Why this blog?
For me, being vegan is a continual journey. Every day I find out something new about the things I use in my ordinary daily life. I am interested in finding new ways to enhance the vegan-friendliness of my life through the products I use, eat, wear or otherwise consume. I would love for everything I use to be as vegan as possible, from dish soap to makeup, to the shoes I wear, to my hair care products, and everything in between. I hope to share with you information about what I try and what I discover along the way.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Vegan Hair Color: "Naturtint Green Technologies"
On my continual quest for products that are both vegan and more natural, the hair color issue was for me inevitable. As much as I hope to one day embrace my gray, I am not yet ready. I did a bit of online research and came across a few products that have been recommended as suitable for vegans.
Initially I was very excited about one site in particular which featured a vegan hair color called "act naturals," and I emailed them in the hopes of obtaining more info about their product. I never heard anything back despite emailing them several more times over the course of a few months before I eventually gave up. They do list a phone number where they can supposedly be reached between the very inconvenient hours of 8:30am to 5:00 pm eastern time Monday through Friday.
Instead of trying to reach them by phone, I ordered a different brand online called "Tints of Nature," which worked ok but left my hair feeling a bit dried out. It also came in a very small bottle, so even though I have short hair, I almost ran out of color before I had completely covered my hair.
The next product I tried and the one that I am now recommending to you is called "Naturtint." (If you live in Bellingham, you can find this product at the Co op for around $14 a box. You can also find it online for about 9 or 10 bucks a box.) I started out with a 5N "Light Chestnut Brown," and it was very very dark. I recommend choosing a shade or two lighter than you think you want because you can always go darker more easily than you can go lighter, and these colors tend to run dark. Also, the "N" colors seem to have more of a greenish base, while the "G" colors are more reddish.
I eventually switched to the 5G "Light Golden Chestnut," which I really like, but right now I am dealing with the slightly lighter shade on my roots not fully blending with the darker ends. (This is the color I probably should have started out with, but it's hard to know what will happen when you are experimenting on yourself until you try...)
Anyway, the good news is, the gray coverage is awesome and there are no gross chemical smells with this dye. It is permanent hair color that is also ammonia and paraben free, and it's made from a vegetable protein base. It is gentle on my hair and leaves it softer than before I color it, and with the use of a color-safe vegan shampoo and conditioner, the color can last up to 5 weeks. (If you don't use a color-safe shampoo, the color will be stripped from your gray pretty quickly. I use Abba's "Pure Color Protect." It's vegan and it works great on color-treated hair.) Naturtint hair color is also easy to mix and apply, and it comes with simple clear instructions, and also with a small amount of shampoo and color-setting conditioner.
I can't vouch for how well the blonde shades work since my only experience is with the darker colors, so if anyone out there ends up trying those out, please let me know. I have to say though that I am very happy to have finally found a vegan-friendly hair color that is more natural than the typical chemical-based smelly dyes that make your scalp tingle and damage your hair! If I ever hear anything from that other company, I'll let you know. But for now Naturtint is the one I recommend that I will be using again.