About our ingredients

Organic Colour Systems (OCS) have been formulated to meet two objectives:

1. Deliver the best quality results possible 
2. And deliver these results using the least harmful ingredients possible

The OCS range really is different to other professional hair care systems available because it has been developed as a much cleaner product, containing far less of the harmful chemicals, and substituting natural products whenever possible. At least 89% of the Organic Colour System line is naturally derived and 10% is made up of organically grown ingredients.

Certified Organic Ingredients

Most OCS products contain certified organic ingredients that have been certified by the Soil Association Organic Standard or ECOCERT, such as:

  • chamomile flower extract
  • jojoba oil
  • aloe vera
  • sweet almond oil
  • sunflower oil
  • comfrey root extract

It’s also what we leave out

OCS products contain:

  • NO ammonia
  • NO parabens
  • NO resorcinol
  • NO formaldehyde
  • NO Selenium Sulfide

Naturally derived alternatives

Even the ingredients that have chemical sounding names have been sourced from natural ingredients, such as:


  • PEG - 2 Soyamine - a naturally derived Soya Conditioner/Emulsifier
  • Cocamide DEA - a naturally derived Coconut Surfactant/ Thickener
  • Denatured Alcohol - a naturally derived Corn Solvent
  • Oleic Acid - a naturally derived plant-based cleansing agent
  • **Propanediol - a naturally derived Corn Moisturiser

The result is an uncompromising professional product, delivering the quality demanded by Hairdressers, with the added benefit of not only providing a more pleasant experience for their clients, but also a safer working environment. This offers a significant competitive advantage to salons for use in their marketing and promotion. Clients who normally would not consider changing salons, but are very health conscious, are attracted to the idea and option of a more “natural, cleaner” healthier process.

About Ammonia

The fumes from ammonia can pose a health risk to colourists and their clients. It can also cause irritation to the scalp and eyes. Traditionally, ammonia has been used to open the hair cuticle (outer layer of the hair shaft) to allow the hair dye to penetrate the hair shaft. It does this by aggressively raising the pH of the hair, causing the hair to swell and the cuticle to open. Unfortunately, it also damages the delicate internal structure of the hair and opens the cuticle to such an extent that it cannot be closed down again. This is one reason why many people find hair dyes do not last or fade very quickly, because the hair cuticle is left open and cannot hold the dye. The result is damaged hair that is in poor condition, losing colour, protein, moisture and life.

Organic Colour Systems has a unique approach to penetrating the hair shaft. Rather than use an aggressive and corrosive alkalising agent like ammonia, we use a coconut by-product that is a naturally derived swelling agent suspended in soy oil, which acts as a conditioning agent and softens the cuticle. The minimum required amount of ethanolamine is added to increase the pH just enough for the colour to enter the cortex. 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. 

Finally, the cleansing and conditioning process contains ingredients to assist the cuticle to close properly, sealing in the colour. Any residual ethanolamine is neutralised with Oleic Acid - a naturally derived plant-based cleansing agent. The hair's essential protein and moisture balance is maintained and the hair is left undamaged by the colouring process.

Animal Testing Policy

All Herb UK products are accredited by Choose Cruelty Free (CCF). CCF is an independent, non-profit organisation which actively promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. In addition, Herb UK is also a member of the Cosmetics Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA). As a member of the CTPA Herb UK is actively working to promote practices that do not require animal testing, and non-animal tested ingredients.