Vegetal coloring : our complete file

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Are we talking aboutcoloring ?

As it is attracting more and more interest and customers who want to take care of their hair without giving up on fashion trends or changing their colour whenever they feel like it, we decided to prepare a complete dossier on this subject.

At Biocoiff', we have been practising it for 15 years now and it no longer holds any secrets for us and all our professionals who have chosen our methods and natural products for the hair.


1. Definition of the coloring plant: its components

The coloring plant-based approach is finding favour with a clientele that is increasingly varied in age and from different backgrounds.

The green wave and environmental issues are making customers want to find natural products to care for their hair.

The use of dye plants, ayurvedic plants andhot water are the only elements needed to make a color .

This is why coloring is recommended for people suffering from allergies or under heavy medication (e.g. chemotherapy) as well as for pregnant women.

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1.1 Dye plants

Dye plants have the property of containing colouring pigments.

Among the best known, to obtain browns and chestnuts, are henna, safflower and annatto.

For the blond, camomile, turmeric, saffron or Canada fleabane are used, among others.

The properties of these plants for making natural hair dyes have been known for centuries.

The Venetian blond had its moment of glory during the Renaissance.

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The very coquettish Venetian women took this in-between tone and mixed rhubarb, lemon and saffron powders.

They coated their hair with this mixture and exposed themselves for a long time to the sun to activate the chemical reaction.

All parts of the plant are used to make tinctures plant-based (leaves, bark, flowers, roots). The plant extracts are dried and then ground into powder.


1.2 Ayurvedic plants

Ayurvedic medicine uses 7000 plants!

Based on phytotherapy, the plants are chosen for their energetic and regulatory dimension.

In France, Ayurvedic plants recognised for their properties are generally used in powder form.

These specific plants grow in India and some of them are particularly interesting for the hair depending on the problem to be treated.

Among the most commonly used Ayurvedic herbs for hair care and vegetable dyeing, we can mention :

  • hibiscus powder to accentuate the highlights mahogany
  • bhrami powder to darken the hair
  • amla powder to enable better setting of dark colorings plant-based
  • bhringaraj powder to prevent the appearance of white hair.

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The Ayurvedic herbs used for hair care and colorings are ground to a very fine powder to make masks and pastes that are lump-free, very smooth and well-sheathed.

All these plants can be used on light or dark hair.

For blond hair, avoid neutral henna and use rhassoul or sidr powder instead.

Sidr powder prevents the bleeding of colours containing indigo or khatam.

All Ayurvedic dye plants are without contraindication for health, their harmlessness being demonstrated.


1.3 Hot water

It is essential for making smooth, ready-to-use pastes for dyeing hair or giving highlights.

Hot water is recommended rather than cold water when preparing a coloring , as the pigments are released more easily.

Cold and boiling water are not recommended.

Water that is too cold reduces the action of the pigments and boiling water will cook them and make them ineffective as well.


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2. The different stages of coloring at the fair

All customers agree that coming to a hair salon that works exclusively with organic products changes their view of the hairdresser completely.

To achieve THE perfect plant coloring , several necessary steps are scrupulously respected.

2.1 First step: Diagnosis

Every coloring starts with a diagnosis of the hair to determine, with the client, the most appropriate care and the type of coloring plant desired.

The Biocoiff' biocolorists offer organic dyeing to change your color, to cover white hair or to give highlights a highlight with white clay.

Biocoiff' professionals are used to repairing hair that has been mistreated by chemical colorings or tests that are not always conclusive.

2.2 Second step: Clay mask shampoo

Before starting a coloring , start by washing your hair with a clay mask shampoo.

Clay, or more precisely clays, are minerals containing more or less silica with the property of absorbing and eliminating toxins.

The clay used in shampoos and masks removes all chemical residues that clog the fiber hair.

The clay acts in depth and purifies the hair.

When switching from coloring to coloring , the clay mask shampoo will thoroughly clean the hair.

However, the first coloring plant to be made is likely to degorge more quickly.

A normal effect that will not occur again at the next appointment.

White clay, also known as kaolin powder, is preferred before a coloring, as it is less aggressive to the scalp.

At Biocoiff', we systematically use a shampoo with three clays formulated by our laboratory.


2.3 Third step: the application of the color plant

The coloring is done on clean hair.

Once washed and partially dried, the colourist will mix the powders to obtain the desired shade with water heated to about 70°.

Demineralised water is recommended because it does not contain lead, chlorine or mineral salts such as magnesium or calcium.

He will then mix them until a smooth, lump-free paste is obtained.

Once it reaches the temperature of 37°, it will coat the whole hair from the roots to tips.

2.4 Step 4: Installation of coloring under heat

Once the hair has been covered and wrapped in a transparent film, it is left under a heated steam helmet so that the pigments can work more effectively.

The application time varies from one client to another, but the coloring is softer, the application time is longer.

This can vary from 30 to 90 . The colourist will monitor the pigmentation of the hair.

2.5 Step 5: Rinse with water

Now it's time to see the result through the rinse tank.

Rinse out a coloring until the water runs clear, indicating that there is no trace of pigment left on the hair.

2.6 Step 6: Aftercare color with ylang-ylang

After rinsing the coloring ,organic hairdressers recommend applying a ylang-ylang mask.

The essential oil obtained from the fragrant flowers of Cananga odorata is known for its cosmetic properties.

When added to a hair mask, ylang-ylang will :

  • Tone the hair
  • Improving growth
  • Increase their shine
  • Curbing their fall

A ylang-ylang mask will also help set the color and preserve its radiance.

The hair is shiny and retains a good hold.

A ylang-ylang mask works remarkably well on the hair if left on for about 20 minutes.

You can make your own ylang-ylang treatment or mask at home by mixing neutral shampoo or neutral henna with ylang-ylang essential oil.

At Biocoiff', we offer a ready-made ylang-ylang conditioner.

Use on towel-dried hair, starting at tips and working up to the roots.

Gently massage the scal p and leave on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing.

The hair is easy to detangle and can be dried and styled.

2.7 Step 7: The Final Result!

Those who speak best about the benefits of coloring are the clients of Biocoiff'.

This process was developed in 2005 by Charley, the founder of the brand, and has been very successful.

It helps to achieve the desired colour and gives the assurance that it will age well.

The hair remains beautiful and shiny.

The color does not fade and will even patina, so that the problem of demarcation during regrowth is avoided.

It is easier to space out the sessions at the hairdresser's to do a root canal.

3. Differences between coloring and coloring

This is THE big issue.

A little history: synthetic hair dyes first appeared in the 1860s.

Eugène Schueller (founder of L'Oréal) discovered the reactivity of paraphenylenediamine (PPD) in the air.

In 1907, he developed the first synthetic hair dye and forty years later, the Schwarzkopf company marketed the first consumer chemical coloring , "Poly Color".

3.1 The chemical coloring

Nowadays, chemical hair dyes use :

  • Oxidising hair dyes
  • Direct hair dyes
  • Metal salts
  • Traditional or natural dyes

Oxidant-based dyes combine three chemical agents that interact to produce a specific color .

These colorings are formulated with intermediates such as phenylenediamine(PPD) or para-toluenediamine(PTD).

Their use is permitted provided that a concentration level is stated on the packaging of the coloring for hair.

The effectiveness of colorings chemicals in dyeing hair is well established.

All shades are possible, including the most original ones to make strands blue, green or purple.

There are three ranges of colorings chemicals available in shops and hairdressers:

  • The permanentcolorings

They act by oxidation by combining hydrogen peroxide and ammonia.

They penetrate into the hair, pulling the scales apart to deeply colour the hair.

Ammonia is a catalyst that allows the dye to penetrate the fiber hair. It is sometimes replaced by ethanolamine, which is less irritating, but still irritates the scalp.

  • The colorings semi-permanent

They are less aggressive to the hair.

Without ammonia, they do not penetrate the hair, but cover it. The color will fade with each wash.

It allows you to obtain highlights and covers 50% of white hair.

  • The colorings temporary chemical

They are formulated from synthetic agents. They revive the shine of a color or add a touch of fantasy.

With the chemical coloring , the hair sees all kinds of colours, both literally and figuratively.

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Although professionals can carry out balayage, strands and tye & die and all possible dyes, chemical dyeing based on oxidising products and synthetic pigments is no less aggressive for the hair.

They irreversibly devitalize the fiber hair. The hair becomes dull, limp and fragile.

They can cause irritation or even allergies or eczema in people who are sensitive to certain chemical components.

This explains the consumer warning to test 48 hours before applying a chemical dye.

3.2 The coloring plant

Let's move on tocoloring with a start on the .

Only colorings plant-based certified organic or ayurvedic are real colorings plant-based.

coloring vegan vegetalUnder the name " plant-based ", brands are selling colorings without silicones, ammonia, parabens or resorcinol.

However, these are usually substituted by other chemical or mutagenic agents.

The real coloring is made exclusively with powdered plants mixed with water.

Among the most commonly used are henna and indigo combined with ayurvedic plants.

Once the paste is made, it is applied to the hair.

It does not penetrate the fiber capillary and therefore will not change its structure.

The coverage is obtained by a pause time which varies from one hair to another according to the desired result.

The range of shades goes from light to deep brown with shades and highlights if required.

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Since 2005, when the first Biocoiff' salon was created, our team of professionals has been working to develop techniques to offer the same results as those obtained with the chemical coloring .

These efforts are helping to make coloring increasingly popular and appreciated by customers.

In short, coloring is a real coverage. It cares for the hair, tones it and adds shine.

Moreover, creativity is not at all limited by the use of coloring , contrary to certain preconceived ideas which we will now discuss.

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4. Advantages & Disadvantages

Now that you know the main differences between coloring and coloring , you have the elements to choose wisely.

You will always find people around you who are disappointed with coloring : this is normal.

You really need to have solid knowledge to get started and get good results.

All Biocoiff' hairdressers are professional hairdressers who regularly follow training courses to master our product ranges and techniques.

For individuals, we have developed a very practical booklet that serves as an application guide.

It is delivered after one of our professionals has carried out an online hair diagnosis to determine the most appropriate tone and avoid ending up with green strands or a pretty carrot tone...

With Biocoiff', you can confidently start coloring and maintain it to keep your colour intact.

Now let's review the major clichés about coloring .

  • Who is it suitable for?

Whether you have straight or frizzy hair, whether you are a brunette, redhead or blond, you can use coloring .

The latter is suitable for both men and women.

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This type of coloring is recommended for people who are allergic to the components of colorings .

It is also the coloring recommended for those who have been treated with chemotherapy.

  • The coloring plant does not lighten   

What is meant by 'clarifying'?

If you have dark hair, it will be impossible to achieve a light blonde with an organic coloring .

This requires the hair to be bleached first and then dyed to the desired shade.

On the other hand, if you have a light base (grey hair, salt and pepper, dark blonde) it becomes feasible.

From golden blond to light blond, everything is possible.

The coloring plant does not have the capacity to lighten a very dark base color or to produce pastel colours (pink, blue, violet...).

On the other hand, the professionals at Biocoiff' salons will know how to achieve a luminous highlight on blond hair orstructure a color to give it depth, while taking care of the hair.

They have developed the highlight mineral based on white clay to lighten the hair without damaging it.

This approach justifies the satisfaction of the clients who regularly entrust their heads to them.

  • The coloring plant is permanent   

"The coloring plant is short-lived.

Everyone who practices it has heard this before.

This is of course False!

If it is made with quality herbal powders following strict protocol, a coloring plant lasts.

It will not disgorge like a chemical coloring .

On the other hand, it does have a patina and the pigments will continue to make the hair shine, especially if you maintain your colour by washing your hair with a PH neutral shampoo.

  • 100% white hair coverage

We often hear: " Vegetable coloring does not cover white hair ".

This is obviously not true!

The vegetable dye covers 100% of even porouswhite hair.

The other advantage of coloring is that it covers white hair with a transparent effect.

As a result, when the hair grows back, the line between the coloured hair and the new growth is more blurred than with a chemical coloring .

The unsightly bar effect does not occur.

Finally, when a hairdresser prepares his coloring, he takes into account the nature of the hair and the amount to be covered.

  • More than a color, it is also a care   

Wrapped hair coloring As noted above, the coloring is made by mixing dye plants, ayurvedic plants and water.

The plants used in the composition are known for their beneficial properties.

They nourish, thicken and revitalise the hair.

coloring is much more than a dye.

It is a full-fledged hair care product that works over the course of colorings and satisfies customers who regain the quality of hair they had before it was damaged by more corrosive products and chemical additives.

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5. coloring : easy to make at home

For those who don't have a Biocoiff' hair salon near their home, we have set up personalized color boxes as well as online assistance to help each of our customers.

coloring requires a solid knowledge of dye plants and the chemical reactions that can occur with certain mixtures.

You only have to look at the blogs on this subject to read about the difficulties encountered by those who wanted to start up on their own, without being familiar with these techniques, even when using excellent products.

To avoid these problems, Biocoiff' offers two boxes color.

A special box for those who are doing their very first coloring , and a second box for those who have already come to Biocoiff' or who have already done a first vegetable dyeing.

In this case, her personalised customer file is registered and she will receive a tailor-made box appropriate to her case.

5.1 Online diagnosis

To help each client, Biocoiff' performs a free online hair diagnosis.

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All you have to do is fill in a questionnaire and send photos of the roots, tips and the whole head of hair, indicating the shade you want from the extensive colour chart available online .

Once this information has been provided, a detailed file is drawn up and the order prepared.

5.2 Receipt of your customised/personalised color

The box color Biocoiff' is shipped.

The box coloring contains :

  • 1 dose of shampoo preparation
  • 1 dose of color personalized
  • the application comb
  • 1 dose of conditioner
  • the charlotte, and of course the detailed step-by-step protocol guide

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In addition to the items mentioned above, a tube of clay mask is included in the color box for those who have never done organic dyeing or who are switching from chemical coloring to plant coloring .

5.3 Application Guide

In both cases, these customised boxes for coloring are accompanied by a protocol detailing precisely each step for a successful coloring at home with Biocoiff' products.

This clear booklet is also illustrated with sketches and online support is available at any time.

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A chat room staffed by consultants is available to answer questions about the products and their use.

This messaging system is intended to be user-friendly and professional.

Waiting time is reduced to a minimum to really talk to a Biocoiff' advisor.

Everything is done to accompany the customer, to help her choose well and to explain the qualities and interactions of the products she uses at each stage of her coloring.

Charley wanted to make it possible to have a personal "salon-like" service, even if you can't make it to a Biocoiff' hairdresser.

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6. Preserve / maintain your coloring plant: use certified organic products

The secret of a plant-based coloring also lies in the way you take care of it after you have left the hairdresser's or made it yourself.

This may require a major overhaul of your beauty routine, starting with the shampoos and treatments you use at home.

6.1 Stop shampooing too often!

First of all, it is essential to respect this first .

You should absolutely avoid washing your hair for 3 days after doing an organic color .

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As a daily shampooer, you'll have to get used to spacing out your shampoos.

One to two shampoos per week is more than enough and preserves the texture and colour of the hair.


6.2 Organic shampoo with neutral pH

It is advisable to use a mild or PH neutral shampoo

The simplest and best thing for your hair is to use an organic shampoo.

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Biocoiff' has formulated a range of solid or liquid shampoos based on 100% organic plants and minerals.

Organic shampoos dry the hair less and cause the color to bleed less than conventional products.

A little professional tip: rinsing with warm or cold water (be brave, it's invigorating!) will help tighten the hair scales.


6.3 A conditioner worthy of a treatment

The second step in a hair care routine is to use a suitable conditioner.

Biocoiff' offers several products including a special conditioner after color.

Its composition is designed to protect the colour, soothe any itching and deeply moisturise.

6.4 Applying a mask

You can also nourish fiber with a treatment such as geisha oil or a balm to be applied as a mask.

The Biocoiff' "repair box" contains all the products you need to save and pamper your hair if it becomes dull.

Leaving the rose balm on after shampooing will deeply moisturise the fiber hair.

And for unruly hair, aloe vera gel is unrivalled in disciplining it.

Aloe vera, renowned for its many properties in aromatherapy, coats the hair without "concreting" it.

You won't feel like you have a "helmet" on your head that weighs you down and makes a blow-dry not hold!

The hair becomes manageable and is easier to comb.

6.5 Using essential oils and plant-based

If you like to make your own mixtures, you can of course make homemade care products with essential oils or honey.

Combined with oils plant-based, they are effective.

To boost hair growth, mix ylang-ylang essential oil with peppermint essential oil, borage and castor oil.

6.6 Grandma's recipes

Fans of homemade recipes will appreciate the egg and honey mask.

Simply mix 2 egg yolks with a teaspoon of honey.

This mask will make your hair look great.

You can also try the rosemary cider vinegar rinse to revive the hair's shine.

Our grandmothers liked to have beautiful hair as much as we do. Brewer's yeast capsules can also be taken as a supplemental treatment.

The most important thing is to avoid products containing silicones and parabens and use only certified organic products.

They have remarkable properties for beautifying and caring for the hair. The results are visible to the eye and to the touch.

The time has come to conclude this dossier on coloring .

As you can see, this technique has evolved considerably over the last fifteen years.

Thanks to the skills of professionals like Charley, coloring has pushed its limits.

With the help of technicians who are passionate about the power and properties of plants and minerals, it has become more and more efficient with an enriched palette of colours and techniques that can compete with the chemical colorings without harming the hair.

Adopting coloring is not easy when you love your color or your highlight.

This requires trusting the expertise of professionals you may not know and overcoming the apprehension of coming away with an unknown result until you have tested it.

This is also why all Biocoiff' hairdressers are regularly trained in our techniques and why our online sales site is as user-friendly as possible.

The satisfaction of our customers is our greatest reward.

Frequently asked questions about coloring

The coloring is a permanent hair coloring .

The latter is composed solely of powdered plants and hot water.

The herbs are both ayurvedic and dye to give your hair a new color but also to give it a care.

Indeed, the coloring plant sheathes and adds shine to the hair.

The coloring is a dye that does not penetrate the hair.

In fact, the pigments cling to the hair all around to sheath it and give it its new color.

Therefore, color does not sensitize or change the fiber capillary.

This sheath created by coloring, brings the new color but also a care. 

This makes the hair surface smooth and free of bumps, which gives the hair softness and shine.

The Biocoiff' plant-based coloring is perfectly suited to white hair.

Indeed, it covers 100% of the white hair without any transparency.

Moreover, on your white hair, the whole range of Biocoiff' colours is possible, from blond to black, passing by warm or cold highlights .

To maintain the coloring plant, it is necessary to use certified organic products and 100% plant-based.

In fact, chemical hair products should be avoided because they open up the hair scales.

As a result, they can cause color to bleed or bring out bad highlights.

Biocoiff' products are highly recommended for maintaining your coloring . 

They have been created to keep your color as it was on the first day.

Once you have made your coloring plant, you will have to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks before your next color.

During this period, you will have regrowth again and you will not overload the hair.

Moreover, the regrowth is much more natural than with a chemical coloring , there is no "bar" effect.

So you can wait several weeks or months before doing your next dyeing.

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