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Professional Hair colour product information

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Professional Hair colour product information


 Hair Colour and dye. Do we really know whats in them ?

Are they safe can we trust them?What do you know about Formaldehyde? What do you know about Ammonia and MEA ?  Did you know that the best hair colour pigments come from Italy?

Alterego itlay porduct lines

I have been over the last months chatting with some of the people at AlteregoItlay about their colour products and have found their web site very helpful Click on banner for link!  For me staying current and researching new and innovative products is essential and I’m hoping to find out more about this colour line to share  with everyone in the coming months.


For some time quite some time now our industry has been seeing more and more products coming to market available for us to use. Many of these products have new chemistry in whilst I’m all for new products. I am also wary of some of the marketing and claims attached to these new products some of the misleading information given to us but profit driven distributors and sales people.

We all have a responsibility to question what these products do how they work and if they are safe fro purpose. Sadly we cannot trust what’s on the box many manufactures are far from homiest with us about the chemistry of some of these products and how they work.



Green, natural, organic , herbal,healthy. Do not always mean what we think Its a play with words to make is us feel good to make us feel safe! Some facts for us all to know and so i thought I would share some chemistry with those who might be interested. We owe it to ourselves our work mates and our clients to be informed. We have to make the right choices and also pass on the right information.


What do you know about Formaldehyde?

Yes it’s found in many of the keratin relaxer!

What is Formaldehyde? What are the risks?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas at room temperature. It has a pungent, distinct odor and may cause a burning sensation to the eyes, nose, and lungs at high concentrations. You are exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in the air. It occurs from both natural and man made sources although combustion is the largest source. There is usually more formaldehyde present indoors than outdoors and is often used as a preservative.
Formaldehyde is irritating to tissues when it comes into direct contact with them. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of formaldehyde than others. The most common symptoms include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, along with increased tearing, which occurs at air concentrations of about 0.4–3 parts per million (ppm).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that formaldehyde is immediately dangerous to life and health at 20 ppm. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that formaldehyde may reasonably be anticipated to be a human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that formaldehyde is probably carcinogenic to humans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that formaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen. Given its known health risks, it is important to limit exposure to formaldehyde especially in high and repeated concentrations.
What are other names for Formaldehyde: Remember question seek answers:
Formaldehyde is also known as methanal, methylene oxide, oxymethylene, methylaldehyde, oxomethane, formalin, aldehyde, formic aldehyde, formol, biformyl, glutaraldehyde, ethyl alcohol, methylene glycol, glyoxal and new kid on the block Octanal is known as an aldehyde C-8 which is a formaldehyde based preservative.
What do you know about Ammonia and MEA ? Used as the active Alkaline in hair colour?
Mono-ethanolamine and Ammonia Fact Sheet
1. Monoethanolamine (MEA) is a stable alkaline liquid.
 2. Ammonia is a gas. 
3. MEA has a larger molecule than ammonia, which means it is less volatile. 
4. MEA does not give off gas when used in hair colour. 
5. Ammonia gas is given off when used in hair colour.
6. Ammonia gas can dissolve in water to form Ammonium Hydroxide, which is highly corrosive. This can occur on the skin, eyes and lungs if large enough amounts of gas are released. (Source MSDS sheet from Airgas Inc.)
7. The Danish government has banned the mixing of ammonia colours in the salon. They have to be mixed under an extraction system in a separate room.
8. The symptoms associated with specific ammonia concentrations are as follows:
0.6ppm-53ppm 25ppm-50ppm
Odour threshold. Irritation of the eyes and mucous membrane, which can be tolerated for several hours. Immediate irritation of the throat which may be tolerated for 1 hour.
100ppm-150ppm (Source MSDS sheet from Airgas Inc.)
9. Ammonia in small doses does not present a health risk.
10. Prolonged exposure of ammonia does present a health risk.
11. Many colours, including Matrix, use ammonia and monoethanolamine.
12. The argument that MEA has not been used long enough to be judged “safe” is completely untrue, it has been used for at least 30 years in hair colour.
 13. There is no proof that ammonia washes off the hair and that MEA does not.
14. Tints of Nature uses oleic acid in the formulation specifically to neutralise MEA, so even if the colour was not washed off correctly, the MEA has been neutralised and would have no adverse effect on the hair.
I hope having read this it is helpful and maybe pushes a few buttons poses some question? If so take the time to research and seek out the answers, for we all have choice that being to just go with the flow trusting blindly what we are told to be true if this is your case then you have to take responsibility for this choice.Or you /we can demand better more information more transparency of the manufacturer by holding them to account when they only share the features and benefits of their products. Are they safe is the chemistry being shared and is it understood? We are creative. We are in the service industry. We are problem solvers.We should being striving to give our clients the best advice an information from platform of knowledge and trust knowing that its safe and beneficail for all concerned.
In recent week I have participated in many discussion groups and have connected with some amazing professionals committed to knowledge and sharing. Sadly I have also come across those who mislead at best when it comes to products knowledge and the  disclosure of product chemistry and safety of such products .That is why i have put this short article together beware the sales people preaching about products driven by nothing but greed and the motivation of profit £££ $$$$$. Research those safe products. I will only ever share links on products that are tested known to be safe and are openly transparent about their products.


The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.


I also think that we need to always look at the Why. Ask the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!



The product line is very comprehensive offering professional products to cater for all needs of both the salon and the stylist salon products and retail support for the clients. Many new an exciting things are being launched and coming on line via their web site Alter Ego Italy and various social media platforms.

Alter Ego Italy is proud to be the only Italian brand, specialized in professional hair care.

If you would like more information on this product line you can contact. Phil Clark Alter Ego Italy 

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One Response to “Professional Hair colour product information”

  1. […] safety. A prime example of this would be all the warning around the Keratin relaxer products.  The chemistry of hair colour is changing is it for the better that’s open for debate my point is do you understand these […]

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