Vegan & Cruelty-Free Alternative Hair Dyes

February 5, 2013By 28 Comments

In high school and college, I was all about having fun, vibrant, expressive hair—pink, green, blue, yellow… you name it, I’ve had it! In the past year, I’ve finally tapped back into my colorful roots. A month before our little moose was born, I woke up one morning thinking, “I need pink hair, and I need it now!” Since then, I’ve gone back and forth between pink, pinkish-red and purple. I’m almost positive I’m gonna be one of those grannies with [intentionally] blue hair one day. 😉

While I’m partial to a couple of punky color brands (feel free to comment or msg me for more deets), I’m beyond stoked to know that all the brands listed below are vegan and cruelty-free! Some of them even smell like candy! 😉

Just a couple of notes: All of these dyes are semi-permanent and will fade with each wash. I also highly recommend bleaching your hair before using these dyes for a brighter, more intense outcome.

Ladies and germies, without further ado, I present the following awesome, kick-ass, colorful cruelty-free hair dyes:


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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love this blog! I used Punky for the first time and loved it. So far I’ve washed my hair 3 times and color is still bright. I’ve also used Arctic Fox and loved that one too but the color fades to quickly.

  2. Stella says:

    How long does the color last? How often do you dye your roots? And do you bleach them every time? I’ve been paying someone and I like to change it up a lot. Hence I spend a lot. How easy/hard is it to bleach hair and dye all these fun colors? And have you tried extensions? If so, which ones. Thanks!

  3. Heather says:

    Hi Sunny, Do you know of any brands that offer a hair chalk that are vegan? I want lavendar hair so bad but just make the commitment and do permanenet just yet. I have searched online and haven’t found much info on this. Thank you!

    • Sunny says:

      Hi Heather, soft pastels are typically vegan by default. Instead of buying the ones marketed for hair, you can just pick some up at the craft store – it’s the same stuff. 😉 Also, I highly recommend clip in extensions for fun colors, too – super easy to use and zero commitment. Good luck & have fun! xx

      • whoopeegirl says:

        Chalk pastels from the art department work great! I’ve used them on my daughter. Plus it’s a twofer… look cool and make art at the same time.

  4. totally purple says:

    Hey I love your hair can you tell exactly what two colors you used to make the purple n which bleach you used also thanks

    • Sunny says:

      Thanks! I have my hair done at Paul Mitchell (bleach and Ink Works are cruelty-free & vegan). They created the color by mixing hot pink Ink Works with the teensiest amount of blue. 🙂

  5. toni says:

    Loving that purple shade what is it plz . Icant find a bright purple anywhere

  6. Olivia says:

    Can you recommend any cruelty free bleaches? I’m having trouble finding out what bleach is really vegan.

  7. michelle says:

    I know that splat is creulty friendly. But is it vegan. I have read the ingredient list and cant seem to find anything in it that is an animal or derivitive of an animal product. Except maybe the fact that it contains red coloring perhaps. Just curious why they would stamp their box with a no animal testing label, and not include a vegan one as well. As that would be another great reason to buy the product. Do you have any further info about it at all.
    thanks, michelle

  8. nikki says:

    I am so glad i found this! I have been searching for answers on Raw hair dye because i just bought it and im afraid to use it because normally i leave manic panic in over night, and i cant find any info on it to make sure i can do the same with this one, just so im clear, it IS safe to leave in for HOURS correct?

  9. Syd says:

    Raw is my favorite hair dye, and I was a little unsure about it though. I knew Manic Panic and Splat were cruelty free, ’cause they say, but Raw didn’t say anything on the bottle. But now knowing it is cruelty free, I feels so much better and this makes me so happy.

    • nikki says:

      You can make your own custom minty green by mixing any one of the greens you choose with a conditioner until its as light as you want it, and then putting it in your hair

    • Olivia says:

      Manic Panic now also makes a pastel-izer. I’ve had a lot of success just mixing in conditioner.

  10. Ryan says:

    You wouldn’t happen to know how to get a seafoam-y/mint green color would you? I can’t find anything like it. 🙁

  11. Chez says:

    You are rocking that purple, girl!! I’m a bit more conservative and just need a good old fashioned blonde color, but I’m not sure where to start. Any brand suggestions for traditional hair colors that are cruelty free? 🙂

  12. Icequeen81 says:

    yaayyy you made my day again, I am seeing more alternatives to hair dyi the hard thing here where I live they dont care about it cruelty free so find products that are cruelty free are hard to find. love purple

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