A new way to colour your hair, naturally.
For those of you who desire a precise shade of hair colour but worry about what the colouring chemicals might be doing to your hair, scalp and body – not to mention the environment – Salon Ten is excited to reveal a new natural hair colour option.
Botanea, from L’Oreal Professionnel, is a new organic colour process which uses three natural dyes to create the hair colour of your choice. What’s more, Salon Ten is thrilled to be one of a select number of salons in the UK chosen to provide this new revolutionary service which combines ancient ingredients with L’Oreal’s innovation and expertise.
Want to know more?
What is Botanea?
Botanea uses traditional henna, indigo and cassia – natural plants which are harvested in India – to create an infinite palette of hair colour shades which can be tailored to each client’s need. It is natural, vegan and organic, produced without the use of ammonia or other potentially harmful chemicals. Even the activation process is pure and gentle, using only hot water.
What plants are used and how do they work?
Henna: Pure henna contains leaves of the henna tree, Lawsonia inermis, grown in Rajasthan in Northwestern India. The leaves release warm copper colours ideal for preparing blonde, copper or brown shades
Indigo: Indigo plant leaves contain colour that results in a range of shades from blue to purple. It is ideal for brown or dark bases when used in combination with henna.
Cassia: Grown in several regions of India, cassia was selected by L’Oréal Research to be used by colourists as an adjuster and luminizer
Aren’t henna dyes a bit unpredictable and messy?!
For anyone who has experimented with henna in the past, the new type of natural colour will be a pleasant surprise. Yes, it’s still traditional, herbal, vegan and chemical free, but mixed and applied safely in the salon, it is also mess-free and can be used to create the exact colour you want, even blending in grey and white hair. In the hands of trained professional experts, the colour process is no longer guesswork; the three ingredients can be blended in such a way that they create a range of shades from light blonde to dark brown to coppers and reds.
Don’t natural dyes take hours and hours to work?
Anyone who has spent the night with their head covered in sludgy green gunk and wrapped in Clingfilm, will be delighted to know that the development time takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes.
Henna and indigo dyes have been used for centuries. Why has it taken the professionals so long to realise their appeal?
It’s true that pure henna and indigo have been used for hair colouring and body art tattoos since ancient times. Traditionally plant-based professional hair care has been limited by colour choices and intensity, so it’s only recently that the professionals have realised the advantages if used consistently and combined by experienced colourists.
Newly launched at an event in Paris, Marion Brunet, head of the L’Oreal Professional brand, proudly declared that ‘we’ve managed to marry naturalness with a professional result without compromising on either point.’
Does L’Oreal carry on its ethical principles in packaging and practice?
The Botanea powders are presented in transparent, refillable cube jars and made with PET plastic recycled up to 50%. L’Oreal are also doing their bit to support the farmers and local communities from where their ingredients are sourced – launching a three-year programme to develop the social economic situation of farmers with local cooperatives, and to improve and share good agricultural practices in order to create sustainable sources of income.
So it’s not just your hair that’ll benefit from going natural without having to ditch the dye!