Did you know that conventional hair dyes contain damaging chemicals like ammonia, parabens, SLS and other harsh ingredients that wreak total havoc on your overall health and hair? It’s pretty much common sense to know that hair dyes aren’t the best for your hair, however, girls around the world, myself included, continue to turn a blind eye when it comes to this process. I never really knew exactly how bad this process was, but after researching it bit more, I discovered a few things you never want to expose your hair to.
Ingredients to Avoid in Hair Dye-
- Ammonia– This is one of the worst offenders in the beauty industry. Ammonia is added to hair color to force open the hair’s cuticle to deposit color, however, this can severely damage the cuticle creating dry, damaged hair. Ammonia is also highly toxic when inhaled, putting you and your stylist at risk.
- Parabens– As we all know by now, parabens are the enemy. Found in just about every type of beauty product these days, hair dye is no exception. You never want to use products with parabens, as they are continuously being found in breast cancer tumors.
- SLS– This stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and it can be found in the majority of all hair care products today. Many researchers do believe there is a link between SLS and cancer, on top of it being known to cause major skin irritations, hormone imbalances, corrosion of the skin and allergies. There are many products labeled as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ that still contain sulfates so you do want to double check for these before you buy.
Because I am constantly torn between a green life and a glamorous one, I set out to find a solution to this problem, hoping to find a safer alternative that did not compromise my love for freshly colored locks. Luckily at the Expo West conference, I came across Naturigin, a permanent hair color line formulated with Organic and natural essential oils and safer ingredients, but that promised to deliver long-lasting, beautiful coverage. So, let’s explore Naturigin further!
How is Naturigin Safer?
Naturigin is formulated without:
How Do you Apply Naturigin?
I took the color I wanted to my stylist and had her apply it for me, leaving some of my past highlights out to give it a more balayage look, however, you can apply this color yourself at home with gloves.
Which Colors Did you Use?
I used 2 boxes of Naturigin 5.0 and about half a tube of the 3.0 color mixed together to form one big batch she then applied to my roots only. Because my hair had lighter areas, next she applied just 5.0 and a small bit of 3.0 to the ends since they saturate the color more. You always want to start with your roots when dying your hair yourself, as they are the healthiest and take the longest to absorb the color. So to recap:
I used two tubes of 5.0, mixed with half of one 3.0 tube for roots and about 3 inches down. On the ends, she used the rest of the 5.0 with a small amount of 3.0 to finish.
How Did the Color Turn Out?
Awesome! My stylist kept warning me that it could turn out terrible, but it surprised us both and came out awesome. I love the brown, it’s the perfect chocolate brown with a splash of red.
How Does it Fade?
I have had this color for about 2 weeks now and so far, I am happy with the hold-up! The last time I dyed my hair with conventional dye it washed out within 2 weeks and while this one has faded a bit, it’s held up much better than expected.
This product is still very much a dye, so it will hold up better than a plant-based natural dye. While it is amazing that they make plant-based dyes, the entire point of dye is to last, so you sort of have to pick and choose your battles here. If you want something 100% natural, this dye may not be for you, as it does still have chemicals in it, but because of those chemicals, the dye will last a decent length of time.
How Safe is Naturigin?
As I mentioned above, to ensure the product holds up there are some chemicals in this dye to keep the color long lasting. Without these chemicals, the dye would be a semi-permanent color and would not perform very well. To ensure their products are as safe as possible, while still performing well, Naturigin has formulated its products with the lowest amount of chemicals possible (0.075% ppd) and they are sold in north European pharmacies which required extensive testing to get there.
I would not suggest using this dye if you are pregnant or with a compromised immune system, as again, these still contain chemicals. I also do not plan on using this often, but if you are in need of a dye this would be one of the safest permanent dyes, if not the safest, on the market.
What Colors Does This Come in?
Naturigin comes in 19 different colors, covering a wide variety of shades- Blonde, Brunette, Red, Black & a few other beautiful shades in between. Check out all of the colors here.
Where Can you Buy it?
You can buy Naturigin at The Vitamin Shoppe for $16.99 here.
Overall, this is a great alternative to the conventional permanent dyes you may see at a drug store or your favorite hair salon and I am very happy with my results! If you live in the San Diego area and need a stylist to apply this, contact Angela at Salon Radiance II here.