Friday, July 22, 2011

Hair Care Friday: Surya Brasil Henna Cream (RAVE review)

Whoo! What a week! I finally realized that I have completely overextended myself this summer. And it only took me two months to figure it out! I’m going to be taking a break – probably for the rest of the summer – so I can get a handle on everything that’s going on. Which means this will be the last Hair Care Friday for quite a while.

Not to worry, though, it’s a good one. A really good one. From Surya Brasil.

Henna Cream ("Burgundy")

Blurb: It colors without damaging the hair structure. It is the only hair coloring product with organic extracts that treat the hair and scalp. It conditions, moisturizes and revitalizes the hair while coloring, leaving it much softer and shinier. Instead of using synthetic fragrances, Surya Henna Cream is formulated with essential oils of Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Sandalwood. These give it a milder and more pleasant fragrance than any other coloring product. Since Surya Henna Cream is a semi-permanent coloring, it gradually washes out. Available in 15 different shades. Contains no Parabens, Peroxide, Ammonia, Heavy Metals, PPD, Resorcinol, artificial colors or synthetic fragrance. Therefore doesn’t harm your hair, your health or the environment.

This is exactly the sort of product that makes me glad I’m a beauty blogger!

When my friend (Kristi) was visiting last weekend, I was telling her that I was thinking of switching to a semi-permanent hair color. My hair is getting really long now, and I’m doing everything in my power to keep it healthy. Since my roots show long before my color fades, it seemed reasonable that a semi-permanent product might be a little bit gentler. Kristi suggested I try henna.

Henna? For some reason, I always assumed that if hair color wasn’t chock full of harsh chemicals, it wouldn’t work. Henna just seemed too…mild. But Kristi told me she knew of someone who got great results, so I decided to give it a try. I trotted off to Whole Foods and asked the nice salesperson for her opinion and she recommended this Henna Cream. I actually tried to talk her into talking me into something else (how’s that for being a control freak); but she stood firm. So I brought a box home.

Cue angelic chorus.

This product is a revelation. For those of you who already use henna, all you need to know is that there's no mess or mixing. It comes pre-mixed, in a convenient, resealable bottle with plastic gloves and a plastic head covering.

Henna works by coating the hair shaft instead of penetrating it. Therefore, the hair shaft and cuticle are left intact and undamaged. For those of you who have not used henna, the process is simple. Wash hair (Use a silicone-free shampoo to remove any product buildup). Towel dry. Put on gloves, open the bottle and start applying the goo to your hair. I just globbed it on until everything was covered. Don’t comb through it, though. You want the color to sit on the hair shaft. Cover your head with the plastic cap (I used my own shower cap instead), and wait. The package has all sorts of complicated suggestions for figuring out how much time to wait; but I ignored them and left the color on for 45 minutes. Then I rinsed completely. The package says it’s ok to use conditioner after rinsing, but I wanted to see what it would look/feel like without conditioner.

Wow! This stuff is actually good for your hair! My hair was softer, smoother and shinier right out of the shower. It looked and felt better than before I’d colored it, and it still felt soft the next morning. It’s been a few days, and my hair still looks and feels great. The color is beautiful and natural (not flat) and the grey is completely covered.

I’m totally sold. Forever.

The only drawbacks I found were that the color still runs off a bit in the shower even after a few days; and I’ve heard that henna doesn’t last as long as “regular” color. But who cares? I can touch up as often as needed now. No more choosing between roots and damage!

A couple of tips. You should not use henna in conjunction with other types of hair color. And your shampoo and conditioner should be free of sulfates. Before coloring, it’s also a good idea to apply lotion to the skin around your hairline (and ears) to prevent staining.

Check out the website, take a look at the other products and visit the where to buy section. Surya is also sold at health websites, vitamin stores, health food stores and Whole Foods.

Have a great weekend!

(ftc disclosure: purchased myself)

44 comments:

  1. USED SURYA BRASIL HENNA CREAM, NOT WORTH TRYING. NOT ONLY DID IT NOT COVER MY GRAY HAIR, BUT IT RUINED IT. WHEN I LATER TRIED TO COLOR MY HAIR WITH ANOTHER PRODUCT, I HAD A GREEN TINT TO MY HAIR. NEVER USING THIS PRODUCT AGAIN.

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    1. I think this product is great!! It covers my grey, and although I need to apply it once every 4 weeks, it's worth it! Makes my hair soft & shiny, very very healthy-looking. I have dark brown hair, with at least 40% grey, and it covers all of it. The best colour for me is Mahogany, and I leave it on for AT LEAST 2 hours. I'm used to having to do that with Henna, so it's no big deal. Just make sure to wash your hair right before applying the colour, then try leaving it on for 2-3 hours, and you'll see it works.

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    2. I have been using this product for a long time and it always covers gray that I have had since a young age...I only leave it on for 45 minutes. It's so natural looking and not that crazy red that other hennas create...it's really brown and shiny!

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    3. I, too, have been using Surya Brasil (Chocolate) for a couple of years and it definitely covers my gray. My hair is 50% gray and completely white around the face. This color gives me a rich beautiful brown hair color. Nobody suspects that I have *any* gray hair.

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  2. I've been using henna for almost 20 years: began out with red, then improved to lumination red, and as I've gotten grayer, desired to go more golden-haired to mix in better. One organization creates a "blonde" henna that's just fairly neutral henna with lavender, and protection wasn't that excellent. The Surya gives really excellent protection that isn't at all brassy, and is premixed and hence very simple to use.

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  3. Tried it last night - $15 from Down To Earth. (can get it for cheaper online I learned) I love it - I think if i waited a little bit longer for my hair to air dry before applying it woulda took better on the white hair, will do again today it's safe! Beats $100 at the one salon we have that does natural henna!

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  4. I'm so glad you like it! I've been using it for almost 6 months now and I like it even more. My hair is so much softer than it used to be. I found it at whole foods for $11, but I can find it for $10.17 at ValleyNaturals (http://www.valleynaturals.com/)

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  5. I love this product. Tried it on my salon colored hair which had come out too brown for my liking and those dyes had begun to irritate my scalp. Surya cream was really easy to use. The color was too dark for me the first few days and ran a little in the shower a couple of times. But after less than a week, it has settled down to a beautiful warm bronze with a complex burgandy hue. There are lots of highlights which are hard to describe - like a bronzey plum, but sunny. Anyway, I love it. It gives a very unique color, is not irritating and seems to very long lasting so far. Also, my hair tends to be on the fine side, and now it feels a lot thicker.

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  6. Is it safe of all chemicals? I've been reading up on how companies hide behind the "all natural" label to hide the bad chemicals.

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  7. Surya isn't 100% natural. And it isn't $100% Henna either - it's kind of a mid-way between going full-on Henna and a semi-permanent drugstore product.

    I think if you want 100% natural, the best way to go is mehandi.com. They sell 100% natural body-art quality Henna. I got so hooked; that I now do a full regular Henna treatment. But since regular henna is such big production; I keep the Surya for in-between touch ups.

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  8. I have dark brown hair that's now going salt and pepper on me. I've tried this product twice now. The first time I was a little wary, so I only left it on for 20 minutes. It looked a little darker, but not much. No one noticed, which I liked. 10 days later I re-applied leaving it on for about 40 minutes. This was much better! Darker, but not with that hair dyed look. Still no one noticed. I love it! People must simply think I'm getting younger :)

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  10. I used the mahogany color and put it over a regular dye I'd been using. I hated the smell of the regular dye and it burned my scalp last time; hence, the surya brasil. LOVE the results. Left it on the 45 min recommended-beautiful color, pleasant odor, no burning, no mixing. My hair is gray but took a notion to dye it about 3 mo ago and was not thrilled- am now thrilled !!!!

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  11. As far as henna colours are concerned, red is the most popular choice and you will find that this particular colouring not only has the least amount of additives but can be used confidently and safely as well but obviously the purer the henna the safer they tend to be. Black henna is also fine to use as long as it's made with indigo, but a word of warning - avoid PPD (Para-Phenylenediamine) black henna as the dye it contains can be very harmful.



    hair dye for black hair

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  12. I've been using henna powder for about one year now. What a mess it is. And, it requires a long block of hours (4 hours) to keep it in your hair so that you get the desired results, thereby restricting your other activities. But, my hair has been in a much healthier condition since I've been hennaing. I bought this Surya Brasil henna cream some time ago, along with my favorite henna product, just to see what it was all about. I did not use it until just yesterday (3 mos after purchase). My hair is dark brown; that is, the part that has not gone salt and pepper. Actually, at this point, if it's left untouched for several years, it looks like a dark grey dust cloud. Well, I skeptically used this yesterday. My hair, from previous henna applications, was a very nice dark brown with many rivulets of reddish highlights. The only problem is, my hair grows out too quickly, thereby showing my grey roots right away. I purchased dark brown. The instructions told me to leave the product on for 60 minutes to achieve the dark brown I desired. Based on some of the comments on this site, I left it on for 2 hours (that's all the time I had available before running to an appointment.I just rinsed it out and did not use any conditioner on it (as instructed to). The rinse water seemed to contain color for a very long time. But, I rinsed it as thoroughly as I could (perhaps it will release more color at the next shampooing). ?? Anyway, the results are really nice. My hair is actually dark brown all around. I sort of miss all my red highlights, though, but that's okay. The only thing I wonder about is that this product contains HC Blue 2, HC Yellow 4 and HC Red 1 and 3; and alcohol. What's that all about?? So, these are chemicals that I would rather not use. But, other than the mentioned chemically produced colors, the rest of the ingredients seem to be natural. Time will tell how long the color will last; whether it will last as long as the pure henna powder that I've been using, and whether my hair will maintain its nice structure. Time will only tell. I'll use a log book to track the results. thanks, all, for all your comments on this product.

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  13. I'm trying to decide on which color to take the plunge with. I have almost totally gray hair, with white, silver, dark gray, brown, black, red, every color there is naturally. Hairdressers tell me it's "pretty" cuz it has all the colors. All I see in a picture is transparent hair and I look bald. Do I go with the silver, or try a blond? I'm not trying to disguise the gray, I own it!

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    1. Would love to know what you chose, my hair sounds very similar, gray with many highlights of my natural colors. I was thinking the blonde because I thought it would turn the gray a little more golden..I have yet to try, do not want to use chemical dyes. I feel the gray makes my hair look like its thinning, so I want to give depth by a little color.

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  14. horrible...i was supposed to keep it in for 20 minutes but i didn't see any changes,so i kept adding for 4 hours straight,and still... NO DIFFERENCE

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  15. I used it the first time 2 days ago (my 64th birthday) and LOVE it. My hair had gone very silver....over 50%. A couple of months ago I had used a conventional, chemical semi-permanent hair dye (Clairol Natural Instincts) and I liked the color but I had a reaction to the chemicals in the dye (hours after coloring, I got extremely dizzy, couldn't walk without holding onto something, and nauseated...had to go to bed). So I waited 7 months and did some research. Decided on the Surya Brasil because it's pre-mixed...some of the others are simply bags of henna powder that you have to mix yourself...get real! Anyway, my hair used to be dark brown, but the dark brown Surya looked black so I bought light brown. I had about 1/2 inch of visible silver roots. Wasn't sure about the timing thing so I left it on for 45 minutes. Glad I didn't use the dark brown because I guess my hair would have been black...as it is, the light brown Surya made my hair dark brown and it's in better condition than it was before! The Clairol Natural Instincts left my hair feeling like tangled straw, yuck. The only complaint I have is that my roots are red, however, it does add some dimensionality to my hair color. It's very shiny and feels/looks thicker. I am VERY happy with Surya Brasil!

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  16. I agree - it's been 2.5 years since I first tried it, and I still love it!

    Nowadays, I use both regular henna and Surya. I do the whole big mix-it-yourself henna production about once a month, and then I use the Surya for touchups. Not only does it touch up the color, but my hair is soft and shiny afterwards.

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  17. Tried BLACK Surya for the first time about a week ago. Pre Treatment was a shampoo with a ACV rinse. Had my daugher apply it, stayed on about 40 minutes, then rinse and condition i'm, about 10% gray and it changed the gray into this reddish blonde brown that darkened over the next few days into this brown bronzish color that blended real well. I did some more reading and found that 40 minutes WITHOUT HEAT wasn;t long enough so i'm going to have her do it again and i'll either bag it for a coupla hours or sit under the drier for an hour to seal it. Loved the stuff though, didn't make my hair feel like string (it's soft and naturally curly). So i'm looking forward to what it's gonna look like after tonite.

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  18. My husband and I have been using Surya for almost a year now. My husband's hair is primarily grey and he uses Light Brown Cream. When he was young he had red hair. We love it EXCEPT after about 2 weeks parts of his hair look LAVENDER! Do you think we should try the powder instead. OR use a different color or what? Has anyone ever had this result?
    Clara

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  19. This sounds like a really good product. What I am looking to do is grow out my hair, which means putting up with roots that get wider and wider, showing my grey. When you say that this should not be used in conjunction with other hair color, do you mean trying to cover existing color with this product? What would happen if I did that?

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  20. Anyone tried Logona henna coloring creme?

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  21. I have been using Surya henna for about a year & have been very happy w/it. I am allergic to PPD -which is in pretty much every permanent and semi permanent dye. I have dark brown hair w/ some starting gray's. I apply to the root line about every 2 weeks- leave on for about an hour. I found light brown is a little to dark & golden brown works great. The Gray's turn a med brownish w/ a hint red color & look like highlights- which I like the dimension- when you see hair all one Color w/ no lowlights or highlights ( especially on brunettes) it just screams dye job. I like that I can recap & use more when needed. Fast & easy-not as drawnout process as pure henna & smells much better. I put on a shower cap- then a heavy snug fitting ski cap over that which seem to help seal in some heat helping the coloring process. No this not all natural- but I feel better that all the chemicals in commercial dyes.

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  22. I have used Surya Henna Cream three times now, and in the second and third instances, have had _severe_ hair loss approximately two weeks after using it. I am wondering if it is possible that I would have a delayed reaction to the Surya--or if there is another culprit entirely separate from the Surya (stress? parabens and sulfates? Etc.?). That is, I LOVE the results of Surya Henna Cream products, but now I feel cautious in using them. If anyone might comment about their results, I would appreciate it.

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    1. I was using Surya Brasil Henna Cream in Golden Brown for several months, and was happy with it, until the day a large chunk of my hair just fell out. I looked down in the shower (after I had colored with it & was rinsing my hair), and it looked like someone just took a handful of my hair & pulled it out at the roots & laid it down in the tub. I was in shock. I quit using it after that, and I still have a big bald spot in the back of my head (it's been years since). I emailed the company about it when it happened, and they denied it was even possible. But I've read about this side effect in 3 different places now. I no longer know what to use on my hair anymore. :-/

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  23. I get excess hair loss 1 to 3 weeks using Surya henna if I A) Leave it on for longer than the specified time eg. 1 hour AND/OR B) If I get a lot of it directly on my scalp. Perhaps an allergy? However my hair is always super soft and healthier after using henna i complete sontrast to the damage permanent and semi colours cause to my hair and the Surya cream is so easy and convenient. I have been using henna for almost 2 years now and will never go back to chemical colouring. Also, bear in mind if you do experience hair loss, though I seem to see a lot on the bathroom floor on the couple of occasions it has happened I did not notice it at all on my head (even with several panicked pleads with family to check for bald spots lol)

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  24. I spoke with (2) Surya's customer service reps, inquiring if it was safe to use Garnier OLIA, after several weeks of just One application of SURYA BRASIL, (color: Black Creme) but I was told: MY HAIR MAY MELT...(OMG) the Chemicals used to make Surya Creme will/may interact horribly with other products by either melting your hair, or disintergrating your hair slowly resulting in dry, damaged Thin, discolored hair. SURYA BRASIL IS A COMPOUND HENNA..and unless you have decided to use this product for the rest of your hair's life, No other product can be Safely used over it without possible melting your hair.. I Love my Healthy Natural 4a virgin hair (it use to be virgin, before this product) but I'm Soo not ready to embrace the gray that has recently started appearing..So ignorantly I thought this would be a good solution..Needless to say I am HORRIFIED to discover I will either have to cut off the colored hair..or stick with this UN-ORGANIC product forever.. I AM SOOO MAD AT MYSELF FOR PURCHASING THIS PRODUCT, before investigating it thoroughly!!

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    1. Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your experience and I am now in a similar bind! I used this product as a one-time temporary solution in between salon color appointments, and am horrified to find out that I cannot go back to regular dye. I am now left with red hair on the bottom and silver roots (which the Surya didn't cover). Devastating.

      I am just wondering if there were any developments after this post. Did you ever try to correct the color, or did you just let it grow out? I reached out to Surya customer service and got an email claiming that it is fine to use permanent color post-Surya. Now I'm just really perplexed. Help!

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  25. i was statisfied with the quality of normal henna always i used it - bleaching such destroy hairs and every colour has a bleach

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  26. I use the Surya Cream to cover my gray. I've found if you rinse with ACV and water before you apply, wait two hours, rinse with cool water to get the bulk out, then use an ACV rinse again the color won't run much anymore. What I tried the last time was after my shampoo and rinse, I used a couple handfuls of ACV to "wet" my hair all over, then applied the cream, waited, and rinsed. that worked real well also. The only thing I wish is that it would hold it's black color longer but the indigo appears to wear of much faster than the henna "red". After a week or so it leaves my hair black with dark brown highlights where any gray would be. You can only really tell though close up or under florescent lighting or outside in the sun. I like the stuff tho!

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  27. I am concerned about some of the comments that I just read about the Surya Henna Cream. I used it yesterday and loved the results but I it was suggested on a blog that I leave it in my hair the same length of time as I leave in pure henna and indigo, so I left it in for about 4 hours thinking it was all natural. Now I'm reading here that someone's hair is falling out! I have nurtured my hair back to a beautiful healthy state after using chemical dyes for years. For the past 2 years I only used pure Henna & Indigo and I wanted to try Surya because it was easier to use and I thought it was all natural. Now I'm worried that I have undone all the loving care I put in to my hair. I guess only time will tell.

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  28. Surya henna cream has any type of chemical?

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  31. I tried using surya Brasil heena cream and left it for 1 hr as recommended. But it didn't covered my grey at all. Any suggestion would be of great help. Is the powder version better than cream

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  32. I was using Ellumen hair color (crazy high-tech stuff that supposedly is ok for sensitive scalps- makes your hair look thicker as it magnetically binds to the hair shaft) at Salon only and WEN shampoo (which is TERRIBLE!- can make your hair thin or fall out!- check out the class action law suits on line! SHAME ON YOU , CHAZ DEAN!!!) for over 10 years and then WHAM- starting having horrid scalp dermatitis. The PAIN! The ITCHING! Oh it was AWFUL. A burning started happening while the Ellumen was processing, so I stopped that. Still had problems, so stopped the WEN and yep- sure enough- the dermatitis began to slowly heal. Stared with new scalp regimen: Combine 1 1/2 cups of Organic Coconut Milk with 1 3/4 cups of Aloe Gel (food-grade, inner fillet, Lily of the Valley brand is great) with about 15 - 20 drops of 100% pure Tea Tree Oil. Mix well, pour into ice cube trays and freeze up - it won't spoil this way (store in double zipper freezer bags). Pull a couple out at a time and defrost and place in an applicator bottle (like the kind you use to color at home) - keep in the fridge when not using. Wet hair and towel dry. Now moisten hair all over with the solution and massage into scalp. Leave on for 2 minutes. Now take some Dr. Bronner's pure castile LIQUID soap and add to it on your head, enough to work up a lather- then leave on for one minute. (I've read that Baking Soda can really wreak havoc on your hair after a while so I do not use that as a cleaning agent). Use that soap to wash your face too. Rinse in warm water, then mix one cup of distilled water with 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle (this restores your scalp's PH - keep this in fridge as well). Towel dry lightly, then spray all over your scalp and hair, working through quickly- then rinse out with warm water. Now - close those folicles! DO A COLD WATER RINSE- very important! As for the color, I tried Light Mountain Henna and it still has bad stuff it in. I switched to Mehandi.com pure henna. Those people are SO helpful- I swear I must have called them like 5 times for advice before I did it! They include a pre-wash to set up your hair (a citrus wash) and they ONLY sell pure, Rajasthani Henna. I have dark brown hair and they had me use 1 part henna to two parts indigo. Light Mountain makes you apply the separately (WHAT a pain!) but mehandi has you mix the two together for only on application. My hair came out great- awesome color, nice shiny dark brown with very subtle red undertones and only in certain light. No reaction to this stuff either. It was fifty bucks for the whole kit and will last me 4 applications (I have short hair). Let's face it, if you want something that won't hurt you or make your hair FALL OUT, you have to roll up your sleeves and get busy. Is it a pain to do all of this? Well, sort of, but to have beautiful hair that I know will not be falling out- (it was thinning horribly in the front before and now it is coming back strong =) it is totally worth it!! I wish you all the best!

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  36. I used Surya Henna Cream for several years then decided to let my hair go grey. Now I am totally grey I look washed out and would like to colour my hair again. Has anyone had success going from total grey back to a colour? I used to mix half golden brown and half dark brown. Thank you.

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