Postscript dated 05/01/15. I have stopped using Tints of Nature with foils, and I no longer use it at all, not even the semi-permanent colors, for the following reasons. Am going to cut-and-paste some comments from a professional here now: All their comments are in bold before the next poscript. Am switching to organic henna, people. Henna often contains pesticides so it’s imperitive that you use ORGANIC henna. Do your research. Supposedly, Mehandi and/or Ancient Sunrise is/are good, not sure.
I do not recommend that company, as they use PPD in their regular color and I prefer that my clients not be dead. They also promote false truths like:
“PPD does not accumulate in the body.” This is not only false, there is no way to remove it once it has entered your system. That’s why it’s called a “cumulative” allergen. It accumulates in your system.
“Use a pharmaceutical grade peroxide.” This makes absolutely no difference. It’s a statement made to make people have a sense of security about the product. It shouldn’t be necessary.
“Lowest possible amounts of PPD.” If this were true, how am I able to run a salon with absolutely NO PPD?
This is not a trustworthy company. I have a spanish medical journal that tested several large companies for presence of PPD in color that claimed to be free of the diamine. Several of the colors showed that it was PRESENT.
The semi-permanent color you used has AZO dyes in it. You are currently lucky enough to not be reacting to this. This is what clothes are dyed with, as it was originally a textile dye. It’s the same Diamine in Goldwell’s Elumen, and Clairol’s Jazzing.
Foiling is not a safe way to apply PPD, as the molecules that you are allergic to are microscopic. Every time your hair gets wet, you will rinse diamines, or dye. With a semi-permanent color, even if it’s AZO, you are doing the same thing. Does that make sense? Permanent dye cures, and once faded, is done releasing dye. The same with a semi-permanent dye. You may be setting your self up for an AZO reaction. It could be the next time, or in 100 times, or it could be in 1,000 times. There is no way to predict.
Remember, this company loves to promote the 60% organic side. What about the 40% chemical, or “synthetic” side? I enclosed the full ingredients for you. You can google each of them if you like. There are more sensitizers in there than just the AZO dyes, like triethaolamine, Peg-100, And the preservatives are formaldehyde based. I thought you would love that one…
Postscript dated December 16, 2014. Regarding the post below, I did end up having another allergic reaction to the Permanent Tints of Nature hair color–this time a rash spreading across my face. Went to dermatologist and was told I was very possibly allergic to a chemical commonly known as PPD, p-Phenylenediamine. PLEASE BE AWARE that PPDs are cumulative, meaning they build up in your system until your body says “enough” and you suffer an allergic reaction, which can be severe. If you’ve had a mild allergic reaction, such as an itching scalp, please be aware that in time, you could have a severe reaction, and some people are even hospitalized. And then you can also suffer reactions from the steroids and creams they will put you on to treat your initial allergic reaction to the hair color. This is what happened to me. The steroids lowered my immune system to the point where I caught colds and was on multiple antibiotics for sinus infections, etc. Urinary Tract infections can result from steroid use also. And the Metronidazole cream (also known as Flagyl, Metrogel, Metro_____ and several other names) caused me to break out severely–it was unbelievable. And I developed Rosacea from the steroids, which is very common. Unfortunately, neither my doctor nor my dermatologist warned me of any of these side effects to the steroids. I have come up with my own regimen and my face is back to normal, but it took months and a lot of research.
I found Tints of Nature’s ingredients statement online (scroll down to About PPD’s). In a nutshell, this statement claims that TON permanent colors are still safer than many commercial brands: The maximum amount of PPD permitted to be used in hair colours is currently set to a maximum level of 2% in hair colourant products. In keeping with our mission to create products that are as natural as possible, our Natural Black (1N) is the only colour that uses 2% PPD, and the average percentage of PPD across our colour range is only 0.42% However, the statement also says that TON SEMI-Permanent Hair Colour Ingredients are free from PPD’s and PTD’s, etc, with a link to the full ingredients list for the SEMI permanent color. PLEASE BE AWARE, THERE ARE BAD CHEMICALS IN THE Tints of Nature, and again, I had a very bad reaction after only using highlights. The semi-permanent color will last for about 12 washes, which is tricky since I wash my hair every day, and this is where the nasty chemicals will leach into your skin. Doing highlights is a great way to let some gray in, and still retain a bit of color, but I would do them with ORGANIC henna from now on. When I was a kid, older women had gray hair, and it was normal. And gray hair doesn’t mean we have to go around looking like we have a Brillo pad on our head either. Check out my Pinterest board on beautiful gray hair worn with style! Scroll bottom to see latest photo of transitioning.
ORIGINAL POST of June 12, 2014: I tried the permanent color by Tints of Nature Simply Healthier Hair Colour, and, after several colorings had a very bad reaction to it. I did podcast episodes on vegan cosmetics and vegan personal products, but switching to cruelty-free and vegan hair color took me longer than it should have. Despite several conversations with my hairdresser about getting vegan products in, no progress was made. About a year ago, right after having my hair colored at the salon I’ve been going to for ten years, I got what I thought was hives on top of my head. I tried to figure out if it was just stress or the hair color, and then went to the doctor, but she couldn’t see any visible hives (even though my head itched). I then had an uncomfortable discussion with my hairdresser where I asked if she washed her brushes and combs in between clients. Since then, I’ve had these invisible “hives” every now and then, but thought it was stress. Then two months ago, immediately after a hair coloring at the salon, I got for-real hives on top of my head. I tried taking Zyrtec, and spraying my head with Benedryl spray about 20 minutes before my evening shower, to no avail. Went back to the doc and this time there were visible “hives” and she put me on a steroid pack of pills, like the kind you go on for poison ivy. The technical diagnosis is Contact Dermatitis from exposure to allergens/hair color, and you can see it all over the internet. The doc also told me if I ever used that hair color again, it would be a lot worse. Allergic reactions like this can be cumulative–progressively worse each time. I told my sister about this, and she said she’d gone to a salon and had the same reaction. She even had these same little hives travel down to the area around her right eye, and that clinched it for me, because I also had little spots traveling down to my right eye. Browsing online, I found lots of stories like mine, where the hair color they’d been using for many years now caused bad reactions. And of course, with anything like this, the cause can be a mystery for a while. I wondered if it was stress, or the unusually-heavy pollen this year, or the fact that my husband sprayed ant spray outside the house, or a combination of all three, etc. It was a relief to finally solve the case of the “hives.” On top of all this, I knew I should have tried harder to switch to a cruelty-free and vegan hair color long ago. No innocent beings should suffer unspeakably-cruel and unnecessary animal testing so I can cover up some gray.
Despite having a 48-hour patch test with no reactions, I still reacted badly to the hair color once it was applied to my scalp.
Salon Negotiations: If you want to have your self-purchased organic henna color applied at a salon, say, at the same time you have your haircut, you might need to negotiate with your salon. I’m lucky that my hairdresser was willing to let me bring in my own vegan hair colors. And she had to learn the product, and she stores the unused product in a cabinet until I see her again. She suggested that she would take $2 off the price of my usual hair-color-and-cut appointment, and I agreed. I guess most of the cost is in the labor, and she probably buys her regular hair colors inexpensively and wholesale. I also factored in that Diane had not raised my salon fees in about five years. There may be other factors to consider, and you must figure out what’s right for both you and your hairdresser. I do feel that if your hairdresser is unwilling to work with you, you must then figure out a different path to take. Also, many, many women color their own hair with organic henna successfully at home, or with the help of a friend. Please be aware that non-organic henna contains pesticides and may cause reactions.
More photos below, but I want to thank my hairdresser of 12 years, Diane J. Trice, of Diane’s Designs, 305 N. Aurora Street, Easton, Maryland, 21601. (410) 820-8516.
Had hair cut short on December 30, 2014, to get rid of a lot of the old colors.