What a relief! I have finally landed on a vegan hair color product that is free of any harsh chemicals, leaves my hair in fantastic shape and is easy to apply. I don’t know about you, but I can no longer bring myself to pay the high prices for salon dyes that have most likely been tested on the eyes of a helpless rabbit or some other imprisoned creature. I have tried Naturtints, which is a more natural permanent dye that is sold in health food stores. Unfortunately, I found that it turned my normally fine, wavy hair to dull and lifeless strands of disappointment. But I did not give up my search.
If you are looking for something that is chemical free, has many organic ingredients and is so good for your hair that you will want to use it repeatedly to retain your healthy, shiny tresses, try Surya Henna Cream.
This product is completely free of animal products, animal testing, parabens or harsh chemicals such as ammonia, lead and dyes. The Henna Cream comes pre-mixed so it applies easily and can even be saved in the bottle for later touch ups. According to the Surya Brasil website, it can safely be used on any hair type and even after hair treatments including coloring, straightening or relaxing hair. It is semi-permanent, so it does not permanently stain and can be used repeatedly.
What is Henna?
It is a plant native to India but is also found in other Asian countries. Henna leaves are dried and ground to make hair coloring products. Its leaves are the only part of the plant that contains the pigment to color hair.
Henna leaves have an orangey red pigment. In addition to its natural colorant properties, Henna provides other benefits like reducing dandruff and hair loss, due to its natural characteristics that endow it to act as a bactericide, fungicide, fortifier, shine enhancer and hair protector.
What I particularly love about using henna is that it does not leave a sharp root line at the base of your hair the way permanent hair color does. Instead, henna will slowly fade from your hair all over, so it looks more natural as your original color returns.
For those of you who are braver than I, you can mix and blend separate shades to create your own unique hair color. Then you can save the leftovers to reapply later if you like…brilliant. It comes in 15 different shades; many of which are guaranteed to cover gray but there are some limitations. If you have questions (I did), they have a helpful customer service line. You may find that the healthy shine this product gives to your hair makes for a natural highlight of your own.
I just LOVE that I am not putting chemicals on my hair, in the air, on any animals or in the environment. And my hair feels great!
© Jill Powers and The Feel Good Vegan 2011
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