Pick formulas that come in eco_friendly packaging. Want to make Mother Nature especially happy? Pay attention to the packaging too. "Aveda's tubes are manufactured with 100% wind power and made from post_consumer recycled content _ right down to the cap," says Mejia Montane. And when you order directly from Manic Panic's website, it will be packed with biodegradable peanuts. Ultimately, the dream of organic hair dye is just that _ a dream. But that doesn't mean you can't use your head when deciding what kind of hair color to put on top of it.
The FDA regulates cosmetics via the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, neither of which define the term "organic." In other words, if you see hair dye that isn't henna and it claims to be organic or natural, it's "most likely still employing synthetic ingredients for it to work," Dr. Aral says. The good news: Hair dye doesn't have to be organic or natural in order to be safe, and there are other ways to be both health_ and eco_conscious when it comes to coloring your hair.