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Surya Henna Brasil Cream 2.31 oz

Natural hair dye with Surya Henna Brasil Cream

Reviewed by TIA Community Member October 1, 2012 37 Comments

by Leslie

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.

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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

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  • March 1, 2017

    by Denise

    This hair color is great for people like me that are allergic to PPD in hair coloring products. I had been coloring my hair for years ( in my 50's now) with regular hair color and about 3 years ago, I developed a sensitivity to using them and started breaking out on my skin. I switched to henna, first trying the green powder, which was a nasty smelling pain in the neck to use and then I discovered this product, which I use on dry hair, just like regular hair color and has the same result color wise. Of course this product will wash out pretty quickly and within about 2 weeks, you will want to do a touch up, especially if your like me and have lots of gray hair. Overall all, I would say this is one of the best and gentlest products you can use these days. I just wish they had more varieties of colors available, such as purple or blue.

  • November 10, 2016

    by Rita

    I was using Surya cream henna. At first I liked the results but noticed a lot of shedding that increased overtime. Then, a large patch of hair seemed to almost melt off the last time I used it. Very upsetting is an understatement!!! I thought this product was supposed to be harmless at best, but on further examination found it contain some very harsh chemicals. They are listed on the bottom of the box and in almost microscopic very difficult to read print.
    Switched to a pure henna, the brand is Light Mountain and I use dark brown. My hair almost immediately stopped the huge amount of shedding, feels much healthier and I can go several days without having to shampoo it. Much happier!! Beware of Surya henna cream!!! It definitely is that as natural as I would like for you to believe.

  • April 4, 2016

    by Sioux

    I use pure henna mixed with amla powder (to darken) from Henna Color lab. No other ingredients than pure henna. It may seem like a lot of effort as compared to a cream, but it is pure and chemical free. I would suggest making the effort to try this. It covers gray very well as long as you follow instructions. They also offer premixed packages to obtain certain colors, still all natural. Apply with the tip of a frosting bag and it's really not all that hard.

  • September 17, 2015

    by Suze

    Please double check your facts. I have read on more than 1 web site that there is not requirement that says the first few ingredients are what you find the most of in the product. As long as consumers tell themselves products are safe, we will all be stuck with garbage and worse. If enough people speak up or don't buy it, they will notice.

  • July 2, 2015

    by Hair dye is toxic

    person above is WRONG dipropylene etc and names likee it in traditional color dyes that last..are very toxic

    cause severe allergic ractions over time ,affect your immune system and can cause horrible rashes and cancer! i

    illegal in europe, pregnant women cannot use.

    from your scalp to your bloodstream BEWARE!

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