Herbatint box contents and tools of the trade

I meant to write this article in April but I’ve been too busy being busy! So before I change hair colour again (yes, again) I thought I’d better write this up. I’ve experimented with a lot of hair dyes over the years, from wash-in-wash-out to outright bleach-and-vamp, and it’s not so easy to avoid the fact that most of them have a relationship to animal-testing somewhere along the line. Not being one to stick my head in the sand, I always check who I’m buying from via the marketing-chain and make purchasing decisions based on that. Fortunately, over the last few decades, our buying power is developing more of a conscience and we’re starting to see some very interesting new products online.  One of these friendly hair products is Herbatint.

The dye

If you have short hair, this product is excellent because you can measure out what you need for one coverage and save the rest for next time when you need to cover the new roots. This is a feature I haven’t seen with other hair dye products; usually you have to throw away any remaining ingredients after opening the box.

Herbatint FF2 on natural light brown hair

The colour is very bright for the first few weeks and then it starts to soften out. Permanent hair dyes tend to fade with reds anyway so I tend not to reapply it again for another 6-8 weeks. The changes from intense red-orange to pale orange isn’t a problem for me. It probably depends on your original hair colour to determine the effects of the colour intensity. Having used high street brands in the past, I would say that the longevity of the colour intensity is not as strong in Herbatint, but this is less important to me when considering product toxicity, ingredients labelling and animal abuse.

I have sensitive skin but so far I haven’t had any adverse skin reactions to the Herbatint product and its great to not have the noxious fumes, which I find very noticeable in some high street products and in the hair salons.

The product is very easy to handle during application and the colour washes out of towels fine if you accidentally grab the wrong one during the process! The colour FF2 will collect on your towels for the first few washes, but again, it washes out so it doesn’t matter too much.

Dye toxicity and ingredients

Anyone interested in the toxicity and ingredients of hair dyes will also find that Herbatint is way ahead all the high street brands in the brunette colour palette [see the Herbatint site for the primary source article in French and an English translation]. For those using blonde hair dyes, the article does not offer any friendly solutions at present, including Herbatint. Perhaps more articles like the above-mentioned will empower consumers to demand better chemistry grades from the commercially-driven laboratories.

Tools of the DIY dye trade

You’ll need a bowl and a brush for the job, as shown in the photo above, and an old towel on standby too. When I last purchased the product, I also received a nice complimentary bag containing free shampoo and conditioner samples, a brush, hair cape, etc. Very handy!

Originally published: Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 22:55 in Living matter, Monologues

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