Light Mountain Natural Hair Color and Color The Gray
This brand was launched under the name Helix Henna in the 1970’s but has undergone continuous upgrade and product development since being taken over by Lotus Brands and changing its name to Light Mountain in the 1980’s. This was the first (and only) brand of 100% botanical hair colors that developed a non-chemical 2 step program to color gray hair called (appropriately) Color the Gray! During 2007 and 2008 Light Mountain worked with growers to provide NOP/USDA certified organic botanicals for the brand and now virtually all of the hair colors in this brand utilize almost entirely “certified organic” ingredients; with any that are not possible using tested “pesticide free” components. And the brand does not rely on the use of any chemicals whatsoever to provide a safe, natural hair coloring alternative to the chemical based hair coloring systems that are suspected to have links to a number of disease conditions including cancer.
The premier natural hair color and conditioner product line. Choose from
our original line with the famous "henna animals" in 12 shades, or our
unique Color the Gray line with 8 shades. We use no chemicals and no
synthetic ingredients, only pure premium henna and other botanicals. We
have been blending henna based natural hair colors since the early
1980's and are the leading totally natural line in the natural products
industry. (Natural Solutions can order in shades not shown on the site)
The Doctors Prescription for Healthy Living Newsletter
(by the people who did the Safe Shopper's Bible, Freedom Press, Topanga
California) rated our product the only one they found that was totally
safe and chemical free. Henna hair color is also recommended in The
Breast Cancer Prevention Program by Dr. Samuel Epstein and David
Steinman (Macmillan, 1997) This is an excellent book that goes into
great detail with information about the dangers of commercial chemical
hair dyes, the increased cancer risks, and other associated problems.
Our product is also specifically recommended in Being a Woman
Naturally by Dr. Jan McBarron (Freedom Press, 2002). After
describing the health risks of chemical hair dyes, she points out that
Light Mountain Natural Hair Color and Color the Gray are safe, natural
alternatives to the dangerous commercial hair dyes.
is the only natural hair color with an FDA monograph for safe and
effective use as a natural hair color.
uses NO PPD, No Ammonia, No Peroxide, No Chemicals whatsoever.
Each batch of our premium grade henna is tested to ensure
that it has no contaminants such as heavy metals or pesticides.The Story Of Henna
thousands of years, women have used plants from the family Lawsonia,
called henna, to color, condition and enhance their hair. Although
Cleopatra was one of henna’s most celebrated proponents, women
throughout ancient history have relied on henna to color, condition and
protect their hair, skin and nails.
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depict regal women with painted
nails and dyed skin. Believing henna represented the fire and blood of
the earth, early peoples of the Middle East also discovered that this
mystical plant could bring out the natural luster and deep color of
their hair. For centuries, North African brides-to-be have prepared for
their weddings with the traditional “henna” ritual, in which friends and
family of the bride gather to paint her hands, nails and feet with
henna. Today, henna is commonly used all through the Middle East, Africa
and India for tinting the skin, nails and hair. In our Western culture, henna is primarily used for safe,
natural, chemical-free hair coloring.
Natural vs. Chemical Hair Color
Most hair coloring agents rely on harsh chemicals like hydrogen
peroxide or ammonia to strip the hair and allow it to “take”, or absorb,
the chemical color applied to it. The word “natural” on a bottle of
hair color doesn’t necessarily mean chemical-free; some brands commonly
found in natural products stores rely on peroxide to prepare the hair
for their colorants.
What effect do these chemicals have on the hair? First, they
weaken and destroy the hair shaft over time. Additionally, many of the
chemical hair colorants use various petroleum or coal tar-based
ingredients derived from the environmentally harmful processing of oil
or coal tar-based ingredients that have been found,over time, to
increase the long-term risk of various forms of cancer.
In contrast, henna has a long history as a safe, gentle hair
color. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a monograph that
approves henna for this use; henna is one of a select group of natural
products to achieve official FDA recognition.
How Henna Works
Henna coats each hair shaft with a natural, semi-permanent
protein called hennatannic acid. Heat causes the hennatannic acid to
cling to the proteins found in the hair (or nails and skin, if desired).
Because henna coats and seals the hair shaft, it helps protect the hair
from damaging effects of sun, salt, chlorine, wind and pollution in the
environment. It can help miminize split ends and acts as “hair
insurance” if you spend a lot of time in the sun, surf or wind. In
addition to protecting the hair shaft, henna will tighten the hair
cuticle and create a more solid surface which reflects light; the result
is gleaming, lustrous hair.
Rather than producing dramatic color changes, henna enhances
and deepens existing color. The darker your natural color, the less
drastic the change will be inyour natural color. Because the color from
henna is transparent or “seethrough,” henna cannot lighten dark hair; it
will, however, add highlights to dark hair and can darken the color of
lighter hair. To determine which shade of henna is best for you based on
your original color and the desired result, consult Light Mountain’s
Light Mountain Guarantee
Light Mountain Hair Color is a natural product, subject to
variations from harvest to harvest; it responds somewhat differently to
different hair conditions and colors. Because of this variability, it is
essential that you take a “swatch test” or “strand test,” in which the
effects of the hair color are tested on a very small section of hair,
before using any Light Mountain product. Light Mountain has made this
process easy for you by providing complete, step-by-step,
start-to-finish instructions for testing and using our products. If,
after doing the swatch test, you find that the color is not what you
expected,simply return the box with your purchase receipt to the address
listed in the instructions for a full refund of the purchase price not
to exceed the MSRP. Shipping & Handling not included.
One Kit is All You Need
Any hair coloring process involves a certain amount of
preparation and effort. With Light Mountain products, you only need to
purchase one box. Our complete henna application kit includes premium
grade henna-based hair color, detailed instructions, a pair of
disposable gloves so you can handle and apply the henna mixture without
coloring your hands (remember, henna can color skin as well as hair!),
and a “henna hat” to assist you in “setting” the hair color during the
color treatment stage. No other henna product line on the market offers
this complete henna kit.
No Harsh Chemicals or Additives
GLUTEN-FREE. VEGAN. NO CORN DERIVATIVES.
NO SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS
Both our regular, original Light Mountain Natural Hair Color &
Conditioner color range and our Color the Gray! product line for
covering gray hair rely solely on blends of premium grade henna with
other suitable botanicals. We use no other ingredients to create our
rich, natural colors.
Light Mountain products contain no peroxide, ammonia or other
additives. Compare Light Mountain’s ingredients to those of any
commercial hair coloring preparation (including many found in natural
product stores) and the difference will be naturally clear.
Can Henna Change Your Life?
Maybe...But it will definitely change your hair. And with bright,
lustrous, newly enhanced locks, who knows where the possibilities may
lead? Listen to one satisfied customer’s story, recounted in Cosmopolitan
[After trying chemical dye with no luck]...This time I got pure
henna. Inside the box, which had a nice picture of a red
fox...wonderful, glowing, shimmering, perfect red!
“How Henna Changed My Life,” Cosmopolitan,
Color the Gray! Color Chart
Natural Hair Color
Soft Coppery Brown
Rich Golden Brown
Rich Golden Brown
Med. Chestnut Brown
Rich Chestnut Brown
* If your hair is very porous, dry,
damaged or overly permed, the only recommended shade for you to use is
Neutral from the original Light Mountain Color and Conditioner line.