Nelson J. Salon

Best Ammonia-Free Hair Coloring, August 2008

Colorists are starting to offer dye jobs without ammonium peroxide. Although the sharp-smelling chemical dries out and damages hair, it has always produced the best color results. Until now. Gavert Atelier has a lightening process that uses semipermanent dyes, but the Nelson J. Salon gave us a longer-lasting treatment, using Aveda products that are 98 percent ammonia free. To get your hair lightened or darkened by owner Nelson Chan, you need to save three Cs and compete with the likes of Heather Graham and Devon Aoki for an appointment. Post-blow-dry, our mane looked and felt silky.