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We're Obsessed With Biolage's Plant-Based Hair Color

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While 2020 isn’t going exactly as I planned, there’s one resolution at the top of my to-do list that I definitely plan on seeing through—making my hair care routine more green. With Earth Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to recycle my old shampoo and conditioner bottles, take a break from blow drying to save electricity, and limit my time in the shower.

As much as I’ve worked to make my hair routine more eco-friendly, however, there’s one part of my routine that I never even considered: My salon color. That is until I discovered Biolage’s plant-based hair color. Looking to learn more about the brand’s vegan, no-lift formula? We tapped George Papanikolas, Matrix brand ambassador, for everything you need to know.

What is Biolage hair color?

We’ve always loved Biolage for their commitment to sustainability and naturally-derived ingredients—and the brand’s hair color formula takes it a step further. Traditional dyes often feature a mixture of chemicals nobody really talks about. They’re effective, but if you’re someone who likes to know the exact ingredients in every green juice you drink, it may not sell you on trying hair color.

Biolage’s no-lift, vegan hair color comes in 20 delicious-sounding shades (hello, Hibiscus Blonde, Cashew Beige, and Mulberry Violet) and washes out after 15 shampoos. The deposit-only formula will leave your hair looking fresh without lifting your natural pigment. The result? Healthy-looking, shiny hair that basically looks like a shampoo commercial every time you swish it around.

How do you use Biolage plant-based hair color?

Biolage hair colors contain no ammonia, which means they don’t lift, they just deposit color. If you’re worried about your strands getting damaged, this is a great way to go. Your colorist will mix your chosen shade with hot water instead of developer before applying the hue to your strands.

While pale shades like blonde and lavender will likely require pre-lightening, Biolage hair color shades are totally customizable. Sheer color happens in just 10 minutes, while a more saturated look can happen in 30.

What’s better, henna hair color or Biolage hair color?

If you’re a DIY queen, you may already have tried henna applied directly to your hair for a dose of color. The problem happens when you try to remove it.

“Henna is a nightmare working with traditional hair colors because they have metallic salts in them, and it’s very difficult to remove,” the stylist explains. “That’s usually the biggest issue once it’s on the hair—good luck trying to bleach it off!”

Instead of squeezing a tube of henna directly on your precious mane, opt for a vegan formula that includes 82 to 100 percent plant-based ingredients like henna and cassia.

“Henna usually comes in dark colors or copper—the [Biolage] copper is 100 percent plant-based,” Papanikolas says. “Some of the other colors do have some direct dyes to create the shade, but the base again is either henna or cassia. Cassia is what the clear [shade] is, so that’s the one that’s going to give you the shine and really leave the beautiful feeling in the hair.”

Who should try Biolage hair color?

The obvious first choice for a no-lift, no-commitment color like Biolage’s is someone with virgin hair who couldn’t tell you the last time they spent more than an hour in the salon chair.

“It’s a great introduction to color. Because it only lasts 15 shampoos, you’re not really committed to this if you decide I can’t afford to maintain this, I can’t commit to the time,” Papanikolas says.

Alternatively, Biolage hair color is also a savvy choice for someone who’s seeing gray hairs in the mirror for the first time. Instead of zapping that chic silver into oblivion, the formulas promise 70 percent grey blending.

“Maybe I won’t see you again for six months, but that’s OK,” the stylist says. “You can get great fashion colors with a plant-based product, so it doesn’t necessarily mean only for those hippie granola types. This can be really anybody who wants beautiful hair color.”

If you’re interested in going green with your hue, keep an eye out for this chic color alternative! Henna hair color just got replaced by a smarter, more beautiful choice.

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