After the Herbatint experiment which can only be called a debacle I decided to treat myself to a partial head of highlights at the Jigami salon for my 30th birthday. When I walked in the door of the Soho Salon there was the noticeable absence of that headache-inducing chemical smell (you know what I’m talking about, it’s the smell of a hair salon!) Jigami uses 3 types of coloring products all completely odorless. H20 is a water based colour that doesn’t have ammonia, peroxide or resorcinol. The Organic and Mineral color is soya-based, contains no ammonia and some shades are PPD free. The seaweed lightener (which is what I was getting) works as well as traditional bleach but gets closer to the roots since it is less likely to swell thereby achieving longer lasting results. In the salon they use product ranges from: O&M, Nioxin, Modern Organic Products, and Giovanni Organic Hair Care.
Clients go to Jigami for a couple of reasons. They don’t want to put toxic chemicals in their hair and they like the difference between mineral haircolor and synthetic haircolor. The results of my highlights were good, the color was similar to the highlights I have gotten at conventional salons. Improved was the Herbatint ring of orange around the crown of my head which is now slightly more faded since the new haircolor blended through the offending section. After washing my hair a few times after the Jigami visit I noticed fewer hair breakages which I normally have after a recent highlight.
Luckily for me who was born dark dirty blonde/light mousy ashe brown who gets highlights on a regular basis, highlights are not as bad for your health as the nasty chemicals that cover greys and add hair color onto the hair shaft such as p-phenylenediamine (PPD). (This is why the paps are always on the lookout for brunette celebrities who are letting their roots show since this could be a sign of pregnancy, whereas they won’t break any news on the blondies who are allowed to keep highlighting their hair through pregnancy). I wouldn’t really recommend knowingly putting toxic stuff in/on your body during pregnancy which includes highlights, but in any case definitely avoid the PPD, and buying a new car!