Going vegan, people seem to focus too much on the diet aspect, and not enough focus on the rest that goes with the lifestyle. Vegan is a lifestyle that avoids consuming animals, wearing animal skin, and using products that contain animal derived ingredients and those tested on animals. And of course hair dyes are no exception, it seems to be something people forget about, or just escapes the mind. Many of your favourite colourants are not suitable for vegans, either having lanolin added to the crème, or conditioners. Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals such as sheep. Something that is definitely not vegan. However there are some amazing brands out there that are suitable for vegans to use! So you won’t have to avoid those colouring in sessions.


I have been dying my hair for over 10 years now, which probably isn’t a good thing – but a hobby at that! I’ve used many different dyes from boxed hair dye to salon hair dye. I’ve coloured my hair almost every colour out there (except for pink; something I never really liked) and used brands that range from Schwarzkopft (non-vegan) to Colour Freedom (Vegan) over the years. I do prefer to do my own hair, as I know what products I am using and I can do it to the way I like.

Guide to at home hair dye:

Colouring your hair at home is probably the best, as you know exactly what brand you use & can ensure that it is vegan and cruelty free. Hair dyes can vary in price, from the cheapest at £1 to the most expensive at approximately £15 (dependent on the brand and seller). They may be high in harsh chemicals, so always make sure to do a patch test before you go ahead and apply the box hair dyes to your head.

Since going vegan, I only ever dye my own hair at home – I have coloured my hair green using crazy colours, then blue using manic panic, blonde using Jerome Russell  and grey using colour freedom (all of which are vegan and cruelty free, listed below) they have all been great for me personally and do not have a harsh chemical smell (apart from the bleach for the blonde) 

Superdrug hair dye is not suitable for vegans, despite being a brand that pride themselves in being cruelty free; their own brand hair dye has lanolin in both the colourant crème and the conditioner.

Below are a list of vegan friendly hair dye brands:


Some of the vegan hair dye brands

  • Colour Freedom
  • Manic Panic
  • Jerome Russell Bblonde
  • Naturtint
  • La Riche Directions
  • Special Effects
  • Arctic Fox
  • Eco Colours
  • Lush
  • Crazy Colours
  • Derma v10

Guide to salon hair dye:

Getting your hair done at the salon can be cruelty-free, but you have to do a bit of research beforehand. Searching salons that are known for using cruelty free products; emailing around to find the best one or having to bring your own products into the salon for the stylist to use on you.vegan-hair-dye-guide

You will find that some salons will use professional brands that do not test on animals such as Paul Mitchell, but you do have to ask your salon owner/ stylist what brands they use, and pick a place that opts for cruelty-free and vegan brands.

Brands that are NOT vegan:

  • L’Oreal (Preference, Feria, Excellence, Healthy Look +)
  • Garnier (Nutrisse, HerbaShine +)
  • Clairol (Nice’n Easy, Natural Instincts, Age Defy, Perfect 10 +)
  • Revlon (ColorSilk)
  • Schwartzkopf (Brilliance, Color Ultime, Live, Palette +)
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • John Frieda
  • Wella

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