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Welcome to our big organic hair colour test 2022. Here we present all the organic hair colours that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best plant hair colour for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy organic hair colour.




Summary

  • With the help of plant hair dyes, you can dye your hair blond, red, brown and also black, depending on your original hair colour.
  • The original colour of the hair cannot be lightened with organic hair colour.
  • The colour result is created in combination with the individual colour of the hair. The hair colour gently colours the hair and cares for it at the same time.

The Best Organic Hair Colour: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying organic hair colour

Who is organic hair colour suitable for?

If you want to give your hair a different colour in a gentle and natural way, you can use organic hair colour. Plant-based hair colour is suitable for everyone - unless you are allergic to the plant substances contained in it.

Unlike chemical hair dyes, organic hair dyes do not attack the natural structure of the hair. Instead, the colour covers the hair like a film. The nourishing plant substances give the hair more strength, volume and shine.

Plant-based hair colours care for the hair and give it a natural colour tone. (Image source: unsplash.com / Element5 Digital)

Organic hair colour is not suitable for lightening one's own hair colour, as it does not contain any chemical bleaching agents. The hair can be dyed darker, depending on the colour it is at the time. Plant hair colour can also be used on hair that has already been coloured.

Depending on your own hair colour, the result of colouring with plant hair dyes may vary. To get a closer idea of the final result, you should have a look at the different colour shades on the packaging.

What should I know before using organic hair colour?

You should only use an organic hair colour if you are not allergic to the substances it contains. If you feel a burning sensation during application, wash the hair colour off your hair as soon as possible.

If you have previously dyed your hair chemically, you can over-dye your hair with organic hair dye. This can even improve the damaged hair structure.

The colour result develops in combination with your individual hair colour. It is best to dye a test strand first to see the colour effect on your hair.

The hair should not be chemically treated directly after the application of hair colour, as this can lead to undesired colour results. After colouring with organic hair colour, you should wait two weeks or 10 washes before colouring your hair with a chemical hair colour.

Organic hair dyes are not suitable for dyeing eyebrows or eyelashes.

Can I cover grey hair with organic hair colour?

Depending on your hair colour, you can also cover grey hair with plant-based hair colours.

However, you should keep in mind that the grey hair will be lighter than the rest of the hair after colouring. With black hair, the grey hairs are therefore more difficult to cover. With other hair colours such as brown or blond, the whole thing is easier.

On the packaging of the different organic hair colours you will find more detailed instructions on how to use the product for grey hair. On the product packaging there is always a table with pictures of the colour shades, which you can use as a guide.

Can I use organic hair colour during pregnancy?

When using organic hair colour in pregnancy, you should take a close look at the ingredients of the product. They should be free of pesticides, PPD and colour enhancers.

You should also make sure that the henna contained in the product is exclusively plant-based. Artificially produced henna contains substances that can damage genetic material.

The hormonal changes during pregnancy also affect the hair structure. The colouring of the hair therefore sometimes turns out differently than before pregnancy.

What does organic hair colour cost?

Depending on the manufacturer and type of organic hair colour, the prices of the products vary. Organic hair colour creams are on average 10€ more expensive than organic hair colour powders.

Here you can see at what prices the two types of products are offered depending on the manufacturer.

Manufacturer plant powder plant cream
Sante from 8,50€ from 16€
Khadi from 8,50€ not offered
Garnier from 9,50€ not offered
Logona from 9€ from 15€

Can I also have my hair dyed with organic hair dye at the hairdresser's?

It is possible to have your hair dyed with vegetable hair dye at the hairdresser. However, not all hairdressing salons offer this method.

You can also have your hair dyed with vegetable hair colour at the hairdresser. (Image source: pixabay.com / artursfoto)

Organic or natural hair studios almost exclusively offer hair colouring with vegetable hair colour. The best thing to do is to find out in advance about such a hair studio in your area.

What are the alternatives to organic hair colour?

Besides organic hair dyes, there are other products you can use to colour your hair. Each of these products has its advantages and disadvantages.

In the following table, we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to organic hair colour:

Product Description
Hair colour The hydrogen peroxides contained in chemical hair colours dissolve the hair's own hair colour out of the hair and replace it with an artificial one. The advantage: Grey hair can be covered completely and for a long time. Note: The substances contained in chemical hair dyes can be harmful to health.
Hair colouring Unlike hair colours, colouring with hair tints does not last permanently. Hair tints are good if you just want to try a new hair colour, but are still unsure if you want to keep it that way. Hair colouring encloses the hair from the outside and is less harmful than chemical hair colour.

Decision: What types of organic hair dyes are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to dye your hair with organic hair dye, there are two types of vegetable hair dyes that might be suitable for you.

  • Organic Hair Colour Powder
  • Organic Hair Colour Cream

The two types of plant hair dyes are different in their application and come with advantages and disadvantages. In both cases, it is recommended to dye a test strand before dyeing the whole hair, as the colour may affect different hair types differently.

In the following section we would like to support you in your decision.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of organic hair colour powder?

Plant-based hair colour powders are composed of finely ground plants. The plant substances contained, such as henna or indigo, give the hair a new colour in a natural way.

The plant hair colour does not attack the hair inside, but nestles around it like a film and thus provides more strength and volume. The oils contained in the powder mixture nourish the hair.

Advantages
  • Natural colouring
  • Gives hair shine and volume
  • Nourishing and long-lasting colouring
  • Grey coverage possible
Disadvantages
  • Undesirable colour results are possible
  • May cause allergic reactions
  • Lightening of hair is not possible
  • Often difficult to rinse out

The powder is mixed with warm water to form a paste and, after cooling, applied to the hair strand by strand. The paste should not dry on the head, which is why you should wear a plastic cap over it.

The longer you leave the colour on, the more intense it will be. The paste should remain on the hair for between 15 minutes and 2 hours and can then be rinsed out with warm water.

The mixed paste smells intensely of earth and plants. This scent is not for everyone and can linger in the hair for a few days. In the course of the hair washes, however, the scent fades away.

What distinguishes an organic hair colour cream and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Unlike the vegetable hair colour powder, you can apply the cream to dry hair without further mixing. The ingredients are also purely plant-based. The colouring is achieved through the active ingredients in henna, indigo or beetroot.

Advantages
  • No mixing necessary
  • Natural colouring
  • Gives the hair shine and volume
  • Nourishing and long-lasting colouring
  • Grey coverage possible
Disadvantages
  • Undesirable colour results are possible
  • May cause allergic reactions
  • Lightening of hair is not possible

The active ingredients in the plant-based hair colour cream envelop the hair, colouring and conditioning it at the same time. After you have applied the colour evenly to the hair, you should keep it warm with the help of the plastic cap and a towel.

It is best to leave the colour on for 15 minutes to 2 hours. The longer the colour remains in the hair, the more intense the colour result will be.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate organic hair dyes

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate organic hair colours. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain organic hair colour is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Ingredients
  • Colour effect
  • Quantity & Packaging
  • Seal of approval

Ingredients

You should make sure that the ingredients of organic hair colours are actually of natural origin. Chemical substances such as paraffin, PEG or silicones do not belong in a vegetable hair colour.

Make sure that the product does not contain any synthetic fragrances or dyes in addition to essential oils. This is the only way to ensure that the product is safe to use, even during pregnancy and for children under 16.

Colour effect

The colour effect of organic hair dyes results from the ingredients such as henna, indigo, beetroot or camomile. Depending on the hair colour you already have, the colour result after colouring can be different.

The colouring substances in beetroot are excellent for dark red dyeing. (Image source: pixabay.com / Desertrose7)

On the packaging you will find instructions and colour charts that show you what the end result might look like. Before applying the dye to your hair, you should dye a test strand. This way you can see how the colour will look in your hair.

You can easily mix the different organic hair colour shades to get very individual colours.

Organic hair dyes cannot lighten the hair because they do not contain any chemical hydrogens. You should therefore make sure that your hair can only become darker in the shades.

Quantity & Packaging

The content of the organic hair colour usually has a quantity of 100-150 grams. For shoulder-length hair you need about 80-100g of the colour powder. For long or very full hair, you should use two packs.

In addition to the hair colour, the package also contains gloves, a plastic cap, additional care products and the package insert.

Seal of approval

Organic hair dye products are vegan and usually do not involve animal testing. In this case, seals highlighting this can be found on the packaging.

Furthermore, the product should be recognisable as a certified natural product by a seal. Well-known seals for this are the "NaTrue seal" and the "BDIH label".

Facts worth knowing about organic hair dyes

How do I apply organic hair colour correctly?

  1. You should first wash your hair with a silicone-free shampoo to remove residues. This is usually already included in the packaging of the organic hair colour. The organic hair colour can later be applied to both dry and damp hair.
  2. Mix the colour powder into a paste as described in the package insert. If it is too solid, you can add more water. If you are using a colour cream, you can apply it directly to the hair without mixing.
  3. Allow the paste to cool so that it is warm to the touch. Never apply the boiling hot paste to your hair!
  4. Apply Vaseline or a greasy cream to the top of your forehead to prevent it from rubbing off onto your skin.
  5. Now you can spread the paste or cream evenly through your hair, strand by strand, using a brush or your hands.
  6. Cover the hair with the enclosed cap and wrap it additionally with a towel.
  7. Leave the organic hair colour to work in. Note: The longer the exposure time, the more intense the colour result. You will find more detailed instructions in the respective product packaging.
  8. Rinse your hair thoroughly. Ideally, you should not use shampoo. This allows the organic hair colour to set better in the hair. The next time you wash your hair, you can use a shampoo without any problems.
  9. Now you can style and blow dry your hair as usual.

How long does organic hair colour last in the hair?

Organic hair colours act like long-lasting tints. Depending on the ingredients, the colour stays on the hair for different lengths of time. Plant-based hair colours with a high indigo content wash out of the hair more quickly than red-coloured plant-based hair colours.

Depending on how often you dye your hair with organic hair colour, it will also last longer in your hair. Hair care also plays an important role. On average, the colour increasingly washes out within 1-2 months.

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