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Title Formulation and evaluation of polyherbal formulation as hair colorant
Authors Ealumalai Vadivel and Yeshwant T. Kandolkar
Description Herbal cosmetics formulated by using various coloring ingredients as the base, in which one or more coloring ingredients are used to provide defined cosmetic benefits, are termed as “Herbal Cosmetics”. The need of herbal medicines is increasing rapidly due to their lack of side effects. Herbal drugs constitute a major part in all the traditional systems of medicine. Hence, an attempt has been made to review the use of natural products obtained from plant sources to replace the synthetic dyes. The composition of natural hair dye consisting of amla, bhringraj, henna, mandara, indigo, ratanjot , sariva, curry leaves and methi seed powders are blended with urea and the mixture is soaked to obtain a dye. The plant samples have been standardized by physico-chemical parameters such as total ash, acid insoluble ash, water soluble ash and extractive value of different solvents. The formulated hair dye have been characterized by pH, microscopic study, effect of sunlight, effect of detergent, effect of three time coating and patch test. Result of the present studies shows that out of 17 hair colorant formulations four formulations, F2, IF2, BAF3 and KM2 have better activity. The studies have also shown that there is no hair damage or scalp irritation on dyeing the human hair. Hence this formulation proves to be a key alternative for modern synthetic hair dyes.