One thing that I am convinced about is that artificial hair color products belong into the hands of Professional Colorists. Only they can make the right decisions concerning possibilities, formulations, applications and their safe use on the consumers.
As they promote hair color products many companies use the names “organic’’, “natural” to promote their dyes. Those products may contain certain “organic” or “natural” ingredients: “fairy dust” with no impact whatsoever on the color result.
Sad but true: unless a tint is made of plants such as pure henna, rhubarb root, coffee, beetroot, etc., 100% Organic Hair Color is a myth.
Vegetable and plant dyes don’t do the same as chemical products. They can’t lighten hair or replace the natural hair color with a new one and the results are always unpredictable.
Just take close look at the ingredient lists of those so called “organic” hair colors. In their advertising the companies will highlight the plant extracts that are added to the chemicals that are needed for the creation of hair color products. Here is the example of a well known Permanent “Organic” Hair Color:
PPD has been in use in hair color for several decades and has been subjected to intensive research along the way. Considering the billions of color applications involving PPD on humans and the number of reported toxic cases of the dye, the risks appear to be quite minimal.
On the other hand, there are coloring products which do not contain PPD (para-phenylenediamine): replacements for PPD are either PTD (para-toluenediamine, or 2,5-Toluenediamine), PTDS (para‐toluenediamine sulfate) or AMP (aminomethyl- propanol). Those pigments perform differently from PPD: some may not have the ability to lighten the hair very much, some may neither rinser not wash out 100% , etc.
Today’s hair color products are safe. It is true that sensitivities and allergies can occur. They also happen with natural, organic products such as nuts, grains, shellfish, etc.