Ingredients in regular hair dye have long been associated with the chemical sensitivities, allergies, and skin disorders. Traditional hair color contains toxic ingredients such as ammonia, which is the smelly culprit for dry, brittle hair.
It’s inconclusive whether or not hair dye will cause cancer. However, known carcinogens (AKA cancer-causing ingredients) such as coal tar are among the toxins I don’t want anywhere near my scalp.
For years I chose not to color my hair because of potential health concerns.
I never liked the look of henna, a popular natural hair coloring alternative, because of its highly limited color options that wouldn’t allow my hair to go lighter, just darker or more red.
Then I found an awesome, safer option that would give me the highlights I longed for.
In this video, you will see how amazing the results are — with what I think may be the one of the healthiest and most eco-friendly hair lightening process available today.
A Healthier Hair Coloring Process
Women who want to color their hair safely have not had many options in the past.
Thankfully, Zuzu Organic Salon in Portland, Oregon provides safer, natural and organic alternatives to the traditional hair coloring process.
Owner and hair colorist, Julie Ruckman uses Organic Color Systems on her clients, in addition to a whole range of natural, organic hair care products she carries in her salon.
Organic Color Systems is professional grade, ammonia-free, permanent hair color that conditions the hair and adds lustrous shine.
You might be wondering if this is really, truly and fully an organic hair color.
Well…no. The entire formula isn’t organic, though it contains many certified organic ingredients. This brand has a significant focus on non-toxic and as natural as possible, which for a hair color is still a really big deal and is far and away safer – in my opinion – than the regular options out there.
The Most Eco-Friendly Highlighting Technique You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
“Balayage” is a special technique that Julie demonstrates in the video, which is more eco-friendly than traditional highlighting techniques.
Typically salons use large quantities of aluminum foil when doing highlights on clients.
The Final Results
In the end I loved how natural looking the results were with the balayage. The highlights looked as if I’d been playing on the beach all summer, rather than a head full of obvious stripes a lot of stylists tend to do. (I’ve had some skunky looking color in the past that was not cute!)
And the best part was that I never had to breathe in or subject my hair to yucky, noxious ammonia fumes. In fact, it all smelled really pleasant!
Thinking about ditching your regular hair color for organic hair color? Have you had a good or a bad experience with natural hair color in the past? Let us know in the comments below!
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