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My research aim is to analyze the human risk of using popular professional non-ammonia based hair color products. My intent is to follow up with a second research paper aimed at comparing relative toxicity and carcinogenicity to popular professional ammonia based hair color products.
I began by determining or verifying the constituencies of each product which was accomplished by gas chromatography and flame ionization detection. I then utilized Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy to analyze the relative carcinogenicity of each product. Finally, I researched public information, product descriptions, and called manufacturer personnel to determine such qualitative factors as the social and environmental responsibility of the product manufacturers.
My findings were significant especially in the case of the extremely high levels of deiethanolamine, a toxic and carcinogenic chemical which is especially dangerous when reacted with heat or acid, in one of the products tested.