Go for Ammonia Free Hair Dye!
Ammonia is a prevalent ingredient in hair dyes. It is included in these chemical formulations because of its ability to open up the cuticle of the hair and swell the strands thereby allowing the color molecules to penetrate to the cortex. This yields stunning color changes that are long lasting giving ammonia its popularity in many hair dyes. However, the use of a harsh chemical like ammonia on hair can prove more damaging than useful in the long run.
The very property of ammonia that enables you to achieve drastic color changes is what makes it the most damaging to your hair. It causes damage to the hair cuticle which ultimately leads to a degradation of the structural integrity of hair. It also leads to protein loss in hair. Overtime, this manifests as dry, brittle, and unhealthy looking hair. It doesn’t seem worth it to color your hair if you are just going to permanently damage it in the long run.
In addition to damaging your hair, the toxic fumes that ammonia gives off have a negative impact on not only your health but also your hair stylist who applies the product to your hair. Ammonia is highly corrosive and some of the negative effects include irritation to the eyes, respiratory system, nose, throat, skin (ammonia can cause chemical burns in higher concentrations) as well as it being a potential endocrine disruptor.
Keeping this in mind, you might think that choosing hair dyes that advertise as “ammonia free” would be better for your hair. While these hair dyes are definitely less damaging to hair, they are still loaded with chemical alternatives to ammonia like ethanolamine (also known as monoethanolamine or MEA) that won’t do your hair any favors in the long run potentially being equally damaging as hair dyes loaded with ammonia.
Your best bet to dye your hair whilst still ensuring that not only are you not causing long term damage but are actually nourishing and protecting your hair is choosing organic and non-toxic hair dyes. Herbatint™ offers a range of colors that do just that. Herbatint™ has vegan, organic and ammonia-free herbal color gels that use as few pharmaceutical chemical ingredients as possible. Instead, they utilize vegetal extracts from herbs and plants like rosemary, cinchona, and walnut husk among others.
With a range of 36 different shades, Herbatint™ has something for everyone to craft and customize their look. Available on our website, you can just scroll through the colors and find something that fits your personality and rest easy knowing that your hair will not only find its color match, it will also be nourished to look and feel softer and shinier.
Ideal to add brown and natural red highlights to dull hair, the M (Mahogany) shades are formulated for a colouring experience that gives more personality to your look. Suitable for light pinkish complexions, they intensify the colour basis.
The D (Golden) tones will give golden blond or brown highlights depending on the degree of tone choice. Choose it for an intense, bright and natural result.
The R (Copper) tones are particularly suitable for golden-like complexions. They guarantee a coppery colour, rich in shades, they lighten up your hair with warm reflections.
The C (Ash) tones are designed to neutralize and/or counteract unwanted copper or reddish highlights. For an ideal result they should be used combined with the corresponding tone of the Natural series.
The N (Natural) series shades colour your hair while keeping its natural colour balance, choose them if you wish to maintain and revive your natural colour.