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Herbatint Fact Sheet
Is Herbatint a new product?
Herbatint has just been introduced to South Africa. It has been the undisputed market leader for 40 years and is available in 30 countries worldwide.

What makes Herbatint different?
Herbatint is the most natural permanent hairdye available in South Africa. It contains no Ammonia, no Resorcinol and no Paraben, meaning it is a lot safer for you and a lot gentler on your hair with no smell and no burning sensation.

Herbatint uses herbal extracts to achieve a beautiful, completely effective permanent colour without damaging the hair structure while nourishing, protecting and conditioning the hair and scalp.

Which herbal extracts are included in Herbatint?
Herbal extracts include Aloe Vera, which is rich in vitamins, enzymes, panthenol and natural minerals to protect and nourish the hair while colouring; Meadowfoam, rich in vitamins E and F, ensures better colour cover and longer lasting results; Witch Hazel is rich in essential oils and treats the scalp, Betula Alba (White Birch) is an effective hair tonic and Echinacea hydrates the hair.

How do Herbatint colourings compare to Henna?
Unlike Henna, Herbatint is easy to mix and apply and is fragrance-free. While Henna creates a solid coating around the hair shaft making it impossible for other colour treatments to be used, Herbatint penetrates the hair with colour.
How does Herbatint penetrate the hair with colour in the absence of ammonia?
Herbatint uses plant-based alkalines, with a maximum PH level of 8.5 (ammonia is 12.5), which avoids structural damage to the hair shaft.  This also means that once the colour pigments have been deposited, the hair cuticle can be completely re-closed, resulting in better hair condition and far less colour fade. The addition of Aloe Vera assists with the transfer of colour.

Are Phenylenediamines (PPDs) present in Herbatint?
Like all permanent hair colour products Herbatint does contain PPDs, the colour pigments used to alter your hair's natural shade. Though the research is not conclusive, it has been suggested that PPDs are potentially harmful. Herbatint contains the minimum possible levels 0.8 0.9% in most of the colours, with a maximum of 2.1% in the darkest colour. Current European legislation allows for PPDs to comprise up to 6% of the constituents of hair dyes. Herbatint also contains numerous vegetal extracts to reduce the impact of PPDs. However, we recommend that pregnant ladies and people undergoing chemotherapy treatment do not use any permanent hairdye.

Does Herbatint contain anything else that is chemically based?
Hydrogen Peroxide which is simply oxidised water that breaks down to its component parts of oxygen and water during the colouring process at the lowest level on the market. The Hydrogen Peroxide in Herbatint is only at 3%, which is the same level used in mouthwash and around half the strength found in most commercial hair dyes. The chemical ingredients used in the Herbatint formula are pure and of the highest quality, sourced from top suppliers in Europe.

I have had allergic reactions to hairdyes in the past; will I react to Herbatint?
Most people who have reacted in the past do not react to Herbatint, as the formula does not contain many of the potential irritants normally used in hair dyes, and much lower levels of those that may cause irritation. Herbatint also contains Aloe Barbadensis, which is an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. However, there are a small number of people with allergic reactions to all kinds of substances and we strongly advise performing a skin test prior to tinting your hair.

Is Herbatint tested on animals and is it environmentally friendly?
Herbatint is not tested on animals and is manufactured to the very highest, international (GMP) standards of practice. Furthermore Herbatint hairdyes, including the Flash Fashion range, use biodegradable, recyclable packaging.

How many shades is Herbatint available in?
Herbatint is available in 30 rich shades as well as new Flash Fashion fun colours such as Henna Red, Crimson Red, Plum, Violet, Sand Blonde and Orange for the more adventurous.

How do I go about selecting the best shade?
For many people this is not an easy decision. All brands use the same basic numbering system of 1 to 10; this will help if you have used other home-use brands in the past. Its hard to lighten black hair but any other hair colour can be lightened by two shades at a time. Look at the colour swatches on the chart provided by your retailer (which will look like the chart below).
How often should I colour my hair?
With permanent colour, we suggest colouring re-growth when it becomes noticeable (usually after 5 weeks).

Can I colour my hair after a perm?
Yes, with Herbatint you can, but use a shade lighter than you want (permed hair is more porous) and leave it on for only 10 15 minutes, unless you are covering grey, in which case leave it on for 30 40 minutes.

Does Herbatint work on bleached hair?
Yes, but remember to mix a gold shade with a natural if your target shade is 6N or above. 5N and below must be mixed with gold/copper on bleached hair.

Will Herbatint cover my grey?
Herbatint covers grey 100% on its first application, however, if you are more than 20% grey and you are opting for one of our fashion shades (Golden, Mahogany, Copper or Ash), we highly recommend that it is mixed with the appropriate natural tone. Natural colours are indicated with a letter N, from Black 1N to Platinum 10N. To cover mostly grey hair for example, 20ml of 4R Copper (the chosen colour) should be mixed with 40ml of 4N Chestnut (the corresponding numbered natural shade) and combined with 60ml of Glycol developer. Accordingly, if 20ml of 7R Copper Blonde is chosen, you would then mix this with 40ml of 7N Blonde and combine with 60ml of Glycol developer.
The higher the percentage of Grey that needs to be covered the greater the proportion of Natural colour that needs to be included.

How do I maintain colour-treated hair?
To ensure long lasting results, we recommend that after colouring you use shampoo and conditioner with a special PH. Normalising Shampoo (PH of 5.5) or Royal Cream (PH of 3.2) are included in the Herbatint package and are a part of the dying process. Both of these are also available separately and work in conjunction with Herbatint to completely close the hair cuticle and lock in the colour.

How did Herbatint start?
The origins of Herbatint go back to the 1960s and a family business in Italy founded by Mr Michele Albergo, following his inheritance of the formulas and research of a famous Swiss herbalist to whom he had been apprenticed. Albergo had a passionate love for plants and nature and, after lengthy research, he pioneered a hair dye formula based mostly on natural ingredients. He found a way of protecting the hair structure by reducing chemical ingredients and exploiting the natural synergy offered by certain vegetal extracts in its place. Antica Erboristeria S.r.l. is still a family business today with manufacturing facilities and research laboratories in Rome, characterised by the uncompromising commitment to quality and safety in its range of natural hair care products. The product is exported to 28 countries worldwide.
Where is Herbatint available?
Select pharmacies and health shops nationally.

How much does Herbatint retail at?
The recommended retail price is R125-135.