Review by A2 Magazine: Organic Permanent Hair Colour by Organic ColourSystems®


2What did I review?

Organic® ColourSystems – a range of professional organic permanent hair colour.

Where was it? 

At Aqua Alchemy in Bryanston, Johannesburg.  

Why did I review this?

I’m one of those people who live on the corner of hippie and yuppie streets which is across the road from “I’ll try anything within reason” centre.

Without getting into too much detail, I do buy a lot of organic, clean and toxin-free foods and products. It’s nearly impossible to be completely chemical free in our lifetime (unless you take yourself off the grid and we all know that’s not going to happen for me). My theory is that where possible I will eliminate the use of chemicals, but this doesn’t mean I’m averse to everything chemical. When it comes to aesthetics, I haven’t had injectables and fillers yet, but I will one day soon and it is what it is.

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, our view of aesthetics at A2 Magazine is all about a well-rounded approach. Having anti-wrinkle or laser treatments may make your appearance and skin look great, but what about the gorgeous head of hair that shapes your face? Right? Right.

With this particular review, I was interested in exploring organic permanent hair colour as an option to colour my hair but also give it al natural nourishment without the harsh chemicals of your standard hair colour in salons.

So now you have some reference as to why I reviewed this organic hair colour.

What was my experience?

First things first, when it comes to hair colour, I will ONLY go to a salon with professional products and have it performed by a professional (don’t even ask about the home hair dye meltdown of 1999 which induced abundant cruel slow motion laughter. My teenage friends referred to me as “leopard lover” for weeks due to the spotted look of my hair. Sigh).

In terms of my organic systems experience, it was no different to getting a normal hair colour treatment. The only difference is that you do the stretch test (to test how strong your hair is), followed by a treatment specific to your hair problem. This treatment took 40mins before putting on the actual colour, which was nice, but it did make the experience a little longer than usual. I’m normally one of those people who like to get in and get out and move on with my day.

I of course must mention the second and most important difference of all – the ingredients. Organic ColourSystems, although still containing chemicals, uses the maximum amount of certified organic ingredients with the least amount of chemicals, thus colouring your hair as naturally as possible. You can read more about that here. 

Treatment on for 40 mins

Treatment on for 40 mins

After the treatment on goes the colour for another 35 to 40 minutes. This is my bet impersonation of Mugatu (Will Ferrell's character in Zoolander)

After the treatment is washed out, on goes the colour for another 35 to 40 minutes. I also look so much like a female version of Mugatu here (Will Ferrell’s character in Zoolander) “relax, don’t do it!”

Some of the natural colours to choose from

Some of the natural colours to choose from

And crazy fun colours to choose from if you like having those colour streaks in your hair

And some of the crazy fun colours (bright red, violet, orange, yellow) to choose from if you like having those colour streaks in your hair

What did I think?

I colour my hair once every four months. I always go a natural darkest brown because it’s simple, easy to maintain, closest to my natural hair colour and suits me better than any other hair colour I’ve tried.

It’s no surprise then I chose to go with an organic dark brown. My result wasn’t as dark as I would’ve liked but that’s not because of the system. My hairdresser mixed in some red to the brown to help give an extra bit of shine, which it did, but we definitely didn’t go dark enough.

Overall, the result was as if I had a normal colour at a salon. Quite impressive actually.

What did I like about it?

  • The smell. Because the product is organic, there’s no harsh ammonia smells and it’s rather pleasant.
  • The ingredients are nourishing for your hair.
  • The fade out colour was natural.
  • They have a very wide variety of colours to choose from. Starting from your natural shades up to pink, blue, green and more (if you’re into those hair colour streaks).
  • It made my hair VERY shiny.

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Anything I didn’t like?

It didn’t last as long as my usual colour. After roughly two months I needed another colour.

Who is it for?

  • I love that it’s an alternative for women (or men) who prefer to have less chemical treatments done on their hair.
  • Safe and ideal for pregnant women.

What does it cost?

Price is on request and dependent on hair length. But you can expect it to be around the same price as normal hair colour. 

Where can you get it?

Offered at Aqua Alchemy in Bryanston (where I went), Goji Spa in Cape Town, as well as stocked by other selected salons in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Use the contact details below to get a full list of stockists around the country.

Anything else you should know?


  • You can also get a range of organic shampoos and conditioners for home use. Visit their website to see the full range.
  • If you’re a salon owner and keen to offer Organic ColourSystems, then get in touch with Organic Salon Products in Cape Town (distributors of the product). See all contact details below.
The shampoo, conditioner and hair care ranges available, from top left AquaBoost, StatusQuo, PowerBuild and Soothe Plus

The shampoo, conditioner and hair care ranges available, from top left: AquaBoost, StatusQuo, PowerBuild and Soothe Plus


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