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Covering Grey with Natural Herbal Hair Colours

The hair colours we sell are 100% natural and henna based, and work quite differently to chemical dyes.

All natural hair dyes coat your hair with a semi-transparent layer of colour, so the resulting colour will be affected by your initial hair colour underneath. Where your initial hair colour is grey/white, the resulting colour will be lighter than on your darker none grey hair.

If you have a solid area of grey or white at the roots and dark hair at the ends you may see a difference where the roots are still a bit lighter than the already coloured hair on the longer lengths. If you have threads of grey running throughout your hair, like salt and pepper, it can look attractive, like highlights, giving an overall colour effect which is an average of the two lighter and darker shades.

All natural hair colours will not lighten your hair as they do not contain peroxide, they can only darken your hair.

Chemical dyes work differently in that they use nasty chemicals such as peroxide and PPD to penetrate and restructure your hair shaft making it possible to radically change your hair colour without being affected by your initial hair colour.

Applying Several Layers
You can get a darker colour on the grey if you apply extra layers of colour. However if you apply the colour to none grey hair it will darken this too. If you can manage to apply it just to the white hairs at the roots it would avoid the already coloured hair going too dark.

Achieving Dark Brown Shades on Grey Hair
For getting dark brown on grey hair the ‘It’s Pure’ Organic Range is best. The It’s Pure Herbal Hair Colour Dark Brown or Very Dark Brown is recommended, or It’s Pure Henna and Indigo mixed together in a ratio of 2 to 2.5 parts Indigo to 1 part henna.

If you wish to use Logona Herbal Hair Colours, the darkest brown in this range is the Chocolate Brown, but it is not as dark as the It’s Pure Dark Brown. The Logona Natural Brown, Logona Brown Umber or Logona Dark Brown only give a light beige/blonde colour on grey/white hair.

Achieving Black Shades on Grey Hair

The following products are not suitable for applying directly to grey/white hair on their own as they can give an unattractive bluish tint because they contain mostly indigo: It's Pure Indigo Powder, It’s Pure Indigo Black, and Logona Henna Black Intense, Sante Black.

If you want a black shade it is best to first dye your grey/white hair a brown or red shade and then dye it with the indigo or black shade

Achieving Red Shades on Grey Hair

If you use a very red herbal hair colour with a lot of henna in it, such as pure red henna, it will be brassy orange on grey/white hair.

If you only have small threads of white hair running through brown hair this can look attractive with the brown having a reddish tint with copper highlights. But if you have a solid area of orange at the roots it you will have an orange stripe at the roots.

It is not possible to get a deep, dark red on white hair with henna based hair colours.

You can get more of a toned down red on white hair if you use a reddish brown such as It’s Pure Chestnut.

It’s Pure Auburn is in between the It’s Pure Chestnut and pure Henna, i.e. it is less brown than the Chestnut and less orange than the pure red Henna.

If you want a light reddish/blonde shade on grey hair there are a number of products you could try, for example It’s Pure Strawberry Blonde, Sante Strawberry Blonde, Logona Colour Cream Copper Blonde – this is usually very light colour on grey, or Logona Colour Cream Indian Summer which is a stronger colour than the Copper Blonde.

Stubborn Grey

Certain hair types are more difficult to colour with natural hair dyes - such as hair which is very healthy, coarse, smooth or shiny, and certain types of Asian hair. For this type of hair it takes more work, and in particular, all the application tips for maximum effect, such as applying heat with a hair dryer, should be rigorously followed.  It may also require several applications to build up the colour to the desired depth. 

New growth healthy hair at the roots will be more difficult to dye than the older hair below which is more weathered and therefore more porous. The hair at the temples can also be more stubborn than the rest of the hair.  

There are a small percentage of people who have extremely stubborn grey hair and cannot cover grey at all with any kind of natural hair dye - however this is quite rare.

Covering grey hair at the temples
This can be the most difficult hair to dye with a natural hair dye. The following tips will help to improve the coverage of grey in this area:
1. If most of the grey is covered except for the temples then the dye can be applied several times on consecutive days just to this small area without putting it all over your head.
2. Apply more heat with a hair dryer to this area.
3. Make sure the elastic from the warming cap is not squeezing the dye out of this area.

Always Strand Test First 
With natural hair dyes They are different on different people’s initial hair colour and chemistry. You don’t know precisely how a shade is going to turn out on your hair until you try it.  Always experiment by doing  strand tests on all the different initial colours in your hair before putting the colour on a wider area.

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