Enzyme Developers - How are they different?

Trionics is an enzyme based line of hair color developers (and several other products) that claims to be faster and much gentler than traditional peroxide developers. Describing the enzymes used in their products the site states:

"Deep within the planet’s oceans lives a vibrant marine ecosystem—seaweeds and algae that secrete natural enzymes rich with minerals and antioxidants. When isolated in the right combination, they infuse hair with health, strength and vitality."

This is a bit vague, and when trying to find information detailing how the developers actually work there is only a section of the FAQ section of Trionics site that says:

"Whereas normal peroxide developers swell the cuticle until it explodes, Trionics developers gently lift the cuticle scales enabling solutions to be inserted directly into the hair shaft. Trionics developers prep, protect and preserve color to maintain that salon- gorgeous look and shine long after treatments. In addition, you can feel confident Trionics developers are free of ammonia, dyes, sulfates, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, phthalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminum compounds, formaldehyde donors, propylene glycol, DEA and carcinogens."

But, as we know, it's actually the alkalizing agent such as ammonia that is doing the work opening the cuticle to allow the peroxide in, not the peroxide that opens the cuticle. And, since that is still present (because Trionics is meant to be used with any color line replacing that brands dedicated developer), I don't understand how their developer is gentler/faster/better/softer on the cuticle.

I was wondering if The Beauty Brains had any information on enzyme developers to help me understand? 

Comments

  • Interesting question! Would it be possible for you to post a copy of the ingredients for this developer? 
  • Unfortunately the bottles don't list ingredients :/

    The only additional info I found was on the Trionics site mentioning the pH of the devlopers is 4
  • I talked to a chemist who is an expert in this area and he said that enzymes won't provide any benefit in this kind of system. I'm planning on discussing this on our podcast in a few weeks so stay tuned. 
  • Thank you so much, I look forward to the podcast!
  • Did you guys ever cover this in a podcast or is it still on a future agenda? I may have just missed it...
  • No, we didn't cover it yet. I'm working on episode 133 now so I'll try to add it to that show. Thanks for the reminder. 

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