Ammonia-free hair color: benefits and why to use it in your salon

February 28, 2024

When it comes to buzz words in the salon industry, “ammonia-free” is one you hear a lot behind the chair. Whether it’s a client asking about ammonia-free formulas or fellow colorists suggesting you make the switch to no-ammonia dyes, it’s essential to know exactly what this hot topic item is.

Below, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about ammonia-free hair color, what its benefits are, and if you need it at your salon.

What is ammonia-free hair color? 

Ammonia-free hair color is just as it sounds—hair color formulated without ammonia. These formulas typically use other ingredients such as specific oils that help deposit color into hair.

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Do ammonia-free products work well?

Before we get into why you should try ammonia-free hair colors, we should note that there are benefits to using hair color that contains ammonia. The addition of ammonia can help salon shades appear more vibrant. If you’re set on trying ammonia-free color, however, there are also certain advantages to be aware of. If you use an ammonia-free hair color like our Revlonissimo Color Sublime, clients can experience vibrant color while nourishing each hair strand. This formula, inspired by nature, contains vegan and organic ingredients, balancing performance with sustainability.

With several options in both permanent and semi-permanent color, we recommend always giving clients the choice of opting for ammonia-free. However, always ensure that there is a specific reason why they’re looking to make a change, especially if they’re already satisfied with their current method of coloring. Be sure to always book a consultation with your client to best determine what professional product is right for them.

Which hair color has no ammonia? Products to use in your salon

A woman with ammonia free hair color

Revlonissimo Color Sublime

Revlonissimo Color Sublime is a nature-inspired, ammonia-free* coloring system made for a new clean beauty era. These formulas offer permanent color results with up to 100% gray hair coverage. If your clients are interested in clean beauty, they will find that this product is vegan, with ingredients of natural origin. It contains organically grown cold-pressed oils that deliver rich color and deep nourishment thanks to the perfect balance of both science and nature. Plus, these formulas are wrapped in recyclable aluminum, use 60% less plastic, and one fourth the amount of paper.

Revlonissimo Color Sublimeformula is blended with ingredients like tiger nut, macadamia, and almond oil, for a sublime, long-lasting color, and silky finish. Also present are the coconut oil which penetrates the hair shaft to deeply nourish it from the inside, and the sunflower oil which pushes colorants inside the hair for rich color results.

With its 48 intermixable shades, versatile coloring has never been easier. Revlonissimo Color Sublime offers multiple color possibilities for the colorist and client alike.

Eksperience Hair Treatment

Receive a whole new color and care experience with the professional salon Eksperience hair ritual, the perfect partner for Revlonissimo Color Sublime. By combining Eksperience Reconstruct, a hair care line without silicones, with Revlonissimo Color Sublime, you can add an extra boost of nourishment for a healthier looking hair.

Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo

If your clients want color without commitment, they should opt for Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™.  Personalized blonde toners are in demand now more than ever, with clients daring to be a little more adventurous or simply wanting to maintain a specific blonde shade. This is your best toning option after any type of lightening service to treat and color hair gently, creating a glossy and silky hair. Its ammonia-free formula works from soft to intense neutralization, creating a multi-reflection shine with high luminosity. Whether you’re looking to achieve a trendy fruity shade, a pale pearl blonde, or a titanium silver, Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo is your go-to technical tool.

Ammonia free hair color

Hair’s natural pH is acidic. However, many colors and lighteners have an alkaline pH to swell the cuticle that can lead to fiber damage. The acid technology in Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo brings the hair back to its natural pH balance after a technical service and improves cuticle sealing.

Use it to tone up or down your blonding services to give hair multidimensional, brighter blondes that are simply beyond compare! The collection has the perfect color range of both trendy and neutralizing shades to meet the needs of the most demanding clients.


ammonia-free hair color

Home Care Recommendations 

Caring for hair that’s chemically treated using ammonia-free color is no different to prescribing a range to any other color client. A full hair and scalp analysis should be carried out before advising a client on a particular range. However, the hair texture and condition may improve over time when using an ammonia-free product, which will result in softer, healthier strands.

Clients using extremely nourishing and hydrating ranges may need to switch to something geared towards color care rather than hydration.

While ammonia-free color is far from the only professional hair color option, the demand for these formulas is here to stay. If you notice a specific interest in ammonia-free hair color at your salon, Revlonissimo Color Sublime is an ideal recommendation for these clients as they are probably looking for a cleaner salon experience. Revlonissimo Color Sublime offers a clean, vegan hair color inspired by nature that will appeal to them. Be part of the new clean beauty era and elevate your professional service.

*Formulated without adding ammonia