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The Best Vegan Hair Dye: 5 Brands To Choose

by Kayla Eaton

Aug 12, 2021

Sometimes it’s nice to grab a bottle of hair dye and switch up your daily look. Dying your hair can create a whole new effect that you absolutely love and enhance your natural beauty. However, not all hair dye is vegan. Fortunately, there are a lot of amazing brands out there that provide vegan formulas and cruelty-free options. 

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You will find brands like Arctic Fox, Aveda, Good Dye Young, Herbitant, and Manic Panic provide a fantastic range of shades to choose from. These offer vegan-friendly options for fun hair colors. You can easily switch your look every season without needing to worry about the ingredients. 

Honestly, the most vegan choice would be to not use hair dye at all, but we know that is not totally realistic in this day and age. To be considered vegan, it needs to avoid harsh chemicals like bleach which causes damage to the environment, ammonia, or peroxide, which is tested on animals or derived from animal products. 

How Did We Choose Vegan Hair Dye?

We wanted bright results that would last a while. These vegan choices prove you don’t need the (harsh chemicals) to get a brilliant dye job. These are all focused on brands that are around $30 or less and provide excellent shades, coverage, and are easy to use. If you have been waiting for a vegan solution to hair dye, look no further than this guide!

Shades

Many of these options come in several shades giving you a wide range of options. You can choose from different hues of blues to pastels or more natural colors. The best way to choose a shade is by understanding the tones in your hair and basing the decision on that. 

Price

Somewhere along the way, being vegan equaled being expensive. That is simply not true! We picked vegan and cruelty-free products that were budget-friendly. Only the Aveda line may carry color for over $20, and it will depend on where you purchase the dye from. 

Coverage

These dyes can be used for overall coverage and will last as long as other semi-permanent dyes. They are easy to use with detailed instructions for the best outcome, and you won’t be disappointed. However, you may need to use dye every few weeks to maintain the color. 

Arctic Fox

If you are looking for a bright and bold semi-permanent color, look no further than Arctic Fox. This is by far one of the best vegan and cruelty-free brands out there. The formula has non-GMO, plant-based proteins, and the best thing about this formula is that it is ultra conditioning. So you won’t have to worry about permanently damaging your hair or making it dry. One of our favorite colors from this brand is the color FROSÉ, a baby pink DIY hair color. 

Product Overview

Price$10.99 for 8 Oz.
Best ForConditioning Hair
ShadesPastels and Vibrant Colors

Aveda

Aveda is a well-known brand in the hair industry. Their products are available to purchase in Aveda salons. It has finally confirmed their hair dye and products are vegan and 100% cruelty-free. They offer natural and eco-friendly products that will help you feel fresh, clean, and beautiful. This is a phenomenal brand if you are looking for semi-permanent natural-looking hair color. Picking a color within a few shades of your natural hair color will give you the best results. However, you should note that when you buy this through Amazon, you will need to buy your own developer. 

Product Overview

Price$20-$23 for 2.8 Oz.
Best ForNatural Looking Hair Color
ShadesNatural Shades

Good Dye Young

Good Dye Young is another brand that is known for its rich formulas that provide vibrant colors. You can find almost any color and the best news is if you need to lighten your hair this is the best brand to choose. The lightening kit will help you bleach your hair without using bleach! The kit comes with the powder and developer. In the formula, there is coconut oil which will help condition your hair, and the use of soy protein to protect your hair in the future. 

Product Overview

Price$16.00 for 34 Oz and 4 Oz. 
Best ForBleaching and Conditioning
ShadesBleaching, Vibrant Colors, Pastels

Lush

You may not know this, but Lush provides hair henna to help color and hide natural hair color. It is formulated without the harsh chemicals in regular hair dye, and this formula will work to condition your hair rather than damage it. Even as one of the most expensive options on the list, this is still cheaper than going to a salon and spending $150-$300 on harsh chemicals. This product works by staining the outer layer of your hair, it will never wash out, but it will fade over time. However, one thing you should be aware of is that this product won’t work for going lighter or blonde. You can use it for black, brown, and even red hair color. 

Product Overview

Price$28 for 11.4 Oz
Best ForCruelty-Free Henna
ShadesRed, Brown, Black Shades

Manic Panic

If you are looking for unique colors that are semi-permanent, Manic Panic is a great brand, especially for vegan hair dye. They carry a range of shades and colors to choose from. You can choose a classic look like brown, red, blonde, or black. However, if you want to mix it up, they carry greens, blues, purples, and even yellow! You can pick a bold look or a mellow, natural shade from this brand. Our favorite to choose from is Velvet Violet which is one of the prettiest pastel colors you will find on the market. 

Product Overview

Price$13.99 for 4 Oz
Best ForBright Semi-Permanent Colors
ShadesBold Shades, Pastel Coloring

Summing It Up

Finding vegan hair dye doesn’t have to be hard. The most important thing you can do is research the brands and the ingredients they use. Many of these brands will color your hair but also help protect and condition your hair. This is better than many of the other hair dyes on the market. Many of the chemicals used harm the planet when getting washed from your head, are tested on animals, or are derived from animal products. Avoid these with the brands listed above. 

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