QOTD: How Do I Color My Hair Without Harsh Chemicals?

hair dyed with hennaQ. I would like to color my hair, but I absolutely refuse to use any chemicals! I’ve had some bad experiences. Can you please inform me of some natural alternatives?

A. The best option for you may be henna. The henna plant is native to Asia and the Mediterranean coast of Africa and thrives in warmer climates all over the world. The leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a fine powder.

Henna contains hennotannic acid, a dye that bonds with the collagen in skin cells and keratin of fingernails and hair, leaving behind coloring. And it’s completely natural!

There is a word of caution, however. This type of color may yield hues that are not easy to control. The porosity of your hair and the way you apply it have an effect on the color you get. Make sure to test the color on a small piece of hair first. Or consult with a professional colorist.