A box of Herbatint permanent herbal hair colour gel arrived at our offices the other day. It makes use of natural extracts like nourishing antioxidant aloe vera and scalp-friendly witch hazel. It’s also free of nasties like ammonia and parabens, isn’t tested on animals and promises to cover 100-percent of all greys. Unlike henna, its completely fine to use Herbatint on hair that’s previously been coloured using chemical hair dye.
The colour we received was called Mahogany Blonde, but the name’s pretty deceptive as it’s a rich burgundy red.
To use it, you’ve got to mix the Herbatint gel with a developer. Sam, our trusty ad sales person, liked that both of these bottles were resealable, so if you didn’t use them up, you could save them for another colouring session later on. You apply it to dry hair and leave it on for forty mins. After rinsing it out, you can make use of a rich aloe vera-infused cream conditioner that comes included in the box.
‘I liked that it had no smell at all once it was applied to my hair and didn’t tingle on my scalp while I waited for it to work’, said Sam. ‘It was kind of like just shampooing my hair; really easy’. The only negative? ‘When I rinsed it off, my hair was rock hair, but the minute I used the conditioner that came in the box, it was as soft as any other day’.
In all, Sam said she really liked the colour result as well as the fact that it made her hair shine. She’s happy to give Herbatint two thumbs up.
Herbatint costs R130 and can be found at selected Wellness Warehouse stores, health shops and online at Nature’s Colours.