Desert Shadow Organic Hair Colour
I'm not normally one for taking selfies but I wanted to share the results of my home hair colouring using organic hair dye by Desert Shadow. It's hard when you have dark hair, for the most part, unless you use bleach, it looks much the same no matter what you do to it. Nevertheless, I thought I would share my experience with this product.
There's a lot to like about Desert Shadow Organic Hair Colour: it's formulated and packaged right here in Perth; the ingredients are 100% certified organic, which makes for an all natural, chemical free alternative to other products available in the shops; it's safe for people, like me, that are sensitive to chemicals. Even the more natural hair dyes usually have some sort of chemical element, albeit much less than conventional hair dyes.
That said, you have to be prepared for an experience that's a bit different to what you're used to. Here was my first experience:
It requires time and patience - a sacrifice I'm willing to make to use an all natural, chemical free product. I would recommend using it on a weekend when you plan to stay at home. It takes 6 - 12 hours for the first part of the dye to develop. I mixed mine in the afternoon, the day before I planned to use it. Then there are 2 - 6 hours after application. I let mine develop for just over 4 hours with a shower cap and towel on my head and I feel like I could have left it on for a little longer.
Application can be tricky - I'm not one of those girls that is good at girly things, like hair and makeup, so I did start with a bit of a handicap but I found the paste a little tricky to apply. The texture is not quite the same as chemical dyes, it's a bit thicker and stickier. One of my mum's close friends used to come over to her house and they would dye each others hair and hang out while they waited for it to developed. I missed a few bits applying the colour on my own so I would be handy if you had a spare pair of hands to help you get the bits you can't see.
The smell - it's natural so it's really not that bad. The fragrance sachet is a blend of mixed spices which is really quite pleasant. The smell of the dye itself reminds me of spirulina powder which is not so bad but it does get quite strong after a while. The Brown Fuzz kept following me around trying to lick my head. At least it's all natural, so she probably could have licked it quite safely. Mr J said I smelled like a crop of Lucerne hay and that it reminded him of the farm. The good news is, the smell is not so bad and it wears off after the first day!
Overall I'm really happy with the result, my hair looks healthy and shiny and the colour is really natural, especially in the sun. Next time though, I think I'll employ some help for an even better result!