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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eek! Gray hair! What's a greenie to do? Natural Hair Dye!

I found my first gray hair when I was 21 years old.  They've been multiplying ever since.

I'm now in my early 30s and dye my hair every 2-3 months.  I'm not gray enough that I need to dye every 4 weeks, but I do have enough grays that they become noticeable after a couple of months.

I went the Henna route back in my late 20s.  Henna is an all-natural dye, made from plants, and has been used since antiquity to dye hair, skin, and more.  I believe brides in India use henna to draw intricate designs on their hands before their weddings.

Henna didn't work so great for me.  It's not permanent, so it would wash out within a week or two.  Plus, it was a lot of work to get it on, it had to stay on for a long time before washing.  Not so great when you're chasing around a hyperactive little boy. 

So I was ecstatic when I discovered this product a few years ago and I've been using it ever since.  It's called Herbatint, and it's manufactured in Europe (Italy, I believe).  The company states that it is the most natural hair color product on the market.  Herbatint is quite different from the regular box hair dyes (I saw one seller calling it "organic" - not sure about that, but it is definitely more natural). It claims:
  • Contains aloe vera 
  • No ammonia
  • No parabens
  • No resorcinol
  • No strong smell
  • No perfume
  • No alcohol 
I must say that I've been impressed with the product over the years.  Another bonus is that you only mix the exact amount you need, and the company suggests you save the leftovers for your next dye.  This is much different from the regular box dyes, who urge you to mix all the chemicals and then pour the rest down the drain (I really remember reading this years ago when I used a regular hair dye).


I buy Herbatint through my natural foods cooperative, but I did a search and discovered that it is available online at Amazon.com.  The price seems to average around $21, which shocked me, until I saw that the price is for 2 boxes.  Then it seemed like an accurate price, about $10.50 per box.  Since 1 box gets used twice for me (remember you can save leftover unmixed dye), 2 boxes would be 4 uses for me.  So, at 4 uses, $21 comes out to about $5.25 each time you dye your hair.  Not bad for a natural product.  Plus if you buy it through Amazon (just click on the image to the left) and have an order over $25 (maybe add a book to your cart), you'll qualify for free shipping.  


The link at the left is for a shade of chestnut.  There are many colors available, and I saw them all while searching Amazon, so if you want a different color I've provided links below:




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2 comments:

  1. OMG someone else who found gray hair in early 20's! I was 25 and my ex-husband waited until we had a party with a house FULL of people to announce I had gray hair..........thats how I found out I remember I went and cried in my room for days LOL. My hair does not take hair dyes well at all I have been saying for years I should try natural ways like coffee or something but bleh I am 41 and gray hair is not so bad now, I wear it proudly.

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  2. I'm curious what is in it - good lead though.

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