Company Review – Rainbow Research: Henna Natural Hair Color

Rainbow Research Henna Natural Hair Color – in business since 1976

I have been using the henna hair color from Rainbow Research for many years and decided it was time to write a review. I want my readers and those who may ‘stumble’ upon my blog, to read about this amazing product that truly works and is 100% pure, or I wouldn’t use it! It has gotten my stamp of approval so you know it is the best.

Some years ago, I wanted to start using a hair coloring product. Of course, the market is “saturated” with numerous commercial products that claim to be ‘natural’ (the word is used so loosely these days that it really doesn’t hold to the standards of people like me who is very well educated with ingredients and can read a label and discern instantly if the product is natural/pure), but they are using so many chemicals and dyes to make the product. If you think about it, you are using this on your scalp, not just on the ends of your hair to either cover the gray or add highlights to your existing hair color. This is a significant factor to using only a pure product.

I always go back to this point, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth because it is not organic/whole/pure, why would you be ok with putting it on you skin/body? Do you think it doesn’t absorb through your pores and go directly into your body/bloodstream? Well, if you don’t know this already, then it is time to be enlightened! YES! it absolutely does and much quicker because you don’t have to break it down through your digestive tract like when you consume food (I have written quite a few company reviews on skin and body products that I recommend. You can click on the link on the right-hand side of this page under the title Categories and look for Company Reviews). There is a danger of commercial chemical hair dyes. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 20% of the non-Hodgkins lymphoma (the cancer that killed Jackie Kennedy-Onassis) is linked to the use of such dyes. Other cancers include bladder, breast cancer and leukemia have been linked to those products. Rainbow Research hair colors are pure botanical products and do not contain any of the chemicals linked to the cancer risk.

Now getting back to my search for a quality hair color product. I was already living a healthy vegan lifestyle (it has evolved and improved over the 22 years I have been doing it) and would not compromise in any way shape or form and buy a product that using ingredients I disapprove of. Before I found Rainbow Research at a health food store in NY, I used some other natural hair color products, but they did not work for me. Then I found this product from Rainbow Research. Of course, I don’t just take what the company says on their label as absolute truth, I do my own research and read up on their ingredients to make sure it is of the highest purity and quality. People that spend exhorbitantly on products they use on their skin/bodies usually are paying for the name brand and packaging, but don’t know that the price may seem ‘rich,’ but the quality is actually ‘poor.’ The more costly something is, doesn’t have an absolute correlation that what your are getting is ‘good for you.’ Do your do diligence and don’t take this lightly! You are ‘eating’ through you skin, as it is the largest organ of the body.

I was very happy to know that this product has only a few pure ingredients and was excited to try it. Most commercial and some quasi-natural skin/bodycare companies have a list a mile long of ingredients you can’t pronounce and don’t know what they mean/are. There would be so much ‘work’ involved in discerning them, that you may use it anyway because you already bought it and don’t want to throw it out or have time to go back to the store and look for something else. You would plan to look for something else the next time. What you don’t realize it that chemicals are cumulative in the body, meaning they accumulate and the factor of time and continual use is what causes health problems in the body.

I was very happy with the results of this product and let others I know about it. I liked that there are many color choices and the brochure gives you tips and hints to help the color adhere better to the hair. It is not complicated to use, either. You mix with water (and can additionally use brewed tea, apples cider vinegar, etc – see website for details and instructions) and then apply to the hair. You keep it on for a specified amount of time, depending on the color used. It does take some extra time in the shower when you are washing it out, so be aware of that. Also, you may still have some small pieces from the henna that you will see on you bedding (use a towel on your pillow so it doesn’t get all over your sheets) until the next time you wash your hair. It is a small price to pay for getting the results you want and the purity you desire/deserve!

I use the henna on my hair once every 2 months and am very happy and satisfied with the results. It gives texture & body to my hair and feel silky & smooth, as well. I like the fact that the color fades gradually so you don’t need to use it that often. I do not need to use the whole container, as I mostly put it on the roots. I will continue to use this product for many years and recommend you read more about it and the instructions how to use it at home (if you do get your hair colored at a salon, you can always being the product there to be used instead of their ‘toxic’ ones). You can read more about the company, Rainbow Research, their henna and other products they sell by clicking on the link I have provided for you by scrolling down on the right-hand side of this page under the heading Blogroll.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.


7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Aviva E Sernaker said,

    I put the stuff on before going to bed. Also I buy directly from rainbow research. Saves $$$ if you buy the 34oz and ship it.

    • 2

      rawsomegal said,

      Thanks Aviva
      Yes, I agree, buying direct will save you and also is more environmentally conscious. I have never put the henna on overnight, as I don’t know that being on longer is any better. I keep it on for 75 minutes according to the color I use and it works very well for me.
      Chef Mindy 🙂

  2. 3

    Toni Kerr said,

    Does rainbow research use ppd in their black or dark brown hennas??

    • 4

      rawsomegal said,

      Hi Toni

      Thanks for your question. I had to look up on Google what ppd is because I never heard of it. You can breathe a sigh of relief, as they do not use anything of the kind ever. They only have a few ingredients in their products. You can go to their website and call them directly if you want to get information from the source. I would not be using the henna if it wasn’t pure!

      Chef Mindy 🙂

  3. 5

    chelynne said,

    Where can I buy this product? I live in south africa is it avalible there

  4. 7

    […] I do not remember when exactly I discovered this company. I was looking for a natural way to color my hair. I bought a product and it was of high quality and did work well. So happens, the product was discontinued by the company. Now, what do I do? It took a while to find the right hair color product and I found Rainbow Research Henna at my local health food store. Check out this link for a review of the Henna:… […]

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