About a year ago, I ran across an article about Act By Nature, an organic permanent hair color, which is now known as Palette by Nature. What caught my eye was that it was PPD and ammonia free along without all the other nasties you see in permanent hair color. Thrilled to see such a product is an understatement! But when I used it, what a disappointment. See my video below, then read on because realize that this is my experience.
Coloring and I go way back
I am no stranger to hair color and have been coloring my hair since my late 20s. Gray whisks started to pop up all over my hair in my late teens. You could say I was destined for gray-head. Over the years, I have looked for safer alternative starting with a lower ammonia based color to now using Organic Color Systems which is ammonia free but has a low PPD amount. See my review of Organic Hair Color System here.
Be forewarned it contains lot of chemical jargon in it for those who loved to know the nitty gritty of product. (Jump in to comment as well, please.)
The thought of still using PPD (known as P-Penylenedaimine with alot of other assorted grim names ) was scaring me to death. Even though Organic Color System uses a low amount of PPD, I longed for a PPD-free alternative. One day, my happy mouse found Palette by Nature and I thought it was too good to be true. On their website, the Company states,
All natural hair dyes made from living plants using the latest scientific achievements in green chemistry – Palette by Nature™ utilizes a revolutionary breakthrough in dye technology based on more than 30 years of research by leading experts in hair coloring industry. The result is a new, 100% naturally-derived plant based permanent patent pending hair colorant that is free of: paraphenylene diamine (PPD), resorcinol, m-aminophenol, p-aminophenol, toluene- 2,5-diamine, azo-dyes, diazo-dyes, disperse dyes, ammonia, and parabens – all synthetic chemicals which are known allergens and suspected carcinogens. These safe and plant-based all natural hair dyes are carefully combined with natural color enhancing actives including antioxidants like Chlorophyll, Hawthorne Fruit, Emblica, Green Tea, and Rooibos Leaf extracts and bioflavonoids like Quercetin. Empowered with pure organic herbal active extracts like Ginseng, Nettle, Lemon Balm, Rosehips, Honeysuckle, Calendula to nourish hair and soothe scalp for beautiful natural hair color without harm.
Palette by Nature™ is the only all natural 100% plant based colorant with more than 50% organic ingredients that benefits you while making your hair beautiful.
Palette by Nature™ is approved by American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) and MAYO clinic as one of the safest alternatives to conventional hair color for chemically sensitive people.”
Sounds to Good to Be True? In my Case, Yes.
Who wouldn’t want this product? I even read all the forum questions and answers before I bought the product. As a side note, the forum is no longer on the new revamped Palette by Nature site.
And the price? Sticker shock for beauty. Right now it is listed for $23.90 which does not include shipping. You have to buy $100 worth of product for free shipping. I paid $32 for the product which included shipping.
This price is more than twice the price of Herbatint, another eco-hair box color you can buy in the health food stores. In fact, as of today, you can buy Herbatint for $9.33 excluding shipping at Vitacost! But, I bit the bullet and purchased.
The Hair Color Test
PBN works similar to Organic Color Systems. You use heat to get the hair color to penetrate the hair shaft. According to PBN’s instruction, you use continual heat for 35-40 minutes and more if you have stubborn gray. I bought the fragrance free product since I hate smells. My son remarked that it smells horrible, but he has an ultra, ultra sensitive nose. It still has a smell but it did not bother me.
Finished applying the color and ready to use the blow dryer for 40 minutes.
As you can tell from the above picture I was disappointed. See how much gray is still left? My hair felt coated. In fact, my hairdresser noted that it felt like a henna does.
But being the kind person that I am I try to give the product the benefit of the doubt and contacted the Company. I told them that I am about 80% gray and the product basically covered about 50% of my gray. So, that you know in everyone of my email signatures denotes that I have a website called Green Talk with its email address. Here was their reply:
Thank you for contacting Palette by Nature.
Our hair color is 100% natural and does not contain PPD.
In comparison with other natural hair colors ( organic color is not a natural hair color since it contains PPD) it has a cumulative effect and at 80% gray it might require couple of applications at the beginning to achieve the desired results.
We would recommend repeating the application.”
Are they serious? At $32 cost? I replied:
Thanks for the advice. At $24 a piece with shipping, I don’t think I will try again and again to make it work. I think perhaps you should put that on the website or forum that if you have more than “x” gray it is possible that you should buy a couple of boxes to see if it will cover the gray citing the cumulative effect idea of the product.I think the color will have a cumulative effect on the balance of the hair, but not so much where there is new growth each month prior to application.”
Their response. Nada. Nothing. Zippo. Did they change their website to reflect what I requested? Nope.
Did they offer me a refund? Nope. In fact, their return policy is really lame. Return within 15 days of purchase in its original condition. Plus a $10 restocking fee. How about 100% guaranteed? Especially at that price.
So, I would not recommend this product for two reasons: it did not work for me. Plus, they don’t stand behind their product.
Readers, have you had any experience with this product? Any recommended PPD free color products that you have personally tried. (Please self-promotion.)
Photo at the beginning of the article courtesy of Palette by Nature.
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