If you’ve followed me for a little while, you’ll know that the year before last I decided to dip my toe (or…rather my hair…) into the ombre trend. Although I loved the look, it just wasn’t for me and I ended up with damaged, broken hair. In a moment of madness, I decided to cut it all off and give myself a bob one night, around about this time last year. Note – I am not a hairdresser and I really didn’t do the best job! Thankfully, my hair is so thick and curly anyway it wasn’t really noticeable unless I straightened it. So, the bleached ends were gone, and I was left with very healthy hair. But – I loved having long hair – it made me feel feminine and womanly, so with a bob and let’s face it, quite a large round face, so began a hate-hate relationship with my hair. The length was never right, the colour was either waaay too dark from boxed dyes that promised to be chocolate brown but were actually black, or I found it really difficult to find vegan and cruelty-free hair dye at all and just left it au naturale.
Enter Tints of Nature. So not only is this hair company wonderfully vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, all the dye products have minimal levels of PPD in – 0.42% compared to the EU’s legal maximum of 4%. Ingredients-wise, Tints of Nature pride themselves on using natural ingredients as much as possible, with 75% of them being organic. Synthetic raw materials are used only when there is no natural alternative.
I was very kindly sent a box of colour, a shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment to try out, and I’m so pleased to say that I absolutely loved them!
Firstly, let’s talk about the hair colour. So my hair is naturally pretty dark brown. I’ve gone through phases of having it a little darker (almost black) and as mentioned above and I’ve dabbled with a bit of bleach and ombre. But I’ve always been striving towards a lovely rich chocolate brown, and yet always seemed to miss it! I explained this to Tints of Nature, who recommended I try Shade 4CH Rich Chocolate Brown Permanent Colour, as my base colour would suit the shade nicely.
When my box of goodies arrived, I was so excited to colour my hair and try out the other products. My hair has grown quite a lot since I chopped it off last year, so it’s high time it received a reward for its efforts in growing so much over the past 12 months! I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive when I saw the colour of the model’s hair on the hair dye box, as to my eyes it looks more reddy than the chocolate brown I was imagining. But as my hair is quite dark, Tints of Nature told me that this colour should bring out some lovely shades in own hair, and would appear darker than on the box.
First impressions and application
As with any new hair dye, it’s important to do an allergy test before you get started, even if the product you are using has minimal PPD. Once I’d given myself the all clear – I was ready to crack on! The first thing I noticed was the dye didn’t have that awful smell usual hair colourants have – you know, the stuffy smell that makes it hard to breathe? In fact, the colour and developer actually smelt pretty nice!
I also really liked the extra items that are included in the box. It feels like a lot of thought has gone into actually thinking about what people would find useful and helpful when colouring their hair.
As you can see above, each box had inside, a pair of gloves, a shower cap for covering the hair whilst it develops, a clarifying shampoo, the colourfix and colour gel developer, and a shampoo and conditioner for your post-dyed hair. Oh yes, and of course the instructions!
Due to my very thick hair, I usually use two boxes of colour, so I was really surprised that just the one Tints of Nature box did the trick. The mixture was actually a lot thicker and quite a creamy consistency that dyes I’ve used before, but it also lasted long enough to cover my full head – fabby!
Prior to adding the dye to hair, the instructions advise you to use the clarifying shampoo to remove previous colour build up. To do this, you have to wash your hair, so when you get to actually applying the dye, your hair is wet. I was expecting the dye to drip everywhere as a result, but not one drip did I spy, which was remarkable, as I usually end up dying parts of the bathroom at the same time!
Washing out and afterthoughts
The dye was easy to wash out and I noticed that unlike other hair colour I’ve used, subsequent washing showed no residue, so I didn’t have to worry staining a different towel by mistake.
My hair felt wonderful, soft and smelt amazing once I’d dried it. Plus – I was thrilled with the colour! It most certainly isn’t red, it’s lovely and dark with a hint of red in the sun. What I like about the shade, is that although it is dark, it isn’t as severe as the darker brown or blacks I’ve used before.
My roots are ever so slightly lighter that the rest of my hair because of the colours I’ve dyed it before, so next time I’d be interested to use this colour and mix it with a darker brown shade to see how it all blends together. However, it’s probably not something anyone else can notice apart from me!
Here’s the finished look!
Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment
I’ve been using the shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment for about a month now and my hair has never felt in such good condition. It’s shiny, soft, easy to brush and doesn’t get anywhere near as tangled up as it used to – which is a big plus for all us curly ladies! A lot of standard hair products use silicone and plastics to make our hair feel soft, but without any actually nourishment. When you switch over to more gentle products, it can take a little bit of time for your hair to adjust, but to be honest my hair was noticeably softer straight away. I do straighten my hair quite often, which I know isn’t the best thing for my hair, but I did feel better knowing it was getting some TLC from the Tints of Nature Products on a regular basis!
All the products smell divine – there’s almost a palma violets type scent actually, but without the sickly, artificial candy essence!
You don’t have to use much product to get results, something which makes me very happy, as with all my hair, and typically washing it every other day, I usually have to use a lot of product to get it feeling nice and clean, and always a bucket load of conditioner! The treatment was fantastic, and I do this once a week, and it leaves my hair feeling pretty glorious!
I’m so pleased to have finally found a hair company that not only is in alignment with my ethical views by being vegan and cruelty-free, it offers a more natural, less abrasive approach to haircare, but with fantastic results!
Tints of Nature have just launched their rather gorgeous new packaging, and I’m so proud and excited to be one of the first people to trial the products out after their rebrand!
I think the new packaging looks super chic and you certainly won’t regret trying Tints of Nature products for yourself. They have also been awarded the first UK and US patent for ammonia-free, naturally-based permanent hair colour. Oh, and lovely international friends, you won’t have to miss out either as Tints of Nature ship internationally – hurrah!
Check out Tints of Nature’s online store here and say au revoir to bad hair days forever!