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The 15 Best Cruelty-Free Hair Dyes

There is just something sublimely satisfying about dyeing your hair a vibrant shade of red in the middle of a cold, gray winter or bright blonde at the height of summer. Fortunately, these days, there are many cruelty-free hair colors. No matter whether you prefer an all-natural dye, a quick pick-up box from the drugstore, a semi-permanent color, or a salon service, there is definitely something for everyone.

Natural and Bright Colors

1. Paul Mitchell

Free of animal tests since the company began in 1980, Paul Mitchell is like the OG of cruelty-free beauty. Find a salon that uses Paul Mitchell hair dye.

2. Developlus

This vegan hair color brand offers various lines, including professional-grade traditional colors, washable fun colors, correctives to bad dye jobs, and more. To find Developlus products, check out the store locator page.

3. Shea Moisture

You can find this company’s products at Target stores, which carry 12 shades—huzzah!

4. Kevin Murphy

This company offers a hair color line for professional use. The hair dye formula uses extracts from Peruvian bark, baobab, bamboo, and orange blossoms to moisturize hair as well as antioxidants from kakadu plums, orchids, lotus flowers, and desert limes to help repair chemical damage naturally.

5. Tints of Nature

Free of ammonia and parabens, Tints of Nature’s hair color is infused with plant-derived extracts and vitamins C and E. We love the “Colour Guide” that displays every shade.

Holiday essentials …

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6. Green Hare Mud

This company offers seven shades of vegan, nontoxic dye and a selection of aftercare products.

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7. Primary Syn

This 100 percent vegan hair color line for professional use features semi-permanent and permanent color from a single tube.

On fire! #transitionalred#fireyredhead#primarysyn

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8. Aveda

This company carries a large selection of hair-care products and hair color for professional use. Click here to find an Aveda salon near you.

9. Rusk

With a line of hair color called Deepshine Color, Rusk offers a wide selection of color and aftercare products, like this useful root touch-up product, Deepshine Color Touch Up.

Yellow may be mellow but it sure stands out! Hair via @venalove

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10. Manic Panic

If you’re looking for semi-permanent hair color without ammonia or peroxide, look no further. Manic Panic has wild and tame colors—whatever fits your mood.

11. Good Dye Young

This cruelty-free line of hair dye, developed by Hayley Williams of the band Paramore, features five shades: red, orange, yellow, pink, and blue. Pre-orders will become available on April 15 of this year through the Good Dye Young website.

12. Arctic Fox

This entirely vegan brand uses no drying alcohols, PPDs, or harsh chemicals.

Top: Cosmic Sunshine, Sunset Orange + Arctic Mist ✖️ Sides: Purple Rain + Arctic Mist ✖️@nielslaigaard

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Henna

13. Lush Henna Hair Dyes

These henna colors are blended with essential oils and cocoa butter, so your hair will be conditioned and feeling fabulous after use.

14. Henna Color Lab

This company’s organic vegan henna hair dyes bond with your hair (as opposed to chemically coating it), while Ayurvedic herbs condition the hair and scalp. The company also carries hair dye specific to beards!

15. Morroco Method Int’l

All of Morocco Method’s henna hair dyes are sulfate- and gluten-free and use no synthetic chemicals.

For a full list of cruelty-free hair dye companies, see our cruelty-free database and choose your desired product type from the pull-down menu.

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  • Liron says:

    Tried “Naturtint” the other day. I recommend it for sure. so happy I have found me a good cruelty free hair colouring kit : )

  • Smooper says:

    I’m so glad to see there are others throwing out their products after discovering they have been tested on animals and also contain dangerous chemicals. Everyone called me mad when i threw out my L’oreal stuff! but when i found out about animal testing still going on i just had to. 🙂 <3 well done everyone for making a difference 🙂

  • Silvia says:

    Has anyone heard about davines? Its an italian mark of cosmetics. There isnt enough information on web, but i understand that they’re all cruelty free. Does anyone know that?

  • Annie says:

    Hi, I am a dark black (almost blue) hair. Can youplease indicate to me wich company is cruelty free for hair dying this color please? Tnak’s! Annie

  • Liron says:

    For all of you asking for a permanent hair coloring kit not tested on animals- I’m just about to try “Naturtint”. I’m counting on it cause its the only option here in Israel.

  • Jeri says:

    I need Auburn hair dye that’s permanent and cruelty free. Any help?

  • Sam says:

    Can someone please help me? I need permanent hair dye available in Australia NOT tested on animals or made by a company that retails in China. I don’t care if it has not nice things for my hair, I just need normal frikkin hair dye that isn’t animal tested!

  • clem says:

    Fur and hair are different ph balances, as a cosmetologist we are taught the difference between these balances, you should not be using products made for human hair on animal fur, let alone coloring an animal. Seriously, just don’t.

  • Lisa Paponetti says:

    Is Nectaya Color by Goldwell vegan?

  • Min says:

    Is there a hair colouring kit, not tested on animals, that will make light to medium brown hair a bleached blonde? I know there are kits not tested on animals, but are any of them able to really bleach darker hair to blonde?

  • kim says:

    Is splat really vegan? I almost bought it but I need to be 100% sure. Help?! 😀

  • Lisa says:

    Hi…Are Schwarzcopf professional hair care and Framesi professional hair care cruelty free? Are there any animal b-iproducts used in their hair color? I am a stylist/colorist and would really like to know the correct answer. Thank you, sincerely.

  • costa 97 says:

    Actually , I’m pretty sure that Estee Lauder doesn’t test their FINAL products in animals ,but that doesn’t mean that their ingredients are cruelty free .

  • gavin says:

    i thought revlon owned almay since ’87?

    Do you know that … ((all experiment on animals since selling in china))

    Estee Lauder owns Aramis, Aveda, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, Darphin, Prescriptives, M.A.C., Jo Malone, Origins, Ojon, American Beauty, Flirt, Good Skin and Creme de la Mer.

    L’oreal owns Maybelline, Lancome, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, La Roche Posay, Redken, Skinceuticals, Garnier, Keratase, Kiehl’s, Shu Uemura and Giorgio Armani.

    Proctor & Gamble owns Cover Girl, Max Factor, Olay, Clairol, Ivory, Noxzema, Pantene and SK-II.

    Johnson & Johnson owns Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, RoC and Lubriderm.

    Interesting, eh? Makes you wonder why there’s such a huge difference in prices when it comes to the high-end and drugstore brands owned by the same company. It’s marketing, people. Really good and expensive marketing.

    Source: The Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun

  • Panda says:

    Splat is vegan, cruelty-free, inexpensive and found at Walgreens, CVS etc.

  • Edie says:

    Does anyone know if eSalon Hair color is really cruelty free? They state they are on their website but I can’t find them on the PETA list.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Paul Mitchell is actually a cruelty free line completely from styling to hair color and they have the permanent natural hair colors