EarthDye Questions

Is EarthDye safe to use after chemotherapy?

Answer: Yes and recommended by doctors. EarthDye is loaded with nutrients to help your hair grow.  No chemicals, all plants. Amla is one ingredient that is packed with vitamin C. Amla has 30 times more vitamin c than an orange. Your hair will start to grow faster and healthier.

Is EarthDye cruelty free?

Answer: Yes, the matter of fact it is also harmless to animals and Leaping Bunny certified. It is hard to imagine, but many show horses are actually dyed with chemical hair dye. Can you imagine a horse covered in that much dye? Many horses will not even tolerate it. EarthDye has many horse trainers switching and the reaction from the horse is nothing short of incredible. Happy and giddy are the words we hear most often, like a day at the mud spa! Massage, please?

What are your ingredients?

Answer: all of the ingredients for each product are listed on the product page. However, here is a page that has all of the hair dye ingredients.  We do fine-tune our ingredients so sometimes the package might not be the same as the website, so always go off of the packet.  We have been getting people off of the chemicals for 14 years, our dyes will always be natural. We have thousands of customers that are either pregnant, getting off chemo, had a bad reaction to chemical hair dyes, and just know that natural is the way to go,
Here are all of our ingredients: 

Can I Swim in Chlorinated Water? Salt Water?

Yes to all of the water babies!! Swim and swim ocean or pool! Just make sure you shampoo after!! Chlorinated pools can turn your hair green without hair dye.  Shampoo and repeat!

I am a man, can I use your mascara On my eyebrows?

Answer:  Yes! Harvest Moon mascara is wonderful on eyebrows, we recommend our less expensive natural mascara to darken them up.

apply a coat to eyebrows and immediately wipe with a tissue, let dry. Men and women are using it to create a much younger healthier look and it will not smudge.

Can I use EarthDye over chemically treated hair dye?

Answer: Yes, you can use chemical hair dye, go straight home, and then use our hair dye right over it. Or vice/versa We always will recommend doing a strand test first, this way you know what color it will be before doing your entire head.

Do your hair dyes contain any metallic salts? Gluten, preservatives, synthetics , PPD or Ammonia?

Answer: No, all of our hair dyes are 100% plants. Even the soil it grows in is organic.  Each color has a list of the ingredients on the page with the color. Each ingredient is made from plants if you look them up.

Does EarthDye cover gray hair?

Answer: Yes! We get asked this a lot! This is the entire reason we started making and selling it! We want to look younger with a healthier solution. Our dyes can make you look 10 to 15 years younger in less than an hour while repairing damaged hair.

Does your hair dye have chemicals in it?

Answer: No! Most people that use our products come to us after they have had a bad reaction to chemical hair or beard dye. The younger generations are usually just health and environmentally conscious. Our hair and beard dyes are made of plants and clays; zero chemicals.

Can I use EarthDye while pregnant?

Answer: Yes! Absolutely! It is wonderful you are thinking about your newborn child, but also think down the road. If you have to ask this question, why not make it part of your life before, during, and after childbirth? It is just as easy to use as a chemical hair dye and is also great for the environment!

What color should I get?

Answer: While color is a personal preference, most ask because they are not sure what colors they will get. Keep in mind our dyes will not alter the color of your hair, simply put; they will cover up and add to what you already have. If you have brown hair, you can use reds and burgundies to add highlights or natural red to give an auburn effect. If you just want to cover gray and are naturally medium brown, then just use brown, and then touch up as the grays grow in. When your entire head lightens, repeat by covering all the hair, then go back to only roots again. If you have gray roots and the rest of your hair is dark brown, use dark brown on the roots and feather it in. If after 24 hours it is not dark enough, you can do it again for 30 minutes and it will make it darker. You can use EarthDye as often as you like, it is a healthy hair dye.

Why don't you have color charts?

Answer: We do not use color charts because our dyes do not go lighter, only equal or darker. Chemicals dyes, what you see is what you usually get.
If you are a natural redhead, use our natural red to liven it up or red to make a real redhead of hair. Or use brown or dark brown to cover the red. The options are almost endless.
People with black hair/gray need to use either plain indigo or purchase the 2-step black. Some can get away with soft black or even dark brown. Once you get a feeling you will know exactly what to get. You can exchange a color any time as long as it is unopened and you are an existing customer.

How many applications can I expect to get from 1 packet?

It depends on how long your hair is. Short hair can get as many as 4 uses doing the entire head, as many as 20-30 uses doing root touch-ups. Mustache as many as 40-50 uses, goatee as many as 30-40, and full beards depending on length as many as 10-20. This makes it super affordable and as low as 25 cents per application.

Will I get red hair?

You should not get red hair using browns or blacks. If your hair is white or extremely light, burgundy can come out red-orange the first time or first 12 hours, turning darker overnight. If you are starting from white hair a second application might be necessary, but rare. Always do a strand test! Oils, certain gels, and leave-in conditioners can also cause the browns to be stripped leaving red over time. Another thing we have learned is certain shampoos like Aveda, Crew, V05, and Baby shampoo can affect the outcome of the color.

How to apply it?

All packets come with instructions. In general, shampoo your hair, or do the beard prep 2 times, rinse. Mix powder with warm or warm water, apply to hair or beard. For hair using an application, the brush works best. Goatees, you can use a spoon.  Hair can be toweled dry (damp) or dry. Men can shampoo beards (not hair) 3 hours later. The hair on the head should be shampooed until 24 hours after the dye has been rinsed. The color will darken on browns, blacks, and blond overnight.  Natural red will settle down after the first shampoo.

How long does it take?

Most of the time it depends on how long your hair is. Some colors take as little as 10 minutes (natural red) some take an hour (dark brown). No application should be left on for more than 1.5 hours, however, some customers tell us about different ways they have applied it. When in doubt, follow our directions, not anyone else’s unless you know them personally and trust them to babysit your pet.

How long does it last?

Our natural hair dyes can be very permanent. It can last as long as 4 years or more or several months. The more absorbent your is the longer it will last. It all comes down to how absorbent your hair is. Most people have very absorbent hair both on the head and face. When you do your hair, you will want to focus on the roots as they come in, then as the dye fades over the next few months or year, you can do the entire head again. Beards will last longer following our beard prep and instructions, not following them will lead to poor results. If you have a long beard you will also want to focus on the new growth, then over the next several months do the entire beard. Doing your hair over and over can make your hair darker and darker. You can never go lighter with EarthDye®, no chemicals will not allow that to happen. So if you use Ash Beach Brown on brown hair, gray hair, or black hair, you will not see a change. Ash is great for white hair or blond hair with gray.
TIP: Try not to go too dark from the start, it is hard if not almost impossible to lighten EarthDye®,  Chemically treated hair such as blond will more than likely come out lighter using browns, always do a  hair strand test to be sure, not all hair is the same! Your hair will start to grow faster the more you use it and is safe to use on a regular base and over chemical hair dye.

What shampoo should I use?

When it comes to shampoos, there are millions of different brands on the market. It is extremely hard to know which shampoo will react differently. It is very rare a shampoo will cause a problem however some absolutely do. We do know that:

  • Baby shampoo will keep hair green using Ash Beach Brown
  • V05 gives Multiple colors
  • Aveda will turn browns red
  • Dr. Bonners causes multiple issues on some
  • Grandpas pine soap will turn strawberry blond golden blond
  • Alcohol hair gels will cause purple

When it comes to using the correct shampoo, look for high ingredients of oil and alcohol, if it has these, find another one. Make sure and check ingredients when you purchase more as some manufacturers change ingredients often. Always make sure you wash your hair after you rinse it out no later than 24 hours, 12 is fine, some can shampoo right after and the color will darken overnight.  We will always recommend Harvest Moon extra conditioning henna shampoo or Harvest Moon Aloe Vera shampoo because they work extremely well with our products.

Does your browns have red?

EarthDye browns should not make your hair red. Many people get reds after chemical or natural hair dye fades from using products in the hair. Oils in the hair are bad and will strip color leaving a copper effect. This includes:

  • Shampoos with oils
  • Hair straighteners
  • Hair gels ( we recommend alcohol-free hair gels)
  • Leave-in conditioners (rinse conditioners are okay, however, check ingredients for oil)
  • Alcohol in hair gels will cause purple, with millions of hair products on the market we can only tell you to look at the ingredients and look for oil.

Your hair is alive, and most oils will cause your natural production of oils to stop, and this creates a vicious cycle of needing more oil. It takes a very long time to get out of this cycle because the hair grows a quarter of an inch a month. If you have used chemical hair dye or oils, you are killing your hair. Then new hair grows, and it is killed again. EarthDye allows your hair to breathe and helps it get its life back. You have to be patient and the longer your hair, the longer it will take for the new growth to come back. You will see and feel the difference after your first shampoo.  If you have frizzy hair, we recommend Shikapoo. Shikapoo is a dry shampoo that comes in powder form. It is the world’s most fabulous conditioner and comes from nature.

Can you dye other body parts? Armpits and pubic-hair?

Absolutely! Make sure you follow the beard dye instructions when doing any hair other than the head.

How much hair does one pack cover?

One pack will do bra-length hair.  Only mix what you need and store the rest. Mix the powder thicker, not thinner.  One pack will also do multiple goatees.

Where is EarthDye made?

All of our dyes are made in India, by the same people that have made them for the past 10 plus years.

Can I dye my pubic hair?

Yes!! You can dye any hair, but if you are doing anything other than the hair on your head, you need to follow the beard dye directions and be extra careful if using natural red or reds. Natural red will stain the skin (not your face, as the face produces oils). Reds will also stain your hands, so wear gloves! Tip for redheads: Mix up some powder, then mix it with your shampoo and you can do your hair in just a few minutes (10).


  1. Diana G.
    August 31, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Okay, I will check out Free and Clear and Fantasia and others.

    Thanks for your prompt response.

  2. Diana G.
    August 30, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Hi, I have been using Earthdye Dark Brown Henna color for over a year now. I am very pleased with the results.
    Covers my salt and pepper gray hair quite well. I also use Harvest Moon Henna Shampoo. Am very pleased with the shampoo too.

    My question is that I would like to use hair mousee or hair gel that does not contain alcohol or oils.
    I have not been able to find this. Can you recommend a brand name for hair gel or hair mousee that would not contain alcohol or oils??

    • earthdye
      August 31, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Hi Diana, the best thing to do is Google “alcohol-free hair gel” and find the one that has no oils or alcohol. If you are not looking for a firm hold, there are quite a few on the market like Free and Clear hair styling gel. Fantasia Hair polisher style and gel.
      I think what will matter most is the firmness, as most without those two ingredients usually will not be a “firm-hold” gel. And thank you for your business and compliments!

  3. Brenda Bertolini
    June 10, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve never used your products before and as with most things, I do a ton of research which is how I found your company. Excited to try it– Do you have any idea when the Plum Purple (Indigo) color will be back in stock? I’ve been checking all week – I’m looking for more of a deep blue/purple tone (my hair is about as dark brown as you can get) so I assume these shades will only show up in the sun.. if there is a long delay, is there any other way to achieve this plum purple shade? Thank you for the help!

    • earthdye
      June 11, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      Purple is pure indigo. To achieve purple all you need to do is mix it with bud ice instead of water. If your hair is really dark you might not see it at all. It will turn blue at first and then purple overnight.

      Oddly I thought the Purple page was updated with this information and downloadable instructions. Here is a link to pure indigo.

  4. Margherita D’Amato
    June 5, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Do you know longer carry Cassia Obovata? I don’t see it among your hair products.

  5. luciano1213
    June 1, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Soft back is too soft for me, meaning I need to put it on twice to make my grays turns almost completely black, but not for many days.
    Will it help to use 1/4 henna with soft black?
    I now have the two step black package with henna and indigo—–I used to apply one each for 1.5 hours each, and also 1/4 henna with 3/4 indigo and I am just wondering if I can mix 1/4 henna, 1/4 soft black and 1/2 indigo?
    Thanks for your reply.

    • earthdye
      June 2, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Luciano, Soft black natural hair dye is a light black on white hair, darker on gray hair. Mix soft black with pure indigo to make it darker. The more indigo you add the darker it will be. If you want a jet black, do the natural red first for 30 minutes and then the indigo for 1 hour immediately after rinsing the red off.

  6. Arlene
    May 31, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Is the dye named ‘Natural Red’ the same color dye that, I have bought in the past, that was just named “Red”.

  7. natashagrisartist
    May 30, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Hi, I really like the burgundy colour and the dark cherry red. I’m just concerned that it will bleed and get all over my bedding, towels etc, and stain things and sweat off when exercising as I’ve heard stories from people, who have used Henna’s with added herbs to enhance colour, have run into this issue. Also, I’m wondering if I do the burgundy colour and this is a problem, could I then do the 2 step (Pure Henna and Indigo) to get a black/dark brown colour over top of the burgundy? Would it adhere over the burgundy and not bleed? Thanks in advance. – Ash

    • earthdye
      May 31, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      It will wash out of towels. I just did a friend’s hair and turned a white towel very red, washed it on normal, and never stained it. If you are worried use an old towel. and yes you can go over it and make it black if you decide to do so.

  8. Anthony A Pierce
    May 11, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    When will u get soft black dye back in

    • earthdye
      May 11, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      As of today 05/11/21, We should have soft black in stock within the next 6 weeks, India is on lock down due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, you can make your own soft black by mixing Cassia Obovata and indigo. The more cassia you add the lighter it will be.

  9. Val
    May 6, 2021 at 5:26 am

    I should also ask whether you recommend using shikapoo everytime i wash my hair or shall I alternate it with your harvest moon shampoo?

    • earthdye
      May 6, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Yes, the Shikapoo (Shikakai) is highly recommended, It works well with colors and is an absolutely amazing shampoo/conditioner.

    • earthdye
      May 11, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      You can use it daily or bi-weekly, it really all depends on you and your hair.

    • Val
      June 23, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      Hello. I am still unclear as to whether I am able to use any shampoo or hair products once I have actually dyed my hair with earthdye. Is it only necessary to clean your with shampoo free from oils etc. before you dye or always?

      • earthdye
        June 23, 2021 at 7:53 pm

        Hi Val! It is most important ” prior” to the application, after does not matter as much. With millions of shampoos on the market, the odds of something going an array are very slim to none. Oils will help it fade faster and stop your natural production of oil. The only way to find out is by using whatever shampoo you like.

        • Val
          June 23, 2021 at 10:23 pm

          Thanks for that. So even a shampoo or hair product with oils or alcohol in them won’t necessarily turn hair green

          • earthdye
            June 24, 2021 at 5:17 pm

            High oils are not good as well as alcohol. Alcohol turns browns/blacks purple. Oils keep it from sticking as well, unless you are using red or strawberry blond then usually no shampoo will matter.

  10. Val
    May 6, 2021 at 5:24 am

    I have to use a hair straightener on my hair after every shampoo as it goes frizzy and looks unmanaged. Does using a hair straightener fade earthdye?

    • earthdye
      May 6, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      hair straighteners can absolutely affect the outcome. For example ” It’s a 10″ straightener will turn it green and keep it that way.

      • Val
        May 14, 2021 at 5:51 am

        So does this mean a hair dryer or heat from the sun will also effect it?

        • earthdye
          May 14, 2021 at 10:56 am

          The sun makes anything fade. The good news is it blocks UV rays. You can use a hairdryer no problem. Just do not use an overhead dryer as they do in a salon with it on your hair, this will dry it out and keep it from working. Using a hairdryer after you rinse it is no problem.

      • Val
        May 18, 2021 at 4:18 pm

        Ok thanks. So if I use earthdye how do I keep my hair looking nice and straight if I cannot use a hair straightener

        • earthdye
          May 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm

          Unfortunately, that is not easy. Oils and heating irons are also bad for the hair. You’re on the right path with EarthDye, and you can use heat, just not while the product is in your hair. Our shikapoo does wonders as well and you can use that and then do a wet wrap overnight and then dry with cool air the next day. That helps, but it all depends on what kind of curls we are talking about.
          You can Duckduckgo “how to straighten hair naturally” and there are many different ways I am just not sure which will work. What color are you doing in your hair?

          • Val
            May 18, 2021 at 6:59 pm

            Do you mean it is ok to use a hair straightener but not while product is in your hair? Or have i got that wrong? My hair is not curly at all just gets a bit wrinkly and messy looking when I haven’t straightened it. I am a dark blonde so I gather the best colour for me would be ash Beach brown?

          • earthdye
            May 18, 2021 at 7:46 pm

            I would not use a chemical straightener at all (it creates a vicious cycle). If that is the case use our Shikapoo (pure shikakai). Also, our hair dyes have natural conditioners built-in, so all of that will go away over time if you have been using chemical hair dye. As your new hair grows in, it will look and become much healthier, it just takes time for the new growth to come in. And no-baby shampoo if you are using Ash beach brown. Ash Beach brown works on blond and white hair. If your hair is darker you will not see it, it sounds about right for you.

      • Val
        May 24, 2021 at 5:41 am

        Hello I called it a hair straightener but I really meant a hair iron. Will a Hair iron affect the outcome of earthdye?

        • earthdye
          May 24, 2021 at 3:25 pm

          Hot irons are okay, just not good for the hair but will not affect the color

          • Val
            May 25, 2021 at 10:43 pm

            Hello thanks for all your help. I have one more question and that is that my hairdresser like to shampoo and cut my hair wet. If I have used earthdye does this matter? Is it only an issue before you dye it?

          • earthdye
            May 26, 2021 at 1:13 pm

            You can apply it to wet or dry hair. Please see instructions on product page.

  11. Dee
    April 28, 2021 at 7:56 am

    How will the chlorine in a pool impact the dye?

    • earthdye
      April 29, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      It should not affect it, just make sure you wash your hair after getting out of the pool. You should do this even if you are not dying it as it can turn it green.
      We live in Florida and always in the ocean and pool, never a problem.

  12. Dan
    April 9, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Where are your products made?

    • earthdye
      April 9, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      All of our dyes are made in India, by the same people that have made them for the past 10 plus years.

  13. SAMIR
    March 15, 2021 at 5:01 am

    I’m Using (Soft Black Beard Dye) . My only issue since before that the color turns purple after maybe two o three days. What could be the reason and how to avoid that., although I’m following all the instruction and using your own Henna Shampoo.

    • earthdye
      March 15, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Samir, I see you have been a customer since 2018, I am assuming this just started?

      It is very important to shampoo your hair 24-48 hours after you rinse it out. Not doing so can result in the hair dye oxidating and turning colors. You will not wash out the dye, so this is very important. Also if you have a water softener, make sure the line did not get any backwash in it.

  14. Lori H.
    March 12, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Love this hair color product. Followed the directions completely and the results were exactly what I wanted. I will not go back to using the harsh chemical hair coloring. Thank you for this product!

  15. Sabrina
    January 18, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Can I use bleach to lighten my hair if I used your henna six months ago?

    • earthdye
      January 19, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Yes, you can go back to chemicals any time, always do a strand test to see the outcome of the color. If you have Natural dark brown hair some times it takes more to lighten it to blond. however, I would not touch bleach, super toxic!

  16. Scott
    November 20, 2020 at 2:34 am

    I’ve been using Grizzly Mountain but it doesn’t last long. Seems like the same thing. Is it?

    • earthdye
      November 22, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      It is not the same thing. Totally different company. On facial hair, ours lasts until you trim it. EarthDye Natural beard dye has been tried to be copied for a long time now.

  17. Rhonda Foley
    November 18, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Will ash beach brown and pure indigo make a dark brown with no red tints?

    • earthdye
      November 19, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Yes, however, none of the browns should give you red. If you are getting red something is stripping the brown out. Oil and leave-in conditioners will do this. Also, check your shampoo and see if it has oils in it, if it is high in oils this will strip it as well.
      Here is a great tutorial on how to make your color last longer

  18. Linda Sappington
    November 13, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I’m really excited to use your product! I was going to use another henna product and it said that it was possible it can straighten or relax curly hair. I have curly hair and didn’t want to chance that so I didn’t use it. Have you heard of any one experiencing that with your product? Thanks!

    • earthdye
      November 13, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      You should not have that problem. Just do not leave it in your hair for over an hour. Pure natural red is the only one that could cause an issue if left on for 4 hours or longer. Anything over 1.5 hours will not make much of a difference regardless.

  19. Jennifer Bantle
    October 27, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Am I supposed to mix cassia and henna together before applying or use in 2 separate applications? Or Henna first? Then cassia?

    • earthdye
      October 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Jennifer, if you are using natural red, you can mix it in with it, yes and it might make it lighter. Otherwise, you can use it after. There is not a time frame, that is your call.

  20. Abhishek Sharma
    October 1, 2020 at 7:07 am

    EarthDye is a natural hair dye herb that is popularly known as Mehandi in most parts of Asian countries. It has been used by men and women. We provide premium quality of 100% chemical-free hair dye. We are a leading natural hair dye manufacturer, and supplier of premium quality dyes. We offer our clients 100 % Natural products, which is completely safe and do not give any side effects. If you have been burned or if you are looking for a hair dye that is great for your hair you have come to the correct place!

    • earthdye
      October 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      Well said!!

  21. Js
    September 23, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Any way to speed up the process of turning to the right color? It used to take about 12 hours to go from green to brown . Now it is not fully brown for nearly 48 hours. For a beard.. no shampoo or soap even touches my face ever. Just warm water.

    • earthdye
      September 24, 2020 at 2:19 am

      That is a problem. You need to use shampoo prior and after you rinse it off. I am surprised it is even working if you are not following those instructions.

      And especially use a beard brush with the shampoo.

      Here is a video:

      Also, stay away from baby shampoo

  22. j
    September 11, 2020 at 2:03 am

    I had your dye sitting around for a long time and finally got around to using it…. I’m so sad I didn’t try it sooner. Amazing. I’m in love. Immediately wanted to buy more but you’re out of it. I see COVID has caused you complications. Can you please message me when more comes in stock? Thanks. (Btw your email field is broken and won’t send)

  23. Neelam A
    August 15, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    I tried the dark brown henna to cover my gray hair. This is my first time using your henna dye for dark brown. My gray hair looked green/blue. Why is this?

    • earthdye
      August 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      This is very normal, even yellow or red is normal at first and then it turns to the correct color overnight. If it stays green it means something is interfering with it. Baby shampoo will turn it green, alcohol will turn it purple. V05, Aveda, and Dr. Bonners will turn it red. You need to check the ingredients on the shampoo for oils and alcohol and shampoo your hair after you rinse in 24 hours. Waiting too long will cause it to oxidize and turn colors.

    • Lulu Delphine
      August 30, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      I just used the ash blonde/brown color last night. I followed all instructions – washed with clarifying shampoo first, towel dried, rinsed with water only after 1.5 hours. I wasn’t worried that it had a green tint last night as you said it might on the package, but this morning; STILL has a green tint. It’s been almost 24 hours since I used the product. I have used NO other product but water. Please tell me what to do.

      • earthdye
        September 2, 2020 at 3:43 pm

        What kind of shampoo did you do your prep with prior to applying it? Also, how late at night did you do it?

        • earthdye
          September 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

          If it is still green, then the shampoo is interfering. Baby shampoo will do just this, it is normal to see green when you rinse for some people but should turn ash brown later. Some sooner than others but usually overnight is all you need. I recommend dying it early evening. Crew, Aveda, Baby Shampoo can cause issues with the colors.

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