Guest post by Susie B.
Okay I hold my hands up; I am a hair color addict! This year alone I’ve been through 6 different shades, some for fun and some to make a statement. I feel that hair color can be the ultimate form of expression, it can be used to reflect your mood, show off your personality or tell the world that you mean business (no one messes with a girl with blue hair!)
Here are three simple tips to achieving a fabulous hair color whilst staying cruelty-fee.
Cruelty Free Cosmetics Companies
Of course, a great place to start is by using the products of cruelty-free cosmetics companies, and you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of fantastic brands that wear the cruelty-free badge with pride. My current favorite has to be IT&LY, the Milan-based firm that has been taking the celebrity world by storm (you might recently have seen Paula Abdul and Latoya Jackson dazzling the red carpet in IT&LY products).
There are plenty of other great cruelty-free firms out there too, and if you want to find the perfect hair color then check out the ranges by Developlus and Fudge. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, check out the wild and funky colors available from the gals at Manic Panic.
Henna Hair Dye
If you are looking for a cruelty-free hair color and want to avoid the ammonia and peroxide, then I want to give a big recommendation for henna hair dye. Henna has been used to color hair for thousands of years, in fact Cleopatra famously used the plant to dye her legendary locks.
Henna color is used by mixing the plant extract with hot water and applying to the hair, and by varying the formula you can create fantastic red, black and natural shades. As well as looking great, the products achieve their effect without drying or chemically altering the hair, it’s a win-win situation!
There are some great cruelty free companies selling henna hair color products, and for a really amazing look check out the ranges from Avigal Henna, Surya Brasil and Morrocco Method.
Do you want to change your hair color without using any products at all? It might sound like an old wives tale, but fruit juices really can help give you a great natural color. A little lemon juice rubbed into your hair will add lighter tones and help you achieve a fresh sun-kissed look that will have people wondering how on earth you’ve found time to spend the summer on the beach!
A word of warning though; if you decided to take this ‘au-natural’ route you need to remember that fruit doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and any changes you make should be done in moderation and built up over time.
So there you go, three quick tips to leave your hair looking fabulous whilst staying 100% cruelty free. Happy hair coloring!
Editor’s note: if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try hair chalking!
Susie B. is a UK-based hair color fanatic, and proud co-founder and Editor of HairColorCode.com.