How to Use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty is based on Christine’s many years of experience of working with powdered pure plant pigments creating custom natural hair coloring for her clients in her salon. This “revelatory” work is an easy step by step guide and a must read for everyone interested in chemical free long lasting hair color. It includes a hair color chart and recipe guidelines, a Foreword written by Rosemary Gladstar, the mother of modern day herbalism, and praised by Dr. Christiane Northrup known internationally for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness. https://storey.com/
Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online, and they’re simple, safe, easy to use, and cost-effective. With clearly written instructions and step-by-step photography, Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments, alone or in combinations, to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red. She also includes instructions for transitioning from chemical dyes to natural ones and for using chemical and natural dyes together.
“Revelatory! Who knew hair could look this good with all-natural plant pigments? A healthy godsend.”
— Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and New York Times bestselling author
“Christine Shahin shares effective, plant-based formulas that are 100 percent chemical free and work with your unique hair color to blend grays or simply transform your hair with beautiful, complimentary tones. The result will be glossy, silky, nourished hair with texture and health that only nature can create!”
— Stephanie Tourles, author of Organic Body Care Recipes
“Absolutely the best book on natural hair care and coloring I’ve ever come across … Christine is a coloring maestro who has had years of experience using natural colorants, and she shares her knowledge generously and warmly.”
— from the Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author
“This highly recommended, comprehensive guide ties together fine instruction and great illustrations to create a distinct offering for readers interested in alternative hair-dyeing techniques.”
— Library Journal, starred review
From the Back Cover
Earthly Dyes for Heavenly Hair
These generous herbs — henna, indigo, cassia, and amla — have been used for coloring and healing since ancient times and offer a gorgeous, all-natural alternative to synthetic hair colorants. Easy to procure and easy to use (simply mix herb powder with a liquid to form a mud), all-plant dyes are gentle and safe, can be applied over chemical dyes, and actually nourish the hair instead of depleting it. Beauty expert Christine Shahin offers her special formulas for a broad range of hues from blond to black, along with guidance on how to cover gray hair and achieve unique color effects.
About the Author
Christine Shahin, author of Natural Hair Coloring, is a licensed cosmetologist and holistic beauty practitioner who owns and operates a popular eco-salon/spa that attracts clients from across the United States. She has a conventional cosmetology license, though her interest and focus have always been on introducing natural, safe, ecologically responsible approaches to self care. She continues to offer classes on natural hair and skin care topics, including coloring hair with pure plant pigments.
Rosemary Gladstar is the best-selling author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide and Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, which draw on her 40-plus years of experiences studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs. She is a world-renowned educator, activist, and entrepreneur, and the founding director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal herbal teas and has led herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and serves on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and The National Health Freedom Coalition. She lives in Vermont.