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
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.
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.
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.
MEDIUM.DARK.BROWN 4.0, LIGHT.BROWN.CHOCOLATE 5.7 + LIGHT.BROWN.MAHOGANY 5.5. Hair primed with TREAT.ME MOISTURE, prepped with ANTI.GRAVITY & YOUNG.AGAIN, LONG ISLAND LUCY.SET, styled with MEDIUM.CURLERS & PIN.CLIPS, finished with SMOOTHING.BRUSH, SHIMMER.SHINE & SESSION.SPRAY. @love_kevin_murphy #colomebykm #kevinmurphy
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.
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.
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.
You can find #AvedaColor inspiration everywhere, from a springtime sky to your favorite pair of jeans. If blue is what inspires you, ask your #AvedaArtist to custom-blend the perfect indigo. #LoveYourColor #denimhair #bluehair” (Color by Yuji Okawa, style by @RieHirabayashi, #AvedaMakeup by @jgeason.)
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.
"I’ve never started anything but a band… but a little over 4 years ago, I decided I’d try my hand at starting a hair dye company. I've made a lot of mistakes, learned a whole lot of cool business lingo… and realized through trial and error that dying your hair is an art AND a science. It was all worth it to finally be able to tell you that GOOD DYE YOUNG is here, it’s severe, & it’s happening! I can dye happy now! xx Hayley//GDY” 📷: @lindseybyrnes
12. Arctic Fox
This entirely vegan brand uses no drying alcohols, PPDs, or harsh chemicals.
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!
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.