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Now that I have gone au natural with all the products I use on my skin and hair I decided it was time to try an all natural hair colour. Because let’s face it, my grey hair is not going anywhere (thanks kids!!) and something needed to be done. So I hopped onto one of my favourite natural and cruelty free online stores Flora & Fauna and got my hands on Desert Shadow Hair Colour that is 100% certified organic.
Desert Shadow Hair Colour
Desert Shadow Hair Colour is an Australian company that is NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia) certified organic, vegan, cruelty free and use ethically farmed ingredients.
We are proud to admit that all our products are farmed, harvested and processed ethically. We Make use only of what we need and the rest goes back into the soil. Everything is selected and processed by high-end technology and handled by trained staff in GMP (Good Manufacturing processing) certificate awarded facilities. The very little power that is required to run the farms is generated by the solar panels that have been installed in the last 4 years, leaving no footprints.
Their hair colours are safe for people with sensitive skin, pregnant women (warnings still apply) and anyone who prefers to avoid nasty chemicals. Here is great information on what nasty chemicals are in hair dyes. They have a range of 12 colours to choose from, starting at warm golden blonde all the way up to indigo. The colours are semi-permanent and last up to 6 weeks. And what is most appealing is that it is effective at covering those horrible grey hairs! Desert Shadow also have a range of colourless hair treatments for silky soft hair.
I chose chestnut shadow which is a medium warm brown. I am naturally a medium brown and I would have prefered Walnut Shadow, which is a medium natural brown, but none were in stock at Flora & Fauna and I just couldn’t wait any longer. The grey hairs sitch is honestly out of control.
The ingredients in this colour are: Indigo – has natural colouring properties, Henna – colours, conditions & strengthens the hair naturally and Aloe Vera – promotes healthy hair and conditions the hair and scalp.
I like that on the back of the box and on their website they give a full run down on each hair colour. For instance for Chestnut Shadow: Warm and sweet like winter chestnuts. Chestnut shadow will give a beautiful warm, medium reddish-brown on grey, light and dark blonde hair. It will also add a beautiful rich warm glow to light, medium and even dark brown hair. This colour is ideal for fair to medium warm complexions, light olive complexions and people with naturally brown or red hair. And it also points out that for first time use this colour will fade slightly after 4 to 6 weeks. Repeated applications will create a permanent, long-lasting colour. I love how detailed they are on what results to expect and how long the colour will last. I really appreciate their honesty.
Whats included: 2 certified organic hair powders, 1 instruction leaflet, 1 pair of gloves, 1 fragrance sachet. What you will need: lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and herbal tea/water.
The Me Time you give yourself today, your body will thank you tomorrow.
So it says on the instructions – luckily I had read reviews on this product so I knew that it was a little time-consuming. Unlike the packet jobs from the supermarket which means you can dye your hair in 20-40 minutes, this is hair colour requires a bit more time. If you are a lucky duck and have no greys then dying time, or Me Time as Desert Shadow continually call it, is 1 to 2 hours. For old girls like me with lots of greys it’s a 3 to 4 hour odyssey.
That’s not including mixing time (mixing time for non-grey coverage is a lot shorter)! It is a two-step process. Step one requires a few hours to activate. You mix the powder with either diluted lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or black tea. (details of how much in the instructions) I went with apple cider vinegar. So depending on room temperature it can take anywhere from 2 to 12 hours to activate. For me it was a pleasant 24degC so it took 6 hours.
Then 10-15 minutes before you are ready to go, you start step two. This time you mix the powder with warm water or herbal tea. I choose chamomile tea as it is soothing for the scalp. They also recommend rosemary tea to promote healthy hair growth or hibiscus tea to help with split ends. Also mix in a teaspoon of salt to help with colour uptake and a mixed spice sachet. The smell of the second powder is full on and the mixed spice sachet does not do much to mask the smell.
You leave step two to sit for a couple of minutes then mix the two mixtures together. I won’t lie it looks like baby poo. But after 2 kids sadly, this has no effect on me whatsoever so I whacked it on my hair no problems. After you coat your hair in the mixture, which is a little thick so you really have to work it in, you need to cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap.
And so begins the 3 or 4 hours of Me Time. For me that involved a really grumpy teething baby trying to rip the plastic off my head every 20 minutes, and crawling after me whingeing the rest of the time. Making dinner, losing my shit when neither boy eats said dinner and then sitting by myself eating their dinner while they tear the house apart. I love my kids!
Then comes the big test, washing it out and the results. I called it a day just after 3 hours. It’s caked in my hair pretty solid so it requires a bit of finessing to get the mixture out. As they say on the instructions use conditioner first to help loosen the mixture than shampoo and condition again. I did that and that worked fine. My hair feels good, although my scalp feels a bit warm still even a couple of hours after washing out the hair colour. Not sure the explanation for that. The true test, did it cover the greys.. Yes! It has given me an even reddish medium brown colour and my hair looks shiny and healthy.
The only con I have of this product is the smell of the second powder is quite overpowering. And after an hour or so of the mixture on my head I developed a headache that is persisting even after the smell has died down. And I say died down. Even after conditioning twice and shampooing once I can still smell the mixture in my hair.
But that is not enough to deter me from buying this product again. I am really happy with the colour and the look and feel of my hair. So I will definitely be buying this hair colour again and look forward to more great results.
Desert Shadow is a fabulous organic, vegan and cruelty free hair colour that actually works! So throw out your chemical-laden hair dyes and give this baby a go!