hair color application The Best Ammonia-Free Hair Color Products

Trying a new hair color doesn’t have to include this potentially irritating chemical.

November 09, 2022
Best Ammonia Free Hair Color Products


When it comes to coloring your hair, you have a lot of options. Besides deciding whether you want to be blonde or brunette — or another color entirely — there are also many different types of formulas you can choose from. They all have their pros and cons, but an option you may not have considered is ammonia-free hair color. Read on for the best ammonia-free hair dye options.

Why Should You Use Ammonia-Free Hair Color?

First, it’s helpful to understand exactly what ammonia is. Ammonia is a chemical typically found in permanent hair dyes, so 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 with no fuss. Additionally, since semi-permanent hair dye doesn’t penetrate the hair shaft, they typically rinse out after several washes .

The Best Ammonia-Free Hair Color Products

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.

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color

This semi-permanent color comes in 15 different hues, including shades of purple, teal, and pink. It’s perfect for those who are looking to get a vibrant hair color and want to do so without ammonia. To use, 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 your hair 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 wash-out spray allows you to quickly experiment with color, so you can instantly change your hair with a bold look then switch it up again after a quick shampoo. You can spray, play, wash, and repeat — no bleaching required. The line features 10 colors, including holiday ready shades like rose gold and pastel mint.

take your desired shade and shake it well, then hold it about four to six inches from your hair and spray it onto the desired area. Wait a few minutes for the color to dry, as the shade will become more vibrant once it's no longer wet. Once dry, you can either spray more temporary color, or if you’re satisfied with the color, stop there. 

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up

Having your roots peek through when you aren't quite ready to dye your hair again can be frustrating, but to tackle them in a pinch, you can reach for this root cover-up spray. The root spray provides gray hair coverage sans ammonia or peroxide, and it’ll conceal roots without leaving any sticky residue behind. 

Shake the can well and hold it four to six inches away from your hair. Then, simply mist it onto your roots and about two inches 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 fifteen minutes (based on the shade you’re using) for the formula to work its magic. Rinse your hair thoroughly with water, and if you’re looking to build a deeper color result, use it again after 7 days.

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Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn