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All about Emblica natural and vegetable hair colours

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Colour your hair permanently and enjoy unparalleled shine, volume and care with plant-based hair colours. Only thanks to the power of nature.

In our shop, we offer Emblica® hair dyes, developed by the Bleu Vert company. Colour and care for your hair with truly natural colour pigments and active ingredients. All of these vegetable dyes are controlled for harmful ingredients and undergo regular and strict controls in competent and independent laboratories.

None of these vegetable dyes contain preservatives, colour enhancers, peroxide or other chemical additives, because your health and safety is at the heart of Bleu Vert's concerns.

Thanks to a particularly careful preparation and a superior quality, these vegetable dyes colour with more intensity than all the vegetable dyes you have known until now. Take this into account when you apply these vegetable dyes for the first time.

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The difference between chemical and vegetable hair dyes

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A chemical dye opens the hair scales, penetrates the hair fibre and bleaches the hair by peroxidation. The natural colour disappears, the hair is depigmented and lightened to the point of becoming completely white. Then, a succession of chemical reactions takes place inside the hair fibre: this is the re-pigmentation. It is this step that gives the hair its new colour. This method is aggressive because the hair must lose its structure to allow the chemical reaction to take place. It is denatured. In the case of repeated chemical colouring, the hair scales close up less and less well. The hair is then weakened. It has a dark and dull appearance. The hair becomes dry, porous and brittle.

Unlike chemical dyes, vegetable dyes do not penetrate the hair fibre. Vegetable dyes are natural pigments that are extracted from various plants in nature. These pigments have a natural affinity for the keratin that makes up the hair and adhere firmly to the hair fibre. The colour does not penetrate the hair. It sheathes and coats it. The structure of the fibre therefore remains intact. In the long term, vegetable colours become real treatments that improve the quality of the hair. The more you use, the thicker and more resistant the hair becomes. It becomes more consistent to the touch and a feeling of volume appears. The hair, thus enveloped, is more resistant to stress and pollution. As vegetable hair dye is softer than chemical hair dye, the application time is a little longer. But as everyone knows ... everything that is good, takes time. The result is well worth the time. After a plant-based colour, the hair is coloured, cared for and respected.

mblica colours are combined with the natural colour of the hair. This is why the results differ from person to person. The more the hair is coloured with these dyes, the more intense the colour and the longer it lasts.

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How do you colour Emblica vegetable dyes ?

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These vegetable dyes dye your hair permanently. For this reason, we advise you to test the colouring with a strand of hair before the first application to avoid undesirable colour results.

For more information on this topic, please see the section on "Test colouring with a strand of hair before application".

The vegetable dyes coat each hair in the manner of a glaze. This means that the colour result depends essentially on your original colour, which gives rise to unique and individual highlights. Several successive applications intensify your colour.

With vegetable dyes, however, it is not possible to lighten the colour of your hair.

In order to colour the roots of your hair with the same intensity as your lengths, we recommend that you colour your roots with the chosen tone. As your lengths are already coloured, it is possible that they will be more intense in the long run than the roots, which will have been coloured less often.


You can safely mix all vegetable dyes together. The mixtures will depend on the desired result, but also on your hair type and your original colour.

Just as different hair types can be distinguished with the naked eye, so each hair can have a specific structure. There is straight and fine hair, but also curly hair, wavy hair and many others. Hair can be fine, normal or thick, healthy and shiny, but also very damaged. In addition to the natural characteristics of the hair, the type of care your hair has received so far is also important. Chemically treated hair, especially bleached hair, is usually very damaged, dry and brittle. Aggressed, split ends require special care.

Thus, damaged, possibly chemically treated and/or fine hair will be coloured more intensely than, for example, healthy, strong hair. If you are unsure about your hair type and the possible colouring of your hair, it is recommended that you start with a shorter application time after a strand test, as you are used to with the vegetable hair colour you have used so far.

Before application: test colour on a strand of hair !

In order to avoid undesirable results, we recommend that you do a colour test on a few strands of hair, especially before the first application of Emblica vegetable hair colour.

The trick is to take enough hair from your brush and apply a small amount of vegetable colouring mixed with water.

Place this coloured strand in a warm place. We recommend that you test different application times and remove the colour from the strands after 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes. Rinse the strands carefully with warm water. Wait at least 24-48 hours before applying the hair colour to your hair to see how the colour develops on your hair. During this time, vegetable dyes may become stronger due to the influence of the air.

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What you need for your vegetable colouring

Here are the accessories we recommend you gather for your colouring :

  • A large enough bowl
  • Hot water
  • Gloves to protect your hands (provided in the box)
  • An old towel to protect your clothes
  • A brush for vegetable dyes
  • A hairnet (provided in the box)
  • A towel or woolen cap to keep the colouring warm

Optimal preparation of your hair

First, wash your hair with the right shampoo for your hair type. Note that many conventional products contain silicones. Silicone is deposited on each hair like a film and the hair initially appears shinier and healthier. However, over time, the hair is actually coated with silicone and is no longer able to receive care products or colouring because it acts as a barrier to the setting of the colour in the case of vegetable dyes. For this reason, be sure to use silicone-free products before applying Emblica vegetable dyes.

If you are not sure whether your hair care product contains silicone, we recommend washing your hair with ghassoul, for example, before applying Emblica hair colour.

Once prepared, your hair will take on the colour in the best possible way. Ideally, you should apply the hair colour to damp hair to ensure that the colour is evenly distributed.

Application protocol


STEP 1 : Pour the powdered sachet into a large bowl and add 200 to 300 ml of warm water (40°C), mixing gently.

STEP 2 : After washing, divide the still wet hair into four sections and apply the colouring strand by strand in a thick layer.

STEP 3 : Couvrez les cheveux avec la charlotte, laissez poser la coloration entre 40 minutes et 90 minutes.

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STEP 4 : Rinse the hair until the water runs clear

It is recommended to WAIT 48 HOURS BEFORE MAKING THE FIRST SHAMPOO AFTER COLOURING to allow the plant pigments to bind to the hair fibre.

Apply vegetable hair dye

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Don't forget to protect your textiles as it is difficult, if not impossible, to remove stains. We also recommend that you always wear the gloves that come with the colouring, as the shades are very tenacious, especially on the nails.

Apply the warmest possible paste line by line, ideally with a colouring brush. Start at the roots and work your way down the length of the nails, parting by parting.

Spread the rest of the paste over the hair, massaging it in with your fingers. This will ensure an even result on your hair.

After applying the vegetable hair colour, put on a plastic cap to keep the colour warm. Make sure to cover the temples and the back of the neck. The hair colour must not dry out under any circumstances.

To keep the heat in, you can form a turban on your head with a towel (you can also put on a woollen cap, for example, which also keeps the heat in, or you can sit under an electric heat helmet).

The longer you keep the dough warm, the more intense the result will be.

Application time for natural hair colour

As mentioned above, the application time of your natural hair colour depends on the desired result and your hair type.

For the first application, leave the paste on for 40 minutes.

After colouring - how do I get the best hold ?

After the application time has elapsed, rinse your hair with lukewarm water until all colour residue has disappeared and the water is clear. Emblica vegetable dyes can be easily rinsed out with water only.

If possible, avoid washing your hair with shampoo or using styling products for 48 hours after colouring so that the colour will set better in the hair.

The next day, you can easily shampoo your hair.

Applying a hair oil will help the colour stay in place.

Massage a small amount of oil into your hair and scalp the day after colouring and leave it on for at least an hour (ideally overnight). Then wash your hair as usual with a shampoo.

Note that the colour may still darken a little.

If you are not satisfied with the result, opt for a longer or shorter application time for the next colour application, or mix the vegetable dyes together. There are no limits to your imagination.

Tips for optimum care - what you can add to your hair colour mixture

In rare cases, particularly damaged hair tends to dry out initially under the influence of vegetable dyes. This is due to the astringent effect of the vegetable dyes. You can compensate for this effect by adding a little silicone-free hair mask or conditioner to your paste.

Reduce the amount of water in your hair dye in favour of 1 to 2 teaspoons of a quality hair care product.

But avoid oils, or products that are very rich in oils, as they can prevent the colour from setting.

Root colouring

As mentioned above, it is likely that your lengths will become darker than the roots after several colourings, as the roots have received fewer layers than the rest of the hair. To avoid this colour discrepancy, it is recommended to colour only the roots.

Proceed with the preparations exactly as if you were colouring the whole hair.

Now separate your hair into different sections and hold them with clips. Proceed step by step through the different areas while removing the clips and applying the vegetable colouring section by section only to the first few centimetres of the root.

If you have an old application bottle, you can make the hair colour a little more fluid and fill your bottle. You may need to widen the spout of the bottle a little to make it easier for the paste to flow out of the bottle.

Again, the application time depends on the desired result and the structure of your hair.

Special advice for white hair

When using a particularly indigo rich vegetable colour (e.g. Emblica's Ice Chestnut 4.1, Deep Dark Chestnut 3.0, Ice Brown 2.1 and Deep Black 1.0), white hair can pick up green or blue highlights. Therefore, these shades should not be applied directly to your white hair to avoid undesirable colour results. To be on the safe side, we recommend testing a strand of hair.

It is also possible to colour your white or blond hair in these shades using the 2-step colouring process, as we will see in the next paragraph.

White hair : 2-step colouring

Emblica vegetable dyes are applied like a glaze around each hair. This means that the colour result is determined primarily by your natural hair colour and that there can also be a large difference in colour between your white hair and your pigmented hair.

The vegetable colouring Chestnut auburn 4.4 for Emblica has the property of adhering very easily to the hair. White hair can then fade very quickly, while other hair can become darker. This can cause undesirable contrasts.

In order to minimise this effect, it is therefore recommended that you colour your hair in two stages, especially if you have chosen a very dark shade. This way, the indigo will adhere better to your hair and you will get better hold, even on white hair.

First, colour your hair as described with Emblica Châtain auburn 4.4. The application time will depend on your hair structure, especially the thickness of your hair.

If your hair is now pre-coloured, you can now colour your hair with the darker shades and achieve an even result.

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Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Can I lighten my hair with Emblica hair colour ?

Answer : The herbal recipes in our Emblica hair colours contain only Ayurvedic herbs and no oxidising agents, so it is not possible to lighten the hair. However, Emblica hair colours do add luminosity to the hair, which can give the impression of lightening.

Can I use Emblica vegetable hair colour during pregnancy or while breastfeeding ?

Answer : As our hair colours are 100% natural and free of essential oils, there are no contraindications to using our hair colours during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.  However, we recommend that you carry out an allergy test 24 hours before colouring your hair to prevent any risk of reaction.

Can I use Emblica hair colour during chemotherapy ?

Answer : Our Emblica vegetable hair colours are harmless to your health thanks to their 100% natural and certified organic compositions. Nevertheless, chemotherapy can have an impact on the colour result which can be unpredictable. We invite you to carry out a preliminary test on a strand of hair to avoid any risk of undesirable effects.

Can I perm and colour my hair with Emblica hair colour ?

Answer : It is perfectly possible to perm your hair after colouring it naturally with Emblica hair colour. However, it is more beneficial to do your colouring after a perm because the colouring coats the hair and can reduce the hold of the perm. By colouring after the perm, you will be caring for hair that may have been weakened by the perm.

Can I use Emblica vegetable colouring on my eyebrows, beard, etc. ?

Answer : Our Emblica vegetable dyes are intended for hair colouring only and we do not recommend using them on other areas.

Are there any metallic salts or sodium picramate in Emblica plant dyes ?

Answer : Our Emblica plant recipes do not contain metallic salts or sodium picramate. Our organic certification ensures the absence of metallic salts and our recipes are regularly analysed by an independent laboratory to guarantee the highest level of safety and healthy formulas.

What precautions should I take before applying my Emblica plant-based hair colour ?

Answer : 1 - Protect your clothes

2 - Protect your hands with the gloves provided so as not to stain your hands and nails.

Although rare in vegetable hair dye, it is important to carry out an allergy alert test.

Apply the colour to a small, inconspicuous area of hair at the base of the head and leave on for 1.5 hours. If you feel a tingling sensation or itching, stop the application immediately and rinse thoroughly.

Does vegetable-based hair colouring fade ?

Answer :  In principle, vegetable dyes are permanent colours. This is because the colour does not penetrate the hair fibre. This means that the colour pigments are only deposited on the outer part of the hair. Red tones in particular are very tenacious and only fade over time. How long the colour lasts will depend on how often you have already coloured your hair with vegetable dyes. Shades with a high percentage of indigo fade slightly faster.

How long should I wait between colouring ?

Réponse : There is no need to wait between colourings. But note that the colour can still develop between 24 and 48 hours after application. If you are not completely satisfied with the result, you should wait this long and then decide whether another colouring is necessary.

Is it possible to apply vegetable hair colour to permed hair ?

Answer : You can safely apply vegetable hair colour even on permed hair. You will notice the healing effect of the colour on chemically damaged hair. Even if you are perming hair that has been coloured with a vegetable dye, this is not a problem - although it may not hold as well and you may need to extend the application time. We recommend, however, that you go to a salon where competent professionals trained in vegetable dyes have acquired a good knowledge of vegetable dyes.

Can one develop intolerances or allergies when using vegetable dyes ?

Answer : Yes, even with vegetable dyes, intolerances and allergies can develop. Unfortunately, almost any natural or synthetic component can cause a reaction. If you suspect an intolerance, for example because you generally have a very allergic background, you should carry out an allergy test with your dermatologist. You can also carry out your own test by applying a small amount of diluted plant dye to an inconspicuous area of your hair. Leave it on for a maximum of 48 hours. Be careful, however, as small amounts of colour paste can cause intense colouring.

Can I safely mix all the colours together ?

Answer : All vegetable colours can be safely mixed together, allowing you to create your own personal and specific shade. There are no limits to your imagination. If you're not the type to take risks, test your shade mixes on strands of hair first.

The colour has become too red, too dark - what can I do ?

Answer : It's important to remember that vegetable dyes, because of their exceptionally high quality, have a strong colouring power and testing on strands of hair cannot be recommended enough. But if this happens and your hair has become too intensely coloured, there are several possibilities:

If the colour is too red, you can re-colour your hair with one of the vegetable dyes in the brown range. In this case, make sure that the application time is very short so as not to darken your hair too much (test on a strand of hair!).

If your colour turns out to be too dark, it will be more difficult to lighten your hair colour by one or two shades. In this case, you need to be patient. Since the indigo component (which allows you to go dark) in vegetable dye mixtures fades a little faster than the henna component (which allows you to go red), your colour will fade over time. It will eventually take on a redder shade.

Other methods are to apply regular hair care products that take much longer than the usual application times, including overnight. A mixture of honey, olive oil and lemon juice can also lighten your hair colour a little.

Since every hair reacts differently, experiment with these methods gradually and monitor how your hair reacts.

Can grey hair coverage be done in one step ?

Answer : It depends on your hair type and the shade you choose. The shades Amber Blonde No. 7.3, Light Iced Chestnut No. 5.1, Light Amber Chestnut No. 5.3, Mahogany Chestnut No. 4.5 and Dark Auburn Chestnut No. 3.4 can cover white hair in one step.

By testing a strand of hair, you can see if your hair is taking the colour well. If it does not, it is best to do a two-step colouring process. You can cover your white hair very well. If you want to apply a light shade, you can apply it immediately to your hair. However, if you want to apply a dark shade, you should always pre-colour your hair with Auburn Chestnut 4.4 to protect your white hair. Then rinse and apply the final shade of your choice.

How does vegetable hair colour react with chemically coloured hair ?

Answer : In principle, it is possible to colour chemically coloured hair with vegetable dyes. In this case, it is absolutely necessary to carry out a colour test on a section of hair, because depending on the type of hair, undesirable colour results can occur. This applies in particular to lightened, blond-coloured hair, which takes on colour very intensely or which may take on an undesirable shade.

We strongly advise against blonding vegetable-coloured hair, as the colour you want may turn out very strongly. If you want to lighten your hair, you should always go to a competent hairdresser, who will certainly be able to handle vegetable dyes in practice.

I use conventional products. I had a chemical chestnut colouring a fortnight ago and I would like to turn brown without any specific highlights ?

Answer : Firstly, we invite you to change your products and to use a natural shampoo and conditioner like the ones from EMBLICA. Then, perform two Rhassoul masks to lift the scales of your hair and rid it of chemical residues. Finally, we invite you to wait another two weeks before using our Ice Brown 2.1 shade.

How can I choose the right shade for me? I have medium brown hair and would like to add highlights to my hair ?

Answer : With EMBLICA, you can indeed play with highlights on your natural colour. You can add beautiful coppery highlights with the auburn chestnut 4.4 or red highlights with the mahogany chestnut 4.5.

I have white hair and I applied your shade Ice Brown 2.1 and now I have green hair! How can I get it out ?

Answer : Don't worry, there is a solution to remove this green colour quickly. The greenish colour you got on your white hair is related to the high presence of indigo (blue pigment) in this dark shade.

In fact, when you have more than 30% white hair, it is advisable to pre-colour with our Châtain auburn 4.4 shade, which is highly charged with Henna (red pigment), in order to protect your white hair. Today, to immediately remove these green highlights, we invite you to apply Châtain auburn 4.4 for 30 minutes. For the next few times, you will need to do a pre-colour before applying your dark shade.

I have done an EMBLICA vegetable colour and would now like to bleach my hair. Do you think this is possible ?

Answer : It is not possible to lighten hair with vegetable colouring. If you want to bleach your hair, please wait for 6 weeks as vegetable colouring and bleaching never work well together. The henna (red pigment) and chemical oxidising agents create a reaction and give undesirable results. During this waiting period, we invite you to carry out several masks with coconut oil to remove the vegetable pigments from your hair.

The Emblica colour chart

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