I have been dying my hair since I was in my late 20's (I'm now 56). I am also a breast cancer survivor, 16 years out now, and so am particularly sensitive about toxins to the body. I've asked various doctors several times over the years about the links between chemical hair dyes and cancer and they have all said there is no relationship. So out of habit and convenience, and because Henna is such a royal pain in the ass, I have stuck to my tried and true Preference by L'Oreal.
But as I've aged, so has my hair and I have increasingly wanted to be kinder and gentler to it, and to my body. Since there was a report in the news several months ago about new (still inconclusive) studies linking chemical hair dyes to cancer, I have decided to ditch the L'Oreal and try some natural products. Surya Henna Brasil Cream caught my eye and I bought a bottle for $12.99 at Ricky's.
It says on the box that it is made with organic extracts, is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. It also states that it "Does not contain ammonia, PPD, peroxide, parabens, resorcinol, heavy metals or GMOs." You apply it to still wet and washed hair, so it goes on brilliantly easy. And contrary to my expectations, it has superb coverage - especially the grey temples that seem to always allude the regular dyes. I was also expecting it to rub off on my pillow the first couple of nights, but happily that didn't happen.
I don't know how long it will last, but even if I have to apply it more often than I normally do, I think this is definitely preferable. It has a lovely gentle smell and the color ("Chocolate") came out a beautiful deep reddish brown, with none of the usual burgundy overtones that many of the auburn dye colors have, and which I don't like.
Ingredients in Surya Henna Brasil Cream: Deionized Water, Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether, Genipa Americana Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Essential Oils (Rose Flower, Canaga Odorata, Jasminum Officinale and Santalum Album), Achillea Millefolium Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Corylus Rosatrata (Hazel) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Leaf Extract, Malphigia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Fruit Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Fruit Extract, Ziziphus Joaseiro (Jua) Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, HR Red 3, HC Yellow 2, HC Yellow 4, Disperse Black 9