Natural Hair Dyes: Water colour and mineral based hair dyes without chemical nasties

Finding a natural hair dye, whether you want to change colour or are wanting to dye grey or white hair to your natural colour, has not been the easiest search for many.

But there are now a growing number of hair care professionals coming to the forefront with their range of natural hair dyes which use water colour dyes or mineral based dyes to dye hair, without the use of any chemical nasties such as PPD, ammonia and resorcinol.

Hair dyes contain some of the most toxic ingredients known to the beauty industry, yet people continue to use dyes regularly with little awareness of the damage it can do to not only hair itself but overall health.

Ditch those chemical dyes for a more natural based dye. Here are some companies producing natural hair dyes.

Daniel Field Water Colour

Water colour hair dyeing techniques, although lesser known, is not a recent phenomenon. British hairdresser and pioneer Daniel Field first developed his Water Colour System in 1995.

Water colour is a harmless hair colouring range that is effective at covering grey hair. It is also the only “just add water” colourant without the common hair dye allergen, PPD.

Water colour can be used to tone, blend in greys like a semi, or provide more solid coverage like a permanent tint, depending on the shade and the concentration.

Daniel Field’s range of colours is effective at covering grey. It may not have the intense colour that unnatural, chemical-based dyes have but it still manages to leave a tint on stubborn greys.

The company are aware of people’s concerns about the use of hair dyes, especially if you are pregnant, are suffering from an illness or have skin sensitivity, and are transparent in giving customers all the necessary information, right down to the mineral compounds it uses in the hair dyes and their safety rating.

Daniel Field water colours are available for use at home, as well as at the Daniel Field salon in London.

Daniel Field Water Colour 

O&M CCT™ Clean Color Technology

Australian brand O&M have developed an ammonia, resorcinol and PPD free permanent hair colour, CCT™ Clean Color Technology, which is gentle on hair, scalp and hands.

O&M’s colours come in two formulas – mineral and liquid. CCT™ Clean Color TechnologyMineral CCT™ makes use of micro color pigment molecules combined with a blend of micronized mineral and natural ingredients. Liquid CCT is a demi-colour which uses natural antioxidant Tasmanian Sea Kelp to enhance natural colour and to blend grey.

O&M set out to challenge chemicals in the hair dye industry when O&M’s founder Jose Bryce Smith’s husband developed contact dermatitis due to ammonia.

Jose Bryce Smith said: “Having been raised in a family who believed in living naturally I questioned the perceived wisdom and dared to believe that O&M could achieve what so many chemists said was impossible: permanent color without Ammonia, PPD or Resorcinol. It’s been quite a journey.”

O&M’s hair dyes are currently only available in salons in New York and Sydney. Perhaps with more and more people choosing to switch to natural hair dyes, growing demand for such products will make them available for use at home.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosa also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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