I have an allergy to hair dye–ppd. The reaction involves burning, itching, intense rash, swollen glands etc. In my quest to find a natural hair dye that covers grey (35-40%) I tried Surya Henna.
Overall it’s great for the hair, my hair was richer, fuller, shinier than it’s ever been and grey coverage was complete. It was also easy to use.
The only problem was that my greys would turn weird colors — purple or a neon/metallic red. I used the natural black and the dark brown and neither worked for me (actually embarrassing). In sunlight you were able to really notice how ‘off’ the color was.
However, I think with little to no grey this could be a very good hair dye. I just had too much grey for it to work (and hovering around 40, I’m too old to pull off the weird colors). I do want to note that they do use azo dyes which aren’t the greatest, but the other ingredients do a wonderful job at conditioning the scalp and hair.
Below are the ingredients for Surya Cream Henna (I randomly chose Ash Blonde just as an example):
Water/Aqua, Ethoxydiglcol(and)Methylpyrrolidone, Tall Oil Acid(and)Ethylene Glycol(and)Cocamide Dea (and) Diethanolamine (and) Monoethanolamine (and) Oleamide Mipa, Acrylates Copolymer(and) PPG-1 Trideceth-6 (and) Mineral Oil,Lawsonia Inermis(Henna)Leaves Extract, Arnica Montana Extract, Phyllanthus
Emblica(Amla),Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana(Guarana), Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Chamomilla Recutita(Matricaria)Extract, Achillea Millefollum(Yarrow)Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow)Extract, Coryhis Rostrata (Hazel), Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea(Acal) Fruit Extract, Ziziphus joaseiro (jua) Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Berttholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Extract
May contain: HC Yellow 2, HC Yellow 4, HC Yellow 5, Disperse Blue 3, Disperse Blue 7 HC Red 1, HC Red 3, Disperse Black 9, Disperse Violet 1, HC Blue 2
While this product does contain many good for your hair natural ingredients that henna is known for it also contains synthetic ingredients. As you know ingredients are listed in descending order with the first ingredients making up more of the product than the last ingredients. Very different than the all natural ingredients used in other henna products mentioned on this site.
Also as the reviewer mentioned azo dyes (HC Yellow, Disperse Blue etc.) are used. These are synthetic dyes and are used in the Surya Cream Henna which is the product you would use for coloring gray. Surya does make a Powder Henna with all natural ingredients.