For those with sensitive skin, who desire a more organic experience, choosing a hair dye without ammonia is the way to go. Ammonia opens the hair fiber so that the dye molecules can bond easier, but it does so with all the delicacies of a jackknife. Ammonia based hair dye smells terrible and can greatly irritate the skin on your scalp. For this reason, the makers of lasting hair color have adapted their products to work sans ammonia. While the prices for these ammonia-free products are a bit higher, you’ll certainly feel more natural and refreshed than with a traditional hair dye. In this article you will find an introduction to the best ammonia-free hair coloring products on the market.
The initial innovator in the world of ammonia-free hair coloring is undoubtedly L’oreal Paris. L’Oreal Professional is touting INOA, which stands for Innovation No Ammonia, as the standard bearer for ammonia-free hair products. If a natural look and experience is your thing, consider using L’oreal’s Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color. Unlike products with ammonia, this hair dye conditions your hair as the dye sets in without damaging your roots or burning your scalp. Another benefit in using the creme based hair dye is the lack of drips. The mess is at a minimum, and the dying only takes 10 minutes.
The Garnier brand has also delved into the world of ammonia-free hair dyes. Their HerbaShine Color Creme boasts 22 different shades of fortified dye colors along with bamboo extract. The whole dying process only takes 10 minutes with minimum drips and minimal clean up. The lack of ammonia will leave your hair looking and smelling natural and beautiful. As an added bonus, you can engage in a HerbaShine Virtual Makeover on the Garnier website. By uploading a picture of yourself to their site, you can try all 22 different shades of dye on before you buy anything!
Clairol also offers an ammonia-free hair dye. Their product is called Natural Instincts, and it boasts a healthy-looking color and shine in 10 minutes of application time. The creme is non-permanent and lasts through 28 shampoos. The formula gently blends away any gray hairs you may have in a natural fashion. Also included is a Color Treatment Conditioner that maintains the radiant color of your hair, along with a Natural Instincts Week 2 Color Refresher, a conditioning creme formula that deposits color pigments 15 days after coloring.
For a completely organic experience, you may branch out a bit and try the ammonia-free products by Organic Color Systems. Their organic formula maintains the hair’s essential moisture and protein levels so that the hair is not damaged in the coloring process, as is often the case with ammonia-based hair products. The company also claims to be the most natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free hair product line worldwide. Their product line include 65 intermixable color, concentrates, brighteners, and lighteners to create the perfect shade of color for your hair.