For quite awhile now, I've felt like a hypocrite. Why? Because I dye my hair.
While I've eliminated many, many toxins from my home and body, I just couldn't let go of this one thing.
As I watched my hair get grayer and grayer, I fretted over what to do. Just because I'm a grandma, doesn't mean I have to look like one, right? I mean, there's little I can do about the gradually wrinkling skin I face in the mirror every day. I am not getting Botox or a facelift. But still, the hair bothered me.
Finally, I decided I'd had enough. I don't want to be gray. Period. But I looked at all of the toxins listed on the Safe Cosmetic Database for the semi-permanent dye I'd been using and just couldn't poison my body with it any longer. So I went to Whole Foods, spoke with one of their associates, and bought some Naturtint. Is it perfectly safe and non-toxic? Probably not. But it's better than L'Oreal. The Safe Cosmetic Database has ratings for the old formulas of this dye, so I really couldn't judge it.
So... it sat on my desk for a couple of weeks as I vacillated between using it or returning it. I was afraid of the color mostly. I knew what color to choose when I went to the store for my Preference. But there was nothing close with the Naturtint. Light Copper Chestnut. Hmmm. It didn't look light on the model. Permanent Hair Colorant. Whoa. My former color was semi-permanent. What does permanent mean?
Well, I guess I'm going to find out because I finally took the plunge on Saturday morning. The results?
Well, the gray is gone. But my hair is definitely not light copper chestnut. The color matches the model's exactly and, while it looks good on her, it's a bit harsh for me. At least it's not gray. And there were far less toxins being absorbed through my scalp.
Do I like it? Not really, but I'm hoping it will grow on me. If you see me, let me know what you think... one way or the other.
One thing's for certain -- I'm a work in progress, just like you. When I think of all the toxins in my home when I first started this blog, it's enough to make me sick... literally. Year by year, month by month, I've made healthier choices. Maybe someday I'll even show off the gray as a badge of true evolution.
What's your most non-green habit?