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SanoTint Hair Colour Q&A

How often should I colour my hair?
Every four to six weeks.

No. Not at this time.

Depending on the amount of grey present in your hair, it may influence the choice of colour you can use. In cases where your hair is more than 40%-50% grey, coverage is best obtained by permanent hair dyes. SANOTINT hair dyes are permanent and will completely cover your grey.

  • If your hair is predominantly grey, it is recommended that you choose a tint that is similar to your original hair colour.

  • All hair samples found in our colour chart are created using actual locks of total grey hair. The final result will depend on your actual hair colour and may differ from each person’s head of hair.

  • When you have more than 50% grey hair, your selection of colour to choose from is greater and it is easier obtain lighter shades.

  • When you have less than 20% grey hair and your existing hair colour is dark brown or black, it becomes more difficult to obtain a lighter shade.  An enlightening kit may be used to obtain the desired lighter shade, for example, when trying to obtain a red or blond shade on a dark

  • Washing your hair before a colouring session is not necessary however if your hair is particularly dirty, oily or sticky, then you can shampoo before a colouring session.

  • ALWAYS apply SANOTINT hair dyes on DRY hair.

  • If it is your first session with SANOTINT hair dyes, always apply the dye thoroughly from roots to tip.

  • If you have grey only in certain areas, always start applying the colour on those areas first and then to your normal colour hair.

  • In cases where your grey has grown back, start coverage from root of grey and let stand for 15- minutes then apply rest of the dye on remaining length and tips for an additional 15-minutes.  Leave in the dye for up to 30-minutes maximum.

  • Length of session can influence the result of a dye.  For example: The longer the dye is left on the darker the shade will be.  The reverse effect will occur with lighter shades.

  • We recommend when dying thick and grey hair, the length of the session should be between 30 to 35-minutes long.

Can grey hair be colored?
Yes.  SANOTINT gives total grey coverage from your first session. Note: Be careful when choosing red nuances, they may give a more intense look to grey hair.

Can the hair be colored with a lighter dye?

Yes.  If you wish to change your hair to a lighter color, it is recommended to first use the SANOTINT Enlightening Kit to lighten your hair, and then tint using a lighter dye of choice, resulting in a more shimmering effect. 
  Two or more SANOTINT shades may be mixed together to obtain your personalized color.  Only the Classic dyes can be mixed with other Classic dyes and Light with Light. DO NOT MIX SANOTINT CLASSIC AND SANOTINT LIGHT DYES TOGETHER.

Is there a difference between SANOTINT colors and Herbal colors?
Yes.  SanoTint hair dyes are:  Easy to use; Dye and fixative are mixed in equal parts; The recommended length of each session should be no longer than 30 minutes; The color is permanent and will not fade with shampooing.

How long do you apply the product on certain hair types? 
For Blond hair: Recommended length of application for 30 min;  For Dark hair: Recommended length of application for up to 2 hours; Please note; the only natural herbal dye is Henna. It comes form the plant Lawsonie Inermis.  Natural Solutions offers both Logona and Light Mountain Henna Colors for those seeking all natural hair color products.

What are the benefits of SANOTINT Hair dyes? 
They contains golden millet which is Rich in silica, a substance which nourishes and protects hair; they contain both natural and synthetic colors. A combination of plant extracts and very small quantities of synthetic colors produce an extraordinary, brilliant, healthy and long lasting result; and finally they do not contain Ammonia.

Are SANOTINT dyes safe?
Yes they are.  SANOTINT products are one of the safest products available in the market today. Only the best natural ingredients are selected and used in the SANOTINT formula.  Note: It is always recommended to perform an allergy patch test at least 48 hours prior to application of the product to the scalp. For instructions on how to perform an allergy patch test, please refer to the “Hints:” section on the Instructions pamphlet found inside the SANOTINT package.

Will SANOTINT hair dye damage my hair?
No they will not.  They contain golden millet and natural plant extracts and other precious substances, which protect your hair from within, revitalizing its durability; Calcium Pantothenate (Provitamin B5) nourishes and rejuvenates your hair;  The combination of herb extracts such as walnut-husk, birch and grape seeds give your hair an intense shine;  Biotin and natural silica, from the Golden Millet are two vital substances, which have an important role in maintaining the health and structure of your hair;  After each application your hair will feel soft, manageable, and easy to style.

Can SANOTINT colors be used after a permanent or PERM?
Yes.  NOTE: Your hair will be more sensitive and the color will penetrate the hair quicker, therefore resulting in a darker color and the perm may be weakened. It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 2 weeks from your last permanent.

Can I perm my hair after a tinting session with a SANOTINT product?

Yes.  NOTE: that the resulting color may be 2 shades lighter, therefore it is always suggested to first perm, and then tint but no sooner than two weeks.

Can I use a SANOTINT dye after bleaching hair?

Yes.  You may use SANOTINT dyes after bleaching, but note since bleaching damages your hair, you should first wait a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the coloring session.

If my hair has a dark pigment, how can I obtain a lighter shade?
If you wish to lighten your hair two to three shades from your present color, then SANOTINT Enlightening Kit may be used. (Please refer to instruction found in the package.)  If your desire is to lighten your hair more than three shades it is recommend that you first use the Enlightening Kit and then proceed to further lighten hair with your chosen SANOTINT shade. (Remember to refer to the SANOTINT color chart for your available options).

Can I mix different SANOTINT hair dyes?

Yes.  You may mix any of the shades together to create your own personalized color. Use your imagination!  If you would like to add a subtle touch, red may be added to your brown dye
By adding a small quantity of red dye to a blonde shade you may achieve a softer blonde.  If you are uncertain about your color of choice, you should first select a lock of hair from a grey or a light patch.

If I have unmixed product remaining can it be stored for future session?

Yes.  If unmixed product is left over, ensure that the container is properly sealed tightly with the cap, but be sure to use it within 3 to 4 months. Always remember to use the dye and fixative in a 1:1 ratio.

Why is it recommended to use the SANOTINT conditioner that is supplied in the package and how much should I use?

After each tinting session, it is important to use the SANOTINT pH 3.5 conditioner, as it has been specially formulated to close the pores of the hair, sealing in the color. SANOTINT conditioners are enriched with nourishing substances, which will protect, nurture and renew your hair after the coloring, resulting in shiny, radiant, and incredibly soft hair. In addition it will help prevent breakage from brushing and split ends. 
Quantity of Conditioner to Use:  For Short Hair - Use a small quantity of conditioner the size of a dime
For Long Hair – Use the size of a quarter in conditioner.  NOTE: Quantity of conditioner can be adjusted by the length and fullness of hair and / or your desired preference.

Can I use SANOTINT hair dye during pregnancy or nursing?

It is recommended that you always consult your physician prior to using any hair dye product.  We strongly recommend not to use SANOTINT during the first three months of pregnancy.  We recommend that, during pregnancy not to use darker shades, as they contain more colorants than the lighter shades. We suggest that you do not perform more than one tint session a month and to reduce the session time to no more than 20 minutes as a precaution.  If you choose to use SANOTINT dye, we recommend you select a shade from our SANOTINT Light product line which does not contain Para-Phenylendiammine (PPD)
If this is your first time using the SANOTINT product line, we suggest you ALWAYS perform an allergy patch test. Directions for Allergy patch test can be found on pamphlet within packaging.  When applying dye we suggest to:  Let stand for a shorter period of time; Always use gloves; Do not massage dye directly into scalp; At the end of the tinting session wash and rinse your hair thoroughly; To minimize staining try applying our Barrier Oil along the hairline and along the earlobes.

Below are the percentages:

M- aminophenol 0,1 – 0,2

P- aminophenol 0,05- 2,5

No. SanoTint is Nickel tested and does not contain any added metals. SanoTint refers their clients to the following site to learn how to test your hair color brand: http://www.keratin.com/ai/ai020.shtml

Natural Hair Dye Facts

People have been colouring their hair using hair dyes with many different formulas and ingredients for thousands of years. Hair color can be the magic that instantly transforms dull mousy locks into glorious golden lights that shimmer and shine. It can also instantly erase years of age by covering gray.

While the end results of gorgeous color seem worth it to many people, there is no easy way to get from dull to dynamite without some form of coloring product. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, hair-coloring products will almost always require the use of some form of chemical agents. For permanent hair dyes to work, you have to be able to open the hair cuticle to lighten and deposit color. Without this process of depositing the dye into the cuticle, it will wash right out during the next shampooing.

Although not all experts agree, many believe that a leading cause of hair color allergic reactions are related to PPD which is short for para-Phenylenediamine. Others argue that serious reactions in hair color can be linked to ingredients such as ammonia, peroxide or diaminobenzene.

If a hair color product claims that they do not use PPD then they will use something else that can be even more damaging like mercury, lead or other metals. Consumers often state that they shun products containing PPD for "safer" alternatives like Loving Care by Clairol. Most products that do not use PPD may actually be more dangerous due to the high concentration of metals, leads and mercury. SANOTINT Classic and SAMOTINT Light uses none of these harmful ingredients and is tested to make sure none are found within the product.

Almost all coloring products that lighten hair contain some amount of hydrogen peroxide. This colorless liquid achieves two major actions. It will first break down the natural melanin in the hair shaft which instantly "lifts" the color of the hair making it lighter. SANOTINT uses hydrogen peroxide to release oxygen, which combines with the dye molecules and helps them to develop and deposit color. The depositing part is important for covering gray.

Although many people worry about the toxicity of using hydrogen peroxide on their hair there are more potentially toxic ingredients, which can be found in popular hair dyes.

PPD Related Reactions

PPD, p-Phenylenediamine may also be referred to as phenylenediame, phenylenediame dihydrochloride or benzenediamine dihydrochloride. It is also known by the name aminoaniline dihydrochloride.

All of the various PPD derivatives may cause allergic reactions in chemically sensitive individuals. The key word to remember is, May. Not all people will react to PPD and even less with have severe reactions.

Reported allergic reactions have also included facial and neck swelling. If swallowed, it can cause vomiting. The chemical may be toxic if inhaled directly and may cause coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath and in some rare cases, cyanosis (blue lips). In extreme cases respiratory distress has been reported. Although rare, if you experience any of these reactions you should seek medical attention immediately.

When PPD makes contact with the skin it may cause rashes and contact dermatitis. Eye contact may cause irritation, redness and pain. Corneal damage and loss of vision has been reported in some very isolated cases. Chronic exposures to PPD may affect kidney or liver function and can cause bluish discoloration of the lips or tongue.

Therefore, Should You or Should You Not Color?

With all of this negative information about hair color chemicals, does it mean that you shouldn't color your hair? Not necessarily. With everything in life there are tradeoffs. Many foods that we enjoy contain chemicals that may have toxic implications or simply may be an allergen, such as peanuts, which may be deadly to a very small percentage, but are enjoyed by many all of their lifetime. Do we therefore give up our favorite foods? Not necessarily. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks with any life decisions we make whether it means coloring our hair or eating certain foods.

Patch Tests: Prevention

Who should perform a patch test? Everyone, as it is hard to predict what ingredients may cause allergic reactions. (SANOTINT Classic does contain a very small amount of PPD. 0.1 to 1.6 % per volume, where SANOTINT Light contains 0.0% - None). People can be allergic to a wide range of ingredients from more natural ones like walnut to the chemical additives. You just never know what one person will react to that will be fine for the majority of others.

If you have a history of experiencing sensitivities to hair color formulas you should check with your primary health care consultant before using SANOTINT or any other hair dye product. Although the majority of the populace may use SANOTINT Colors with no problems, we always recommends you perform a patch test first before performing a treatment.

How to Perform a Patch Test

If you have never done a patch test before it is relatively simple to do and will provide you with peace of mind that your body can handle the product ingredients with no problem.

It is recommends that you apply a little bit of the product to the inside of the elbow and then leave the mixture uncovered for a minimum of 48 hours. The key to doing a good test is to leave the product uncovered.

Remember, when in doubt always discuss the use of chemical products with your personal physician and get their advice.

Honesty Is the Best Policy

SANOTINT believes that honesty is the best policy for all hair care consumers. We always recommend that a patch test is performed to become informed of your own possible product sensitivities, they will tell you that while it is rare, a small percentage may have reactions.

SANOTINT Classic does contain a small amount of PPD (0.1 to 1.6%) in the form of Phenylenediamine. This is significantly less than the commercial hair color lines and most other natural hair dye products, that may contain as much as 6% PPD or more. The European Community currently approves up to 6% of PPD for hair coloring products.

Both SANOTINT Classic and SANOTINT Light is completely free of ammonia, which is a known culprit in inhalation and odor concerns. SANOTINT makes a point of limiting the types and concentrations of chemicals in their SANOTINT line as much as possible.

Depending on the hue selected SANOTINT may also contain propylene glycol, EDTA, and Resorcinol. As always, SANOTINT tries to limit the concentrations of any of the chemicals that they do include in their products.

SANOTINT permanent coloring products do not lift color but deposit pigment, it will not help a dark haired brunette become a platinum blonde, and it just can't happen with such a mild hair dye such as SANOTINT. We want this information to be clear so there is no doubt on the part of the consumer.

SANOTINT Does offer a hair lightening kit, which is peroxide based and will lift from one to three shades lighter.  The unfortunate thing is that consumers need to understand you can’t have it both ways. A coloring product that is as natural and mild as possible just won't have the lightening and coloring powers that the chemical based hair dyes do.

SANOTINT will color and cover gray and will deposit color and will not damage and dry your hair but will rejuvenate it, as it is rich in conditioning properties. The hair lightening kit is required to achieve a lightening affect from one to three shades lighter.

SANOTINT Ingredients

See our individual listing for each SanoTint product for full details.  Here is a few descriptions of what they contain:

Propylene Glycol - Organic extract: Next to water, this is the most common moisture-carrying vehicle used in cosmetic formulations. It has better skin permeation than glycerin, and it also gives a pleasant feel with less greasiness than glycerin. Propylene glycol is used as humectants since it absorbs water from the air. It also serves as a solvent for antioxidants and preservatives. In addition, it has preservative properties against bacteria and fungi when used in concentrations of 15% or higher. There is a concern that propylene glycol is an irritant at higher concentrations, though it appears to be quite safe at usage levels less than 5%. The level of Propylene Glycol in SANOTINT is 1.0 % in the Classic and 0.9 % in the Light version.

P-Phenylenediamine – SANOTINT Classic, from 0.1 to 1.6 %, depending on the shade. Provides colouring for hair.

SANOTINT Light contains 0.0% (none) of the PPD ingredient; therefore it is limited to offering 12 shades only.

EDTA - Organic Extract (ethylendiamine tetra acetic acid) a preservative.

Ethanolamine - Organic Extract (not of animal original). An emollient.

Glycol - Organic. An emollient

Hydrogen Peroxide – Chemical: A bleaching and oxidizing agent. Detergent and antiseptic. Generally recognized as a safe preservative, germ killer, and skin bleacher in cosmetics. If used undiluted, it can cause burns of the skin and mucous membranes.

Water - Water is an important skin component and is essential for its proper functioning. It is the most common ingredient used in cosmetic formulations and therefore is generally listed first on product labels.

Resorcinol – Chemical: In very mild solutions it is used as an antiseptic and as a soothing preparation for itchy skin. In slightly higher concentrations it removes the surface layer of skin (the dry dead cells) and it is used in lotions for irritated skin and particularly in connection with acne. In still higher concentrations it can act as an aggressive surface skin exfoliates. Resorcinol can also be used as a preservative. While it is beneficial skin care ingredient, when used in low concentration, it causes irritation in higher concentrations, with a strong burning sensation and a reddening of the skin. Used in high concentrations as a peel, resorcinol may cause a variety of problems. SANOTINT contains levels of 0.1 to 0.5% per volume and the Light version contains 0.04 to 0.4% per volume.

Why Is Natural Solutions Offering Such as Product?

Although Natural Solutions has sought after products that would not contain these ingredients, we felt that having a "Better Alternative" of hair colours was an important decision, as not all women were satisfied with an all natural hair colour such as Logona or Light Mountain.  Therefore women were either going without color (which is great), or they were purchasing brands of dye on the market that were heavily polluted with PPD and other chemicals at concentrations that could cause compromise with their immune systems.  We feel that we need to continue the search for products that will help support better shopping decisions and good health.