In this review, you will learn about Tints of Nature hair color ingredients. This knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision about their safety. On the website, Tints of Nature permanent hair color is marketed as “95% naturally derived ingredients,” “free from ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, cocamide DEA and propylene glycol.” Does that mean that it is safe or at least safer than other permanent hair colors?
The key to gauging the safety of a hair color or any beauty or personal care product is to look at the ingredients, not marketing claims and advertisement. I have been reading and studying product ingredients for many years now as a full-time occupation.
Tints of Nature hair color ingredients
Let us look at Tints of Nature hair color ingredients. Here are the ingredients of 3N Natural Dark Brown Permanent Hair Dye accessed on May 21, 2019.
PEG-2 Soyamine, Aqua,*Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, **PEG-4 Rapeseedamide, **Propanediol, Oleic Acid, Ethanolamine, †Parfum **Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, p-Phenylenediamine, 4-Chlororesorcinol, Sodium Sulfite, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hydrosulfite, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, *Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, 2-Amino-4-Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate, N- Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, m-Aminophenol, 4- Amino-hydroxytoluene, Tocopherol.
What do you think about the Tints of Nature hair color ingredients? Have you had a chance to look at the ingredients of a permanent hair color before?
Notice those long chemical words. These are hair dyes, or color additives, that do the job of coloring. Every permanent hair color must contain them. Without them, it is not possible to cover gray hair or dramatically change your natural hair color.
Tints of Nature hair color dyeing agents
There are six hair dyes in this product formulation. Here they are:
N- Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate
These dyes do not come from plants or minerals. The FDA refers to them as “coal-tar dyes.” It is because originally coloring materials were by-products of the coal industry. Now, as the FDA states, they come from petroleum.
Thus, we cannot consider Tints of Nature hair color dyeing ingredients naturally derived – unless we count petroleum as natural, of course. By the way, “naturally derived” is not a legally defined and regulated term. It is simply a marketing term.
Hair dyes and allergic reactions
The FDA also warns consumers that “some coal-tar hair dyes can cause allergic reactions or sensitization that may result in skin irritation and hair loss. People can develop sensitivities with repeated exposure.” (source)
In other words, sensitization means that if you use Tints of Nature hair color today and you are fine, that does not protect you from developing an allergic reaction the next time you use it. That’s why the FDA advises that people who dye their hair perform a patch test before every application.
A patch test is where you test a small patch of hair with the hair color to see if there are any adverse reactions. It’s important to do this each time you use a hair dye, even if you have used the hair dye before. Do so, just in case you have become sensitized through the prior applications.
Sensitizers in the Tints of Nature 3N Natural Dark Brown Permanent Hair Dye
There are six hair dyes in the Tints of Nature hair color. Do any of them cause sensitization?
The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has tested and classified 110 hair dyes into extreme, strong, and moderate sensitizers.
This is how SCCS has classified the six hair coloring chemicals in the Tints of Nature permanent hair color.
|2-Amino-4-Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate||insufficient testing|
|N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate||extreme sensitizer|
|4- Amino-hydroxytoluene||strong sensitizer|
How does it make you feel? In the light of this, Tints of Nature’s claims that their Tints of Nature hair color consists of “95% naturally derived ingredients”, and that it is “free from ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, cocamide DEA and propylene glycol” do not seem to be very appealing, do they?
Small amounts of hair dyes matter
You may think that since Tints of Nature claims that 95% of their hair color product ingredients are naturally derived, they must have used hair coloring chemicals in tiny amounts. Thus, they are not a big deal.
However, if you look at the patch testing done by the SCCS, the amount of dyes used in the patch tests is very small. For example, p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) was tested at 0.06%. Another extreme sensitizer in the Tints of Nature hair color N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate was tested at 0.02%.
Consequently, small amounts do matter. Even if all the hair dyes that the product contains amounted to less than 1%, there would still be a risk of sensitization, allergic reaction, and hair loss.
In my Permanent Hair Color Rating List e-book, I have rated 20 hair color brands based on the risk of sensitization and other health risks. So, if you want to know how Tints of Nature compares with other permanent hair colors, check it out.
Is the fact that Tints of Nature hair color claims to be free of ammonia a great thing?
You may have noticed that a lot of hair color companies boast that their hair colors are free of ammonia. Ammonia has a strong odor, and when a hair color does not have the odor, it makes us think that it must be good for us, or at least better than ammonia. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
Substitute for ammonia in the Tints of Nature hair color
When a manufacturer claims that their product is “free” of something, I always encourage my blog readers and clients to investigate what they use instead.
All permanent hair colors work the same way. They open the outer layer of the hair so that hair dyes can penetrate the hair. And it is ammonia or its substitute, ethanolamine, that do that job.
So, if ammonia is not in the hair color list of ingredients, ethanolamine must be there instead. Unfortunately, ethanolamine is not any better. In fact, studies have shown that it is more harmful. You can learn about how it is more harmful in my ammonia-free hair color brands post.
Conclusion about Tints of Nature hair color
To sum up, in this post you have learned about the importance of reading ingredients, not just marketing claims. You have also learned that despite appealing marketing claims, Tints of Nature hair color is not safe, in my opinion. It can cause sensitization because it includes extreme, strong, and moderate sensitizers as defined by the European SCCS.
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