PPD in Hair Colours


Important information about PPD in hair colours

NATURTINT Permanent Hair Colours are formulated with high levels of natural ingredients, including organic plant and seed oils and extracts. It’s our mission to find new, naturally better, more gentle ingredients that care for your hair and scalp, give your hair radiant colour and shine and respect the environment.

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Naturtint chooses only the highest quality, purest ingredients. Our formulations contain very high levels of natural ingredients, including natural and organic plant and seed oil and extracts, each one carefully chosen for their proven hair and scalp enhancing benefits. These work alongside the essential, but small number of, chemical ingredients including hydrogen peroxide and PPD, required to deliver the best possible permanent hair colour results and finish.

PPD, or paraphenylenediamine, is a chemical substance that is widely used in oxidative hair dyes, to ensure a permanent colour and complete grey coverage. The use of PPD is strictly governed under EU regulations because it can cause allergic reactions. Naturtint Permanent colours continue to contain the absolute minimum levels of PPD, well below the maximum set by EU law, and adjusts these to the lowest amount necessary for each shade. Naturtint Root Retouch Creme colours and the new Naturtint Cream colours contain toluene-2,5 diamino sulphate (also known as PTD or para-toluenediamines), that works in a very similar way to PPD and is also strictly regulated by the EU, because of the risk of allergy. Again, in these colours, we adjust the level of PTD needed to the lowest amount necessary for each shade and always below the maximum set by EU law.

If you have a known allergy to PPD or PTD, please don’t use a permanent hair colour that contains these ingredients – regardless of the levels used – and be careful when considering any true, permanent oxidative hair dye, as all will contain ingredients like those mentioned above. It is also possible for individuals who are allergic to PPD (p-phenylenediamine) to also be allergic to PTD (para-toluenediamines), as cross reaction can occur.


If you do have a sensitivity to PPD or PTD, or you simply wish to avoid it, have a look at our Reflex Semi-Permanent Henna Cream. The Reflex range consists of 6 shades from Black to Golden Blonde, all of which are free from Hydrogen Peroxide, Ammonia, Resorcinol, Parabens, DEA, SLS, SLES, Mineral Oils, Paraffin and significantly, PPD and PTD. Reflex shades can be used to enhance your natural colour or darken hair, for up to 12 washes. Because they don’t contain Hydrogen Peroxide, they cannot lighten hair and because they don’t contain colour pigments such as PPD or PTD, they can only cover the early signs of grey and cannot cover white or stubborn grey, or leave a permanent result. As they don’t enter the hair fibre however, the colouring process is very gentle, actively caring for the hair and scalp leaving a natural gloss and shine.

Allergies to hair colours can be complex and are often because of a sensitivity to more than one ingredient, so if you have had a reaction, speak to your Doctor before you consider using anything else regardless of whether it is a permanent, semi-permanent or other.

And remember, irrespective of the brand or type of colourant you choose, whenever you colour your hair, always carry out a skin sensitivity test before use.

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