Spring, the time of year when everything in nature is celebrating beautiful new beginnings; so why not include your hair, even if it means doing it yourself!
Like many, you may be self-isolating with no access to your hairdresser, dreading the eminent appearance of your natural roots or grey hairs and wondering if now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and opt for an at home do.
Well, it's easier than you think! All you need is a little guidance through the plethora of hair colour products on the market to determine what's best for you.
50 Shades of Colourings – Differentiating between various product types
Henna is a 100% natural type of hair colour that can either be vegetable (from roots and fruits) or oil based. Its downfall, the creation of a film around the hair, making the penetration of any other subsequent colouring treatment very difficult.
Temporary colour is the best route to take if you're uncertain of your colour direction as it washes out in two to six shampoos.
Semi-permanent hair colour rinses out a little with every shampoo and lasts between six to twelve washes; ideal for those who want to temporarily change the colour of their hair or mask the first signs of white hair.
Permanent hair colour is best for 100% coverage that provides vibrant and long-lasting colour (several weeks). However, most products are mixed with hydrogen peroxide, which over time can be damaging and lead to flat uniform colour.
Herbal vs traditional
One of the most common ingredients in conventional hair dyes is ammonia, used to penetrate the hair cuticle and deposit colour. Its downside is the potential to damage and weaken the hair cuticle, which overtime results in dry, brittle, unhealthy looking hair.
As a result, more people are turning towards herbal hair colourings which are formulated with floral or plant extracts to help gently deposit colour without causing damage, leaving a vibrant, soft and natural-looking result.
Do's and Don'ts of Hair Dyeing
As with anything, the fewer the chemical ingredients, the better. Herbatint, 100% Vegan from Italy, is the safest and most gentle natural alternative hair colour gel in the world – free of ammonia, resorcinol, alcohol, parabens and added fragrances.
By eliminating ammonia, there is little or no penetration of the epidermis, thus reducing the potential for allergic reactions. Although Herbatint has been dermatologically tested on sensitive skin, a patch test is always recommended with the purchase of any new beauty product.
While peroxide is present in all hair dye, even natural options, Herbatint's hair colour line contains one of the lowest levels of peroxide on the market to avoid structural damage to the hair shaft and scalp.
Beneficial Herbal Extracts
The ingredients in your herbal hair colour can impact both the look and health of your hair.
Herbatint is formulated with specific herbal extracts, perfected over 30 years, to gently deposit colour and achieve a natural shine and vibrant result for your hair:
Aloe Vera: Rich in vitamins A, C and E, enzymes, panthenol and natural minerals. It promotes healthy cell growth resulting in stronger, more vibrant hair. It also helps to moisturize and restore the PH balance of the scalp.
Echinacea: A hydrating, natural antiseptic that contains flavonoids; known to promote hair regeneration.
Meadowfoam: Rich in Vitamin E, it helps provide better coverage and long-lasting results.
Rhubarb: High source of antioxidants.
White Birch: A hair tonic that helps strengthen follicles to reduce hair loss.
Witch Hazel: Rich in tannins, it has powerful antioxidant properties and can help alleviate scalp sensitivity and dryness.
Available in 36 rich shades, Herbatint is easy to apply as it goes on evenly and is non-drying. Whether you are looking for 100% grey coverage or if you are just looking for a change, Herbatint has you covered as it can lighten hair by up to two shades. And, depending on hair length, each package provides multiple uses.