Going Gray May Be Natural, But Safe Hair Color is Available For Those Who Choose Not To

Lots of women are embracing their gray hair.  There are even websites devoted to those who feel blessed like goinggraylookinggreat.com and the Silver Sisters Cafe Gray.  But gray hair doesn’t look good on everyone and I happen to be one of them. I have zebra hair – spots of pure gray and plenty of salt and pepper and worse, it makes me look older than I am.

But what’s interesting about the site,  it appears many of the women chose to go gray after a PPD allergic reaction.  Some had been using the same dye for years, others it was the first time.  PPD is the pigment (Paraphenylenediamines) that does the actual coloring.  Allergic reactions can be mild to severe and range from open sores and burns to anaphylactic shock.

Safe Hair Color

So what does someone like me who prefers natural/organic products and wants to avoid a PPD alergic reaction, but isn’t ready to go gray supposed to do? Luckily it doesn’t mean I have to compromise and use the nasty chemicals found in most hair salons because there’s an organic brand called Tints of Nature.  Sure, the color selection isn’t as massive as other lines, but do you really need more than 24 permanent, 8 semi-permanent, and a highlighter and lightening kit?  I easily found several colors I liked.

Here’s what I love about Tints of Nature:

  • I works!  It covers my very stubborn gray.
  • Animal Friendly – the line uses no animal ingredients, nor are they tested on animals.
  • They use certified organic ingredients.
  • Paraben free and contains no harsh ammonia, resorcinol (1) or nonoxynol.
  • They use an extra mild, low odor, pharmaceutical grade peroxide and the lowest possible percentage of PPD pigments (Paraphenylenediamines).

I love this hair color. I switch from their Medium Ash Brown to Dark Brown with the seasons and have never had a problem with coverage or fading.  It works much like traditional hair-coloring, nothing unusual about the application, but it has a mild, almost pleasant odor rather than the chemical smell you’re probably used to.  It’s never caused burning or stinging and is easily removed from my skin with mild soap and water. Safe hair color for me is the natural choice.

The cost of the Tints of Nature is in line with premier hair coloring products. Double packs are available for a slight discount on Amazon.com.

Hair coloring

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Curious if your current brand is considered safe hair color choice?

Check out the Cosmetics Database.  It rates popular hair colors on a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being the most hazardous), based on the chemicals included in the product.  It’s a great resource for buying products that are helpful and not harmful to your hair and skin.  Hair colors ranked 10 (the most hazardous) include popular brands like Clairol Herbal Essences, Colorsilk by Revlon, Revlon Colorist Expert, Natural Instincts by by Clairol, and more.

Unfortunately, the Cosmetics Database hasn’t rated Tints of Nature, but they have posted many others in the 0-4 range. You can find them here.  I do go to my hairdresser a few times a year and until now have never had the guts to ask her to use the same product I use at home.  I think I will though.  I wish more salons offered organic/natural choices.  Who knows, maybe it’ll be the norm sooner than later.

If you can’t find Tints of Nature, I also have tried and liked Naturtint Permanent Hair Colorant. Just read the labels – the “nature” stuff you’ll find at the grocery and dime store are anything but natural.


(1) About RESORCINOL from Cosmeticsdatabase.com: “This common ingredient in hair color and bleaching product is a skin irritant that is toxic to the immune system and a frequent cause of hair dye allergy. In animal studies, resorcinol can disrupt thyroid hormone synthesis and can produce goitrogenic effects. The federal government regulates exposures to resorcinol in the workplace, but there are no regulations limiting amounts of resorcinol in personal care products.”

Republished from a post originally created in December of 2010. I still stand by these two brands for natural and safe hair coloring.