Is Ammonia-Free Hair Color Better for Natural Hair?

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Best of the Best from ! Just what I needed.. I had been using Say Yes to Cucumbers conditioner until I noticed that it had Sodium Hydroxide in the ingredients list. December 19, at 1: Do you know whats up with that? Embed from Getty Images.

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For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient , and then seal with a butter or oil. I have been looking for a resource like this. This helps A LOT!!! Thanks CN for taking the time out to make this list. I'm headed to the store today. Great tool for the newly natural and the seasoned "explorer. Heavy protein combinied with great moisturizers: Thanks for this comprehensive list,Nikki!

A lot of what I have on hand is listed, especially from the web stores. Thanks sooo much for this. I have had good results, and it's not too heavy. It can be picked up at target. You are welcome ladies! Anon, I added your beloved Gio to the list: Sometimes it feels like every curly in the world likes Giovanni but me! This is perfect CN, just what the doctor ordered, lol. Thanks for taking the time to pull it all together. Just what I needed.. I have been struggling with my weekly routine and product list, this is a great help.

I find V05 to be to thin and not much humph for me, but at. This was a really great post Nikki, thanks for posting it. I think it will be helpful for a lot of people who are stuck and don't know what products to use. The list gives a good variety of products and explanations so it's not too overwhelming. I too am a "moderate" product junkie, I like to try a lot of new products but I only use a few at a time until the bottles are done or unless I REALLY don't like the product.

I noticed that you didn't include any henna products in your list, surprising ;-. Anyways, I hope you're doing well and the blog content is great as usual. I am in the process of switching to natural products for everything from deodorant to shampoo and needed a replacement for Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm. I will try Aubrey Organics White Camellia. For a sealant, I love jojoba oil. It would be nice to know how much each product cost.

Pantene is the best product line for the best price. Thanks for this list! However just want to let you know I purchase my giovanni products from good ol' walmart!

A year late for me, but I will definitely share with transitioning folk. I too love the Giovanni Direct Leave in. As a majority 4b with some 4a I have seen a definite change in my hair's moisture retention. I am also hooked on the Smooth as Silk shampoo and conditioner. Thanks for the list! Helps out a lot for new naturals like myself. You've activated my PJ once again!! Hey Nikki, I've been noticing people saying they don't support Trader Joes products.

Do you know whats up with that? I seem to be having a hard time figuring out how to manage my 2 textures.. What to do what to do.. This list is great! I was on the verge of becoming a product junkie with many of my products being "ok" products. Where can you purchase Trader Joe's?

I've never really heard of it. Hello Nikki, I just started transitioning on Oct 1 Thank you for the list. Very, very, very good. All the best to you. Hi Nikki, I noticed you shared you use honeychild olive you dt conditioner. I use it as well and love it! I'm not sure if it could be as harmful as using perhaps glycerin during the colder months, please help! Thanks so much, zainab1 AuNaturale I am going to try the water-based moisturizer and coconut oil sealant tomorrow after washing my hair after my workout.

I have been natural sine like but need to take better care in the moisture department!! Does anyone still use Cholesterol??? If so does anyone do what Nikki says and add honey and oil?

Just wondering because I have some and was going to try that too. Nikki, Oh ok cool. I am excited to get my hair back to a healthy state! Do you apply it throughout the hair or just the ends? DHD H20 shampoo and Moisture conditioner. When using the shampoo, it often feels like the hair is being conditioned! So by the time you use the conditioner, you hair will have such wonderful "slip". Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner - My staple shampoo and conditioner for all of my shampoo days Lisa Akbari Cleansing shampoo - Use whenever I need to clarify Sebastian Penetrait Protein Treatment - Use whenever I need a stronger protein treatment for leave-out hair Hydratherma Naturals Amino Protein Treatment - Use on leave-out hair or braids underneath weave whenever I need mild protein; AWESOME slip Hydratherma Naturals Follicle Invigorator - spray on scalp about twice per week to stimulate hair follicles for growth Joico Kpak Smoothing Balm - use on leave-out hair before blow-drying and pressing-comb; it's a heat-protectant Nadia shescentit.

Thank you so much for this site!!! I'm addicted to it! I've been transitioning for about a 1 year and a 5 months now and I couldn't figure out why my hair was so dry, but this site gave me all the tools I need to have healthy hair. I'm six months in as a long transitioner. I purchased Yes to Cucumbers and love the way it makes my hair feel. I also love the smell. Thank you so much. I have 3 daughters and I am trying to make sure their hair is as healthy as possible and trying to stay away from sulfates and parabens and all the bad stuff!!!

I just purchased pantene pro-v for relaxed and natural hair as well. Does anyone know anything about this product? I'm 6 months into my transition. I really needed to set a new regimen so I printed your post and took it with me shopping.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Just wanted you to know that your list is still helping people. I've been natural for years, at least 6, maybe even more. I started with the big chop, and never regretted it. I wear my hair straight and in the summer I sport my natural curl. After figuring out the right products that give me the style I like, it's a breeze. She has a line of products and she's doing workshops that help the scissor shy clients how to maintain their happy, healthy hair.

I am allergic to all the detangling conditioners you put on here. I need a detangling conditioner that is hypoallergenic! Nikki, I wanna know after you chop your hair what do you put on it. I have very little hair ,I wash it put some Shea butter on it. So can you help a sister. What does pommade do for styling the hair? Or rather, how do you use it?

I'll also check youtube. This summer my roommate who has fine and straight hair was complaining about how dry and brittle her hair had become. I wanted to ask her "You flat iron multiple times a day and are recovering from your blonde phase, what did you expect?! The next day she came to me as if I was a guru and said " I had been using Say Yes to Cucumbers conditioner until I noticed that it had Sodium Hydroxide in the ingredients list. I know that's lye and so I didn't want to keep using it; especially as a leave in.

Even in small quantities, there's no good reason I can see for putting this on natural hair. Sorry guys, but I'm done with this one. I just discovered the best shampoo for natural hair I've come across in ages. I tried it on a lark and OMG the softness I got was incredible. I only use it once a month to remove any buildup since I co wash weekly but I'm hooked on this.

Perhaps you can find it in your local BSS and give it a try. I'm pretty sure you'll add it to your list once you do! And many thanks for all the great tips - love your site! I have been transitioning for going on five months now and have definitely found your website helpful, especially since I'd almost given up.

Thank you for taking your precious time to create such an informative website. I do a daily Well I'm so glad that I found it because this is very vital information. I love love love it!! Thank you soooo very much Nikki for this, I'm on my way to the store now! Aussie moist is good and I love love extra virgin olive oil!

It's so good on natural hair seriously! This is an excellent and informative post! I absolutely love Jane Carter's Nourish and Shine! Very hydrating and gives you a nice sheen! This is just what I needed!

It was incredibly helpful to me as I start my natural hair journey. Thank you so much! I'm heading to the store after work lemme bookmark this page! I need some advice, I have a very fine grade of hair prone to humidity of any kind. What can I use to made my two-strand twist stay in, they untwist even when I wrap my hair. I am a older women that want to know if henna will help my hair to grow like the younger women hair?

Would like to try,but dont want to put money or time in the henna if their is something better. Going form perm to natural hair can somone help. Best twist out of my life. Did it Wednesday night and its Sunday still going strong. I just pull my hair into a very loose ponytail at night and put my satin cap on top. You just have to add a light moisturizer every couple days to keep it shining!

I have just been so lost! Please tell me what do you think about using a hair dryer to dry the hair especialy when using rods to set your natural hair. I use a hair dryer minimal heat every week before twisting my hair. But is it really safe? Is ammonia free dye better or healthier for your hair?

But this is very unlikely. Ammonia is the active ingredient in products that assist in the coloring process by opening cuticle and swelling the strands so that the color can penetrate to the cortex, yielding drastic color changes. Without ammonia, color change is mild and may require multiple applications to achieve desired color, if ever achieved.

Be aware of ammonia substitutes used such as the more popular ethanolamine, also known as monoethanolamine or MEA. These are equally, if not more, damaging to the hair.

It can be misleading. Safe meaning less damaging damaging to hair. So where can you find it? It took to her hair beautifully so I just wanted to see if I could get the same beautiful results and I did!