Why this blog?

For me, being vegan is a continual journey. Every day I find out something new about the things I use in my ordinary daily life. I am interested in finding new ways to enhance the vegan-friendliness of my life through the products I use, eat, wear or otherwise consume. I would love for everything I use to be as vegan as possible, from dish soap to makeup, to the shoes I wear, to my hair care products, and everything in between. I hope to share with you information about what I try and what I discover along the way.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vegan Hair Color: "Naturtint Green Technologies"

On my continual quest for products that are both vegan and more natural, the hair color issue was for me inevitable. As much as I hope to one day embrace my gray, I am not yet ready. I did a bit of online research and came across a few products that have been recommended as suitable for vegans.

Initially I was very excited about one site in particular which featured a vegan hair color called "act naturals," and I emailed them in the hopes of obtaining more info about their product. I never heard anything back despite emailing them several more times over the course of a few months before I eventually gave up. They do list a phone number where they can supposedly be reached between the very inconvenient hours of 8:30am to 5:00 pm eastern time Monday through Friday.

Instead of trying to reach them by phone, I ordered a different brand online called "Tints of Nature," which worked ok but left my hair feeling a bit dried out. It also came in a very small bottle, so even though I have short hair, I almost ran out of color before I had completely covered my hair.

The next product I tried and the one that I am now recommending to you is called "Naturtint." (If you live in Bellingham, you can find this product at the Co op for around $14 a box. You can also find it online for about 9 or 10 bucks a box.) I started out with a 5N "Light Chestnut Brown," and it was very very dark. I recommend choosing a shade or two lighter than you think you want because you can always go darker more easily than you can go lighter, and these colors tend to run dark. Also, the "N" colors seem to have more of a greenish base, while the "G" colors are more reddish.

I eventually switched to the 5G "Light Golden Chestnut," which I really like, but right now I am dealing with the slightly lighter shade on my roots not fully blending with the darker ends. (This is the color I probably should have started out with, but it's hard to know what will happen when you are experimenting on yourself until you try...)

Anyway, the good news is, the gray coverage is awesome and there are no gross chemical smells with this dye. It is permanent hair color that is also ammonia and paraben free, and it's made from a vegetable protein base. It is gentle on my hair and leaves it softer than before I color it, and with the use of a color-safe vegan shampoo and conditioner, the color can last up to 5 weeks. (If you don't use a color-safe shampoo, the color will be stripped from your gray pretty quickly. I use Abba's "Pure Color Protect." It's vegan and it works great on color-treated hair.) Naturtint hair color is also easy to mix and apply, and it comes with simple clear  instructions, and also with a small amount of shampoo and color-setting conditioner.

I can't vouch for how well the blonde shades work since my only experience is with the darker colors, so if anyone out there ends up trying those out, please let me know. I have to say though that I am very happy to have finally found a vegan-friendly hair color that is  more natural than the typical chemical-based smelly dyes that make your scalp tingle and damage your hair! If I ever hear anything from that other company, I'll let you know. But for now Naturtint is the one I recommend that I will be using again.


  1. I agree - this is a great product. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I googled 'vegan friendly hair dye' and yours was the most helpful link I found; thanks for taking the time to make the recommendation.
    It's time to start covering that gray which is turning into a little more that a few here and there that I can just pluck out. ;-). I live in Vancouver, BC so I'll check out some of the Whole Food stores here, if not I can always zip down to Bellingham. Thanks again!

  3. I made the comment above, showing me as 'unknown' but my names' Racquelle. Cheers

  4. Thanks Racquelle! I am glad I could help! I am still using this hair color and it works great. Let me know what you think if you end up trying it. :)

  5. Hi CM,

    I'm wondering if you've tried or heard of Naturcolor by Herbaceuticals? I've been using it for over 10 years and do love it. However, I have seborrhea Dermatitis and it seems no matter what I use, I still break out (could be brought on by other issues such as stress so not blaming the haircolor necessarily). Rgds, Sharon

  6. Hi Sharon! I have not tried Naturcolor before, but I am curious about it now. From what I could find online, it sounds pretty similar to Naturtint. Do you order it online, or is there some place local where you buy it?

  7. Thanks for the post. I'm looking for a "temporary" hair color, the kind that last "28 washes." I THINK this is what I want because from my coloring experience the permanent ones strip the natural color from my hair then when the color fades I'm left with a bleached out version of my original (dark brown). In that instance, I'm stuck with the lighter look or have to recolor. Is this your experience with "permanent" hair colors? If so, do you have a recommendation for a "temporary" color? Thanks

  8. Hi Cassie,
    My issue when it comes to coloring my hair is that my roots are becoming increasingly gray, which makes them lighter than the rest of my hair. I find I have to leave the color on my roots longer than the rest of my hair when I am processing it, and that it does begin to fade by about the 4th or 5th week, which is also about the time my gray starts to become noticeable again due to growth. So I tend to color my hair every 5 weeks.

    I have never used a semi-permanent color, so I don't have any advice I am afraid. However, if you live in B'ham, you should talk to Billy at The Velvet Rope hair salon--he is beginning to find out more and more about vegan hair color, and he really knows his stuff when it comes to deciding what kind of color to use for what situation. I say next time you need a haircut, schedule an appt with him, and then you could ask him for advice on coloring too--he does an amazing job!

  9. I went on line for Naturtint hair color and it looks like it no longer is available. Only Tint of Nature. But I will try the Co-op. Thanks for your evaluation of products though, it is much appreciated!