This morning I did just that. I gave myself little hair colouring treat. Not just that. I went a step further. I trialled an "eco" at-home hair dye as your very own, personal lab rat and guess what? It went really well!
Here's my hair before the treatment:
[Yes. I am aware I am making a bizarre facial expression. Yes. This was the best pic I had.]
I went to my local health food store, which I already knew stocked 'natural' hair colours. If you've ever looked into what ingredients are in 'natural' or 'organic' products you'll know that the name and branding doesn't always match what you're buying into. So I was skeptical, but my 'itch' was strong enough to give one of the options a go.
I went with the tints of nature "light ash blonde" home colour kit, which won me over because it
- is ammonia free
- is resorcinol free (I didn't know what resorcinol was, but figured it must be bad)
- is paraben free
- contains certified organic ingredients, but didn't claim the whole product was organic (which I felt was more honest that a couple of the other brands)
- has a "not tested on animals" stamp
- had a manufacturer name that looked German/Nordic and I assumed that was a safe bet there would have been minimal mistreatment of workers in the process (avoiding slave labour etc)
- was the only brand where the models looked normal (i.e. not discoloured, without henna coloured hair, or yellowed blonde & "number twos" brown hair)
|getting scared now....|
One hour and a very wet laundry floor later and voila!
After all was done (I didn't want to find something out that would make me change my mind beforehand!) I looked up all the ingredients via my trusty sources. I also read through the tints of nature website and was very, very pleased with what I found. They had a description of all their ingredients online and information about what the benefits are of using their products. The only thing I'd add to the site were some links to read about the ingredients from a website that was more impartial, had more info and research (for the eco nerds like me who want to know every. single. detail.).
Here's what I learnt:
- Hair can be lightened without the use or ammonia
- It is possible to colour your hair at home without turning it orange
- It is really hard to colour your own hair without getting dizzy, knocking your 'funny bone' on the tap or slipping on wet tiles. Either master the art or call your mum.
- Sometimes it is a good thing to take a gamble on an idea you believe in. If it turns out the product you bought wasn't what you thought it was, don't buy it again. But at least you tried.
- Colouring your hair with eco friendly and people friendly products leaves you feeling pretty and virtuous. This is a very good thing.
- I should never. ever. EVER take my own photo from below the chin again.