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List of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Hair Dye

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Shopping for a semi or permanent home hair dye is hard enough but when you factor in trying to find one that’s also cruelty-free and vegan, your options shrink to virtually NONE that’s available at your local drugstore.

That’s because almost all of the hair dye brands sold at the drugstore are from brands that test on animals like Revlon Colorsilk, Nice’ N Easy, and John Frieda.

A list of cruelty-free and vegan hair dye has been one of the most asked and recommended shopping guides from my readers and I’ve been putting it off for a while because I was sadly not hearing back from most self-proclaimed “cruelty-free” and/or “vegan” hair color brands when trying to verify their animal testing policy.

I contacted over 30 brands and not even half of them responded back to me. But I’m not going to leave you hanging any longer as I’ve successfully found 7 cruelty-free and vegan hair dye brands! I will update this list with more options as new information becomes available.

List of Vegan Hair Dye

Below is a list of cruelty-free and 100% vegan hair dye and hair color brands that don’t test on animals and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients.

via Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox Vegan Hair Dye

Price: from $7.99
Arctic Fox hair color is vibrant, long-lasting, semi-permanent, hair dye that is made in the USA. Arctic Fox hair color is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and contain added conditioners. Arctic Fox contains no drying alcohols, PPDs, or harsh chemicals.

via Manic Panic

Manic Panic Vegan Hair Dye

Price: from $10
Manic Panic is an alternative semi-permanent hair color brand. Manic Panic’s is 100% vegan hair dye formula and also paraben-free, ammonia-free, phthalate-free, and made in the USA.

Lime Crime Unicorn Vegan Hair Dye

Price: from $16
“Channel your inner unicorn with Lime Crime’s semi permanent hair dyes. Condition and moisturize with this professional quality hair dye.” Lime Crime Unicorn Hair formula is 100% vegan and comes in a variety of vibrant colors and options from tints to full-coverage. 

Naturtint Vegan Hair Dye

Price: from $14
Naturtint vegan hair dye is a permanent hair color that is also ammonia free and contains natural plant-based ingredients to nourish and protect your hair. “Naturtint naturally better hair color offers a gentle, healthy way to color your hair beautifully.”

Splat Vegan Hair Dye

Price: from $8.99
Splat hair color has one of the largest selection of vegan hair dye options. Splat hair color is vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA and contains a unique formula that will give your hair bold vivid color. “At Splat Hair Color we believe in individuality and self-expression and know there is no “one size fits all”. So we created an array of DIY hair color products so you can decide your color, how long it will last, and if you want to bleach.”
Where to buy? Ulta, Amazon (US), Well.ca, Target, Amazon (CA), Walmart, CVS

via Tints of Nature Instagram

Tints of Nature Vegan Hair Dye

Price: from $10.99
Tints of Nature is a certified organic, natural, and 100% vegan hair dye formula. Tints of Nature vegan hair dye is available in 2 options: a semi-permanent Henna Cream formula that is made with natural henna and over 95% naturally derived and 15 certified organic ingredients or a Permanent Home hair dye formula that uses the lowest possible levels of PPD pigments, 75% certified organic and 95% naturally derived ingredients.

Surya Brasil Vegan Henna

Price: from $14
Surya Brasil’s all natural, toxic-free, and 100% vegan hair dye is a semi-permanent formula that uses natural colors containing vegetable extracts including herbs and fruits from Brazil and India. “Surya Brasil’s henna hair color cream offers a safer and all natural way to cover your grey or change your hair color, while simultaneously protecting your scalp and coloring, conditioning, strengthening and adding extra shine to your hair.”

What are some cruelty-free and vegan hair dye brands you’ve tried before?

14 Responses
  • Denise
    December 14, 2018

    Are there any vegan crueltyfree permanent dyes with colors like blue black or burgundy black?? Having the hardest time finding permanent dyes :/

  • Lucy
    December 13, 2018

    Naturatint isn’t vegan as they sell in China when required by law! Unless this has changed in the last 12 months?

    • Vicky Ly
      December 13, 2018

      Hi Lucy,
      When I spoke with them in August 2018, they told me that Naturtint is NOT sold in China.

  • Michael Pham
    September 5, 2018

    Oh I forgot to mention the name of the henna brand that is on hennerforhair.com and mehendi. it’s called Ancient Sunrise. I have used their raj twilight henna with kristalovino powder to dye my hair once and while it gave me a nice color, I wouldn’t dye my hair with henna again as it is a super messy process. Ancient Sunrise doesn’t buy a vegan label though because they do lab testing on the henna to prove that there is no animal ingredients. They’re cruelty free.

  • Anjie
    August 30, 2018

    Is shea moisture vegan?

  • Aliya
    August 30, 2018

    what about Black Professional?

  • Erin
    August 21, 2018

    i’m fairly sure good dye young is cruelty free as well or working on making all they’re products cruelty free. good dye young is hayley williams brand of hair dye

    • Vicky Ly
      August 22, 2018

      Hey Erin,

      Unfortunately I still haven’t heard back from Good Dye Young when trying to verify their cruelty-free and animal testing status. I’ll be sure to update this list and include them if I hear back from them =) Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Angel
    August 17, 2018

    What about Paul Mitchell? Aren’t they a CF brand?

    • Vicky Ly
      August 17, 2018

      Hi Angel,

      Yes, Paul Mitchell is cruelty-free and don’t test on animals however I couldn’t find any information on whether their hair color products were vegan and if they contain any animal-derived ingredients. Until I receive information that their hair color products are vegan, I’ll be sure to add them to this list =)

  • Michael Pham
    August 15, 2018

    Why did you include Lime Crime on this list? They’re shady and have a reputation of being bad to customers. Surya isn’t a good henna brand because they mix henna with other ingredients, making it compound henna. I like the henna powder on hennaforhair.com

    • Vicky Ly
      August 16, 2018

      Lime Crime is cruelty-free and vegan and that’s why I chose to add them to this list. That’s too bad to hear about Surya, I’ll definitely look into the henna powder you recommended.

      • Michael Pham
        September 5, 2018

        I forgot to mention that the brand of the henna I have mentioned is called Ancient Sunrise. They’re cruelty free and vegan, but they don’t buy vegan labels because they lab test the henna themselves to ensure that there are no animal ingredients. hennaforhair and mehandi are both good resources for the brand

  • Samantha
    August 7, 2018

    Hi, I wanted to add on that oVertone.co is a cruelty-free and vegan brand that sells conditioners that also work as dyes! I highly recommend you check them out.

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