Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Light Mountain Natural Hair Color

"Remember that one time I dyed my hair purple and it didn't come out for six months?" Hair dye horror stories such as this one made me afraid to dye my hair for most of my life. Last year, I decided "to heck with it" and went from my natural dirty blonde to red. I've tried a lot of red temporary dyes since then, but nothing compares to Light Mountain Natural Hair Color.

  • Vibrant color
  • Fades gently (no dullness)
  • Actually fades within 8 weeks
  • Gentle on hair (chemical-free)
  • Simple, gentle ingredients
  • Very affordable
  • One box is enough, even for long hair
  • Applies evenly
  • Requires a little preparation

After dealing with uneven color, red that faded to mousy brown, and other mishaps, Light Mountain Natural Hair Color was a refreshing change. I cured my Mahogany packet for three hours and then slathered the thick, grassy-smelling henna all over my hair. I then put on a shower cap to let it sit for 45 minutes, heating periodically with a blow dryer on low. It's fairly easy to rinse, especially since I don't have to saturate my hair heavily with inky dyes. A little conditioner or baking soda helps a lot with the rinsing process.

Hair After 12 weeks. Still red! Root lines are soft.
If you can handle the grassy smell and plan ahead, the results are absolutely stunning. My hair was a vibrant, natural red and the color fades evenly during the next several weeks. Roots aren't as harsh, especially since the color goes on top of your natural color instead of stripping it. Overall, Light Mountain provides a very even application that has allowed me to fool many into believing I'm a natural redhead.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to give the packaging an update. I think I would've discovered them sooner if they were noticeable on the shelf. It's amazing that something so simple and affordable can be so effective.

Budget tip: You can buy three at a time from using the subscribe and save discount to save even more.

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  1. i've been looking for a vegan semi-permanent red/auburn hair dye for forever with no luck. thanks for this review, i will have to check out this product. i have light golden brown hair and would LOVE to be a redhead, but i have never dyed my hair with permanent dye (i don't want roots).

    do you have any photos of your hair before and after the dye? did it really fade out gradually without roots?

    thanks! :)

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I just added an image of my hair after 12 weeks without re-dying. Hope this helps!

  2. p.s.- this product is available on for about $4.74/box.

  3. I have heard great things about this product. I want my hair to look as natural red as possible, not a super bright red that looks fake. Does anyone know if I should choose the red or the mahogany to get best results? I tried Surya Brasil but it turned my hair bright blood red and faded to a weird fake looking dark red brown... and i have tons of split ends and dry hair now...

    I've heard that this happens if you get henna with minerals added, so I was also wondering if this brand has those or if it is just pure henna that is good for hair in the long run. Will my hair be harmed from using it?



    1. Hi Samera,

      I recommend checking out Light Mountain's website or emailing them for more information. Their website has a color chart and explains their ingredients in detail. From a quick review, it looks like it's just Henna and other botanicals, and that henna is actually very gentle on your hair. Hope this helps!



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