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 I advocate the use of natural, non-toxic hair dyes. How many of us were dying our hair with conventional dyes every six weeks for years – decades, even – before we discovered natural skin, body and hair care? I know I was – without a second thought!

Now, I’m uncomfortable with that choice. To put harsh, potentially toxic substances on my body on a chronic, ongoing basis feels neither safe nor wise. For some time, I gave up hair dye altogether. Then, I discovered the dreaded grey hair. Grey hair I simply wasn’t ready to embrace! My choice was to go back to the dye I’d cut ties with, or find an alternative.

But I’d heard horror stories about henna. Somehow, this traditional method of hair coloring had gotten an extremely bad rap. Not one to be cautious or heed warnings, I decided to try henna anyway. If it had been in use for thousands of years, how bad could it be?

Check out this photo of me, post-henna:


Henna worked for me. But I did my research first – and so should you.

Here’s why: “Henna” is used as an all-natural buzzword to make people feel better about their choices in hair dye, but it’s actually often used to cover up what’s really in the product: henna might be one of the ingredients, but it’s often combined with other harsh, unnecessary chemicals – or chemicals that are responsible for all those henna horror stories.

One popular “henna” dye found at many health food stores has an ingredients list filled with seemingly benign plant extracts, but hiding at the end of the list are several industrial colorants:

What’s really coloring your hair in this product? Is it the “henna leaf extract,” or is it HC red 1?

So here’s the deal: henna has gotten a bad name because of impostors, not because it’s dangerous, damaging or unwise. If you get the right stuff, henna can even cover greys and conventional dye jobs! But, because each person’s hair is different – with different chemical exposures, different states of health and different needs – the only way to decide if henna is right for you is to DO YOUR RESEARCH.

I talk about this in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide – including my personal routine and experience – but the hands-down best place to go for information on henna, its history, its uses, and where to get it is Henna for Hair.

I plan on using henna for as long as I dye my hair!

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