Top 10 Ammonia Free Hair Color Brands Available In India May 19, 2017

Sometimes using hair dye becomes unavoidable. It might be to cover grays, because of a dye-job-gone-wrong, or simply for a change. But the one thing that keeps us from taking the plunge and going for it is the presence of harmful chemicals in the dye. To be more specific, the presence of ammonia. To make life a whole lot easier, I’ve put together a list of 10 ammonia free hair color brands that are available in India.

Top 10 Ammonia Free Hair Color Brands

1. L’Oreal Paris

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Product Name

L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss

Product Claims

L’Oreal Paris’ Casting Creme Gloss range is one of the top ammonia-free hair dyes in the market. The brand is also one of the first to launch ammonia-free hair colors. The casting creme gloss range gives you gray coverage while also making your hair appear glossy. The color claims to last up to 28 washes, which is essentially about three months. It also contains natural green tea and aloe vera extracts which protect your hair from damage.

Processing Time

L’Oreal Paris’ Casting Creme Gloss takes 20-25 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 600/-

Pros
  • Adds shine and gloss to hair.
  • Contains natural extracts.
Cons

It starts fading within a few weeks.

Rating

3.5/5

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2. Clairol

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Product Name

Clairol Natural Instincts Crema Keratina

Product Claims

Clairol’s Natural Instincts Crema Keratina claims to leave your hair feeling healthier and stronger post-processing. It protects your hair strands from surface damage as it develops fairly quickly. It has an ammonia-free and non-drip formula that not only covers grays but also boosts the color of the dark hair strands. The color comes with a hydrating conditioner which contains coconut oil. This helps smooth away frizz and roughness to give you soft and shiny hair.

Processing Time

Clairol’s Natural Instincts Crema Keratina takes 20 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 1396/-

Pros
  • Leaves hair feeling soft.
  • Gives good coverage.
  • Long lasting color.
Cons

The product does get messy and drippy during application.

Rating

4/5

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3. Garnier

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Product Name

Garnier Olia

Product Claims

Garnier’s Olia has a 60% oil blend formula containing natural flower oils. The product has a velvet creme formula that colors your hair shaft without the presence of ammonia. The creme is non-drip and has a pleasant fragrance. The oils help reverse damage and leave your hair looking and feeling healthier. The product also claims that it will leave your hair looking three times shinier with long-lasting color results.

Processing Time

Garnier’s Olia takes 30 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 1320/-

Pros
  • Long lasting color.
  • Does not damage hair.
  • The oil-base conditions hair.
Cons

Not suited for people with oily hair.

Rating

4.5/5

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4. BBLUNT

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Product Name

BBLUNT Salon Secret

Product Claims

BBLUNT’s Salon Secret High Shine Creme Hair Color comes with a shine tonic that must be added to the colorant and developer. It contains silk proteins that the product claims will give you salon-like results at home. The blend is fragrant and non-drip which helps you avoid a mess. While using this product, it is important not to apply new color on previously applied color as this will give you darker results.

Processing Time

BBLUNT’s Salon Secret takes 30 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 199/-

Pros
  • Budget friendly.
  • Added shine from the shine tonic.
Cons
  • Not suitable for dry hair.
  • Fades within eight weeks.
Rating

3.5/5

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5. Matrix

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Product Name

Matrix Wonder Black

Product Claims

Matrix’s Wonder Black ammonia-free hair color gives 100% gray coverage with natural-looking results. The product claims that it adds about five times more shine post coloring. It has a golden gel texture that is meant to protect and preserve your hair shaft, ensuring that it remains soft and manageable post-processing. It does not have any odor, and the color lasts for about six weeks. This product comes in four shades.

Processing Time

Matrix’s Wonder Black takes 30 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 275/-

Pros
  • Covers grays.
  • Vibrant color.
  • Adds shine.
  • Budget friendly
Cons

Limited shades.

Have to buy developer separately.

Rating

4/5

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6. Naturtint

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Product Name

Naturtint Permanent Hair Color

Product Claims

This product claims to be “naturally better” since it is made up of plant-based ingredients. It does not contain harsh chemicals that can damage your hair shaft, ensuring that you get vibrant color without compromising the health of your hair. It also contains botanical extracts that are meant for revitalizing your hair. Not only is Naturtint’s Permanent Hair Color free of ammonia, but it is also free of parabens and resorcinol. It covers grays and has 29 mixable shades.

Processing Time

Naturtint’s Permanent Hair Color takes about 30-40 minutes to develop.

Price

Rs. 1920/-

Pros
  • Contains natural ingredients.
  • Free of harmful chemicals.
  • Free of animal cruelty.
  • Strengthens hair and gives you long-lasting color.
Cons

A little more expensive than most hair dyes.

Rating

4.75/5

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7. Revlon

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Product Name

Revol ColorSilk

Product Claims

Revlon’s ColorSilk contains nourishing silk proteins that condition your hair from root to tip. It gives you long-lasting color with its pH balanced formula that prevents dryness and adds shine to your hair. It also contains shea, coconut, and mango extracts that protect and nourish your hair. Its antioxidant content helps protect your hair from environmental damage. This product is formulated with a UVA/UVB filter that helps protect your hair from sun damage and prevents fading.

Processing Time

The darker shades of Revlon’s ColorSilk take about 30 minutes to process while the lighter Ultra Light Blonde shades take 45 minutes to process. If you are not trying to cover grays, leaving it on for 25 minutes will be sufficient.

Price

Rs. 400/-

Pros
  • Protects hair from sun damage.
  • Contains silk proteins and natural extracts.
  • Gentle on hair.
Cons

Does dry out your hair if left on for too long.

Rating

4/5

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8. Schwarzkopf

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Product Name

Schwarzkopf Essensity

Product Claims

This is an oil-based color with phyto lipid technology which means that it does not let your hair dry out after use. It contains grapeseed oil and can lift your hair up to 4 levels without compromising its health. There are 58 shades to choose from in this range all of which are ammonia-free. The new formulation of this range is 30% more vibrant and lasts 50% longer.

Processing Time

Schwarzkopf’s Essensity takes about 30 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 449/-

Pros
  • Formulated with phyto lipid technology that doesn’t dry your hair.
  • A wide range of colors to choose from.
  • Can lift up to 4 levels of color.
Cons

Developer needs to be bought separately.

Rating

4.5/5

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9. Godrej

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Product Name

Godrej Expert Rich Creme

Product Claims

Godrej’s Rich Creme Hair Colour comes in 5 different shades. It is free of ammonia and, unlike other home hair dyes, it can be used multiple times after opening. It contains milk and aloe proteins that condition and nourishes the hair shafts, keeping them from drying out. It gives you 100% gray coverage and also adds shine. Godrej uses mild base ingredients that, unlike ammonia, do not cause extreme damage to your hair shafts.

Processing Time

Godrej’s Rich Creme Hair Colour takes 30 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 99/-

Pros
  • Can be used multiple times.
  • Extremely budget friendly.
  • Contains aloe and milk extracts.
Cons

The vibrancy of color lasts only for about 3-4 weeks.

Rating

4/5

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10. Dabur Vatika

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Product Name

Dabur Vatika Henna Hair Colour

Product Claims

Dabur Vatika’s Henna Hair Colour contains plant based colorants such as henna and natural extracts from ingredients like walnut and olive. This is a safer alternative to most hair dyes because of its natural base. This product comes in four shades—rich black, natural brown, dark brown (chestnut), and burgundy.

Processing Time

Dabur Vatika’s Henna Hair Colour takes 30 minutes to process.

Price

Rs. 899/-

Pros
  • Plant-based colorants.
  • Contains natural extracts.
  • Adds shine.
Cons

Limited shades.

Rating

4/5

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NOTE

Always conduct a patch test before you use any hair coloring products. While all of these hair dyes are free of ammonia, they still contain other chemicals like PPD, MEA, or AMP, that can cause skin irritation and hair damage. Conduct a patch test 48 hours before you use any hair dye to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritation. It might also be a good idea to look into natural alternatives like henna and hair darkening oils to avoid the repeated use of these chemical laden products. Semi-permanent hair colors are also a safer option.

Always read the ingredients list before you buy a product. Avoiding harmful chemicals like ammonia is crucial when it comes to preventing skin and hair damage. Have you tried any of these ammonia-free products? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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