Hair Color

All About PPD, Ammonia & Resorcinol Free Hair Coloring

What is Organic Vegan PPD & Resorcinol Free Hair Coloring? It is a beautiful range of long-lasting, permanent hair coloring containing certified organic and natural ingredients. Make a minus a positive. 100% ammonia-free, PPD (Paraphenylenediamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) and Resorcinol Free. PPD is pigment that often causes allergic reactions from slight itching to very server. Resorcinol is a chemical used as grey hair is crazy strong. It can be very difficult to cover. Ammonia and resorcinol are used to soften the hair so pigment can deposit in the hair. Grey hair can be very stubborn to change. Hair coloring should be an easy fun experience.

What color lines do you use? I use a selection of some of the best color lines available but not limited two brands by Alfaparf Milano, Precious Nature & Color Wear, O&M COR Color, Henna and the incredible eco friendly ammonia free Magic Lightener

Will it cover my grey? Is it permanent? Will it fade faster? Yes, it will cover grey beautifully. Yes, it is permanent. No, it will not fade any faster than ammoniated color lines. Fading happens because it is damaged by ammonia and external factors such as chlorine, harsh products and sun. Proper care can greatly reduce these factors.

If there is no ammonia, how does it work? Ammonia, a widespread chemical alkalizing agent can be replaced with MEA (monoethanolamine) or Arginine.

MEA is an organic chemical compound that is a made up of amine and alcohol. MEA doesn’t off gas as it is a liquid. It is used in very low amounts to replace ammonia in haircolor and coupled with emollient oils, making it less volatile and less corrosive than ammonia. MEA doesn’t off gas. There is a lot of discussion about MEA. As doesn’t off gas and is consider must less toxic than ammonia unless in very large amounts.

Alfaparf’s Color Wear uses a patented technology based on Arginine. It is derived from plant sugars used as an alkalinizing complex allowing ammonia and MEA to be replaced. Arginine is an amino acid, 100% of natural origin, which is very similar to the hair as it is already present in its protein structure. Arginine is the future of safer hair coloring.

What about Henna? It’s natural and pure. Henna, most people think Lucile Ball or messy and difficult. Some Hennas put PPD in them to create colors. I use a 100% PPD free Henna. It is free from Ammonium, Lauryl Sulfate, Artificial Fragrance, BHA and BHT DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) and TEA (Triethanolamine), DEA-Related Ingredients, Diazolidinyl Urea, Dibutyl Phthalate, Dioxin, Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane, Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives-Dmdm Hydantoin, GMOs, Hydroquinone, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lead, Mercury, Methenamine and Quaternium-1, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, P-aminophenol, Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl and Propyl), (PPD) Paraphenylenediamine, Parfum and Synthetic Fragrances, Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, EDTA, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol, Resorcinol, Silicone-derived emollients, Siloxanes, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Solvents, Toluene and Triclosan. They use various natural ingredients to create beautiful colors.

If ammonia is so toxic why is it used so much? It is cheap to manufacture. The Danish government has banned the mixing of ammoniated hair coloring in the open in salons. They have to be mixed under an extraction system in a separate room. MEA does not give off a gas when used in hair color.

Can you make my dark brown or black hair blond without ammonia? Yes, I use a beautiful range of blondes and a non-toxic ammonia-free lightener, Magic Lightener. Beautiful blond without damaging your hair or the planet with ammonia and other harsh chemicals.

It doesn’t burn, itch and smell bad. Can I still have a reaction and be allergic to it? Yes, unfortunately people can be allergic to anything. Some people are allergic to the pigment used in hair coloring and others can be allergic to any of the ingredients in coloring. It is always recommended to do a patch test before coloring for the first time. For most people it is ammonia that is irritating and causes itching combined with PPD and other harsh cheap chemicals. The use of a PPD and Resorcinol free hair coloring can greatly reduces allergic reactions and damaging the hair. Ammonia free has many advantages. There is little to no staining on the skin and you don’t get bands of color, hot roots (lighter at the roots) and/or colors that fade to strange off tone. Skin irritation and burning on the scalp is significantly reduced, due to the pharmaceutical grade hydrogen peroxide H2O2 which is used.

But what about Hydrogen peroxide? Isn’t it bad for your hair? No, it is pharmaceutical grade. It is a green compound used in a controlled environment. H2O2 is used in many green cleaners, whitening of teeth, toothpastes, floor cleaners and for clothes in laundry. If it can go in your mouth, it should be good enough for your hair.

Then why don’t the other big companies make ammonia free lines? One of the biggest trends recently is greening of hair coloring. Hair coloring manufacturers are moving towards greener safer hair coloring for both the stylist and customer. Only recently has Ammonia, PPD and Resorcinol Free hair coloring become widely available. I have been ammonia free for 20 plus years and am very happy to see the safe advancements in permanent hair coloring.