Ammonia-Free (ammonia free) Hair Color and Dye is marketed as the safer hair color. But is it really safe? Is ammonia free dye better or healthier for your hair?
[ad name=”Media.net”]There are a lot of “ammonia-free” products on the market promising a black to blonde results. But this is very unlikely. The Truth about ammonia although harsh it maybe necessary for intense color change.
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Ammonia is the active ingredient in products that assist in the coloring process by opening cuticle and swelling the strands so that the color can penetrate to the cortex, yielding drastic color changes.
Without ammonia, color change is mild and may require multiple applications to achieve desired color, if ever achieved. This is due to the fact that the color will more likely coat the strands as opposed to being absorbed into the strand because there isn’t a stimulant used to open the cuticle.
Be aware of ammonia substitutes used such as the more popular ethanolamine, also known as monoethanolamine or MEA. These are equally, if not more, damaging to the hair. But because it isn’t “ammonia” the company can advertise as “ammonia-free”. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safer. It can be misleading.
So… Is Ammonia-FREE dye “safe”?
First, let’s define safe. Safe meaning less damaging damaging to hair. “Yes, ammonia-free dye is less damaging” according to Randy Schueller, cosmetic chemist and writer of Beauty Brains.com which can be can be considered ‘safer’ than hair dye with ammonia. “High levels of ammonia are more damaging because of the higher pH” says Schueller.
Here are some Pros & Cons of Ammonia-Free Dye via New Beauty
The pros: According to celebrity hairstylist Francky L’Official, ammonia-free color is best to use when you are coloring your hair for the first time, you want to cover your first gray, or you just want to add some shine and warmth to your natural color without dealing with the hassle of having to touch up your roots every four weeks. “Most ammonia-free color disappears gradually each time you shampoo,” says L’Official. “I personally love working with ammonia-free color because of the shine of the color and the way it makes hair feel.”
The cons: Some stylists aren’t fans of ammonia-free color because they say it’s not strong enough to totally change a person’s shade. “It also won’t cover 100 percent of gray hairs if a person’s hair is coarse in texture. But, it has already changed and improved a lot in the last two years and is becoming better at doing that,” says L’Official.
So where can you find it? Some of the country’s top hairstylists, including L’Oréal professionnel artist and celebrity hairstylist Jennifer MacDougall, are fans of L’Oréal Professionnel INOA, which debuted in 2010 as the first ammonia-free, permanent in-salon hair color (a major beauty breakthrough). MacDougall says INOA is her top choice for creating beautiful, shiny, rich hair color. “I love the fact that it has no harsh ammonia (and no odor), and my clients love having their hair colored with it.”
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