ANGUS Chemical Company Introduces New Multifunctional Alkalizing Agent for Oxidative Hair Colorants

Hair colorants with DMAMP™ULTRA PC show superior color deposition and longevity, and wash fastness when compared to certain commercial and formulated systems with MEA and ammonia

BUFFALO GROVE, Illinois – April 11, 2018 – From unicorn purple and pumpkin spice to cream soda and everything in between, consumer use of hair color has evolved well beyond blonde highlights and covering gray to become an individual style statement. While consumers' desire to look chic is helping drive 8-plus-percent annual growth in the global hair color market, it’s their increasing concern around hair health that’s driving what goes into – or doesn’t go into – today’s hair colorant formulations.

In response to the growing market demand for alternatives to commonly used alkalizing agents, such as monoethanolamine (MEA) and ammonia, ANGUS Chemical Company (“ANGUS”) is introducing DMAMP™ ULTRA PC (INCI: Dimethylamino Methylpropanol), a multifunctional alkalizing agent for use in professional and retail oxidative hair colorants.

“When compared to commercial and formulated systems that use the same chassis but with alkalizing agents like MEA and ammonia, our hair color formulations using DMAMP ULTRA PC showed superior color deposition and improved wash fastness on bleached hair, especially in red and black shades. It also performed better on gray coverage, maintaining the color even after 15 washes,” said Ruth Kuriyama, Customer Application Specialist for ANGUS in Latin America. “In addition, DMAMP ULTRA PC does not have a harsh odor, which makes it an ideal alternative to ammonia in hair coloring applications.”

DMAMP ULTRA PC is globally compliant* with the industry’s most stringent standards and regulations governing product purity, as well as secondary amine and nitrosamine content. DMAMP ULTRA PC is 80% active, and is a stronger base than ammonia and MEA, with a lower nucleophilicity.

“The addition of DMAMP ULTRA PC to our portfolio of personal care and cosmetics ingredients builds on ANGUS’ decades long legacy and expertise in hair care applications,” said Julie Carnes, North America Personal Care Technical Account Manager, ANGUS. “As certain segments of the market continue to push toward ammonia- and MEA-free hair colorants, DMAMP ULTRA PC provides manufacturers with a new formulation tool that helps them meet both the performance and market demands for their specific hair colorants.”

Sample quantities of DMAMP ULTRA PC are currently available for testing in one-liter packaging. Commercial volumes are expected to be available in early 2019 for all regions. For additional information, visit, or contact an ANGUS Personal Care representative at

About ANGUS Chemical Company ANGUS Chemical Company is a leading global specialty and fine chemical company dedicated to the development of novel chemistries that deliver enhanced product and process performance across a wide range of applications in biotechnology, paints and coatings, personal care, metalworking fluids, energy and other industrial markets. The company innovates through its unique nitroalkane chemistries, which are produced at fully integrated, ISO 9001-certified manufacturing facilities in Sterlington, Louisiana, USA, and Ibbenbüren, Germany. ANGUS serves its global customers through six regional Customer Applications Centers located in Chicago, Illinois; Paris, France; São Paulo, Brazil; Singapore; Shanghai, China; and Mumbai, India. The company is privately owned by Golden Gate Capital and is headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. For more information, visit

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