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Does eco-friendly hair dye exist? via @DavidSuzukiQoG

Does eco-friendly hair dye exist? via @DavidSuzukiQoG

Subscribe to the Queen of Green digest What's in eco-friendly hair dyes? Many are henna or vegetable-based (from roots and fruits), others are oil-based. Some are paired with hydrogen peroxide to help the colour last longer. Many hennas won't disclose ingredients, but labels may list aslawsonia inermis leaf, indigoferae tinctoria leaf, walnut, or pure indigo. So-called "black henna" may be derived from indigo (from the plant indogoferae tinctoria), but may also contain PPD. Those sensitive to PPD should avoid black hennas. Most vegetable-based colours are called "stains"—they coat the hair but aren't absorbed below the cuticle of the hair shaft. Ingredients will be similar to henna but may contain dispersed inks (like pigments used in tattoos). How long do eco-friendly hair dyes last? Colours with chemicals have longer staying power. A vegetable stain, like 'Changes' from ...

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