Your natural hair color is what makes you unique. Here are 15 reasons why you should keep it that way.
Roughly seventy percent of women in the United States color their hair to some extent. The problem with this is that putting chemicals into your hair is one of the most damaging things you can do to it.
Not only that, but maintaining dyed hair is often time-consuming and expensive. For these reasons, many top stylists are recommending that clients keep their natural hair color instead of dyeing it.
The evidence doesn’t end there. Below is a list of fifteen reasons why keeping your natural hair color may be the best decision.
1. It’s More Freeing to Embrace Your Age
For decades, it has been common practice to hold off the gray for as long as possible. That is why many people use hair dye is to cover up gray hair, but these days, aging isn’t what it used to be.
It seems like the news is full of celebrities who are aging as gracefully as anyone could hope. Most of these celebrities are even keeping their natural hair color.
Even if touching up your color seems necessary to help pull this off, there are plenty of temporary dyes to help you out. Plus, these dyes allow you to change your look more often and experiment with things you wouldn’t try with a more long-term dye.
When it comes right down to it, it can be very freeing to embrace the aging process.
2. Natural Hair Color Can be a Great Indicator of Overall Health
One of the most interesting, and useful, things about our hair is that it can warn us of potential health risks. For instance, blondes tend to have higher risks of vision problems later in life and a higher risk of skin cancer.
Brunettes, on the other hand, are at a higher risk of hair loss and nicotine addiction. On the bright side, one study found that people tend to think brunettes as better long-term romantic partners.
Redheads tend to be more susceptible to Parkinson’s, but are also more sexually active on average.
With our natural hair color being so useful in our lives, you may want to think twice before making any changes.
3. Hair Dye isn’t the Only Option
For the sake of argument, let’s say that you really want to change your look. Maybe you’ve worn it the same way for awhile and it’s just not working anymore.
You could get hair extensions, or even cut your hair shorter. If dye is preferred, maybe just go with a streak or two instead of completely changing it.
Maybe all you need is a style change. Tried a ponytail for a while? Go with a bun or just keep it natural and try it long. Keeping your natural hair color doesn’t have to limit your creativity.
If you want to go for a really drastic change, you can always try a wig. It definitely saves time, and it’s not obvious despite what the sitcoms say.
4. It’s Cheaper to Keep Your Natural Hair Color
Dyeing your hair can cost anything from $5-$80 or more, depending on whether or not your do it yourself. The cost doesn’t stop there, since dye tends to fade, and therefore needs to be updated.
That’s just for one round of dyeing. Imagine the cost if you dye your hair regularly. This is especially true if you are using a DIY approach.
It’s not at all uncommon for someone going blond to choose a hair dye only to realize that it doesn’t at all turn out the color that’s advertised.
The reason for this is that hair dyes need to overpower your natural hair color. If the dye can’t completely cover up your natural hair color it will end up darker than you intended.
5. Dyeing takes time
Whether you do it at home or at a salon, dyeing your hair takes time, especially if you’re going for a lighter color.
Why go through all that hassle if you don’t have to?
Also, dyeing only lasts about six weeks before it has to be redone. Cut the process out altogether, and you may find yourself with a good bit of extra time on your hands. Not only do you save time on the process itself, but because hair color has been known to stain, say goodbye to all the extra wear and tear on your towels and clothes.
Not only does dying take time, but it also tends to stay in your hair for awhile, meaning that it can mix with any other colors you try when the first one wears off.
Beyond that, dyes can be tricky. Many fashion magazines would advise not being too adventurous with hair color. It tends to clash with your natural hair color, making it look fake.
Obviously, this is not as much of a problem if you’re going for an exotic color anyways, but if you prefer a natural look, don’t stray too far.
Given the limits of hair color and the complexity required to pull it off, isn’t it easier to just keep your natural hair color?
6. Dyeing Smells
Synthetic hair dye is one of the most recognizable smells in the world, at least when it’s being applied. The source of this smell is none other than the chemicals it’s made up of, including ammonia and hydrogen peroxide.
It is ammonia in particular that causes this smell. Ammonia is a chemical compound that is often found in dyes. Ammonia is also used in cleaning products, pesticides, and explosives.
Also, ammonia has been known to explode when compacted and heated substantially. It’s also naturally corrosive.
That’s right, the stuff that most people use to color their hair can also be used to blow things up. Who wants to put something like that in their hair?
7. Dyes Damage Hair
Dyes can cause any number of horrible things to hair, from drying it out, to causing it to break more, and even causing problems for its growth.
Hair dye is one of the ten worst things to put into your hair. Thankfully, from what we can tell, temporary hair dye doesn’t seem to cause the same kind of damage.
Hair dye has been linked to dryness, thinner hair, split ends, and even hair loss.
For those of you who are fond of swimming, don’t get dyed hair wet. Chlorine and ammonia tend to react, either by drying out darker hair, or in the case of lighter hair, dyeing it green.
In larger, purer amounts, Ammonia reacting with chlorine can cause explosions.
8. Potential Cancer Risk
Though studies have not been conclusive, it has been theorized by some that certain ingredients in hair dye can slightly increase the risk of cancer. So far, the only known risks have been found in hairdressers, and others who are exposed regularly.
Keep in mind, the FDA isn’t required to test every ingredient in a product before it’s approved, so nothing is a certainty. Also, the FDA can only take action after the fact, like trying to take a product off the market after it’s been proven cancerous.
9. Longer Hair
One of the biggest problems that comes with using hair dyes is the effect it has on length.
We’ve already mentioned that hair dyes can dry out hair and cause more split ends, which means that they require more maintenance.
All of this maintenance is one of the reasons dyeing tends to hinder growth. As hair dries out and ends split, people often cut them away in hopes that they’ll grow back stronger.
Since we are constantly trimming our hair in order to keep it tidy, it takes longer to grow back.
The good news is that we’re definitely here to help with this one. Another great piece of advice if you want to grow hair, eat meat. The same ingredients that are essential for healthy hair are most commonly found in meat.
Ever heard of protein and iron helping to build muscle? Well it also helps to build hair.
10. Stronger Hair
Keeping your natural hair color can also make hair stronger, lowering the risk of split ends and breaking. This will ultimately make your hair bigger, brighter, and healthier.
In particular, a big concern with aging hair is the increased chance of thinning.
Though this is more often a problem for men, many male pattern baldness sufferers are women. In fact, two thirds of women will experience hair loss sometime after menopause.
Hair dye tends to speed up that process. If you really are concerned about the strength of your hair, a good way to check is to also pay attention to your nails. Hair and nails are both made of keratin, so whatever affects one most likely affects the other.
If you want to further boost your hair’s health, there’s a whole list of natural ingredients to help you.
Some people can actually have an allergic reaction to the ingredients in hair dye.
This is mostly a skin reaction and usually doesn’t get serious, but in some cases can lead to Anaphylactic shock. This is a rare, but very severe reaction, and if it occurs, needs immediate medical attention.
For the most part the allergy isn’t dangerous, though it can be painful, and symptoms last at least a few days. Fortunately, we make it our mission to create hypoallergenic products so that nobody has to go through such an experience.
Most hair dyes will tell you not to use the product near your eyes or mouth. This is because the chemicals in the dyes can damage your eyes if used incorrectly.
In particular, the FDA reports that severe issues, including blindness can occur if permanent hair dye reaches your eyes.
Furthermore, swallowing permanent of even semi-permanent hair dye can cause mouth and stomach pain, as well as vomiting, and, in rare cases, chemical burns. It is recommended that you call poison control immediately if hair dye is swallowed.
If you’re not a fan of mismatched hair and eyebrows, it’s definitely best to use your natural hair color. On a lighter note, there are plenty of more natural dyes that don’t have any of the same effects.
If you’re the type who likes to donate your hair, and bless your heart if you do, then it’s best to keep your natural hair color.
Some of these charities–Pantene Beautiful Lengths, for instance–does not take any kind of dyed hair.
Locks of Love, on the other hand, will take dyed hair but not bleached hair. As they note on their website, Locks of Love makes wigs for kids who have suffered hair loss due to a medical condition, and bleached hair will not survive that process.
14. Additional Products
Those who already regularly color their hair know that it is recommended to use special products that are built specifically to care for colored hair.
Any specialist who dyes hair will recommend that you use shampoo and conditioner designed to keep color strong. These products are to help maintain your hair’s thickness and strength.
In addition to being more expensive, this also means more chemicals. Much like the dye itself some of these products can also cause allergic reactions.
15. Helps With the Job Hunt
For those of you who are currently seeking employment or further employment, hair color is a factor to keep in mind.
Some companies do have restrictions on hair-dyes. These rules aren’t very stingy, thankfully, but they are out there.
Usually, the restriction is specifically on unnatural colors, purple, green, etc. If you’re just getting out on your own and are fond of the experimental look, it may be best to put it on hold for a while and stick with your natural hair color.
Keep it Natural
The natural look is always in, and given all the hurdles that come with using hair dye, is there any wonder why?
In addition to health benefits, keeping your natural hair color is also cheaper, easier, and may bring about new opportunities.
We are always in support of embracing your most natural, beautiful self.
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