If you have followed me through my hair dye adventures, you may know that I'm currently seeking cruelty-free alternatives but it's much harder than I though because there are just not enough options offered here in Québec. Well, I have been very lucky to be given the opportunity to try Tints of Nature, which is a natural, vegetarian, cruelty-free (of course!) and ammonia-free hair color. Tints of Nature has been formulated with specially selected natural and certified organic ingredients and offers a gentler alternative, which will leave your hair looking gorgeous.
I decided to try Tints of Nature Conditioning Permanent Colour in 2N Natural Darkest Brown. I usually prefer to dye my hair when they are a bit dirty - OK, a lot dirty - as it's recommended with most hair dyes to apply the product on unwashed hair, but I was actually surprised to find a clarifying shampoo in the box that is meant to be used before the dye, to remove buil-up caused by product residues, grease and dirt and prepare hair for colouring. Tints of Nature then recommends to dry hair with a towel and then apply the dye, which I thought was super weird - apply color to wet hair, what? - so... after washing my hair with the clarifying shampoo - which doesn't lather, but foam like crazy - I decided to wait the day after to dye my hair. Call me stupid, but I really wanted this to work!
It definitely felt strange to apply the dye on clean hair, but I went a it anyway. The gel formula is great as it prevent the dye to drip everywhere and make a mess in the bathroom. Because I was targeting my roots - my hair is already colored dark brown - I followed the directions which recommended to apply the dye at the roots, then put the cap and wait 20 minutes before applying the hair color on the rest on the hair, then put the cap on again and wait another 10 minutes before washing it out in the shower. I have never used a cap while coloring my hair before so this was another new thing for me.
After about 30 minutes, I jumped in the shower and used the shampoo and conditioner that were included in the box. I had another great surprise with the shampoo which foamed amazingly well, just like the clarifying one. The conditioner was not that great though - it was not thick enough to cover my whole hair and honestly, it didn't even feel like conditioner. In fact, it didn't seem to moisturize or detangle my hair at all because I was absolutely unable to comb it after the shower until I used a leave-in conditioner, which is not something that happens often to me - my hair doesn't tangle easily at all.
L - R: Before and after
In the end, my hair was left a gorgeous and shiny dark brown, almost black, which is always what I'm looking for, especially after my previous bad experience with Clairol Herbal Essences Color Me Vibrant in 66 Chocolate Velvet Dark Brown, which barely tinted my blonde roots a mousey brown. I can't really tell because I used a leave-in conditioner, but I have a feeling that Tints of Nature would have left my hair very dry otherwise, which I think is a bit strange for a hair dye that is supposed to be conditioning.
Tints of Nature offers Natural and Fashion Permanent Colours which retail for $18.99 a pack - check out their color chart here. Also, be sure to have a look at their vast selection of products such as semi-permanent colours, highlight & lightening kits, treatments, etc.
Disclaimer: One or more products were sent to me for consideration to review. I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the products were free absolutely does not influence my opinion.