Safe Swap: Hair Dye
It’s time to talk about… 𝙃𝙖𝙞𝙧 𝘿𝙮𝙚
Real life… when I was only 17 my little dance students began pointing out the gray “sparkles” in my hair. My paternal grandmother had hair as white as snow when she was very young and I am about 40% gray at this point as well.
Someday I’ll let it fly and just rock it… but I just don’t have it in me to let that happen before I even turn 30.
Sadly, there is no such thing as a completely toxin free hair dye on the market. So it is up to us as consumers to find a balance of performance and safety that we are comfortable with.
Let’s back this up a bit…
Hair dye was invented in 1907 and main stream formulas have hardly changed since then. Hair dye works by using chemicals to open the cuticle of your hair which then allow your hair to receive and retain color. Unfortunately, these ingredients include a number of harsh chemicals that are linked to some not so great side effects. My awesome team has collaborated on breaking down a few…
A few of the heavy hitters:
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙬𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙞𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙧 & 𝙨𝙖𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙨!
Here are some less toxic options:
This is a salon professional color line that has without a doubt the BEST ingredients I have ever seen for hair color!! One of my girlfriends in New Jersey converted her entire salon to this line and is absolutely loving it! It is also what we used for Hawks cool “red swoosh”, and my stylist was very impressed with the gray coverage for me! I will say it faded about two weeks sooner than what he had been using on me though… but the ingredient trade off is 100% worth it!
This isn’t used in salons but it is one of the strongest natural colorants. The downfall of henna is that it’s not available in a wide range of colors and can cause an unreliable result. Also, once you use henna you cannot just go back to using semi-permanent/permanent hair dye because henna treated hair can have an unpleasant reaction when mixed with hair dye.
From the website, “hairprint is a patented scientific breakthrough that restores gray hair to its true color. It is not a dye. It replenishes the natural pigment (eumelanin) found in brown and black hair that has turned gray….The internal genetic template inside the cortex, what we call your hairprint, is missing due to the impact of the chemicals. Hairprint infuses the hair with its original pigment, eumelanin.” This product is made with 8 food grade ingredients, it is hypoallergenic, odor-free, and you can apply it at home. It takes approximately 70-90 minutes to do a treatment. Before using it, you will need to detox your hair and remove residues and mineral build up. The downfall is that this option only works for black, dark brown, and light brown hair. The company is actively working on formulas for blondes and redheads.
*More info: https://www.myhairprint.com/products/true-color-restorer
For those who like vibrant colors and at home application, this brand may be for you! oVertone products are vegan and cruelty free, but not yet certified by leaping bunny. Typically vibrant hair dye can be extremely drying and damaging to hair but oVertone’s formula has been recognized for being moisturizing. All of the conditioning agents, emollients, and oils used are plant-based. While oVertone does have not contain the heavy hitter offenders listed above- the formula does contain blacklisted phenoxyethanol. It simply depends on how committed you are to dying your hair, and if you feel this product has an adequate balance of safety and performance. oVertone has surpassed a lot of other at home hair dye brands in the industry, but as you can see they are not perfectly toxin free.
*more info: https://overtone.co
It is my hope that this helps you make the best decision for yourself and your hair!
If you have any recommendations I am missing, please let me know!