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Chemical free hair color, plant derivatives, vegan.
- No parabens, ammonia, formaldehyde.
- Deposits great long lasting permanent color.
- Beautiful darker shades as well as lighter blonde shades.
color that actually works. I've been using it for a few years, as I color my own hair, and the color lasts even on regrowth at the roots. I'm 53 and have some gray and it works to cover the gray as well. When I first used Naturtint I recall it lasting as long or even longer than the drug store colors or beauty supply colors. I mix two of the colors to customize the look I'm after- 4G Golden Chestnut and 5N Light Chestnut Brown. You'll be pleased with how well it applies, covers gray, and lasts.
The companies roots are based from a family run business turned GMP laboratory for their Naturtint natural hair color products they develop. As a licensed cosmetologist myself I looked into how this product deposits color within the hair shaft. Naturtint uses plant derivatives and a natural pH process to lift the cuticle and then close the cuticle keeping the color locked in instead of harsh chemicals and ammonia. I have friends that use it to go a shade or two lighter to lift their own color while depositing a beautiful shade, and for those with lighter blonde hair it works just as well.The cost for one box is under $20 and covers average hair thickness shoulder length. I use two boxes with two different colors mixed which covers two separate applications at the roots. I save one of the unopened developers and the remains colors for the second application. I color my roots about every six weeks. After several months I color from roots to ends in which I end up using two boxes. My hair length is past my shoulders and medium thickness.
Naturtint® USA — Our Story
Healthy, natural hair coloring products are at the root of the Naturtint® story.
In Europe, Naturtint was launched in the late 1990s by Laboratorios Phergal of Madrid, ranked as one of the top cosmetics labs in Spain. Naturtint is distinguished from other hair coloring products as the first permanent hair color free of ammonia and featuring plant-based active ingredients.
In the United States, entrepreneurial businesswoman Brenda Boice established International Trade Routes in 1999 and searched the world to find product lines that met her company's core values of bringing customers the highest-quality natural hair coloring products available.
Boice, who has earnest interests in alternative medicine and healthy living, had become well-versed in all aspects of the health product industry while working at Herb Pharm, a leading manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts in Oregon, before starting her own enterprise.
She had looked at other internationally-made beauty products, but they lacked the integrity and high-quality standards she demanded – and then she discovered Phergal and Naturtint.
The union between Naturtint and Boice was a natural.
"When I saw their green boxes, I said 'This is it. Naturtint will be perfect for the US market.' " Boice's vivid impression of Naturtint came in her first meeting in Connecticut with an international sales representative who was looking for the right importer/distributor to bring the new line beyond its Spanish borders.
International Trade Routes became the first distributor – and remains the exclusive distributor – in the U.S. to carry the line that has become the leading brand of permanent hair color without ammonia, parabens, or resorcinol, used by millions of women worldwide.
Highest Quality Standards
While other mass-marketed hair color products use private-label manufacturers to produce their products, Phergal is a privately owned, family-run business that operates its own R&D laboratories and manufacturing plants.
Phergal applies the strictest GMP pharmaceutical standards to all its products. These international quality standards ensure the best quality ingredients as well as constant research and development of rigorous production methods.
"We can track every batch for quality," Boice says. "Our competition can't do that. They are outsourcing their manufacturing."
Hair Coloring Without Ammonia
Naturtint's plant-based permanent hair coloring works by using a three-step process without ammonia, parabens, silicones, paraffin, mineral oils, heavy metals, artificial fragrances, SLS, or formaldehyde derivatives.
The active plant-based ingredients and the pH of the colorant cream help to open the external cuticle layer of the hair naturally. Next, the natural color of the hair is removed, and micro-pigments penetrate the deepest layers of the hair with the new color. Finally, the cuticle returns to its original position, trapping the colorants inside the hair to ensure that the new color won't fade away.
"Many consumers associate the horrid smell of ammonia when they go to the salon as being necessary to get the results they want, so they endure it, even if they worried about the health effects of the chemicals on their scalp," Boice says. "Naturtint gives women salon-quality results, and it's healthier for the hair, body and environment."
Unlike henna — which can be messy, harsh to work with and difficult to get through hair, particularly red shades — Naturtint is easy to apply and delivers long-lasting, vibrant color.
Growth and Expansion
From its humble start as a home-based operation, Boice moved ITR's warehouse and offices into a rural Agway building. Having renovated and wired the space hands-on, Boice truly has grown the business from the ground up.
Naturtint has garnered the number-one market share position within the health food segment with such leading retailers as Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and Sprout's Farmers Market. Boice is now also promoting the product into the beauty/fashion markets.
In October 2011, ITR transitioned into a new 24,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, centrally located and positioned to ship anywhere in the country. The company also plans to continue to expand the Naturtint line.