Let’s get down to the facts.
Your color is non-toxic, right?
There are no completely non-toxic coloring products on the market that provide salon-quality hair color. If a salon is advertising salon quality hair color with zero toxins they are not being upfront with you. At Hazel, we are constantly researching what brands contain the least amount of toxins. We’re proud to offer products that provide exceptional hair color with minimal toxins and damaging ingredients.
Great! So How are your colorING products less harmful?
Our color lines contain either a maximum of 1% phenylenediamine (PPD) or Toulene Daimene 2.5 (TD), as compared to 6% in traditional color lines. PPD or TD is the component of hair color that provides pigment. PPD can be highly toxic for those allergic or sensitive to it. These reactions can range from mild irritation to severe responses requiring hospitalization. TD is also considered a toxin, however, unlike PPD, fewer people have a sensitivity to it.
In addition, all of our coloring products are free of ammonia. We can all recognize the strong smell of ammonia associated with traditional hair bleaching or coloring. Ammonia is a small molecule that is lighter than air. As ammonia releases into the environment it quickly fills a space with toxic fumes that are easily inhaled. Our organic products replace ammonia with ethanolamine, which is a heavier molecule and thus less likely to be inhaled during the coloring process. Ethanolamine is also used at a lower ratio, which is why heat is required to help boost the activity of the color.
Our products are also free of resorcinol. Resorcinol is a common carcinogen and a highly toxic chemical used in many cosmetics in small amounts. It is the source of cool tone color vs. red or warm tones. It is replaced with methyl and chloro resorcinol, which cuts the toxicity almost in half and is non-carcinogenic.
That’s a lot of science! So what’s the bottom line?
Our products work like traditional hair color but are 60% organic, 98% naturally derived and contain the lowest amounts of PPD or TD (under 1%). They are also ammonia and resorcinol free.
Is there a big difference between the results you achieve with organic versus traditional hair color?
There aren’t major differences. In fact, we think organic hair color provides vastly superior results. The color appears shinier, healthier looking, more vibrant and fades less than traditional color.
How can I extend the life of my organic hair color?
As with all hair color, using color-safe and sulfate-free products, limiting washing and heat styling, and visiting your stylist regularly are all recommended to minimize tonal changes and keep your color looking its best.
What information should I provide to my stylist before a color treatment?
If you have ever had a negative reaction to hair color, let us know! Even though we use an organic line of products, there are still ingredients clients can potentially be sensitive to. If we know your history beforehand, we can perform a small patch test at least 24 hours prior to your treatment to ensure your skin does not react negatively.
Anything else I should know before my appointment?
We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing children under 12 with you to your service appointment. Please respect our time as we respect yours and provide us with at least 24 hours notice to cancel or change an appointment.