Vegan Colour at Karine Jackson Salon

I was invited to try the Vegan Hair Colour Service at Karine Jackson Salon in Central London using Organic Colour Systems (OCS). This service ensures that Vegans can enjoy the full salon experience while their dietary needs are met and the products used are cruelty free.

I confess, I tried OCS 4 years ago, both their colour and styling products. I liked the products but was sadly not bowled over a the time. The colour choices were more limited and didnt love the result.

Well today I am totally thrilled. Alasdair Thomson at the Salon was professional and knowledgeable, he listened to my concerns and was really informative about how best to treat my rather tired hair. As part of their system, OCS stylists do a 'Stretch Test' to determine what the clients' hair is lacking, and they can then 'prescribe' the best treatments and products. I needed a protein boost so I was given a special shampoo before the colour treatment.  I opted for a Permanent Hair Colour matching my natural ash brown. (my hair was dry on the ends and was last coloured in May)

The product itself had no unpleasant odor, and because it is heat activated and has no ammonia, I got to wear this AWESOME hat to help my head get toasty warm. 

I was really happy with the result of the the process, the colour is rich, my grey covered and my hair is shiny and soft.  Alasdair was even nice enough to extend my request for a fringe (bangs) trim to a trim all over!

Karine Jackson created the Vegan Hair Service to offer a complete Vegan and Cruelty Free Service to those looking to have a lovely High End Salon experience that aligns with their way of life. Snacks and drinks offered to those requesting the service are Vegan, & is the same price as the normal services with prices ranging from £62-£167 for Colour alone and £90 - £257 for Cut and Colour.

I really enjoyed my experience and I am happy with my colour, and will keep you posted on its lasting power.

As for Organic Colour Systems, I wanted to do a thorough check of it's Organic claim :

Their website states that they use the highest amount of Certified Organic Ingredients possible and also uses the lowest amount of chemicals, as well as sourcing its GMO free ingredients ethically. The Company confirms:  'Organic Colour Systems as a system contains 65% certified organic ingredients'. I also asked about the level of PPD (the actual dying chemical that has been known to cause irritation and worse) and was told 'We average 0.36% (on head) across the range of 64 shades' which compares to an industry average of 3-6% in normal dyes.

It does not use ammonia so for all you Science Nerds like me this is how the colour works: The base of our hair colour (the main ingredient) is not only alkaline, so it raises the pH of the hair, but it is also a conditioning agent, so it softens the cuticle at the same time. This softening process means that Organic Colour Systems is able to work at a far lower pH and is a far gentler way to colour the hair.

Although OCS is certified Cruelty Free, it does not have its own Organic Certification. This is the reason as stated by OCS: 'Until such time as an alternative to PPD or PTD is found for use in permanent hair colour this would be an impossible task.  We have not ruled this out in the future for our care and control ranges.'

Without outside Certification it is hard to determine the Organic reliability of a product but here is the FULL ingredient list Across the colour range, so may or may not be present in each individual colour - as provided by OCS:

PEG-2 Soyamine, Aqua, PEG-4 Rapeseedamide, *Alcohol Denat., Oleic Acid, **Propanediol, Ethanolamine, **Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Parfum, Sodium Sulfite, *Symphytum Of_ cinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydrosulfite, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, p-Phenylenediamine, 4-Chlororesorcinol, 2-Amino-4 Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate, N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, 4-Amino-Hydroxytoluene,             m-Aminophenol, 2-Methylresorcinol, p-Aminophenol, 2-Amino-3-Hydroxypyridine, 2,4 Diaminophenoxyethanol-HCL, Toluene-2,5 Diamine Sulfate, 4,5-Diamino-1-2-Hydroxyethyl Pyrazole,              Basic Yellow 87, Basic Orange 31, Basic Red 51, HC Yellow 2, HC Red 3.
*Soil Association Organic Standard **Natural & Organic Standard (ECOCERT)

So in conclusion, I am happy with both the results of my haircolour and research. I believe OCS is a gentler way to permanently colour hair, both to myself and the environment.


Just for your personal information:

Organic or Natural Certification
  • There is no legal definition for organic cosmetic products in the EU. A company could label a product “organic” even if that product only had 1% organically-produced ingredients.
  • Other similar terms used on labels are “natural” and “green“, for example. Again, no legislation is in place for these terms – they are used by manufacturers to simply make the consumer think they are buying something pure, better or safer.
  • To find certified organic products, there are five European certification bodies that have developed the Cosmetics Organic Standard (COSMOS) to try and harmonise organic standards across the globe. They have high standards, and to achieve COSMOS certification for a product, that product has to meet a strict set of criteria. It ensures that the product contains guaranteed organic ingredients, and is not just label trickery.