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Non-Toxic Hair Colour Solutions | MeghanTV


You know that I am all for kicking it tres-au-naturelle. I coloured my hair from when I was 17 until about 25 and then quit cold turkey. I always thought my hair colour was mousey. The truth is, it was. The shine and health of your hair (and skin, and teeth, and nails, and eyes) is directly related to how well you are feeding your body. As I got healthier, so did my hair.

Lately, in the last few years, the greys have started creeping in to my almost 34-year-old head and so I have started boosting my mineral intake and looking into non-toxic hair colour options should I decide to go that route.

Here are some things to consider when it comes to hair dye:

  • Over 5,000 different chemicals are used in hair dye products, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic. (Source)
  • Chemicals in permanent hair dyes can react with tobacco smoke and other pollutants in the air to form one of the most powerful cancer-causing compounds known to man. (Source)
  • In the dyes used at your salon or in home colour kits,  you may find:
    • PPD Para-phenylenediamine and tetrahydro-6-nitroquinoxaline, both of which have been shown to damage genetic material and cause cancer in animals.
    • Formaldehyde, a preservative linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity and more.
    • DMDM Hydantoin, another preservative that is a known immune system toxin (and has been restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan).
    • Eugenol, a fragrance ingredient that’s associated with cancer, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and allergies. (Source)

Hopefully, you now may be getting it. Though your rich dark brown or platinum blonde hair may seem non-negotiable and essential to your happiness, I am thinking you might also agree that being free of cancer and reproductive disorders and having a functioning brain and nervous system might also be up there on your list.

In today's episode of MeghanTV, I have your hair colour woes covered. Joining me in the kitchen is Brian Phillips of World Salon.

This video covers:

  • Overview of main chemicals to watch out for.
  • Explanation of how these chemicals damage your hair and your health.
  • Brian's recommendation for his fave professional quality low-toxic hair dye.
  • My top four foods to help preserve your hair colour naturally.

Are your shiny locks worth a cancer risk? via @MeghanTelpner #MeghanTV

For more information on Brian, World Salon and the products featured in this episode, please visit connect with Brian on twitter @BrianJ_Phillips.

Special thanks to 3rd Floor Studio for my sweet ensemble.

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What are your go-to natural beauty products and hair care solutions that keep you looking gorgeous without the toxic overload? Share your best tips and links below.

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23 Responses to “Non-Toxic Hair Colour Solutions | MeghanTV”

  1. Jessica said… August 26, 2013
    I loved the information in this video - both about what hair dye does to the hair and how to offset the effects of getting up there in our years. Thanks to you- I have been using Living Libations for all my beauty care needs. I decided to stop colouring my hair about six months ago and the money I save, I get to spend on beauty products that actually nourish me.
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 26, 2013
      It's been my experience that as beauty products go, there is nothing out there like Living Libations.
  2. Sara said… August 26, 2013
    Another great episode. I now look forward to these videos every monday. So much great information and inspiration. I used to use Alba as my first shampoo that was more natural than what I used to use and I have now looked even further into and am deciding what I want my new one to be. Curious what your readers use.
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 26, 2013
      I am so glad you enjoyed it. Check out for some other shampoo brand options.
  3. Jane said… August 26, 2013
    This is great and just what I needed to hear. A little fear goes a long way. I am 46 and have been colouring my grey for almost ten years. I don't want to be on of those older women with aged skin and jet black hair. I think I need to rethink this colour plan. It might be time to wean off the colour and go au naturelle.
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 26, 2013
      You can do it! And if you hate it, you can also colour it out. Good to know what you're missing out on first though :)
  4. Linda said… August 26, 2013
    Great tv spot - finally some solid information on hair dyes. I quit dying and let my hair grow out about 5 years ago after a cancer diagnosis; as it turns out, I've never had more compliments on my appearance since then, and even moreso since I've started following the full UnDiet program. Thanks Meghan and team!
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 26, 2013
      You are most welcome! My mom too let her go natural a few years ago and woman go nuts over it. It's always gorgeous!
  5. Sarah said… August 26, 2013
    Hi Meghan! Will you have Oceans Alive available to buy anytime soon? Where do you suggest purchasing if not. Thanks!! :)
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 27, 2013
      We have it on order! If ours doesn't come in soon- I would suggest searching online. Prices will vary!
  6. I'd coloured my hair for about 5 years but the smell of the solution really bothered me. It also really stressed me out trying to keep on top of the grey! And then once I started using Norwex products and realized how many chemicals we unknowingly expose ourselves to, I stopped colouring and am going for the "natural platinum highlights"!! I'm lovin' it! Oh, I'm also loving your almonds and chocolate alternative :-)
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 27, 2013
      Right? Skip the hair colour and snack on homemade bon bons instead :)
  7. Karen said… August 26, 2013
    Fabulous as always Meghan! I have been toying with not coloring my hair anymore, but growing out color can look so bad! Wondering if it is better to dye it back close to my natural shade or just let it grow? Thoughts?
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 27, 2013
      Both my mom and mother-in-law have gone natural in the last couple years. Both had been dying it dark and over the course of the year they started lightening it and putting highlights in to ease the transition. Within a year my mom was all natural- and surprised too that she wasn't as grey as she thought. Best to talk to your stylist about... or call my mom!
  8. Lisa said… August 27, 2013
    I love this conversation about going natural! I am 45 with very dark hair and grey at the temples. While I know that if I dyed my hair I wouldn't look nearly my age, I insist on being natural mostly because I'm lazy and a minimalist. But I also think that being healthy and fit is far more important than being greyless. I have a feeling our society is quite a ways from embracing this viewpoint but I do believe the change in attitude starts from our individual choices, so Meghan I'm hoping that with the megaphone of your videos/blog/website you can continue to be a voice on this. Thanks so much!
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 27, 2013
      Here's hoping. Just seems such a silly thing to risk our health over.
  9. Robyn said… August 27, 2013
    Great video! Can you recommend any home hair color for those of us that are not ready to stop coloring our hair just yet?
    • Meghan Telpner said… August 27, 2013
      I don't know Robyn. You may want to check the henna based dyes you'd find in the health food store. Depending on where you are located, you may find people in your local health food store who has been trained on natural cosmetic products.
  10. Julie Collins said… August 27, 2013
    Loving this conversation! I started going gray pretty young (20's) and when I was 30 decided to dye my hair. I did this for 11 years and this past January (my 41st birthday) I decided to ditch the dye and grow out my natural color. It's about 80 gray and so far I love it! I've got probably two more months or so before all the dyed hair will be grown and cut out. It did look funky for a relatively short while, but now it's pretty cool looking. I'm lucky too, because my new natural shiny, thick, and SILVER. I feel great about being natural and ditching the toxins.
  11. Anita said… August 28, 2013
    I enjoyed the video and tips! I know that I don't like going to salons to spend a fortune to colour my hair. if you can go all natural, I think that is great. I am currently using an all natural henna cream hair colour with none of the chemicals you mentioned and the company has lots of colours to choose from. It is called Surya Henna and I buy it from the US at It can be a bit of a process and you have to leave it on longer bit at least it works and it is natural. I also put coconut oil in my hair at least once a week and leave that in for at least one hour before washing my hair. This is my way to keep it healthy along with a good diet. I have also found that if you are vegetarian or vegan, eating enough protein and beans avoids less hair to fall out. At least that is what I have found. Those are my tips!
  12. Tasha said… January 27, 2016
    I'm allergic to hair dye. I want to buy some of Brian's products but I go on his website and there's no hair dye on there.

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