Safest Hair Dye Brand – why pure henna and indigo ?

Why are Pure Henna and Indigo the Safest Hair Dye Brand ?

A basic introduction to henna and indigo

Henna dye comes from the crushed leaves of the henna plant and its botanical name is lawsonia inermis. Indigo dye comes from the crushed leaves of the indigo plant and its botanical name is indigofera tinctoria and for centuries, these two plants have been used to colour hair and to heal the body, thus considered the safest natural hair dye brand from nature around many parts of the world. However, many who are familiar with the brown orange  dye from henna are not aware that  indigo after henna may just be the best natural hair dye for grey hair, and that it produces natural brown hair colour and natural black hair colour . They go together. That is, if you don’t want red orange or auburn tones in your hair. If you’re aiming for red hair tones anyway, then straight henna is for you. But if you’re aiming for more muted natural brown to black hair colour, then you need indigo to go with henna. There is a method of application – set out in the Renaissance Henna Natural Hair Dye Kit booklet – which will give you the results you want. The instructions are detailed and may require a comfortable armchair read before you get started. Think of it as a natural hair dye journey into the world of herbal plant dyes, in the honourable pursuit of the safest hair dye brand.

The difference between henna and indigo and chemical hair dyes is that, firstly, herbal hair colour is natural and has never been known to kill or to damage health – they are well known for their benefits. And, secondly, henna and indigo leave well alone inside your hair and do not disturb the natural chemical make up of the hair that you were born with. The henna colour coats each individual hair shaft without infiltrating it and is self sealing. It locks itself onto your hair and makes it feel immediately thicker, fuller, and altogether more alive. The exception is grey hair – henna will penetrate the inner hair shaft of grey hair and dye it red orange, but using indigo immediately afterwards will turn it a natural deep brown to black hair colour, depending how long you leave the indigo in for.

How do Most Conventional Chemical Hair Dyes Really Work?….the truth about the silent killers

paraben free hair dye
Paraben free hair dye. Molecular structure of paraben.

Chemical hair colours work by first causing swelling to the hair shafts and actually opening them up – that’s what makes your hair feel fuller when you’ve used a chemical hair dye. They open up and permeate each hair shaft, flood the cortex of each hair with some degree of hydrogen peroxide to “strip” the natural colour, and then invade big time with military precision by infiltrating and depositing toxic chemicals into your hair strands. The underlying aim – with your full consent – is to remain there as long as possible. You might feel good after a chemical hair dye but, if you’re dying your hair in this way, I believe you’re killing yourself softly. Those toxic chemicals enter the bloodstream and the nervous system through inhalation – and possibly through the scalp as well – and do all sorts of damage. They don’t all contain PPD. It’s generally the dark hair dye colour that contain the dangerous PPD chemical. However, the synthetic chemicals in most mainstream leading brand hair dyes are very different to the naturally occurring chemicals in  earth grown plants like pure henna and pure indigo. Would anyone really consider these to the safest hair dye brand?

Take a look at the hair dye ingredients in the product which  caused Natalie’s hair dye reaction.

Hair Dyes & Cancer Link…bladder cancer… rheumatoid arthritis….can it get much worse????

Despite current European research which is inconclusive, there appears to be strong ground  for thinking that, in the long run:

a) continual use of chemical hair dyes contributes towards a breakdown of the immune system


b) there still appears to be a link between hair dyes and cancer.

Further, there appear to be on going concerns based on in depth research which establishes a link between the use of hair dye and rheumatoid arthritis, and between the use of hair dye and bladder cancer. See Can it get much worse than this? The bottom line is that the beautiful and glorious images which the commercial hair care industry are mass marketing – to you and me – are deadly poison. Are they killing us softly with their song?

Information on the safety of henna and indigo hair colour for cancer patients.
Information on PPD Hair Dye Allergy and chemical hair dye.

Don’t be confused by some “organic and mineral “hairdressing natural hair colours which claim to be  free from hydrogen peroxide and ammonia – many of which contain PPD or other potentially harmful synthetic chemical ingredients. Would anyone really consider these to the safest hair dye brand?

Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
Plato, The Republic
Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 BC – 347 BC)


Pure Henna for Hair – Maybe not Nice ’n Easy, but Definitely Love ’n Respect !

Pure henna and indigo are pure and natural herbal hair dyes, and may naturally strengthen  your hair. They are generally considered to be  hair and health friendly. These herbal hair dyes blend with your hair to give natural hair colour. They may be considered amongst the safest hair dye brand.


What colour will you get with henna?

On darker hair shades like black and brown, you’ll just be able to decipher a somewhat deeper hair tone which enhances your own natural hair colour and shimmers in the light. The natural henna hair dye gives colour which is natural to you, and therefore the end result will always be unique to you. On lighter hair colours like blonde and ash hair colour, the results will be more dramatic, but still beautifully natural, and  with just henna hair dye, used alone, you’ll get deep auburn hair colour! The key notes will be:  auburn, burnt red,  rust red hair tones. But if you don’t want red hair colour, then you can tone it down to a brown or black hair colour with indigo. Even if you’ve previously used hair dyes, you’ll still get beautifully blended hair colour which is totally unique to you. You’ll need to explore the Hair Colour Gallery  to grasp how it all works. Henna and indigo hair colour are positively unpredictable. And by that, we mean they’re unpredictable in an entirely positive way.  Whether it’s funky hair colour or natural hair colour you’re after, you will get translucent colour that shimmers in the sun and reflects light. You may even come to think of them as the safest hair dye brand nature has to offer.


Henna for blondes?

Cassia obovata is commonly confused with henna and mistakenly known as “colourless henna” or “neutral henna” , but in fact it comes from an altogether different plant. When the leaves are crushed, it looks similar to henna leaf powder but is lighter in colour. It promotes healthy, soft and shining hair, and is also reputed to help clear dandruff. Cassia obovata is for deep hair conditioning and, on blonde hair, it will naturally highlight the blonde without changing hair colour (on darker hair colours it will not impart any noticeable colour). Cassia obovata can be combined with rhubarb root for an even deeper hair conditioning treatment and to further enhance golden blonde hair colour  tones. And it can be combined with just a touch of pure henna for strawberry blonde hair, and with acacia catechu for copper blonde or copper highlights in blonde hair. You can add cassia obovata to your henna mix , or use on its own. You will find cassia obovata is one of the  best natural hair conditioners and hair booster that nature can offer you. 100% Cassia obovata in any product is definitely nature’s purest and safest hair dye brand !

Henna Hair Benefits

They coat the hair with herbal colour and with protection. They colour grey hair. Henna and indigo hair colour will protect your hair from the harsh effects of sunlight, cold, and heat – naturally. Even regular blow drying will not damage hennaed hair as much as blow drying chemically treated hair ( in fact it’s possible that regular blow drying on a moderate heat will not damage hennaed hair at all). Some believe that regular use of henna and indigo hair colour also boosts the immune system and results in the deposit of a wealth of goodness into your blood which contributes towards good health. Correctly used, they build up long lasting and vibrant hair colour. They may not be entirely nice and easy hair colour, but they have a clean heart and they’ll always treat you with love and respect, just like the safest hair dye brand should do.

Henna – Why Hairdressers Love to Hate Henna ! ….and why Compound Hennas ( pre-mixed metallic salt henna colours ) are BAD

You’re likely to find that just about all hairdressers are “anti-henna”. Their concern is how to colour hair safely. You’ve got to remember that if your hairdresser is anti-henna, this is because the hennas which your hair dresser has come across in the past are “compound henna” – i.e. henna powder mixed with dyes and metallic salts such as lead acetate which act as fixatives to “fix” the so called henna shade which the manufacturer is marketing. Remember that pure henna does not come in “shades” – it’s always going to be red orange/auburn. Any henna hair colour which contains anything other than just 100% pure lawsonia inermis is likely to be a compound henna dye mix, unless it’s only other ingredient is 100% pure indigofera tinctoria.

A compound henna mix is not a chemical free hair dye and it is definitely not the safest hair dye brand. Do get used to reading through the ingredients list on henna powder packets  [and on all product packets]. It’s the metallic salt fixatives in the compound hennas that get onto your hair and react badly with perms and chemicals in hair dyes and bleach solutions. Any hair dresser who knows what real henna is and what real indigo is will not put you off using it; having your best interests at heart they will only encourage you to use pure henna / and pure indigo hair dye.

But the fact is that it’s highly unlikely that your hairdresser has actually come across pure henna and pure indigo before, so expect them to be dubious, suspicious, and off putting. They’re thinking compound henna metallic salt mixes. They’re thinking how to colour hair safely. They want to save you from sheer catastrophe. By all means, refer them to the Renaissance Henna Natural Hair Colour website so they can learn and understand what pure henna is and so they can start to overcome their fears and discover a world of pure hair dye from plants that won’t cause harm.

It’s very important to know the difference between a compound henna and pure henna because the two are totally different. Metallic salt chemical cocktail henna has given pure henna and indigo a bad name. And it’s totally undeserved, born out of ignorance and misunderstanding (like so many other prejudices which we harbour in our hearts). Pure henna will never result in fried hair or colour catastrophe.


What hair types can use pure henna and indgio?

You can use pure henna (and indigo) safely on any kind of hair – bleached, dyed, permed, …fried….etc. And you can use it pretty much straight away, except in the case of hair that has just been permed or is about to be permed – here we suggest a gap of 2 weeks either way. Other than that, you’re safe to go, but we recommend a waiting period of two weeks. The only reason for the wait is:  1. to rid your hair of chemical build up and 2. to allow for the best possible colour take from henna and indigo herbal hair dyes. Please read on for further information about this.

How Renaissance Henna Pure Henna Hair Dye Differs from the Mainstream Henna Hair Colour Brands

Lots of the  henna companies are using natural ingredients which is reassuring, but the concern is that they are not all selling 100% natural products and that some companies are not being 100% forthright by disclosing what is in their product before consumers purchase what they might consider to be the safest hair dye brand.

There are some major and some subtle differences between Renaissance Henna natural products  and mainstream leading brand “natural products”.We use  indigofera tinctoria to tone orange red henna hair colour to natural hair colour like brown and black hair colour. Indigofera tinctoria is the plant which gives the deepest and most lasting natural hair color when used after henna, hence its name “tinctoria” because it gives colour. Interestingly “indigoferae” folium is not a botanical name but a pharmaceutical name, and therefore it is not possible to precisely pinpoint which species of indigo, indigofera folium is. The indigofera tinctoria which we source is the one which gives the deepest colour stain in hair. You can get brown hair through to black hair, sometimes with slight reddish, burgundy, or blue undertones, depending on how much grey hair, white hair,  or blonde hair you have, and depending upon the method of application. You can get effective  natural anti grey hair coverage even for men  on 100% gray hair. Full instructions come with the Renaissance Henna Natural Hair Colour Kit.


Safest Hair Dye Brand ?

Steer clear of any site selling a product which does not state the full ingredients. Never be afraid to approach the company directly and ask – that’s the only way to find out. Especially as many companies are adding PPD to henna so it’s no longer pure henna anymore…it’s chemical hair dye so it’s clearly not the safest hair dye brand – watch out !!!

Some companies are using very stale henna that doesn’t do the job. And some are adding perfume to their henna colours as well as clove bud oil. A product with perfume added is no longer 100% pure, and clove oil  a potential irritant as well as having the potential to interfere with colour take.

Renaissance henna and indigo (hendigo) are 100% pure and natural hair dyes; they are inherently organic, chemical free hair dyes. They do not contain any added ingredients.

We promote the use of henna and indigo in two separate steps and provide the  powders in separate foil sealed packets to ensure freshness every time. This allows you to control your  desired hair colour. Henna is naturally acidic – it gives the best dye release sitting in its own naturally acidic environment. Indigo on the other hand is naturally alkaline and gives the best dye release in its own naturally alkaline environment. The two pastes must be mixed separately to work effectively. Mixing henna and indigo together will not give you perfect henna / indigo dye release and will not give you perfect colour take on a first time application on predominantly grey hair or  100% grey hair. A detailed instructions booklet is included with the Renaissance Henna Natural Hair Dye Colour Kit. Try it and see the difference for yourself – you’ll be amazed !!