Posts tagged ‘beauty’

January 16, 2019

Conscious coloring with hair brownies from Instituut Haar en Gezondheid

Until meeting Dianne the Mebel of Instituut Haar en Gezondheid in 2011,  I’ve always dyed my hairs. Chemically. I did this to be different, to look different, because I wanted a change, not to cover up grey hairs (Started dyeing my hair when I was 10 or 11). As you’ve read HERE, Dianne introduced me to conscious coloring at her salon. This year I went back in search of Clean Shampoo  and Dianne introduced me to her henna hair brownies. She makes these by hand, so you can make your own unique colour compositions and naturally dye your hair at home. If you’re unsure of how to do this, you can also visit one of her workshops.

I was curious how red my very dark hairs could actually become with natural dye only, so I asked Dianne to prepare me the most colorful combination possible for my hair. She made me a unique combination of mahogany, auburn, apricot and golden blonde. Since I’ve got quite some grey hairs, the colour combination should give me highlights and I was really looking forward to how this would work out.

still video henna

The henna brownies are really easy to use. Since they contain shea butter which melts at 32c, you simply hold it above a candle and grate it (It’s all natural, so yes, you can use your cheese grater). Then you mix it with warm water and this paste is your hair dye! It’s definitely easier and less messy than the powdered henna I once bought.

grating henna

From the last time I knew that my darkest hairs would not become red from the henna paint, but the plants and spices in the henna brownies are so beneficial for the hair, that all my hair became healthier, shinier, curlier.  This time was no difference. My hair appears to be more full, even more thick and overall prettier. People around me did not see the colour difference unless I’d be in sunlight, but they did see I something changed in my haircut and they liked it, but couldn’t place their finger on it. I love it. My grey hairs are now golden red and the rest has a red shine.

While waiting for my colour to catch on, a new customer walked in, Valeriya. Dianne was very enthusiastic, because Valeriya was a hair-dye-virgin! She never chemically treated her hair, but wanted to cover her grey hairs and was recommended this salon by a colleague. Because her hair is quite a bit lighter than mine, I took some before and after photos with her permission, to show you what plant based hair colouring can do. Judge for yourself, what do you think?

Conscious coloring Valeriya before

Dianne made Valeriya a unique henna mix of nut brown, cinnamon, rust brown and golden.

Conscious coloring Valeriya after

 

Because of my bad photography skills you can’t really see how well the grey hairs are covered, but you can see that Valeriya’s hair now has a much warmer colour and is much healthier and curlier thanks to the henna and herbs. She was very pleased with Dianne’s work and pleasantly surprised by the effects on her hair.

So, whether you….
….would like to cover up your grey hairs,
….want to be more conscious about what you put in your hair,
….have decided to stop using chemicals,
….need to give your hair a boost,
….want to change your look,
….would like to have some highlights,
….are a blonde,
….have black hair,
….have chemically dyed your hair before,
….are a hair dye virgin…
The henna brownies from Instituut Haar en Gezondheid are for YOU!

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get Dianne to answer them for you.

You can find INSTITUUT HAAR EN GEZONDHEID’s WEBSHOP HERE and if you’re in Amsterdam, of course you can visit the salon: Amstel 186 (just behind Rembrandtplein and just across the Waterlooplein).

DLCS Management is now also on Instagram: www.instagram.com/dlcsmanagement
Keep an eye on the page, soon you can expect videos there of my last visit to Instituut Haar en Gezondheid.

 

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November 21, 2011

Conscious colouring; natural and plant based hair colouring

I’ve always loved experimenting with different hair- styles and colours, but for a couple of years I’ve stuck to my own colour, ‘cause I had my doubts about the standard chemical ways of colouring. I recently met Dianne te Mebel, director and owner of the Instituut Haar & Gezondheid (Institute for Hair & Health) in Amsterdam. The Instituut Haar & Gezondheid is one of few salons in Amsterdam and even The Netherlands, which aims to use as much natural products as possible and integrate this in anything they do. Ever since Diane was young, she has a passion for nature, which she decided to incorporate into her profession. She developed herself as an expert in natural and plant based hair colouring.

I’ve always thought that to colour my dark hair,  the only way was de- colouring with ammoniac and then dying with chemical colours. Dianne dared me to test otherwise. She said that not only she could naturally add a hint of colour to my hair, but also promised to revitalise and regenerate my hair, to give it a “healing” treatment to prepare myself for winter. Perhaps, just like me, you don’t know too much about natural and plant based hair colouring? The ladies of the Instituut Haar & Gezondheid, definitely know their field of work and took their time to make me feel comfortable and inform me about anything I was interested in and more.

So.. well.. then what is natural and plant based hair colouring exactly?

The base is henna. Henna is a plant (a shrub actually, called Lawsonia Inermis, more info HERE ), with leaves that contain a tannin dye molecule. This molecule is called Lawson, and  is released when the leaves are pulverised, acidified and made into a paste. This paste can be applied to hair (or skin), to give it a deep, reddish brown stain, because it binds to keratin (that’s what the outer layer of our skin and hair is made of). The colours added to the henna, are extracted from parts of amongst others flowers, trees, and plants that are dried and pulvarised until powder. For example coffee, onion peel, blue wood, cinnamon, hazelnut, rhubarb, salvia, tea, marigold, grains, elderberries and birch bark  are commonly used. Before the colouring- process, the hair is first washed with a mild shampoo to open the hair scales (yes, just like the ones a fish has..), so the pigment can go in between. In my case the hair was washed with a shampoo of Pure Pact (Over HERE you can read my introduction to Pure Pact). When the hair is dried, the hair scales close and keep the pigment inside. The colour will stay in the hair for about 6 to 8 weeks. By washing the colouring, it will slowly get more vague, here for there  will not be any visible outgrow like with chemical hair colouring. Natural hair colouring does not change the colour of your hair, so being a brunette and becoming a blonde, is not possible (but if your hair is grey, you can become a blonde again with the help of marigold!). If you have some grey hairs, as effect of the colouring you’ll get highlights instead. Plant based hair colouring is transparent, it forms a layer around the hair instead of penetrating it. You will keep your own hair colour with a nuance in the colour. From solely natural resources, 40 nuances are possible. By repeating the process of colouring regularly, the colour will become deeper and more intense.

Dianne loves nature and the environment. While working in her hair salon, she realised that even if she was using natural products, in the process of colouring the hair was being packed with tin foil, which was trashed after use. It’s necessary to keep the hair warm after one applies the colouring, so it attaches better to the hair. This caused Dianne to think about a more sustainable way for this process, after which she invented and developed the sustainable heat cap for colouring. With this cap she got nominated for Duurzame Dinsdag 2011, where the countries’ best sustainable ideas are put in a suitcase and offered to the cabinet in order to create more awareness.

All over the world there are millions of women that colour their hair. Many of them do this themselves, at home. Natural and plant based hair colouring is completely safe and simple when you have the right ingredients and tools, so Dianne did a lot of research, imported products and developed a starting package to make it possible for you to create your own natural hair colouring and dye your hair in the comfort of your own home. The package comes in 15 different nuances, but you can also get in touch with her to create a colour combination of your choice, or pass by the Instituut Haar & Gezondheid to get advised, ask questions and pick up a personalised package. Over HERE you can order the package.  A starting package costs € 47.50,– (exclusive €2.30,– for delivery in The Netherlands) and consists of; a bag of colouring, a sustainable heat cap, and enamel bowl, a wide paintbrush, a twine of cotton wool and a manual. The package fits through your mailbox.

Check out a small introduction & explanation clip over here; 

When I visited the salon, the ladies made me a personalised mix of auburn, mahogany and henna colore. The nuances in my hair are mostly visible outside in daylight. Indoors, besides the exception of a very attentive individual, it’s only myself who notices the colour difference. BUT, even after having seriously neglected my split ends, a summer of sea and sun, living in a city with plenty of exhausts, as well as having often coloured my hair chemically in the past, my hair is obviously revitalised. It’s voluminous, it’s shiny, it feels soft and it looks healthy. I LOVE IT!  I’m already looking forward to my next treatment and curious to how my hair will be when the colouring gets more intense and deeper!

Have you ever coloured your hair? Are you conscious about what hair and beauty products you use? Are you aware that natural products are better for you than chemical based products?

Starting package natural hair colouring

Starting package natural hair colouring

Thx 2 Wiki.
For more info, personalised advise or to order the starting package; CLICK HERE
Questions on natural and plant based hair colouring? Ask them to experts on a specialised forum; HERE 
VERY SOON the brand new webshop of Instituut Haar en Gezondheid will be online, I’ll keep you updated of course. ‘Till then; http://www.instituuthaarengezondheid.nl

August 26, 2011

“Kind of a journalist” & organic haircare

purepact

Remember the sexy vegan (Lisette Kreischer, check here )? She contacted me to invite me to the official exclusive Dutch presentation of a new vegan/ natural/ biobased, ecofabulous hairstylingbrand! Ofcourse I’m pretty excited to get to meet Lisette, PLUS, she asked me to write something about all this..  “because I’m kind of a journalist now” she said… WOW, pretty cool huh?

The ladies of Veggie in Pumps (One of Lisette’s initiatives) promise to seduce all invitees with a selection of pure products from purepact and vegetarian fingerfood, and the location will be the winner of the prize  Benelux’ best vegetable restaurant of 2011; “De Culinaire Werkplaats” in Amsterdam. I’m definitively curious about this place too! It’s not a restaurant, this “culinary workingplace” seems to be a place to experience food.

 

 

Organic haircare by purepact
Purepact is the organic and aromatherapy division of PACT. PACT is leading the way with innovative products, derived from safe renewable natural resources and already well established in twenty European countries. Products from PACT are derived from safe renewable resources, contain no animal ingredients and are not tested on animals. TO BE CONTINUED!…

purepact

 

 

My question to you; do you care what kind of cosmetics, beautyproducts and haircare you use? Do you mind putting chemicals in your hair or on your body? Do you prefer to use natural products only? Do you purchase your beauty-stuff with awareness? Or do you really not pay attention to what kind of beauty products you buy at all?

For more info check; http://www.veggieinpumps.com , http://www.pactuk.com/purepact , http://www.purepact.nl 

 

August 7, 2011

Did you ever have the pleasure of smelling the beauty of a wild cyclame?

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