Hair Colouring is an extremely common service that many of us opt for but very often we are unsure of the type of chemicals used on our hair and the damage that could potentially occur when we make a change to our hair colour. Sure, changing your hair colour once in awhile may reduce the damage done but there is one important element that could really transform the health of your luscious locks, that is opting for non ammonia hair colour instead of those that contain ammonia. In this article, we will attempt to address the various concerns with regards to non-ammonia colour and give you suggestions on where to get healthy coloured hair. Here we go!
What does ammonia do in hair colour?
Basically, ammonia opens up the hair cuticle to allow for the hair dye to penetrate into the hair shaft, allowing for a permanent change in the hair colour. Ammonia is particularly important for the process of lightening the original hair colour in order for the added colour to take effect. Since ammonia is relatively more alkaline than hair, which has an acidic PH, it helps to ensure a lasting transformation in the coloured hair. Moreover, for people with grey hair, which tends to resist any kind of added colour, ammonia aids in the colour development as it activates peroxide, helping to achieve the desired effect of an even hair colour.
What is the difference between Ammonia and Non Ammonia Hair Colour?
The main difference between ammonia and non ammonia hair colour is the use of a synthetic source of Ethanolamine that is produced by the reaction between ethylene oxide with ammonia which serves the same function of opening up hair cuticles for better penetration of the hair dye.
Ammonia free colour is also the best option when you are colouring your hair for the first time as it adds shine and warmth to your natural hair colour, producing a healthier look.
Why should I opt for Non Ammonia Hair Colour?
One of the concerns with ammonia is due to the fumes that it produces when the hair colouring process takes place, which could trigger sinusitis. Also, since ammonia raises the PH of the hair cuticle to allow for penetration of the hair dye, this process opens up the hair cuticle for a longer period of time, causing the hair to lose proteins and moisture, resulting in the gradual damage of the hair. Non-ammonia hair colour is less harsh on the hair and so particularly beneficial for those with dry and frizzy hair. If you are concerned with the fact that non ammonia hair colour may not cover up your original hair colour, do not worry as most ammonia free colours can now conceal up to 100% of white hair. There are also an increasing variety of shades to choose from which works just as well as a traditional dye.
What are the popular Non Ammonia Hair Colour Brands?
Founded in Italy in 1983, Davines have dedicated to research and development to create sustainable products that combine both beauty and quality. Striving for equilibrium between substance and shape, the concept of Davines is inspired by simplicity, harmony and good taste, encouraging people to take care of themselves. ‘A New Colour’ is Davines’ signature ammonia free colour cream containing monoethanolamine - a natural biodegradable alkalizing agent, natural carotenoids - vegetable pigments with antioxidants and vegetable melanin as a anti free radical. The carotenoids and melanin present in the hair dyes possess strong antioxidants that allow for an intense and bright colour tone as well as a pastel tone on bleached and prelighted hair.
Get it at Kenjo Salon.
Known for their eco friendly products and packaging, Aveda dyes contain only 1% – 3% of synthetic ingredients as compared to typical formulations that contain close to 100%. With intensive research and development, Aveda has formulated and patented a process to oxidize hair dye using green tea extract which involves the minimal use of petroleum based elements, creating a more natural looking colour. As compared to typical hair dye formulations that use petrochemical solvents, Aveda has managed to substitute lubricating and protective plant oils in the formula which are less damaging.
Get it at Vox Studios or Team Salon.
L’Oreal Professional INOA
The Innovation No Ammonia (INOA) line newly created by L’Oreal Professional uses a new Oil Delivery System that protects the hair fibre with a film of oil that repels the water based colourant, depositing the hair dye deeper into the cuticle for a complete colouring effect and at the same time maintaining the health and shine of the original hair condition. The benefits of INOA includes a reinforced coverage of up to 100% of white hair, 6 weeks of intense hydration and nutrition and 50% more shine than regular hair dye formulas.
Original and Mineral
The O&M Watercolour range has been around for years in Australia and New Zealand but it has only been introduced in Singapore in recent times. As the world’s first non-ammonia and non peroxide demi permanent hair colour, O&M is certainly a pioneer in the hair colouring technology. O&M products are neither tested on animals nor contain parabens, ammonia and sulfates. Combining sustainability and beauty, O&M uses 100% recyclable packaging and are between 90 -98% derived from naturally based compounds that contain pure botanicals from plant extracts. The minerals that are present in O&M include Kaolin, which prevents the fading of colour and sunflower seed wax as well as seed almond oil to strengthen the hair and scalp. For those who are sensitive to smell, O&M would be a good choice as the strong salon smell present in regular hair dyes are non existent O&M hair dyes.
Free from ammonia, alcohol and fragrance, Colour Herbe is one of the original organic hair colouring system developed in UK in the 1970s. Using natural ingredients such as Meadowfoam which is rich in vitamins E and F as well as Witch Hazel that is rich in flavonoids and essentials oils to protect the scalp, Colour Herbe ensures that your hair remains healthy and nourished after the hair dying process. The optimal PH environment that allows the hair dye to penetrate the hair cuticle is achieved by combing hydrogen peroxide with plant oils that naturally replaces, tone and replace the colour pigments that already exists in the hair’s cortex. Tip: Colour Herbe is most suitable for people who would like to conceal their grey hair!
Get it at Koinonia Hair Salon.