Natural Beauty comes at a price. For me that price is orange hair during a natural beauty experiment gone wrong. Over the summer I got the most gorgeous highlights from the Louis Licari Salon in Beverly Hills. I loved the color so much that I put off going for a partial highlight in London because so far I’ve never been able to find a good colorist in London. I’ve tried in vain to find the colorist who will give you “American style” (i.e. natural looking) highlights rather than what I call the skunk effect produced by main stream salon chains; this is where girls have very dark hair on the bottom and platinum color on top. The look is further accentuated with choppy layers and flat ironed within an inch of its life. I never understand why people intentionally make themselves look ugly all in the name of some obscure trend/fashion. But I digress
On a whim (this is where I should have know better) I purchased a box of Herbatint in color 8N Light Golden Blonde. After I had applied the product (see video) and while I was waiting for the product to do its magic, I did some online research about Herbatint. This is what the Herbatint website says:
“HERBATINT™ has been formulated using the minimum pharmaceutical chemical ingredients which, balanced with vegetal extracts from plants and herbs creates a unique hair colour formula that not only gently colours your hair but protects and nourishes it.”
I was shocked to find that its toxicity rating (8 out of a scale of 10 with 10 being the most toxic) in the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics database was the same as all the other beauty companies who don’t claim to be natural. The big claim made by Herbatint is that they don’t use ammonia in their products. What a relief! However, they do still use P-Phenylenediamine (try saying that 3 times fast!) which is an extremely toxic colorant (10 out of 10), resorcinol, o-amniophenol, and p-amniophenol. All of these toxic synthetic chemicals are linked to cancer, violations, allergies, organ system toxicity, amongst other charming things. So all in all, Herbatint wasn’t really natural at all.
I had a bad feeling in my stomach when I went to wash out the haircolor (hopefully it was just from my nerves and not the toxic chemicals). Sure enough once I had washed, conditioned, and blow dried, my roots were orange. Not exactly the most natural color, unless found on a carrot. I’m sad this natural beauty experiment didn’t work out. However, I will make an emergency hair appointment at a natural hair salon in London and let you know how it goes. I will persevere with these natural beauty experiments!