While it is now much easier to find natural alternatives to most beauty products, hair colour and dyes can be a bit more tricky, especially when it comes to finding something that works well for your needs. Unlike mainstream options, which can be irritating to those sensitive to strong fumes and ingredients, natural hair colours and dyes are crafted from botanical extracts and pigments, and can even work to restore your natural hair colour to its original shade. Paired with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner safe for colour-treated hair, natural hair colouring treatments can help to bring life back into dull, dry or over-dyed locks.
How to care for coloured hair naturally
As wonderful as it is to be able to brighten, lighten, darken and change up our hair colour whenever the mood strikes, repeatedly dyeing hair can lead to serious damage. Mainstream hair dyes can strip the hair of its natural protective oils, leading to that telltale dry feeling, split ends and even breakage. Given how susceptible to damage coloured hair is, it's important to adapt our hair care routine to ensure the colour and quality of our hair lasts for as long as possible. Look for natural shampoos, conditioners and treatments that have been specifically formulated for coloured hair to ensure you're giving your locks the care they need.
Best natural dye and hair colour
HairPrint True Color Grey Hair Restore
If your aim is to cover grey hairs, you can try the HairPrint True Color Grey Hair Restorer. While traditional hair dyes mask greys by covering them with synthetic colour, HairPrint actually works to mimic how hair gets its true colour in the first place by restoring the melanin pigment naturally found in black and brown hair (it is not suitable for blondes or red hair). This non-toxic treatment is odour-free and hypoallergenic. It is a unique product that has many mixed reviews but I really think it is a great option to have if you just want to minimise greys naturally.
Desert Shadow Organic Hair Dye Sun Shadow
An ideal natural option for those with fair hair and who cannot use the HairPrint kit, the Desert Shadow Organic Hair Dye in Sun Shadow is a warm golden blonde shade designed to naturally deepen the shade of light blonde hair and cover greys. Ideal for those with fair and warm complexions, this 100% Certified Organic dye is suitable for those with sensitivities and allergies as it is crafted from botanical ingredients and plant extracts including Aloe Vera, Plants, Berries, German Chamomile and Hibiscus, with no peroxide or bleaching agents. See the rest of the Desert Shadow Hair Dye shades here.
Natural hair care for coloured hair
Mineral Fusion Lasting Colour Shampoo
The Mineral Fusion Lasting Colour Shampoo is ideal for anyone with coloured or particularly damaged hair as it has been formulated specifically for colour treated hair, working to deeply cleanse each strand without stripping the colour. I love using this in conjunction with the Mineral Fusion Lasting Colour Conditioner, which contains Argan Oil and Mongongo Seed to help shield against colour fading and protect the hair from environmental damage.
Ethique Damage Control Shampoo for Normal-Dry Hair
Ideal for use on coloured hair, the Ethique Damage Control Shampoo for Normal-Dry Hair thoroughly yet gently cleans and purifies hair without stripping colour, thanks to a nourishing blend of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Peppermint. Vegan, gluten free and 100% biodegradable, this solid shampoo bar is long-lasting and environmentally friendly, and is equivalent to up to three bottles of liquid shampoo.
Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Brilliant Shine Hair Spray
For a natural hair spray that is safe for use on coloured hair, you can try the Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Brilliant Shine Hair Spray. This fast-drying, medium-hold spray contains fruit extracts including Apple and Grape to help restore shine and bounce while controlling frizz. It delivers serious shine to coloured hair and a natural hold, so it will keep your hair in place without leaving a hard, sticky film behind.