|Now I Use Non-Toxic Hair Color and Color It Myself.|
|Before My Diagnosis I Used Lots of Chemicals on My Hair.|
My hair is naturally curly, and it needs an abundance of products to keep it looking good. Before I found out that I had cancer, I was going regularly to the salon for highlights. In fact, my hair was more blonde than brown! I knew that I had to give up my highlights, but I wasn't ready to stop coloring. So I went in search of the best non-toxic way to color my hair.
I didn't want a product with peroxide because it would damage my hair and make it frizzy. So here was the challenge: to find a non-toxic product that would have the ability to cover a little gray without using peroxide and provide a natural looking medium brown color.
At first I tried Surya Henna Powder which is free of PPD, parabens, resorcinol, heavy metals, peroxide and ammonia. It left my hair shiny and in great condition, but even their "Ash" Brown had a lot of red in it. That's because gold, red and copper hues are characteristic of the henna plant.
In my search to find a non-toxic, non-henna, ash brown hair color, I came across Act by Nature's Palette by Nature. They make their hair dye from living plants using the latest scientific achievements in green chemistry. The result is a 100% naturally-derived plant based permanent hair colorant that is free of paraphenylene diamine (PPD), resorcinol, m-aminophenol, p-aminophenol, toluene, 2.5 diamine, azo-dyes, diazo-dyes, disperse dyes, ammonia and parabens - all synthetic chemicals which are know allergens and suspected carcinogens.
Palette by Nature's Light Natural Brown gave me a medium-dark brown color without any red undertones. It changed my gray to light brown highlights. In order to cover a minor amount of gray, however, I had to keep the product on my head longer than recommended, strictly adhering to the instructions to keep it warm with a hair dryer for the entire period while processing. Once this was done, the color was permanent and did not fade.
Naturtint makes a permanent hair colorant with no parabens, ammonia, resorcinol, silicones, paraffin, mineral oils, SLS or formaldehyde derivatives. But it does have peroxide. I'm going to try it next week just as a touch-up, and I'll let you know the results.
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1/29/11 Update: I purchased Naturtint 5N Light Chestnut Brown from my local health food store. One box was enough to cover the bangs, crown and temples of my hair. The application was easy, the gray coverage superb, and the color is perfect! I definitely recommend it. Light Chestnut Brown gave me a rich medium brown shade and blended perfectly with the rest of my hair.
3/10/11 Update: It has been six weeks since I colored my crown and temples with Naturtint 5N. The color remained true and did not fade or turn brassy. I will definitely use Naturtint the next time I color. It was so much easier to use, made much less mess, and covered the grays beautifully.
4/15/11 Update: After 8 weeks it was time to color my roots. I decided to color my entire head with Naturtint 5N Light Chestnut Brown to even out the color and lighten the darker part that was colored previously with Palette by Nature. It took 3 boxes to cover my hair because it is nearly waist length now. I left it on for 20 minutes. The color was uniform, medium to dark brown with no red, and had nice natural highlights.
6/23/11 Update After several applications of Naturtint (about once every 2 months), my hair began to feel dry and frizzy. Yes, the peroxide was too much with repeated applications. Frankly, it felt like straw! And, as one reader pointed out in the comment section, Naturtint still contained PPD's, although they claim to use far less than most other brands. I decided to go back to Palette by Nature's Light Natural Brown. I may use Naturtint occasionally just at the temples and a couple of highly resistant spots near my bangs that are more visible. Otherwise, I am returning to Palette by Nature. It kept my hair in excellent condition and full of shine. (7-3-11, I put it on and my hair just loved it! It's full of shine, bouncy curls and a nice dark brown color. Yes, light brown comes out dark brown, but it is natural and not red like henna.)
1/24/13 Update I'm still using Palette by Nature's non-toxic color, now in Medium Natural Brown. For one super stubborn gray spot on my crown I use a tiny bit of "Root Touch Up" which is NOT non-toxic, but it allows me to treat just that stubborn area without saturating the scalp. The rest of my grays are turned a lighter shade of brown with Palette by Nature.
3/1/13 Update As I age, I am finding more grays throughout my head. This time I used Palette by Nature Dark Natural Brown and left it on for 1 1/2 hours WITHOUT heat. The coverage was nice and even with the gray hairs turning a lighter brown shade, providing nice highlights.
|November 2012 - My hair remains in great condition!|