3 Cruelty-Free Hair Dyes for the Colorful, Vegan Gal

Manic Panic hair dye.

If you’re like me, you love to rock different hair colors, but not at the expense of sweet, cuddly creatures. Luckily there are a lot of cruelty-free hair dye brands out there.

Next time you want to dye your hair a vibrant red or a cool blue, click on over to these sites, and snatch up the cruelty-free hair dye that speaks to your soul.

1. Manic Panic

Words cannot describe how much I love Manic Panic. Sure, this hair dye business may be best known as the coloring company teens turn to when they’re looking to dye their hair pink. But adults can have fun with Manic Panic’s colors, too. If you apply Manic Panic’s color over another “normal colored” hair dye, or even your natural color, it won’t appear as vivid. I like to put the company’s Vampire Red over my now dyed black locks for a subtle, red hue. Come January, I may switch the red to the company’s After Midnight. Because nothing says “winter” like black/blue hair. If you want a super vibrant color, or a pastel color, the company also sells bleach kits, and color pastelizers. Warning, though: This hair dye can bleed a bit. I’m assuming this happens because my hair isn’t super dry (aka bleached), so it doesn’t really lock in the color.

2. Naturtint

This is my current, go-to base color. I love the company’s Ebony Black. But I’ve also used its deep red colors, and brunette colors, too. This company’s hair dye is ammonia-free, paraben-free and vegan friendly. This cruelty-free hair dye also is free of the following: Silicones, paraffin, mineral oils, heavy metals, artificial fragrances, SLS, or formaldehyde derivatives. This dye doesn’t bleed and fades very slowly, too. This hair dye also comes off your scalp easily. (Extremely good when you’re as bad at applying hair dye as I am.)

3. Lush

Lush has a line of Henna hair dyes that are totally synthetic-free. The company carries four colors for the gal who wants to spice up her natural color, or tint her natural color another hue.

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.