Monday, March 15, 2010


I went to the hairdresser on Saturday... the one who loved our Hair Dew Shampoo.  He still does, and in fact said that the next time I come back, he wants more!  He's also willing to sell it with our other soaps in his shop and endorse it for us, which is huge.

Back to my reason for going, though. I'm 39 and somewhere along the line, my hair started coming in white. Not all of it, mind you, not nearly. Just enough that it's noticeable. And not grey, white.  Uck.  So I color it.  The majority of my hair, which isn't white, is naturally a dark brown, and I always have it colored to its original hue.

I don't really time when I go, though it seems to happen every six weeks or so.  But the notice that I need to go... that comes probably the same way some of you realize you need to go.  Every once in a while, I'm in the bathroom under those bright lights, and I look into the mirror and say, "Yikes!  Wow, I need to make an appointment!"  That's when I go get a cut and color.  That happens to you too, right?  It's not just me?

I've checked the calendar, and my last appointment was on January 31, so it was about six weeks ago.

In between, my hair color changes.  We've all seen it, a few weeks after you dye your hair a nice dark brown, it starts to turn red.  Not Crayola red, but definitely red.  I've noticed it when I notice my white roots... the dark roots that also come in and comprise the majority of my hair are several shades darker than the rest of my hair, the part that's been dyed, even though my hair was quite dark when I left the salon.

Not this time.  I noticed it for the first time on Saturday, just before I went to the hairdresser.  The colored part of my hair and the dark hair that had grown in at the root were pretty much the same color.  My hair color hadn't changed!  The dye hadn't faded!  The only difference, only difference, is that I've been using Reef Botanicals Shampoo on a daily basis rather than commercial shampoo, mostly Mock Turtle.

So... what was fading and changing my hair color before?  Personally, I think it was the chemicals present in pretty much all commercial shampoos.  "No more tears" aside, they're pretty harsh stuff.

Is this a scientific fact?  Of course not.  We haven't run real tests.  I haven't even washed one side of my head with commercial shampoo and the other with Reef Botanicals just to see what happens.  I'm honestly not brave enough to carry two-tone hair should I be right about those chemicals.  But I've convinced myself that I want to continue using our stuff rather than the brands I used to use.


trusk4u said...

Well, when I need to get shampoo, I may just have to give this a try. I have colored hair too and know all too well the telltale sign of the "stripe" across my head. And of course mine is gray!

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