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183: Hair dyes

Problem:

When commercial dyes containing ammonia and paraphenylenediamine are rinsed out of hair they may end up in local waterways harming aquatic life

Solution:

Natural hair colour or natural dyes.


For a zero-waste solution, Henna, made from the flowers of the Lawsonia inermis shrub, has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather. grows in hot climatic conditions and is widely grown in the Arabian Peninsula, Indian subcontinent, Near and Middle East, Carthage, other parts of North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Compound henna, which includes indigo, cloves or coffee is used to turn hair a colour other than red. In the Indian state of Haryana, Faridabad-based henna manufacturers are famous for producing the best natural hair dyes and have a large export network in the Middle East and far East and in countries like Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Kenya, and the Philippines.

What you can do: Either do not be ashamed of your natural hair colour, or use henna.

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