I've talked before about the need to remove chemicals from your health and beauty regimen, and mostly I practice what I preach. But one arena that I've been unable to change my ways is my hair -- I dye my hair religiously, and although I've switched from totally-terrible-for-you black to not-quite-as-terrible-for-you red; it's still a lot of poisons going onto my head.
My mom inspired me, though, with her gorgeous hennaed locks, and so yesterday I decided to mix it up and give henna a try myself.
Short version: I love it! It's difficult to tell from the picture, but it's turning a lovely deep auburn red, and there were no nasty chemicals involved at all. The only downside was having to let it set for about four hours instead of 30 minutes, but truthfully I got a lot of writing done while I was waiting. And it cost the same as the hair dye I used to use…except the extra can be frozen and used again, so I get twice as much for the same price.
For me, choosing to mix up my hair dye was a powerful act of self-love. Deciding to go more natural was a way of saying "I am meaningful to myself. I choose to use only safe, natural products on myself because I matter." Rather than a quick fix to hold myself to commercial beauty standards, I got to spend some loving time taking care of myself.
So the next time you want to dye your hair, mix it up and try going natural with henna!
(I got my henna from Henna For Hair where they also sell indigo and other natural hair products. As usual, I'm not affiliated with anyone!)