Herbaceuticals Inc. - Naturcolor - all shades

 Herbaceuticals Inc. - Naturcolor - all shades
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93 reviews

80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


Ingredients NATURCOLOR dye: Water, Burdock Stem Extract, Gotu Kola Oil, Gotu Kola Leaf Extract, Nettle Extract, Sage Extract, Hops Extract, Soy Oil, PEG-70 Mango Glycerides, Soyamine, Lecithin, Coconut Oil, Oleic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ethanolamine,Chamomile Extract, Walnut Oil, Walnut Extract, Bilberry Root Extract, Red Sorrell Extract, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Jasmine Flower Extract, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Shea Butter, P-Phenylenediamine, P-Aminophenol, M-Aminophenol. /Ingredients NATURFIX developer: Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydrogen Peroxide, Propylene Glycol, Etidronic Acid.

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on 7/13/2017 3:42:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

NaturColor hair dye by Herbeceuticals, Inc., is one of my favorite hair dye products.

The reason it's only one of my favorites instead of the favorite is because it is so difficult to find in stores or to buy online. They must manufacture it in small batches and therefore can not distribute it massively. Not sure why it is not in all stores.

However, I recently learned that you can buy this hair dye directly by calling the number listed at their website. NaturColor.com or on the box. Yay!

This dye has a pleasant odor, does not damage my hair, covers gray hair, and does not stain the skin or sink or wood cabinets, if wiped off within about a half hour. Even when I have waited longer to wipe it off, the dye still comes off with some hard scrubbing.

On my hair, this dye appears so natural. It leaves my hair soft, shiny and seemingly highlighted with pretty translucent highlights. I always get compliments when I use it. It appears to provide a multi-tonal color that looks like hair that has never been dyed.

The best way to ensure gray coverage is to follow their instructions to start with clean dry hair, free of any hair products. Then, put a little developer on the grays first for ten minutes, before wiping it off and starting the full dye process. It works well for me.

This product will make your hair slightly lighter if you use a color that is obviously lighter than your own hair. In the instructions, it is stated that it can lift the hair two levels. I have personally experienced this. I later went back to a darker color that was closer to my own. Nevertheless the lighter colored looked great.

So, if you do not want to lighten your hair color somewhat, choose a color that is very close to your own natural shade or one shade lighter.

I would avoid using a darker color first, unless you really really really want a darker color, because it will be darker and I am not sure if using a lighter version of this product after using a darker color will allow lifting of color in the hair that has already been permanently dyed.

I personally have not had an allergic reaction or a adverse to this product, although I notice that some reviewers have mentioned this.

Even though this product has a lot of natural ingredients, anyone can be allergic or have an adverse reaction to any thing. So a patch test is a must, in my opinion, no matter which product you use.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

***Product/ingredient change alert! They ruined this.

I've been using this for about 20 years, & have loved everything about it. I recently bought 6 more boxes of my usual 7D (I stock up since it isn't easy to find). When I opened the box, I noticed the interior packaging had changed....ruh-roh!!! The outside of the box looked the same to me at the time I purchased it, so I didn't hesitate. I colored my hair as usual, & noticed it felt more coated when it was wet. I dried my FINE hair, & it WAS coated/weighed down, due to only the hair color (I used the same shampoo & conditioner as usual). When I looked in the mirror, the color was MUCH more gold than normal. Usually 7D gives me medium brown with golden highlights- used to be very pretty. I hate the new color- it lightened my hair quite a bit, which it never did before.

I looked at the outside of the box, & there was the answer. The product USED to be a product of Italy, & now it's made in the USA. The ingredient deck has changed, & now I hate it. Why do companies ruin truly excellent products?? I can't seem to get the film off my hair. I used my weekly shampoo to remove product build-up...that didn't work. So now I just tried the vinegar/water 5 minute rinse, so hopefully that works. I'm so mad....this product now sucks.

7 of 9 people found this helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is the most gentle hair color I've ever used. I have dry, brittle hair and it made it very soft. The colors come out darker than shown on the box, which seems to be standard for most hair color. The reason I will not be repurchasing is that it starts fading after only a week. Other natural hair color seem to last at least 3, so I'll revert back to one of those.

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on 11/28/2015 6:35:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Green

I saw this coloring at Whole Foods, and, being in that Whole-Foodsy mood, I thought, "I should probably use natural haircoloring and save some polar bears." So...I bought this in 4R, Sienna Chestnut, just to touch up my roots. On the outside of the box, it says "Hand-Crafted in the USA using the finest color pigment from Italy" and "Napa Valley California". However, every product in the box is labeled "Made in Italy". I don't care if it's made in Italy or anywhere else, but I felt like the box was trying to pull one over on me, and I don't appreciate that. This is DARK. It colors thoroughly, but it's inky, and it doesn't have highlights. It's extremely tenacious for about a week. There's no odor, it doesn't stain the scalp, or tingle, and it rinses out like a dream. I applied with a brush applicator but this comes with a squirt-top bottle you can use for application after mixing the colors in it. I wish all hair color felt this "fresh" on my hair. Unfortunately, the color faded within a couple of weeks and my grays looked like I tried to cover them with food coloring (not a "natural" look). The main reason I wouldn't repurchase this is it contains PPD (p-Phenylenediamine/Paraphenylenediamine/Coal Tar), which hair color companies are trying to remove from dyes, because of the severity of reactions it causes in people who are allergic to it, including contact dermatitis; (it has killed people). I don't think I'm allergic to PPD, but allergies can develop at any time, and I have plenty of them. Therefore, I prefer to use hair coloring that doesn't have PPD. (I buy inexpensive coloring at Sally Beauty that doesn't have PPD in the shades I use).

Ingredients NATURCOLOR dye: Water, Burdock Stem Extract, Gotu Kola Oil, Gotu Kola Leaf Extract, Nettle Extract, Sage Extract, Hops Extract, Soy Oil, PEG-70 Mango Glycerides, Soyamine, Lecithin, Coconut Oil, Oleic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ethanolamine,Chamomile Extract, Walnut Oil, Walnut Extract, Bilberry Root Extract, Red Sorrell Extract, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Jasmine Flower Extract, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Shea Butter, PPD, P-Aminophenol, M-Aminophenol

Ingredients NATURFIX developer: Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydrogen Peroxide, Propylene Glycol, Etidronic Acid.

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on 11/16/2015 12:41:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I've been using Garnier Nutrisse to colour my 10% grey, but after seeing a photo of myself with red-looking roots, I've decided to try Naturcolor's Light Burdock. My immediate thoughts:

- No burning-scalp feeling: I didn't have any sensation of my scalp being burned by chemicals using Naturcolor. (I always felt a burning with Nutrisse.)
- No hair-dye stink: either in the air, or left on my hair. My head would always reek for at least 1-2 days after using Nutrisse. With Naturcolor, there is no odor and in fact, the ingredient list shows herbals essences like lavender at the top of the list.
- The colour is darker than the hair swatch and website image: I chose 5N Light Burdock, and it blended in seamlessly with my black hair. Therefore, I can't imagine how dark the "blackest black" would appear (1N Licorice) but I assume it would be extremely black! One reviewer here said that the Naturcolor's will appear 2 shades darker on your hair; I would have to agree with her. I will be trying one shade lighter (6N Sagebrush Brown) next time.
- My hair looks shiny and the colour is believable: my hair looks glossy and doesn't have a fake-colour clown-hair appearance. Light Burdock covered up the red tones and whereever I really saturated my roots, there are no signs of grey. (I messed up at my crown and did not apply enough gel, so the roots were not totally covered. Will remember to saturate next time!)
- No warning of "explosions": drugstore haircolours always warn about "explosions" if you leave the developer and colour together. Is this not a clear sign that you should not put these chemicals on your hair?? Naturcolor's pamphlet has no such warning so it feels good knowing that you're not putting explosive stuff on your scalp!
- The pamphlet does suck a bit: It looks like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy. I can live with it though; it's about the product, right?
- It's worth the $: I was gettng Nutrisse for about $7 CAD/box. Naturcolor is about $22 CAD at Whole Foods. For the believable colour, shinier looking hair, non-burning and non-stinking experience, I feel it's worth the money.

I will update after I wash my hair a few times and will report back the results!

07 Dec 2015

After 3 weeks, the colour has faded to a nice dark brown. My hair feels in much better condition than when I was using Nutrisse; not as stripped and fried-feeling. Also after 3 weeks, it was time to touch up my roots again. This time I tried 6N Sagebrush Brown and pulled it through most of my hair. My hair looks nice and glossy and dark. I am anticipating that it will lighten up again, so I'll report back what shade it lightens to after a couple of weeks. I like this hair colour... it's just so pricey, but worth it for the lack of harsh chemicals.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Wow! I'm in love! A little background - I've been coloring my hair for decades mostly just because I didn't want to embrace my natural dark brown. My latest color was a caramel-y, slightly coppery tone, and I had about a half inch root growth of my natural dark brown mixed with about 20% gray. At 42, I didn't want to accept the grays so in the past few years since they've become more prominent, I've been shelling out $120 every five weeks to have them covered. Money has been particularly tight so I started stretching it out to six weeks. By week four I was self conscious of someone was standing above me for any reason and could see my gray. My temples are quite gray/white now. One time my longtime hairdresser went out of town for an emergency and a substitute did my hair for me. Whatever she used, the fumes were the worst ever and I felt panicky (I'm very chemically sensitive). My regular hairdresser had put in the notes for her "gray VERY hard to cover." So I'd always assumed my grays required industrial strength dye. Well recently I've really encountered a budget crunch and had to cancel my color appointment coming up. I then began researching DIY dyes for gray hair. That's where I came across Just for Men. I read a bit of good reviews and then nearly went out the door to Rite-Aid to buy me a box. But, fortuitously, I got sidetracked and ended up on a consumer complaints page wherein a whole lot of people said Just for Men gave them horrible chemical burns. Granted it was the beard formula but still, I sensed the company was unethical and decided against their product. That's when I remembered my local health food store had Naturcolor and that I'd taken a pic of it out of curiosity months ago, just in case I wanted to investigate. Well I did so and it brought me here. The reviews here put me at ease if not make me a bit suspicious. How could this hair color be so...intuitive? So gentle, so pretty? One reviewer said she mixed 6N Sagebrush brown with 7R Turmeric blond. I bought one of each and also mixed enough for one bottle. My hair is thick and shoulder length but only one bottle was needed, so I have the rest for next time. I paid $13.99 for each box. Application was pretty easy. I made sure to coat my temples pretty well, and my part lines, but was not particularly vigilant about other root areas as I don't wear my hair up. I left it on the roots for 25 minutes then applied the rest mostly to the outer layers of my hair which are dyed, the underside is mostly my natural color. Was hoping for a really special color but I got a pretty dark brown with reddish undertones but it's still beautiful. I literally ended up two shades darker, but I was impressed by how refreshed it made me look versus my washed out coppery color. Perfect for fall. Best of all my "very hard to cover" gray IS covered, even my temples! I flat ironed my newly glossy (yes! So glossy!) chocolate brown with red and gold highlights and I look amazing! Younger even, because my hair is just so shiny! Plus my roots somehow ended up the same shade as the rest of my hair, this really is a sort of "intuitive" dye. I've been to salons and spent over $100 only to have my roots still darker than the rest of my hair. I can't believe this product exists. Next time I'll probably aim for a shade lighter to allow my salon-dyed color to show through more, but I'll have to choose an "N" shade to mix with the 7R again, perhaps one N shade below the Sagebrush Brown. I'm so thrilled to think that I may not have to visit a salon for several more months! I may go back at some point just for highlights, but continue to touch up the roots myself with this product. Thank you to whoever created this, and to makeup alley reviewers!

10/30 Update - I've used this product two more times since my initial review and am thrilled! No more long hours at the salon, high prices, harsh chemicals and dried out hair! I experimented and added 7N "Yarrow Blond" to the other two colors, 1/3 each. I like this but the coverage of the grays is definitely more blonde-y which I don't mind really. It still blends really nicely with the rest of my hair and since the grays are more of a blonde-y copper color it gives a highlighted appearance. When I catch a glimpse of myself in a window outside, I am always impressed by how beautiful the color is. So rich and translucent, not flat at all. I never would have thought that my grays which have been a challenge for my hairdresser with harsh chemicals, could be so easily covered by this far more gentle formula, by me, at home. I've read about women making the difficult choice to stop coloring their hair but I wish they knew about this product. There is no need to accept gray hair when something so easy, affordable, and gentle exists. I color every 4 weeks and use Style Edit root spray in auburn if I need to touch up roots for an event or something, before I want to re-color my hair. My hair continues to look healthier all the time and I'm even growing hair at my temples I didn't have before, proof that salon dyes were preventing proper growth. I'll keep using this stuff forever. Life changing!

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on 11/22/2013 4:07:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I used to use Garnier or Clairol, but a friend with beautiful hair color suggested I try her brand, Naturcolor. It is a "natural" hair color product, sold at health food stores such as Vitamin Cottage or Whole Foods. It is annoying that you can't buy it online.

It is designed so that you can mix colors together very easily to achieve the result that you want. The company has excellent telephone advice, as well.

I use Yarrow Blonde 8N plus Woodruff Blonde 8C to cover gray. It is extremely cheap for me since I have short hair and use two tablespoons of color and developer every 3-5 weeks. I can vary my formula for different effects each time. More Yarrow covers the gray but looks more red; more Woodruff looks more like my natural color and is more subdued.

I like the fact the product does not stink or stain and fades beautifully into a natural looking color as it wears off. The color sinks into different colors of hair differently, giving a natural looking array of colors, at least in the lighter colors I use. Clairol and Garnier looked totally uniform on my head, which I didn't like, since my natural color is quite variegated, blonde, brown and red. I never get a defined line with my roots or gray showing with this product.

The packaging is very nice and easy to use, all except the tiny bottle of shampoo, which is so runny that I wasted most of it the first time I used it. Be careful pouring it out!

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on 10/20/2013 6:19:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Background: I was born with platinum blonde hair which faded to dark blonde around age 12-13. At that time I started use hydrogen peroxide to lift the color from my hair. High school was a vicious cycle of using hair color to try to correct my color, and yet always being disappointed. In college, I grew out my hair using semi-permanent dye (about a level 8 at this point). And for the past few years, I've used only cassia and a touch of peroxide occasionally, but it's really hard to maintain a good, consistent color. Using Naturcolor's color chart, I would say at the lightest parts of my hair (at the ends and the outer layer, which sees the most sun) was about 9N, but the darkest parts were about 7N [maybe the difference wasn't that dramatic, but you get the point]. I was terrified of using permanent dye after taking so long to grow it out previously. I have been staring at the color chart online and reading every review multiple times for the past 6 months before taking the plunge.

The Product: Cost $15 at Whole Foods. My city has 2 WF locations; the first didn't carry Naturcolor at all, the second had maybe 12 colors. I looked at the swatches and really liked the 8N and 8D ones. I chose the N series because my hair anyway tends to be golden. They didn't have 8N, so I had to buy 9N and 7N. The dye doesn't smell too strongly of chemicals, but it still is a permanent hair dye so there is slight odor. It comes with a rinse (which I believe is actually shampoo) and a conditioner. I mixed 40 mL 9N with 20 mL 7N and 60 mL developer. I have long (bra-strap length?) and very thick hair. 120 mL was too much. I could have used 90-100 mL. One misconception I see in these reviews is that some people think it doesn't contain hydrogen peroxide -- It does. By the way, the N series is designed to be mixed with R, D, M, C. Check the color chart online. The N series is also "stronger" and designed to cover greys.

The Result: Nice. I wanted to lighten the dark parts of my hair slightly, while darkening the too light parts. The overall result is very close to 8N and exactly as I expected. I can't tell how much it lightened the dark parts; I think just a little. My hair color looks richer and more blended now. It also looks even thicker. Some reviews say that their hair looks in better condition after coloring; I disagree somewhat with this. My hair was a little fragile although there was no significant damage. I didn't have any grey hair to start with, so I can't comment on how well it covers grey. I can see that my outer layer of hair is still lighter and I expect the dye to fade over time. I will update if I see any major changes. EDIT: I was getting some serious, sticky build-up in my hair, so I washed it with a 'normal' (as opposed to gentle) shampoo and a vinegar rinse without thinking about the color. After that, I noticed the color faded quite a bit. As it fades, I can see that my underlayers, which were previously dark, had lightened quite a bit. I never doubted that Naturcolor would lighten my hair, but now it is very apparent that it did. The overall result is still 'blended', with no obvious dark and light areas. One more thing, the color is a bit on the warm side. I don't think it's quite brassy or red, but it is warm.

So overall, this product is exactly what I expected. It is a more natural hair dye, which gives an accurate color to your hair. It leaves an almost translucent color so that you can have natural variation. My hair was left with rich color, thick, and shiny. They only thing I don't like is the price because I did pay $30 for this and I am not sure if I can get a second use out of it. I also don't want to get stuck in the cycle of dying my hair every month. But definitely, I would use this product again.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This is a really wonderful haircolor line, leaves shine also.

By the way the 6C Dark Caraway Blonde is the best ash ever to get from too-light too-red brown hair to a dark cool brown without red (but still a pretty dark cool brown), for me. Don't go into it thinking it will just tone down the highlights and give you light brown hair. If that's what you're aiming for, strand-test with 7C or 8C instead. (On virgin hair or roots I could see this giving an actual dark blonde for someone, or at least a light brown. Very good for countering red.)

As my hair is fine and takes color quickly anyway (always has), I decided to tone my colored medium brown hair with honey/warm highlights back down to my natural ashy dark brown by using only half the developer and adding water. (You get 2 oz. color and 2 oz. developer, so I used the 2 oz. color, 1 oz. developer and 1 oz. water.) I left it on the first third of my hair closest to my scalp for 10 minutes, then added more and pulled through for the next 10 minutes. Perfect color for me from this.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

UPDATE: 24 hours after I finished dyeing my hair without incident, my head began itching and the crown of my head that had exposure the full 45 minutes broke out in bumps. At least my lymph nodes didn't swell up and my eyes didn't swell shut like they did after my commercial dyeing experience.

First the negatives, then the positives:

I wish the naturcolor.com website, one of the most unhelpful product site I've ever seen, had contained all of the information in the package insert.

The important thing revealed in the package instructions: you cannot go from dark to light.
Some comments here said the colors come out 2 tones darker than the color wheel show. I had gray roots emerging from under Surya Brasil mahogany, a darker red than I liked. I picked the Naturcolor Tumeric Blonde and because it does not lighten, it came out closer to the Sienna Chestnut. Because some of my hair at the "underside" at my neck and ends is still natural brunette, close to their Clove Chestnut, that part is much darker than the crown and sides.

Although many reviews on this site say they called the customer service number for help with choosing the colors they used, the naturcolor.com website only has part of the telephone showing. I didn't see the full number until I bought the dye: 800-784-8212.

The instructions say that the "N" (natural) series of colors has the strongest color and is designed to cover gray. The other colors are lighter colors and are designed to mix with the N colors. The C, M, R, D colors act with gray hairs to be low-light highlights. The FAQs say that the blond colors "deposit" colors but do not take a darker hair color to a lighter shade. The N colors are sort of the base color with which other colors can be blended. They do not recommend mixing the Ash/C colors with the Gold/D colors together.

The applicator bottle cap come with a hole in it (in other words, there's no cap), so if you mix the developer with the color, you have to use it within 55 minutes or it stops working. This is a protection according to the package, so no point in leaving it on longer than instructed. You put some of the color and developer mix on the roots, crown, and around the face for 25 minutes, than comb the rest through the balance of your hair and leave it in for a further 20 minutes.

You have to mix equal parts developer and color, but because the bottles they comes in are opaque, it's hard to tell how much you've poured out. I've got a lot of long, thick hair and ended up using 2 packages to get complete coverage. I would've like to have saved half of the second package for when my roots need touch-up.


My gray hairs were covered, with some more saturated color than others, which looks quite natural. The dye did not smell horrible. I did not have any reactions-I am allergic to ammonia in commercial hair products. My hair feels soft and shiny. I found the product at Whole Foods and at ~$15 a box, it's much cheaper than going to a salon.

I'll be interested to see how the color works when I have to touch up the roots.

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