Organic Hair Color

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Using non-organic hair colouring solutions means using products loaded with ammonia, peroxide, sulphate, PPD and other chemicals that can be harmful to your hair. In fact, if you have hayfever or sinus problems, it’s recommended to avoid chemical-based colouring products. Over-bleaching your hair at home can deteriorate its natural colours and dry your hair out. Exposing your hair to chemicals over long periods of time means it’s less shiny, and less soft.

Organic hair colours are a natural alternative to standard hair colouring products and provide you with healthy benefits while maximising performance. Natural substances are used over chemical ones. For example, the ammonia you find in chemical-based colouring is replaced with corn and soy. Between 98-99% of the ingredients are naturally derived or organic, and typical the only synthetic ingredients are the pigments and stabilisers.

Using organic hair colours gives your hair the nutrition it needs, and does not have the adverse reactions that are caused by chemicals. Chemical-based products can create a tingling, stinging and often burning sensation when used in your hair. On the other hand, natural products utilises the natural synergy offered by some plant extracts to nourish and protect your hair.

Organic hair colours are much longer lasting than chemical ones. Comprised of mostly natural herbs and legumes, coupled with the smooth and professional treatment and procedures in formulation, organic hair colours are a more reliable source if you’re looking for durable shine and colour. For example, if someone applies an organic hair colour, it is more likely to last for between 40 to 90 days on normal circumstances. Meanwhile, the chemical-based colours do not produce the same results, and can be washed out much sooner than natural products.

Here is a basic summary of why organic hair colours are superior to their contemporaries:

• Organic hair colours are a natural alternative and are free of PPD and other harsh chemicals which can be harmful to your hair and scalp.

• Organic hair colours are long lasting and retain their colour

• Organic hair colours incorporate proteins and natural vegetable and plant extracts, which provide the nutrients to give your hair that natural shine and vibrant, healthy colour.

• They contain natural ingredients such as Chinchona plant, Walnut husks, Rhubarb, Herbal and Bran extract, and Rosemary protein, which all work together to maintain the healthiness of your hair.

While organic hair colours are your best preference, it is still vital to take precautions regardless of the lack of chemical substances present.

You’ve probably heard the term “organic” haircolor. Maybe, you scoff at idea. Maybe, you’re a health-conscious hairstylist whose ears just perked up. Either way, step away from the hairspray-laced coffee and take a seat (for once) – there’s a story to be told here.

At this point in time, 100% organic hair color does not exist. Some synthetic ingredients are still necessary to color hair at a professional level, (“some” being the keyword). 

In 1990, Organic Color Systems (OCS) was created in Lymington, England, not realizing the explosive growth organic products would have a decade later. As the name infers, OCS products are powered by organic and natural ingredients, working together as a holistic hair system that they claim out performs traditional hair color lines.

Organic Color Systems is 98-99% organic or naturally-derived, depending which level you’re trying achieve. At this point in time, 100% organic hair color does not exist.

So why should you try organic hair color? Here are five reasons, according to Organic Color Systems:

1. Healthier, Shinier Hair with Virtually No Fading: At Organic Color Systems, they live and dye by this healthy hair equation:

pH + Moisture + Protein = Healthy Hair

The isometric pH of hair is 5.5 – the further hair gets away from its natural state, the more damage (and fading) will occur. The ingredients responsible for changing the pH in all hair color are ammonia and/or Ethanolamine (or some derivative) – their job is to open the cuticle. So, healthy haircolor has nothing to do with ammonia or no ammonia.

The higher the concentration of these ingredients, the higher the hair’s pH will soar. This prevents the cuticle from closing/retaining moisture, protein and color molecules (it doesn’t matter which conditioner you use, the pH is will always remain semi-altered). That’s why all ammonia-free hair color lines are not created equal. You cannot simply swap ammonia for Ethanolamine in the same percentages, and expect long-lasting, healthy hair color.

The key difference with Organic Color Systems begins with the base of the color (the main ingredient). Not only is it oil-based and alkaline, it’s also a conditioning agent that softens the cuticle, which allows for better color penetration (especially on gray hair, where the cuticle scales are tightly packed). According to OCS, they’ve completely eliminated ammonia, and use Ethanolamine in the smallest percentages possible in order to open the cuticle.

2. Great Hair Color Choice for Sensitive Scalps

Most everyone has at least a client or two that complain of scalp irritation. Since pigment is the number one cause of allergic reactions in hair color, OCS uses it in smaller percentages. Due to the pH of the color (~9), they’re able to use less pigment (also known as PPDs or PTDs). When the cuticle is more open, you need more of every ingredient because they essentially “fall out” during the washing process.

OCS color contains ingredients like aloe, orange peel, and comfrey root – all of which help soothe irritated scalps. Their special developers only contain pharmaceutical grade peroxide, distilled water and organic ingredients that also lessen scalp discomfort. The lightening powders also contain B vitamins and proteins to help fortify and protect the hair during lifting processes.

3. Safer for Hair Stylists, More Pleasant for Clients

The World Health Organization (WHO), has stated “a career in hairdressing is probably carcinogenic to humans due to regular exposure to hair color, processing agents, and other common chemicals at the hair salon.” Seriously, studies have suggested the only careers more toxic than Hairstylists are those in the pharmaceutical industry. Armed with this knowledge, Organic Salon Systems created products with:

  • No ammonia means less headaches and easy breathing for stylists and clients.

  • Low to no ppds means less irritation and allergic reactions.

They’re in no way suggesting you run and hide from all chemicals in life (that would be exhausting), or that you’ll somehow suffer if you don’t use safer products. But the fact is hairdressers have higher risks than most, and going organic, can be a good alternative.

4. Ethically Sourced Ingredients: 

Organic haircolor suppliers, like Organic Color Systems work with ethical suppliers who minimize their environmental impact and pay fair wages in safe working conditions.

5. A Better Business Opportunity

You can charge more for organic hair color. It’s healthier for you and the client in the long-run.

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