Has anyone used Bigen color?

I'm getting around to needing a root touch up and am curious about Bigen. I don't mind its apparent propensity to turn out too dark, however I am mildly alarmed by the number of people who have had (apparent) PPD reactions. Just wondering if anyone here had used it, experiences, etc.

Thanks
I have used it in the past and found it quite harsh. Last time I used it the hair on top broke off at about 1/4" from my scalp and the rest of the hair looked and felt fried. Although it doesn't have any ammonia (you mix it with water) if does have something called PPD and, believe you me, if you google it you will faint from shock/horror.
Stay away from this stuff.
Oops...I meant to title this CurlyToast...sorry.

I used Bigen for years to color my hairline with no side effects. However, I now run screaming from PPD after learning a lot more about it!


I've been trying to find a PPD (paraphenylenediamine) free product for years and unfortunately for me, Henna just wasn't the answer (dried my hair like straw).

I found this product less than a week ago Palette By Nature. I just colored my hair but am going to try this in 6-8 weeks...maybe it's something you might check into?

Tina

P.S. This product has:
  • No PPD
  • No Amines
  • No Ammonia
  • No Peroxide
  • No Resorcinol
  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No GMO
  • No Gluten
  • No Nano
  • No Encapsulates
  • No Animal Testing
  • No Petroleum Based Ingredients
  • No Dioxanes
  • No PVC
  • No EDTA
2c/3a Currently looking like Marc Bolan's
NO Parabens, No SLS, No Cones please!




Last edited by TinasArk; 04-26-2010 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Added all the "NO" ingredients
Yeah, I know PPD is awful -- but it's in just about every dark brown dye on the market and I've never had a problem with it, even though I'd prefer *not* to use it. It seemed like a lot more people than "normal" were having PPD reactions with the Bigen, though, and that gave me pause. Especially as I have tattoos, which apparently puts me at greater risk for developing a reaction. Eeeeuuurgh! Not worth it!

I used to use Henna and indigo and I LOVE it, however I have very thick hair and now that it's about shoulder length I was winding up with week-long cervical headaches from the rinsing process. Bummer.

That Palette By Nature looks perfect, though, TinasArk -- thank you! I'm going to see if my healthy market carries it.

Thanks
Yeah, I know PPD is awful -- but it's in just about every dark brown dye on the market and I've never had a problem with it, even though I'd prefer *not* to use it. It seemed like a lot more people than "normal" were having PPD reactions with the Bigen, though, and that gave me pause. Especially as I have tattoos, which apparently puts me at greater risk for developing a reaction. Eeeeuuurgh! Not worth it!

I used to use Henna and indigo and I LOVE it, however I have very thick hair and now that it's about shoulder length I was winding up with week-long cervical headaches from the rinsing process. Bummer.

That Palette By Nature looks perfect, though, TinasArk -- thank you! I'm going to see if my healthy market carries it.

Thanks
Originally Posted by CurlyToast

If henna works good for you, GREAT! ... (except for those week long cervical headaches, LMAO!)

My hair is just naturally REALLY FREAKIN' DRY and it sucks that henna isn't for me. I moisturize like crazy to keep the dryness at bay, lol.

Also...I've been perusing this site since I posted last to you. Looks like there's a PPD FREE by AO "Color Me Natural" and also "Light Mountain" as well as something at Whole Foods called "Tints of Nature".

Please keep me posted on what you find that works for you...I'm really interested.
I do want to get away from the PPD in any case, but am NOT ready to go gray yet!
2c/3a Currently looking like Marc Bolan's
NO Parabens, No SLS, No Cones please!



My stylist (who was super curl friendly, but not specifically a curly stylist) was actually quite surprised that henna worked for me. She said she'd seen more people -- using BAQ henna -- that wound up with super dry hair. So you're not alone!

I think I"m going to hit the organic market and see what I can find tomorrow. My biggest issue is that the color be cruelty-free, which leaves only Revlon as far as drug store brands. And while Colorsilk isn't bad, I'd really rather not use a lifting dye, if at all possible. And I am *definitely* not ready to go grey, either!

So I'll definitely let you know what I find and how it works!

Thanks
Well, the organic market was a total disappointment :P I had 2 options: (I think) NaturaTint (which was permanent and not PPD-free), and Surya Henna Creme.

I chose the latter, knowing full well that it's Henna+ (as it were), but it seemed to be free of everything objectionable and it's temporary. While I actually love the longevity of permanent color, my current brassy brunette shade speaks volumes about why I prefer no-lift.

So it's henna, which is probably a no-go for you, TA, but I don't think you're going to be missing much, as the application process is akin to dumping liquid Sharpie all over your head, *plus* it's done on wet hair, which makes it impossible to tell if application is even. I'm mildly terrified of the results (which I will have in another 45 minutes or so), but if the color is decent it may get me back to actual BAQ henna -- I'll just have to try the tub-soak-n-swish rinse method to see if I can circumvent the neck strain.

This stuff will also break my bank -- $12 for 2ozs, I probably rightfully need 2 bottles per application, and henna always required reapplication (for me) every 4 weeks. For that cost, I might as well just use BAQ henna.
she does not recommend it. She found it too dark and harsh. That stuff would not let go of her strands no matter what she did. She said she'll never use it again.
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So it's henna, which is probably a no-go for you, TA, but I don't think you're going to be missing much, as the application process is akin to dumping liquid Sharpie all over your head, *plus* it's done on wet hair, which makes it impossible to tell if application is even. I'm mildly terrified of the results (which I will have in another 45 minutes or so), but if the color is decent it may get me back to actual BAQ henna -- I'll just have to try the tub-soak-n-swish rinse method to see if I can circumvent the neck strain..."
Originally Posted by CurlyToast
CurlyToast, you've got me LMAO with that bolded comment above!
SO, what happened after the 45 minutes was up...d
id it work for you???

Henna is such a process especially when I only color my hairline (face framing) the majority of times...only when I NEED to, do I do the whole head. So it sounds like any of these henna types aren't going to do the trick for me (or you). DARN! I was REALLY hoping to find an answer in these types of products, but I guess it's PPD and a lot of detoxing...UGH!

Victoria Regia...thank you so much for your input!!!
2c/3a Currently looking like Marc Bolan's
NO Parabens, No SLS, No Cones please!





I absolutely *loved* the results . . . if only they'd stuck around more than 2 weeks. Despite being a really stupid application consistency and procedure (very thin, done on wet hair), the black gave me a perfect deeeeeeeep espresso color and loads of shine.

And then, it went away.

So, now I have a head full of mud (again), and am preparing to sleep with my pillow wrapped in a towel. *sigh*

When I used to henna, I did a full head application every month (which is about how long it takes for me to get >1/2 inch root growth -- my hair grows like weeds). I'm hoping that after 1-2 full-head applications, I can squeeze 2-3 months of just root touch ups in there, bringing my cervical headache count down to maybe 4 per year. :P

And this time, I added amla -- never did that before, just rocked the slightly looser waves that the henna gave me.

Here goes nothing! :P
Well , I've Used the Bigen hair color a few times, The Powder version Works well ! It Does Color the Hair , However It Is Very Harsh Too, It's Dries the Hair Out ! You
''ABSOLUTELY MUST MUST USE A MOISTURIZER AFTERWARDS ! AND RUB AT LEAST A LITTLE OIL ON THE SCALP" AFTER YOU WASH IT OUT ! MAKE SURE YOU RINSE VERY VERY WELL TOO ! UNTIL THE WATER RUNS CLEAR, ALSO I HATE TO SAY IT BUT , THE COOLER THE WATER THE BETTER END RESULTS. ONE TRICK I HAVE FOLLOWING ANY CHEMICAL SERVICE ! I USE THE NEUTRALIZING SHAMPOO TWICE AFTER RINSING IT OUT ! & I IMMEDIATELY USE A DEEP
PENETRATING MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER FOLLOWING SHAMPOO.
TRYING USING SOME ARGAN OIL AND MEGA-TEX , I HAVE ATTACHED A PHOTO OF SOME OF THE PRODUCTS I USE ON MY HAIR . GOOD LUCK !
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I have read a lot about the harmful effects of PPD and definitely am trying to stay away from the stuff. But, I still like to color my hair. I thought there wasn't a solution but I found one. I havent tried the product you're thinking of, but I highly recommend the one I've been using. It's called Love Your Color by Cosamo. It's PPD, ammonia, and peroxide free, and so easy to use. It comes in a lot of shades and lasts for about 6-10 washes. Although that seems often, it's worth it because you're not dealing with the chemicals. If you want more info check out their website CoSaMo. Hope this helps!

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