Henna Cream: The Safer, Natural Alternative to Hair Dye

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Ever tried henna hair color?  My hair color was in need of some serious attention, as more than a few strands of grey were popping up and as per usual, I was fighting back red hues in my natural brown color caused by the California sun.

I didn’t want to use a permanent color with ammonia, and wanted to try something different, so I decided to try a natural box color from Whole Foods.  I saw a brand called Surya Brasil’s Henna Cream and it immediately conjured up memories of a girlfriend back in the day who dyed her hair with henna powder and her complaining how messy it was. This is NOT that…it couldn’t be easier!

Surya Brasil’s Henna Cream: A Natural Henna Cream

Surya Brasil’s Henna Cream does not contain ammonia, PPD, parabens, propylene glycol, peroxide, resorcinol, metallic salts, artificial fragrance, mineral oils or GMO’s, which frankly, I’ve never even THOUGHT about in hair color until now.  Surya Brasil Henna Creams are formulated with a very small percentage of mild, non-skin sensitizing color, which are considering safe by Skin Deep (Environmental Working Group) standards and this brand is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. (Here’s some more henna FAQ’s here).

This makes it a fantastic alternative to chemical-laden brands, as there’s all sorts of reports that hair dye may or may not have cancer-causing ingredients.


The scent was pleasant – not a harsh, chemical smell at all.  A nice surprise was no mixing or measuring – just a quick shake and apply directly to hair.  Unfortunately, I was NOT happy about the length of time to leave it on – I waited 40 minutes, which is longer than I’ve ever left anything on my hair.

In the end, I was surprised that it covered my greys!  Hair felt softer afterwards.  The color wasn’t a massive change for me and was on the subtle side, but it did cover the greys. The color didn’t last as long as a Natural Instincts would have, and faded after the first wash…I could tell because the reds came back, but the greys kept at bay for a bit longer. Surya Brasil’s website says their Henna Creams will typically last for 7-12 shampoos, depending on the shampoo you use (and of course you are using a good shampoo without SLS.)

The good news is they say it is safe to use this product a couple times in one month.  And if you don’t use the entire bottle (as long as you didn’t snip the bottle tip), you can store it until you are ready for your next application.

The one thing this bottle did NOT contain is a conditioner, and I think they should include one for hair that tends to get dry, so make sure you have a good deep conditioner, and you should be okay.  I like Miracle Anti-Aging Extreme Conditioner as it is free of SLS, parabens, dyes and fragrance (it uses essential oils) AND has an ingredient to grow your hair.

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Surya Brasil’s Henna Cream comes in 15 shades and retails around $16.49.  It’s available at Whole Foods, where they may not carry ALL shades, and also on their website.

Now that you saved all that $ by not going to a salon, why not treat yourself to a fabulous hair accessory?

~ Here’s To Going Au Naturel With Hair Color,

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Eliza The Anti-Aging Analyst


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Eliza is an anti-aging journalist, coach and skincare/wellness consultant who has written hundreds of articles on anti-aging products and procedures, beauty and skincare. She writes regularly for The Los Angeles Examiner, and has been published in Hawaii's Inspiration Journal, and Hawaii Wellness Magazine, and quoted in various beauty blogs and newsletters including New You Magazine and more. A former Chicago reporter and analyst by nature, Eliza created Eliza's Anti-Aging Arsenal (www.antiaginganalyst.com/blog) a blog for people over 40, where she shares anti-aging tips, tricks and tools, vents a lot, and is known as "The Anti-Aging Authority With Attitude." Connect with Eliza at antiaging.analyst@gmail.com.

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