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20 Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Hair Dyes

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Look and feel your best, by knowing you're using harmless and healthy color dyes.

When it comes to hair dye and hair coloring, we all want to do our part in both looking good and having healthy hair, all while trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. More than just consuming the right nutrients, being a vegan can actually trickle into the products we put in our hair and place on our skin.

Below, we're reviewing twenty of our favorite vegan and cruelty-free hair dyes to help guide all of us into the right direction when it comes to hair care.

1. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi Permanent Hair Dye

One of the most buzz-worthy vegan hair dye being talked about all over Instagram, Lime Crime's Unicorn hair dyes offer both full coverage and hair tints in a magical colors ranging from pastel blue hues to deep chestnut colors. In total, there are over 20 different colors, all meant to express your colorful and bold personality. Lime Crime offers shades like unicorn and mermaid to add a dynamic and assortment of different colors to have you fully on trend. 

(Amazon, $16)


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2. Green Hare Mud 100% Natural Hair Dye

Imagine your hair color all came from pure plant dye. With Green Hare Mud, natural and made from the earth dye is what you're getting. Offering seven beautiful hair colors with creative names like merlot mist and soft bamboo, you're going to be left looking and feeling beautiful. Green Hare also provides associating scalp and hair treatments to have your new color looking its very best.  

(Green Hare, $16.95)

3. SPLAT One-Wash Hair Dye

Perfect for Halloween and themed costume or parties, SPLAT's one wash dye will allow you to experiment with different (and wild) hair colors and return to your normal color the next day. Some colors include pink, purple, and blue.  

(Amazon, $8.99)

4. Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Luscious and gorgeous color, all while being vegan and animal-cruelty free. With 20 beautiful and eye-opening colors, Arctic donates fifteen percent of every purchase to prevent animal abuse by supporting charities like Second Chance Animal Shelter, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society, and Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation.

(Arctic Fox, $13.99)

5. Henna Hair Dyes by LUSH

More than colorful and themed bath bombs, LUSH also makes completely vegan henna hair dye. While many of the other dyes on our list come in explosive and bold colors, these dyes from LUSH come in four natural and earthy shades like Rouge, Noir, Marron, and Brun. Along with henna, these dyes also combine essential oils and cocoa butter for a deep conditioning. 

(LUSH, $27.95)

6. Henna Color Lab Hair Dye

Like LUSH, Henna Color Lab creates an assortment of beautiful and natural colors using henna hair dye instead of synthetic dyes as not only are they vegan, but higher and better quality for your hair. Located on the site, you'll see how every dye reacts differently with the starting color. With a range from blonde, brunette, to black, each hair tone will see a similar but different end look. 

(Henna Color Lab, $9.98)

7. Classic High Voltage Hair Color by Manic Panic Hair Dye 

Having almost 50 different shades of vegan hair dye makes Manic one of the best choices on the market. Picking between turquoise pastel and ultra violet (amongst others) will not only guarantee creativity, but you're bound to be completely unique with you choice of color given the wide variety. 

(Manic Panic, $13.99)

8. Naturtint Permanent Hair Color

The original and first-to-market 100 percent plant-based dye on the market, Naturtint. It's recommended (if it's your first time using the product) to only go one shade lighter than your original hair color to help slowly lighten your locks.  

(Amazon, $12.83)

9. Henna Cream Essential Kit by Surya Basil Beauty 

What we love about this kit is that it's put together to cover every basis you may have with the application of hair dye — in particular, vegan hair dye. The kit comes with three boxes of color (to promote touch ups and consistency), application brush, mixing bowl, and an accessory of a free nail polish color that complements the color of your dye. 

(Burya Brasil Beauty, $52)

10. EcoColors Non-Toxic Permanent Hair Color

Additionally being PPD Free, Gluten Free, Paraben Free, and Propylene Glycol Free, EcoColors promotes and encourages mixing their colors together to create an individual's perfect shade. 

(Amazon, $24.95)

11. Smart Beauty Temporary Hair Dye

Want the opportunity to try out a different color on your hair for a month or so? Using the animal-cruelty free temporary hair dye will provide you just that! Washing out after four to five washes, this dye also provides enriched conditioning so your hair stays super-hydrated. Additionally, the pack comes with enough product for multiple uses so you can recreate your hair color. 

(Smart Beauty, £6.45)


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12. Liquid Chalk by Brite

This liquid hair chalk works wonders on both blonde and brunettes (yes, finally, a product that shows color on darker toned hairs). There are six fun colors to choose from and wash out after one rinse. These make for great Halloween costumes, charity organizations (like the color run), and themed events. 

(Ulta, $12)

13. Semi-Permanent Hair Color by Good Dye Young

If you love Paramore, you'll love Good Dye Young — because it's owned by the lead singer Hayley! These semi-permanent colors are loud, just like Hayley, and they smell of citrus as opposed to synthetic chemicals. Made of sunflower extract, bergamot essential oil, and quality cream-based ingredients, it's safe to say you're getting the highest quality products with the upside of being vegan and cruelty-free.

(Amazon, $10)

14. Semi-Permanent Hair Color From Lunar Tides 

While both vegan and cruelty-free, Lunar Tides has a lovely bonus for color lovers! You don't have to have bleached hair to apply their dye and have it show (which is a downside for many wannabe pink haired people). Their formula not only applies over darker colors, but won't destroy your hair from synthetic chemicals. Lunar Tides also offers DIY ombre kits in multiple shades to really spike your festive game. 

(Amazon, $11.99)

15. Herman's Amazing Vegan Semi-Permanent Direct Color Dye

Why is it so hard to get salon quality hair dye for home use? Herman's Amazing thought the same thing and created their vegan and cruelty free semi-permanent hair dye. In a wide variety of color, this dye contains no ammonia and is conditioner-based so you don't have to worry about dry and unhealthy-looking hair.

(Amazon, $12.99)

16. Iroiro Premium Natural Semi-Permanent Hair Color

One of Iroiro's prized aspects about its semi-permanent dye formula is that it is all natural. Made from 100 percent organic coconut oil, natural yuzu-cranberry fragrance (thank goodness for a non-chemical smell) and other natural preservatives. As opposed to many other dyes, this color is cream-based so all you have to do is apply and massage in. For lighter colors, Iroiro recommends color lifting 10+ to get the desired (on the box) color end look.

(Amazon, for $11.95)

17. Logona Hair Natural Vegan Plant Based Dye

Who says that engineering and automobiles were the only products to buy from Germany? Logona, a German-based company, makes natural and vegan hair dyes that contain ingredients from the earth such as henna and plant colorants like beet root and walnut shells. 

(Amazon, $21.75)

18. Punky Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

Seemingly looking like a pint of Ben & Jerry's, this vegan and paraben-free semi-permanent hair dye lasts up to 25 washes and comes in an assortment of fun and wild colors (like Punky spring green). What makes this dye so unique is the vegan keratin complex in the ingredients. This formula allows for enhanced and brighter color that lasts longer than many standard semi-permanent dyes. 

(Amazon, $8.13)

19. Henna Hair Color by The Henna Guys

100 percent natural, 100 percent vegan, 100 percent cruelty-free — these are promises made by The Henna Guys. Coming in 11 earthy and natural hair colors, this formula claims to be pesticide-free without including an chemicals or metallic salts, creating a healthy environment for your hair. While this dye does not lighten your locks, it can be applied over already color-stripped hair to give a desired and off-the-box look!

(Amazon, $18.95)

20. Henna Cream by Tints Of Nature

Hints of Nature have taken wonderfully to the henna trend in hair dye. Keeping things vegan and natural, this formula promises to reach the core of your hair, giving it proper nourishment and conditioning, and leaving your new color with an included gloss (because who wants to pay double for both color and a gloss treatment?). 

(Hints of Nature, $13.99)

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Elizabeth Blasi is a New Yorker. A lifestyle & travel writer, who is often seen with a suitcase in hand, jetsetting to her next location. But as a true Digital Nomad, her love of writing and romance novels means her laptop is always beside her.