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  1. This is a good summary.

    Ammonia is actually very prevalent and in a sense the choice of many evolved systems. I like to think this is because it is simply the best choice for the job.

    Starting from making cheese great — like Camembert (yes, it smells…) to supporting the workings of our body and in plants. It is even out there in our solar system making up the atmosphere of planets.

    Your papers show, ammonia is the better choice for permanent hair color and modern ammonia products barely smell anymore.

  2. Hi irina,

    I would like to know the best permaneny hair colors to use that don’t contain Ethanolamine.

    Also, does Tigi Copyright contain Ethanolamine, or ammonia?


  3. Thank you so much for this information! I’ve been a devoted Revlon user for years thinking that I was being careful. My hair is in horrible condition, thinning and full of split ends and I just thought it was me getting older (I’m 57). I am so mad right now that I did this to myself. I’ll probably go the semi or demi permanent route until my poor hair and scalp can recover some.

  4. I have just bought amonia free semi permanent color, which does not need hair to be bleached, I suspected that it has an amonia substitute. And yes, it has ethanolamine . It is in the garbage now.

  5. I would love to see a list of Demi and semi permanent colours. I notice that demi colours still use ethanolamine, for example Clairol Natural Instincts and L’Oréal Casting Creme Gloss. Also, what are your thoughts on ME+, it claims to reduce the chance of allergies and seems to be a replacement for PPD and TDS?

  6. Hi there,
    I’m wanting to dye my hair with a semi-permanent hairdye but I’m skeptical to do so as I can’t risk exposing my hair to damage since I’m four months post-accutane and my cuticles are still recovering from the dry breakage. I wondered whether semi-permanent hairdyes are an entirely safe option or whether it would be best to avoid until I feel fully recovered.
    Thankyou! – Ella.

  7. Hi, have you heard of Icon eco tech , they claim to use a new technology in which they do not use any ammonia in their lightners, or colour range. Was just wondering as to whether you thought this was possible? We have been trying their colour range and some colours come out patchy and resistant hair doesnt completely cover but we was told it was our fault that we didnt mix up properly ( we did ) and our sections wasnt thin enough.

  8. Thank you so much for this. I do have a question, though.

    I’ve been using semi-permanent dye and, of course, it’s ammonia-free. It clearly states that it only covers around 50% of grey hair and that’s truly the result I get. The thing is, the same brand has another semi-permanent dye that they claim to cover more grey hair than the one I’m using: it covers up to 70%. But this one has ammonia. How can this be? Are they using a smaller percentage of ammonia, enough to cover more grey hair, but without being permanent? I’d like to get more coverage, but I don’t know what to think about this “semi-permanent with ammonia” version. What do you think?

    1. Hi, Gabby: I would need to look at the ingredients of the products you are talking about, also know more about your hair, health condition, and appetite for a clean lifestyle. I can address your questions in a consultation. ~Irina

  9. I can’t thank you enough for this research! This is the first helpful article I’ve read. I was convinced I was going with ammonia free to avoid damage but now I’m focusing more on the quality of the brand.

  10. Thank you so much for this information!
    I am a salon owner and for the last 4-5 years I have tried several different brands of ammonia free hair colours in my salon and have found they cant deliver the desired colour results and make the hair feel so dry and brittle, have even noticed more skin reactions! i am now going to switch back to a colour brand that uses low ammonia rather than the ammonia alternatives.

  11. I’m using beautiful collection semi permanent hair rinse ,can I change from beautiful collection to another brand I’m having some itchiness don’t know if beautiful collection causing it ,I want change and see.

  12. Any chance you will be putting together a report on semi/demi permanent hair color ratings? I have come to the realization these will be the best bet for me, however it has been difficult finding thorough and accurate information. This would be super helpful!

    1. Hi, Laura: Yes, there is a chance… Let me ask you this. Have you used a semi/demi-permanent hair color before? Do you know if it works? How much grey hair do you have? Are there any specific brands you are interested in learning about? Would you pre-pay for the list? Thank you for bringing this up. ~Irina

      1. Hi

        Csn you reccommend the safest hair dye to cover white gray? My hair was originslly dark brown. I havve been using revlon colorsilk no ammmonia. My hair fslls out a lot from the roots.



      2. I would prepay for the list.

        This was the most informative article exactly exactly what I was looking forward to confirm my suspicions. I was using Iona ammonia free color but I can’t seem to find the ingredient that you were talking about that causes damage in it, does it go buy an additional name?

        Thank you so much for this article!

  13. This was extremely helpful and educational. Thank you for your hard work researching and writing! Demi-permanent it is.

      1. Thank u this was VERY informative as I had recently started using an “ammonia free” permanent hair color hair that contained ethanolamine thinking it would be a good thing and my hair is BADLY DAMAGED and FALLING OUT!!

        1. Thank you Irina for the AWESOME service u are providing for consumers! The weird thing regarding the ammonia free permanent product I had been using is that the colour I got with it was BEAUTIFUL ❤️ but sadly caused serious damage. Lol I saw a women in the store last week trying to decide between which brand hair colour to buy and she had a box of the product that so seriously damaged my hair on her hand; I practically snatched it out of her hand to keep her from buying it😂

        2. Hi Michele I have had a similar experience recently?
          Are you happy to share the brand that you had the experience with.

    1. Best, most informative article I’ve found in my exhaustive search for answers! Wanting to switch to demi from permanent and wondered why certain brands would say permanent or semi yet had no ammonia and other articles did not explain correctly (actually, further misinformating ppl) nor did the companies! Thank you! I now can stop screwing up my hair! Yay!