Just about every commercial hair dye you will find on the market has toxic chemicals. A 2006 European Commission Report found that not a single dye was consumer-safe. In fact, they decided to ban 22 chemicals found in these hair dyes.  Many of these chemicals have serious side effects such as:

  • Severe Allergies
  • Skin, Eye, Throat, Lung Irritation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Bladder Cancer

Here are some natural alternatives to commercial hair dyes that have been proven to be safe.


Used for thousands of years, Henna was even used by Queen Cleopatra during her reign over Egypt. It works to strengthen your hair and follicles while preserving its natural highlights and undertones. It’s also great for your scalp as it brings it into balance to prevent dandruff and other scalp ailments.

Anne Marie Gianni says ” to make your own henna hair dye, mix about one cup of henna powder with 2 cups lemon juice. You can also add in a tablespoon of vinegar to help release the color. Allow to sit about 4-6 hours until it thickens. Apply to hair and comb through. (This is messy so be prepared!) Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and allow to sit 2-3 hours before rinsing.”

From Amazon, “I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE henna. I use it for pretty much everything. Hair, nails, lips (it’s great as lip stain- takes forever- but the end result is beautiful) This is the cheapest henna I’ve found that hasn’t lost it’s quality. The package I received was a bit torn- but the henna was perfectly fine! I’ve been using henna for about a year and it leaves a gorgeous natural-looking red that no chemical dye I’ve used could beat. Speaking of beets- if you use beet juice instead of water- it give a much deeper, almost purple tone!”


Believe it or not, this magic liquid that keeps you awake in the early mornings can also be safely used to really bring out the darker tones in your hair. Just mix a cup with your conditioner and apply as many times as needed for 20 minutes. Coffee has the added benefit of improving hair health.


According to Natural Living Ideas, “lemons are a great way to bring out some highlights in your hair. Spray the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon on your hair. Allow it to sit for at least three hours. Go out in the sun if you can for a more dramatic look. If you have blonde hair, try mixing the lemon with chamomile tea.

Be sure if you are going to get your hair colored at the salon that you ask questions, plenty of them. There are a few commercial products that are safer than others and even some beauty salons are beginning to go organic with their hair color. On the same note, be sure that you know exactly what is in the products you may use at home. Remember, the more informed you are the better decisions you can make for your health.”