Ammonia is a gas with an extremely sharp, pungent, irritating odor. Ammonia fumes come from the substance of Ammonia Hydroxide. It is commonly used in the to open the hair cuticle as it is a corrosive substance that extracts from the cells causing an inflammatory response which damages surrounding tissues. This is completely counterproductive to nurturing healthy hair as ammonia has many detrimental effects to human hair.
- Long term exposure to ammonia fumes can cause obesity, depression, and social anxiety disorder.
- Daily exposure to ammonia will cause high blood pressure, pulmonary edema, and bronchitis.
- Continued contact with ammonia hydroxide will dry the skin and damage skin cells and eventually cause serious skin complications.
- Exposure to ammonia fumes will damage eyes, liver, kidneys, and lungs.
- Even brief exposure to ammonia fumes can be an trigger and irritate or amplify .
Ammonia Should Not Be Used in Hair ColorAmmonia has the following destructive effects on hair:
- The corrosive characteristics of ammonia destroys the tyrosine in human hair. Tyrosine is the protein that regulates the production of melanin, hair’s natural pigments. Therefore, using ammonia in hair color destroys hair’s natural ability to “hold” color.
- Ammonia causes a destructive inflammatory effect on follicles rending them dormant for an indeterminate amount of time and causing hair to thin.
- The corrosive characteristics of ammonia, while an important property in opening the cuticle, irreparably damages the cuticle which sacrifices the hair’s structural integrity. Although conditioning the hair will help to temporarily close down the cuticle, it does not restore the hairs structure or repair the cuticle.
- Because ammonia extracts water from the cells, it depletes the hair of moisture. Also, the corrosive characteristics of ammonia will destroy and incapacitate the sebaceous glands which produces sebum, the hair’s natural moisturizer. Although moisturizing hair treatment will temporarily restore some of the moisture, it will not replenish the moisture deep in the hair’s cells that ammonia has extracted.
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