Hair Tints, Rinses and Shampoos are products intended to shade the existing color of the hair. Tints may be used also for applying highlighting effects to the hair.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Dimethicone: It is the most widely used silicone-based polymer in cosmetics. You can find it in creams, lotions, bath soaps, serums and shampoos. Since dimethicone has fluid properties, it helps the products flow smoothly on the skin leading to an improved texture.
- Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a clear and colorless liquid derived from alcohol. It is most often used as a solvent and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products such as fragrances, shaving, personal cleanliness products, and eye and facial makeup.
- Citric Acid: Used to preserve cosmetics and adjust the acid-base balance
- Isopropyl Alcohol: Also called isopropanol or 2- propanol, is a colorless and flammable chemical with a very strong odor. It is typically used in conditioners to help dissolve other ingredients and to fasten the drying process. It evaporates quickly and its danger can be causing irritation and system toxicity when used in high portions.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This ingredient is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. It is a surface-active agent that has the properties of being partly water-soluble and partly oil soluble in order to cleanse dirt and oils away.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Chamomile: Chamomile has been known for ages that it helps lighten darker hair. All you have to is to brew a cup of it, let it cool and then apply on individual strands of hair.
- Cinnamon: Add enough cinnamon to your conditioner to make a thick paste and apply it to your hair the longer the better. Not only it will give a nice color to your hair, but it has antioxidant properties that will leave your hair smooth and healthy and will protect it from the sun rays.
- Henna: Henna usually darken the hair color, so if you already have a slightly lighter color, this is not for you. For dark brown or black hair, henna can do a great job lightening your hair and give you some nice reddish highlights.