It is inevitable for our hair to go gray, no matter of the genes (except if you happen to be ginger…joking). There are certain people who, as a result of great stress or genetics, go gray at and early age, perhaps even from 16, and can’t recall their natural hair color unless they look at pictures. And as a contrast there are people who don’t go gray until they reach the age of 70.
When a female suffers from this premature hair whitening, the most common solution is hair dying, and we all know that those chemicals are harmful and maybe even cancerogenic. We came across a better solution a woman discovered some years ago, for those of you who do like dying your hair and now we are going to share it with you.
Cancerous Boxes of Chemicals
That’s all hair dye really is. There are over 5000 kinds of chemicals in one box of hair dye. Some create pigment, some create a “pleasant” aroma, some of them are known to be carcinogenic. A scary thing considering it is estimated that more than one-third of women over age 18 and about 10 percent of men over age 40 use some type of hair dye.
The (not-so) Definitive List
I might have missed some chemicals, but these were the standouts to me.
- PPD: PPD is short for para-phenylenediamine. It is used as a wood preservative, and when used for that purpose, contact with skin is recommended to be avoided. Research states PPD in combination with Hydrogene Peroxide is very toxic and can lead to cancer.
- Ammonia: A highly corrosive and irritating gas with a pungent, suffocating odor. It may produce caustic burns and lung irritation.
- DMDM Hydantoin: The Environmental Working Group (EWG) lists the hazard level of DMDM hydantoin at moderate/high, as the by-product of DMDM hydantoin is formaldehyde. It’s also used in herbicides, floor waxes, and polymers.
- Parabens: The two most common parabens preservatives are Methylparabens and Propylparabens. They are widely used in hair care products and can produce severe allergies and skin irritation.
- Resorcinol: Resorcinol is a toxic dye that can cause scalp irritation, and is an allergen affecting the endocrine system.
So what’s the alternative?
Potato juice. No, I’m not kidding. Potato skins can actually darken your hair. This method doesn’t really work for blondes, but will work for everyone else just fine.
The potato juice soaks into your silvery hair, sinks in, and binds to the core of your hair to create a semi-permanent hair stain that lasts for several washes.
How Do You Do It?
What you need:
- 6 potatoes
- 2 cups water
- 1 old, clean squeeze bottle
- Peel your potatoes. Put 1 cup of peels in a pot. The potatoes go in a bowl.
- Pour 2 cups of water over the skins, put it on the stove and heat on high until boiling. Reduce heat let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain mixture into bowl. Toss skins.
- Let the hot juice cool. Then pour it into the clean squeeze bottle.
- Go take a shower, wash your hair, towel dry your hair.
- Pour the potato juice on your damp-dry hair, slowly, letting it soak in.
- Towel dry again.
- Repeat as needed.
I haven’t figured out what to do with the leftover potatoes yet, I’m not a big white potato fan. Anyone have any suggestions?