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

  1. Anita said…
    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!
  2. Tasha said…
    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.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Maybe try calling them? Typically hair dressers don't sell professional grade hair dye.
  3. Jacquelyn said…
    Have you heard of Hairprint? It seems like it may be a natural alternative to hair dye.
  4. Andi Smith said…
    Hi Meghan! My sister recently asked me about this topic so I decided to look this post up because you two have similar hair color so I thought this could help her out! I too have all of a sudden sprouted gray hair. Honestly, I think stress from this time last year really kicked up the changing gray in my hair. I do have a question, you mentioned taking more minerals? Do you mind expanding on what minerals you are taking and why? Thank you so much! Andi PS- You're awesome :)

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