When it comes to coloring your hair, you have a lot of different options. We’re not just talking about colors, either. Besides deciding whether you want to be blonde or brunette—or another color entirely—there are many different types of formulas you can choose from, too, and they each have their strong suits. One option you may want to consider is ammonia-free hair color. Here, we’re sharing our best ammonia-free hair dyes and explaining why you may want to use this type of hair color formula. Let’s get to it!
WHY SHOULD YOU USE AMMONIA FREE HAIR COLOR?
First things first, it’s helpful to understand exactly what ammonia is. Ammonia is a chemical typically found in permanent hair dyes. If you’ve ever thought your hair dye smelled a little too strong, that probably had something to do with the ammonia in the formula! What does ammonia do, besides smell super strong? It’s used in hair coloring formulas to open up the hair’s cuticle layer, which then allows the dye to penetrate the hair shaft (making for a permanent color, as opposed to one that will rinse out). Unlike many permanent hair color formulas, semi-permanent hair dyes do not contain ammonia or peroxide. Because of this, they don’t require any development or pre-mixing, so you’re free to apply the formulas directly onto your strands. Since semi-permanent hair dye doesn’t penetrate the hair shaft, it typically rinses out after about eight shampoos. If you go this route, to maximize the life of your new hue, you’ll also want to be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner system that’s specifically formulated for color-treated hair.
OUR BEST AMMONIA FREE HAIR COLOR PRODUCTS
Now that you’re educated on the differences between hair dyes with ammonia and ammonia-free hair color products, let us introduce you to our best products that fall into the latter category. The following hair color options are all ammonia-free and can be great picks if you’re in search of semi-permanent or temporary hair color. Whether you don’t want to commit to a long-term change or are just looking to test out a new shade before booking a permanent coloring session, take heed of the following options.
L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color: This semi-permanent color comes in 15 different hues (nine for blondies and six for brunettes), including shades of purple, teal, and pink. Who is this option right for? Besides being perfect for those who are looking to get a vibrant hair color and want to do so without ammonia because it’s a semi-permanent formula that only lasts for four to ten shampoos, this ammonia-free hair dye is ideal for short-term hair color switch-ups. To use, simply apply the color to desired sections of hair, then wait 15-30 minutes. After time is up, rinse out and style as usual. Of course, remember to always read the included directions for more specific instructions.
L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color: This option is a temporary hair color, not semi-permanent, so it will rinse out after just one shampoo—aka it’s the perfect way to take a new hue for a test drive. It’s also a super easy, quick, and fun way to play around with different colors. In fact, it’s available in 13 trendy colors, all of which don’t require bleach and are formulated without ammonia. You don’t even have to wear gloves to apply it! Simply place a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothing, then use your fingertips to apply a dime-sized amount onto thin, dry strands of hair (as desired). Then, comb or brush through to evenly distribute the product, and air dry or style as usual.
L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray: We have another temporary hair color option for you: a hair color spray. This wash out hair color allows you to experiment with color and instantly get bold looks when you want them. You can spray, play, wash, and repeat with no bleaching needed! With 10 colors including sought after shades like rose gold and pastel mint, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up: Have you ever noticed your gray roots peeking through when you weren't quite ready to dye your hair again? For times like that, reach for this root cover up spray, which provides gray hair coverage sans ammonia or peroxide. This spray conceals gray roots and provides seamless coverage in just seconds—and it doesn’t leave any sticky residue behind. Spray it on between color or salon appointments and enjoy covered roots until your next shampoo. To use, shake the can well and hold it four to six inches away from your hair. Then, simply spray onto your roots and partly through the length of your hair to blend it all together.