It’s safe to say coloring your hair is one of the most damaging things you can do to your strands.
The array of chemicals is vast—something you can probably sense just from the smell alone. In addition to being harmful for your tresses, dyes are mostly bad for you in general, made up on varying toxins, including ammonia and p-phenylenediamine (PPD). That said, there are a few hidden gem color products that are significantly less damaging. Curious which ones to have on your radar? Look no further than our list of five non-toxic hair dyes.
Calling all our earthy angels! This brand isn’t technically considered a non-toxic dye, but rather a permanent color stain. Their shades (they cover all the basics, but no funky colors) are made from a proprietary blend of all-natural herbs, barks, berries, teas and other ingredients. According to The Kind Life blog, the application is easy and the results are rewarding. The brand uses zero fillers, binders, thickeners or preservatives.
This brand touts itself as the gentle, all-natural hair coloring alternative to synthetic and chemical hair dyes. They offer 23 shades made from plant pigments. Like the aforementioned, they offer no wild hair colors (with the exception of a few vibrant reds).
Herb Speedy aims to be a match for ultra-sensitive scalps. The downside? It’s only offered in natural black, dark brown and soft black.
Cosmopolitan calls this brand “as non-toxic as it gets,” and it was included in Allure‘s Best of Beauty 2021, so that’s tellin’ ya something! The formula excludes eight of the most common hair dye irritants (including ammonia, PPD, and parabens), and is chockfull of hydrating and soothing ingredients, including keratin, argan oil and ginseng root extract. And did we mention there are 36 shades? Guess you could say when it comes to non-toxic hair dye, this is your best bet.
Manic Panic is the only brand on this list with wild shades to choose from. If unconventional hues are what you’re after, guaranteed you’ll find your dream color here! And fun fact: They’ve been at the forefront of the cruelty-free movement, trademarking the motto, “Tested on celebrities, not animals.”
Now that you know which dyes to swoop up, HERE‘s the real deal on whether dyeing your hair at home is worth it!