I haven't dyed my hair for about two years. In that time I've significantly chopped off my hair twice. The end goal was to see the natural color that I hadn't seen since I was 13 and to restore it to its natural health. Well, my hair is starting to get longer again and now I know what my natural color looks like.
Turns out I don't like my natural color. It's a medium brown, with a sun-enhanced brass tint. I tried to stick with it, for the sake of easier upkeep and fewer chemicals on my scalp. I tried coco washes that are supposed to enhance brown and reduce brass, I tried some natural boxed thing that is supposed to wash out the brass. None of it worked.
Then once upon a Pinterest, a "recommended for you" pin came up and it was It's Pure Organic Hair Dye in Dark Brown. It wasn't the first organic dye I'd heard of. I'd considered giving Lush's version, but was deterred by the 50-50% reviews. But It's Pure had around 300 soaring reviews on one site and it seemed quite simple to mix up and reasonably priced. I could even read all of the ingrediants! (indigo and henna are the two largest portions).
Once I got a couple of hours alone, I gave it a go. You simply add water to the pack of green powder. In hindesight, I would've added more water. It was a total of around or a little over 2 cups of paste. I left it on for an hour, cleaned the bathroom, and then washed it out. It did take about 3 shampoos before it felt clean.
I am quite happy with the results. I only let it sit for about half of the recommended time in the instructions. It could've gotten much darker, but I really just wanted a natural brown without my lame brass. And I got it! It even looks and feels healthier, which is something I'd also read in the reviews before buying it. It's not a drastic difference, but it's exactly what I was going for.
I would recommend It's Pure to those who can't stand their natural color. I've always enjoyed dying my hair a shade similar to my natural one so it can fade and blend subtly. I'm interested to see how it stands up to sunlight, although luckily there isn't an excess of that here in Derry.