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Alternative hair dyes guide

Paint your hair in a rainbow of colours : Our guide to alternative hair dyes.


Why stick to just the one shade, when you have so much choice in a kaleidoscope of shades. With more hair dye brands to choose from than ever before, it's almost hard to know where to even start, but that's where our handy guide comes in - as we take a look at some of the most well known alternative hair dye brands that you'll find today here in the UK, alongside a few newer brands that are offering a colourful choice to dye your locks in some amazing shades and tones.


The long standing brands:

We all know and love them, we're all bound to have tried one of two of their shades at some point to achieve that perfect shade!


Directions hair dye uk

La riche Directions

One of the most well known alternative hair dye brands on the market, you'll be bound to pick up a tub of their dye at almost any alternative shop. Their semi-permanent dyes are incredibly easy to apply in their handy tubs, available in a broad range of shades from vibrant red, to pastels, and darker tones. They also offer colour protection shampoo and conditioner to help maintain your shade.


Manic Panic hair dye uk

Manic Panic

Another classic hair dye that's now much easier to get hold of here in the UK, with a wide selection of stockists offering their cream and gel formula dyes. Much like Directions, these are easy to apply in their handy tubs, with a world of shades to choose from, ranging from bright neon pinks, to lush turquoise, and bold purple. With their own range of bleaching kits also available to help you create that new look with ease.


Stargazer hair dye uk

Stargazer

Just as adored for their dyes as their cosmetics, Stargazer's range of semi-permanent dyes are incredibly easy to find, with many alternative shops offering their full range of shades. Compared to Directions & Manic Panic, their hair dye comes in a tube which is easiest to apply when placed in a tint bowl. With a selection of colourful tones available, ranging from greens, to reds, and bright orange.


Special Effects hair dye uk

Crazy Color

Initially hard to come by, but now you can find this semi-permanent dye readily stocked in a wide range of alternative shops. Much like Stargazer, their dye comes in a tube which is best applied in a tint bowl. With a wide range of colours to choose from, including pastel tones, and vibrant reds, to blues. They also offer a range of colour shampoos to help maintain your freshly dye locks for longer.


Special Effects

Still relatively new to us here in the UK, despite making it's way over here from the U.S in recent years it's still somewhat harder to come by compared to the previous brands with most stockists based online. Much like Crazy Color & Stargazer, their dye comes in a tube which is easiest to apply in a tint bowl. They offer a wide range of vibrant shades to choose from, including vibrant purples, neon oranges, and bright pink.


Hermans amazing direct colour hair dye

The newcomers:

There's some wonderful new alternative hair dye brands out there, with some that have only begun offering their vibrant shades in recent years, alongside some new to the UK brands that you can now pick up with ease at some of our favourite alternative shops.


Adore

Still relatively new to us here in the UK, Adore have a range of colourful semi-permanent dyes in a handy tube that's best applied in a tint bowl. Available in a mixture of natural and colourful shades compared to some of the brands that we're more familiar with, offering brunette tones next to pastels, and vibrant colourful tones.


Hermans amazing direct hair colour

A relatively new brand to the market, offering a range of semi-permanent dyes in a handy tub format, making it incredibly easy to apply. With a rainbow of 21 shades to choose from, including bold yellow, pink, and green tones. Currently stocked at a selection of online alternative retailers.


Lunatik hair dye uk

Lunatik

Another relatively new brand to the market, Lunatik has a range of vibrant, long lasting shades in a tube format that's best applied in a tint bowl. Their semi-permanent dyes are currently available in a selection of 7 shades, with more in development. Their current shades include bold purple, pink, red, and pastel blue. Currently stocked at a small selection of online alternative retailers here in the UK.


Pravana

Another brand that's still relatively new to us here in the UK, specialists in hair colour and care products. Their cream formula semi-permanent dyes come in a wide range of shades in a tube formula that's best applied in a tint bowl. From neon tones, to pretty pastels, and bold red, to blue shades.


As with all semi-permanent dyes these brands work best on bleached/lightened hair. For tips to help you maintain your freshly dyed locks, visit our handy guide that's fully of helpful tips and advice!


You can find all of these alternative hair dye brands with ease on our handy directory site, where you can find stockists listed by brand so you can find that perfect shade with ease!


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