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May 20, 2022
Best Ammonia Free Hair Color Products

When it comes to coloring your hair, you have a lot of options — and we’re not just talking about colors. 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. 


They all have their pros and cons, but an option you may not have considered is ammonia-free hair color. Here, we’re sharing the best ammonia-free hair dye options from L’Oréal Paris and explaining why you may want to use this type of hair color formula. 


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. 


Ammonia is 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, you’ll also want to be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner system that’s specifically formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Everpure Sulfate Free Repair & Defend Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris Everpure Sulfate-Free Repair & Defend Conditioner, to maximize the lifespan of your new hue.

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 some of our favorite products that fall into the latter category. The following hair color options are all ammonia-free and can be the perfect pick if you’re in search of semi-permanent or temporary hair color.

When time is up, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.


L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color

This semi-permanent color comes in 15 different hues, including shades of purple, teal, and pink. This option is perfect for those who are looking to get a vibrant hair color and want to do so without ammonia. This formula lasts for four to ten shampoos, which means this ammonia-free hair dye is ideal for short-term hair color makeovers


Simply apply the color to the desired sections of your hair, then wait 15 to 30 minutes. After time is up, rinse out and style as usual. 


L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray

Another temporary hair color option is a hair color spray. This one-day wash-out hair color allows you to experiment with color, so you can instantly switch up your hair with a bold look. You can spray, play, wash, and repeat — no bleaching required. The line features 10 colors, including sought after shades like rose gold and pastel mint.


L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up

Having your gray roots peek through when you aren't quite ready to dye your hair again can be frustrating. To tackle them in a pinch, you can 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 seconds — without leaving any sticky residue behind. 


Spray it on between color or salon appointments and you won’t have to worry about roots peeking through until your next shampoo. Shake the can well and hold it four to six inches away from your hair. Then, simply mist it onto your roots and partly through the length of your hair to blend it all together.


L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss

This toning hair gloss comes in nine shades, ranging from silver to copper to bronde. The ammonia-free hair color product helps to enhance and tone color, add shine, and deeply condition your strands. 


Evenly distribute the product to clean, damp hair using a wide-toothed comb, then wait five to 15 minutes (based on the shade you’re using) for the formula to work its magic.


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Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn