments don’t appeal, you may wish to consider a more natural hair dye.
Believe it or not, not all hair dyes utilise harsh ingredients which is why here at Jan de Vries, we often recommend Naturtint’s amazing range. Naturtint try to incorporate nourishing ingredients into their hair dyes, including plant extracts such as organic rosemary oil and lemon fruit water. None of their products use ammonia and all of them are completely vegan-friendly and cruelty-free! Whether you’re looking for a vibrant red, golden blonde or chestnut brown, they’ve got something for everyone.