A Dye Job to Die For…

This was me with dark brown hair- for those of you who know me, know I usually go with my natural color with blonde highlights! This was something VERY different.

[Editor's Note: This is a post from the archives...since then I went back to my light brown hair with highlights...I guess I do think blondes have more fun! :-)]

I recently took the plunge and dyed my hair. I’ve come to realize that hair color is quite changeable and can give you a fresh look. This was the first time I had dyed my entire head because for years I was highlighting it. Until two years ago, I was using regular hair dye at the salon, not realizing what kinds of toxins and chemicals I was putting into my body.

Yes, the body does absorb what it put into the hair and scalp.

Normal hair dyes can be very damaging to the hair and scalp. I have heard stories of allergic reactions, hair breakage and even hair loss. Is it worth it to risk your health for your hair? I don’t think so.

It’s even been said that because Jackie O developed lymphoma because she dyed her hair using dark colored dyes throughout her life….the darker the dye the more dangerous it is!

Most commercial hair dyes contain coal tar, a derivative of coal. Hair professionals and people who dye their hair often are the most at risk for the effects of coal tar. Studies show that people who are exposed to coal tar dyes on a regular basis (at least once a month) are more at risk for developing bladder cancer than others. Check your hair dye box and look for the following ingredients:



If you see any of these, better safe then sorry…toss that box!

Alternatives include henna hair color, which is a natural plant derived colorant. Although henna is great for darker hair, it cannot lighten hair.

I have gone to the salon to get highlights with organic hair color. Now that I have actually dyed my hair with all over color, I would be more likely to go to the health food store and buy a box of organic hair color too. As you can see, plenty of options exist. You do not have to put up with that grey!

So say no to coal tar dyes…and yes to organic beauty and health!

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!


Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • http://www.yesiamgreen.com/ Michelle


    Just out of curiosity, have you managed to find a good Natural/Organic dye for home use? I’m presently heanna’ing but since my hair is dark brown it doesn’t show up unless I’m standing out under the sun.

    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..DIY Haircare: Flaxseed Hair Gel =-.

  • http://www.thetakebacktour.com Renee

    I have tried Naturtint which I found at Whole Foods and a local co-op. My hair is super dark and it works great on the gray and leaves my hair soft like when I use henna! I am allergic to lavender so I cannot use many organic dye products, but I am pleased with Naturtint products and their selection of colors.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Robin Adler

    Hi Michelle,

    As of yet I have not found one for home use….but when researching for this post I did find this: EcoColors. It has great ingredients but I have not personally used it. Anyone else found a good nontoxic home hair color?


  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Robin Adler


    Thanks for your wonderful input!


  • http://www.yesiamgreen.com Michelle

    I appreciate that link Robin. I might email ‘em to learn more. Don’t get me wrong, henna has done wonders for my hair but I would love some actual visible color – know what I mean?

    @Renee I’ll take a look around at our local health food store the next time I visit. Thanks a bunch:)