Benefits of Natural hair dyes: Henna and Annatto

Natural hair dyes such as Annatto,Henna,Tumeric and Beetroot are far more beneficial than artificial hair dyes. There not chemical based which minimizes the risk of damage to the hair, moreover they are purpose serves greater than that or hair colouring. They are usually packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential to the hair’s overall health.


Annatto, and it is more than just a pretty seed. Annatto or Bixa orellana is a shrub native to South and Central America along with the Caribbean. Annatto has other names like lipstick plant and it is derived from the seeds of the achiote tree. Annatto is widely cultivated for its fruit seeds where a natural colorant is derived. The achiote tree grows branches and prickly, reddish-orange heart-shaped pods that contain around 50 seeds. The seeds are said to have a slightly peppery smell with a hint of nutmeg along with a peppery, nutty, and sweet taste.

The seeds of the annatto are covered in a thin layer of the reddish-orange pulp. Annatto is used as a colorant and dye for food, textiles, and body paint. Annatto has carotenoids or organic pigments naturally occurring in plants and photosynthetic organisms. It is used in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine as a coloring and flavoring agent while in Central and South America it is used as a body paint and lipstick. Although not an edible fruit, the pulp covering the seeds are using as a food coloring. Called Achiote dye, it is created by grinding the seeds or simmering them in water or oil.

Hair Benefits

Despite being used for food coloring annatto actually has been used for centuries to condition hair and skin. It is because of the vitamins A, D, and beta-carotene. It has been used for the skin as an emollient and with its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent abilities. It can be a seed paste or seed oil and often added to shampoo and conditioners because it can give the hair a natural sunny glow. It can even be found in hair dye because of this feature as well. Interested in trying a quick hair color rinse for a funky and spunky color combination of orange-red? Here’s the simplest way to do it with Annatto powder.


1. Mix three tablespoons annatto seed and 1 cup boiling water.

2. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before straining.

3. Applying to your head and massage into clean, dry strands until fully saturated and leave on for an hour.

4. Rinse and style as usual but do not shampoo, as this is just a temporary rinse. If you are more interested in trying a product that already has annatto in it?


Being a natural conditioner, henna adds shine and volume to your hair and also protects it from more damage by forming a protective shield over it. In addition, it also locks moisture and nutrients, resulting in healthy, lustrous hair.

Tip: Use henna pack twice a month to make your hair appear voluminous, shiny and healthy. You can make a pack by mixing two cups of henna powder with 1 cup of amla powder along with 2tbsp of hibiscus and fenugreek powder. Take a quantity needed in a bowl and make a paste by adding yogurt/curd to it. Let the mixture rest for at least 2-3 hours before applying it to your hair. Leave for 1-2 hours and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Save the leftover mixture in an air-tight container and use as required.

Repairs and restores

Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of your scalp along with repairing the damaged hair strands. In addition, it can also be used to treat itching, scalp infections and dandruff.

Promotes Hair Growth

Apart from repairing and restoring, henna also helps to reduce hair fall and other scalp problems. Being absolutely natural, it does not affect your hair adversely, which means you can enjoy the colored hair with no side effects at all.

Prevents Greying and Thinning

Instead of buying heftily priced hair products, henna is an all-rounder remedy that ensures thick, shiny hair with less scalp issues and dandruff problems while giving your mane a deep reddish tinge.

Henna for Coloring

Henna is particularly used to color your hair naturally. The coloring done by henna is not only safe and prompt, but is also free of any side effects. Scroll down to know some of the henna-based packs that can help you color your mane all amazingly yet naturally.

Tip: Henna, beetroot and coffee pack is an ideal combination to give your hair a natural burgundy color. To make this pack, you require a cup of henna, tea liquor for diluting, 1tbsp coffee powder, half a cup of beetroot juice and a juice of one lemon. Mix all ingredients and form a paste. Leave for at least 2 hours before applying it to your hair. Spread the mixture all over your mane and let it rest for 1 hour. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Henna as a Conditioner

Henna is a popular natural conditioner that makes the rough, dull hair silky and lustrous. In addition it also prevents tangling and gives your hair an all straight and glossy look.

Tip: You can make natural conditioner at home by mixing 1 cup henna with half cup of freshly brewed tea, 1tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this mixture all over your hair evenly and leave for at least one hour. Rinse well with warm water.

So what are you waiting for? To give your hair an amazing makeover, try henna and look all amazing and stylish naturally.

Published by Kimberly Bowen

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