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What is the chemical formula of hair dye?

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Hair color is made up of two main chemicals: hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Hydrogen peroxide is mixed with other ingredients based on the desired hue. Ammonia preps the hair to accept the color.

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What is the chemical formula of hair dye?
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Dating back to the early 1600s, hair dye first originated from plants. Plants were used to color hair naturally.

In 1909, a French chemist created the first commercial hair dye. He started the company, Harmless Hair Dye Company, which today is known as L'Oreal.

There are three levels of hair dying; level one is semi-permanent color, level two is demi-permanent color, and level three is permanent color. If consumers do not want to use chemical hair dyes, they can still use plant-based dyes, such as henna.

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