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Alt Fashion's Guide to alternative hair dyes.

Paint your hair in a rainbow of colours with these brands.

These days, we really are spoilt for choice when it's come to your latest hair colour. With more hair dye brands to choose from than ever before it's often hard to know where to start when your choosing your latest shade. So we're here to help, with our handy guide to alternative hair dye brands.

Manic Panic hair dye : Semi-permanent hair dye

Whether it's a long standing favourite, or a new hair dye brand, there's plenty to choose from. 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, and we're all bound to have tried one of two of their shades at some point to achieve that perfect look!

Directions hair dye : Alternative hair dye brands UK

La riche Directions

One of the most well known alternative hair dye brands on the market. You'll be bound to find 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 wide range of shades from vibrant red, to pastels, and darker tones.

Manic Panic

Another classic hair dye brand that you can easily find here in the UK. With a wide selection of stockists offering their cream and gel formula dyes.

Much like Directions, Manic Panic's hair dye shades 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.

Stargazer hair dye : Alternative hair dye

Stargazer

Another well known alternative hair dye brand. 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.

Crazy Color hair dye : Alternative hair dye

Crazy Color

A well loved brand, Crazy Color's semi-permanent dye is 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.

Special Effects

Quite a well known alternative hair brand, however, Special Effects availability is quite limited at present here in the UK, with just a few stockists.

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 : Semi-permanent hair dye

The relatively new brands:

There's some wonderful new alternative hair dye brands out there, with some that have only just 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.

Hermans amazing direct hair colour

This colourful alternative hair dye brand have been around for a few years now. Hermans amazing direct hair colour offers a range of semi-permanent dyes in a handy tub format, making it incredibly easy to apply.

With a rainbow of shades to choose from, including bold yellow, pink, and green tones. Currently stocked at a selection of online alternative retailers.

Adore hair dye : Alternative hair colour

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.

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.

Lunar Tides hair dye : Alternative hair colour

Lunar Tides

A fairly new alternative hair dye brand, Lunar Tides have just started to crop up here in the UK.

With their semi-permanent hair dye range featuring dark, pastel, and even grey tones. Currently available at a small selection of UK retailers.

Paintglow

A brand that you may already be familiar with for their UV reactive cosmetics, but did you know that they also make semi-permanent hair dye too?!

Paintglow offer a selection of colourful dyes in 12 shades from orange, to pastel lilac, and forest green. You can find their range of dyes at a selection of UK stockists.

Some final words..

With all this choice for your latest shade, now you just need to choose what colour to go for! Of course, as with all semi-permanent dyes these brands work best on bleached/lightened hair for that bright pop of colour.

To help maintain your freshly dyed look, why not check out our handy hair care hacks, for plenty 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!