I’m about to tell you all a secret. It’s something I haven’t shared with anyone before. Okay, a lot of people know, but the interwebs does not. I am going grey. Like, this isn’t funny anymore grey. I dye my hair a lot to maintain this perfect Black Beauty-like mane. But every box color burned the Hell out of my head and made me itch and I often had irritation. So I wanted to find a hair dye that didn’t make me feel like I was dying (hah, get the pun?) when I was coloring my hair.
The salon I went to (Phoenix location) had a few different rooms – the lobby with a sitting area, and area for pedicures (I think) and two salon chairs. It’s small salon, so it’s not like you’re going to come in and there’s a gaggle of people there. It’s really intimate, but that’s okay because the salon employees are all friendly – and like all salon people they want to know your story. But it’s cool, because if you talk about Celiac and having to go gluten-free – they understand. They understand what gluten-free means, and many have their own allergies to food. Cool!
So I called and scheduled my first appointment. Unfortunately, when I went in and they saw my black hair, they realized they didn’t have enough dye for a full dye job. The hair dye is from Italy which obviously means it takes a while to ship (so make sure you tell them when you schedule what color hair you have). I know I just caught them at a bad inventory day and they were very apologetic, but it’s also my fault for not telling them what I wanted my dye job to be! Luckily, there was enough to actually coat most of my hair, so that’s awesome!
They claim the dye promotes the integrity, health, and beauty of the hair – formulated without waxes or artificial gelling agents and synthetic and chemical fragrances. It’s ammonia-, fragrance- and gluten-free dye. The color went on very easy and it didn’t burn or smell at all. I sat under a heat lamp and let it develop and then we washed it all out with this amazing gluten-free shampoo and conditioner from a brand called Neuma (I’ll review that in a bit). It was a great experience – the shampoo had peppermint in it, so everything smelled so good and my scalp felt so fresh and so cared for. It was a very relaxing experience.
The cut was also great too. They had several different options for gluten-free hair products in addition to just shampoo and conditioner. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the other brand of products, but they all looked great.
I joked about going back to blonde, and they said that they do have a natural lightener! See folks, you don’t have to kill your hair with chemicals, you can find someone to treat it well and still get the look you want!
Their hair menu is pretty extensive and it’s a la carte:
- color 65+
- retouch 65+
- full weave 100+
- partial weave 85+
- haircut women 55+
- haircut men 45
- hair and scalp treatment 25
- shampoo and style 35
- flat iron and style 45
- non toxic smoothing system (100% plant based) 250+
I asked around and my total price was pretty reasonable for salons. So, if you have an alternative to use vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free products when visiting a salon for a similar price, why wouldn’t you? Now granted, some people choose to go to Supercuts, and I’m cool with that. I’ve also had my hair butchered there, as well as cuts from upscale salons during hair shows that were sketchy. I guess what I’m saying is that if I had a comparable product out there that is friendly to the environment and my skin, I would choose to take it.
If you’re in Arizona, I would definitely schedule an appointment at PureSalon. They have a downtown Phoenix location and a North Scottsdale location. Both salons are pretty small and can be reached at the same number for booking - (480) 339-6688 and tell them that Celiac and the Beast sent you!
PS my stylist was Danielle DePompei and she was excellent!