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I started experimenting with different hair colors pretty early, at around twelve years old. I initially used semi-permanent colors, mainly in red and bluish shades. Towards the end of high school, I began using demi-permanent colors sticking to shades of red and brown. When I was in university and my younger siblings started getting the first white hairs, I decided to keep my natural hair color until I, too, would get my first white hairs, as I thought I might one day look back to the days where I still could still wear my natural hair color.
Once I saw my first white hairs I went back to dyeing my hair, but this time I went for the semi-permanent colors by natural brands that are sold at drugstores in Germany. Eventually, I moved on to henna and indigo where I really liked the results but absolutely hated the whole process I had to go through.
When I moved to Greece, henna and indigo were not practical anymore for two reasons: First of all, it’s not at all easy to find high-quality organic henna or indigo in Greece, and second, I simply didn’t have a bathtub which I consider essential for dyeing your hair with henna or indigo. As a result, I started getting my hair dyed permanently at a salon.
Since I still haven’t been able to find a hairdresser in Greece who works with vegan products I decided to take advantage of my recent trip to Germany and get my hair done at a completely vegan and cruelty-free salon in Hamburg.
The products used at Schnittstube Verde are produced by a UK company called Organic Colour Systems. All the hair dyes are made with at least 90% natural ingredients, as the salon owner Yasemin informed me.
I really felt the difference between the application of this color and other ones I have used before. There was no awful chemical smell (in fact, the smell reminded me of licorice) and not the slightest irritation on my scalp. I think it’s important to remember that dyeing one’s hair is a completely unnecessary (albeit fun) thing to do so I think it’s best to follow the approach of Organic Colour Systems and use as few unnatural chemicals and as many organic ingredients as possible.
Another fact I found out on the company’s website is that they source their materials ethically which is another really important factor for me, as a luxury product such as hair dye should not be produced at the expense of other humans, animals, or the planet. They try to recycle as much as possible and try to reduce the harm they create for the environment.
And you know what the best part is? The semi-permanent color still looks amazing. Often people think that going natural, organic, or vegan means sacrificing on the end result, but as you can see the dark brown Yasemin used on me is really pretty and high quality.
I chose the dark brown because I find darker hair to be more healthy looking. While lighter hair can often soften facial features it tends to emphasize split ends and dryness.
Do you dye your hair? What color and brand is your favorite?
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.