12 Best Gluten-Free Hair Dyes in 2021


If you’re looking for gluten-free hair dye, this post is all for you. For those who have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance and wonder why I’d do a post about gluten-free hair color, here we go. A certain group of people reacts topically to gluten on their skin, so Gluten-Free topical products are a must.

There’s also a group of people who have the topical form of Celiac Disease (DH) and often react to topical gluten. Then, a group of people keeps it off their skin because they feel the skin can absorb gluten or don’t want to ingest it accidentally.

For me, over a year ago, I had my hair dyed and got sick almost immediately for a week. I felt so weird, odd, strange, and sick. I did it again 6 weeks later and felt just as bad for over a week to see if I was nuts. Can I explain how my body absorbed the gluten if Celiac experts say it’s not possible? Nope. I’m not totally convinced they are correct…

But what I can tell you is that those hair products contained gluten and that I reacted both times violently. So for me, it’s topical gluten-free hair dye forever and always. Plus, many GF hair products are much less toxic and more natural. I dig that. No toxins, no sickness, sign me up.

Why is Gluten used in Hair Products?

Hair products, in general, use wheat gluten as a thickening agent and for its ability to strengthen and condition the hair. These qualities will also help preserve hair color after using a hair dye.

The cool thing is that gluten is not an essential ingredient in hair dye. Other proteins can replace it. One of the most common is keratin, which is also naturally found in our hair. Just like gluten, it will help preserve the hair structure.

How does gluten in hair products affect Celiac disease patients and gluten intolerant people?

Dr. Alessio Fasano, a well-known gastroenterologist, says that the skin cannot absorb gluten. BUT, there have been many reported cases where Celiac patients mention they get dry skin, rashes, and/or blisters on the skin – including me.

Now the chances of hair product, be it shampoo, rinse, or hair dye has a high chance of getting on your hands. Your hands can touch your face or your mouth – and if you have a product that contains gluten, it can go south really fast. This is reason enough to go gluten-free with your hair products, including hair dye.

Best Gluten-Free Hair Dyes

In 2021, gluten intolerance is still a major problem. Hair dyes are tough because many of them contain gluten in some form or another. Luckily for those who are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, there are some great beauty products out there that will help us look our best. Here is a list of the top 10 gluten-free hair dyes in 2021!

I still recommend you check the ingredients in each product as companies seldomly change their formulas. Gluten hides in the ingredients usually list as one of these names:

  • Vitamin E (which can or cannot be derived from wheat)
  • Malt extract
  • Oat extract (us Celiacs are usually also affected by oats)
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Triticum Vulgare
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Secale cereal

Now to the list you have all being waiting for.

EcoColors: ​These colors are gluten-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free. Salons usually carry this line of permanent gluten-free hair colors. But you can also order them online. They are available in 15 colors.

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Garnier Fructis: ​​​​All Garnier Fructis hair color lines have no gluten added. This includes the Nutisse, Nutrisse Ultra-Color, Herbashine, and Nutrisse Nourishing color foam. You can find these lines at Walmart, CVS, Duane Reade, K-Mart, Target, and Walgreens.

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Splat Hair Color: they have 12 professional hair coloring lines. Wowsers. This means you need to call their hotline (1-800-423-5280), or better yet, have your stylist call a couple of days before your appt to see if the particular shade and line that your stylist uses is gluten-free.  While on the phone with them, the one line (that is for darkening hair) that they knew was gluten-free was The “Shades DQ Cream.” The “Shades DG gloss” HAS gluten added, but the “Shades DG Cream” line is gluten-free. The Fusion Line of Redken also HAS GLUTEN IN IT.

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HERBAT​​INT: ​​The HERBATINT ​permanent herbal hair colors are also certified by PETA, are Gluten-free, and suitable for Vegans.

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Color X-Change: ​​This hair color contains no PPD, ammonia, peroxide, and it’s paraben-free, ​fragrance-free, peroxide, no ethyl alcohol ​, and no sulfates. It’s also ​vegan-friendly, gluten-free​ , and cruelty-free​.​

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Manic Panic: ​​All hair colors from Manic Panic have always been Vegan and Cruelty-Free, also Paraben-free, Gluten-free, Ammonia-free, Resorcinol-free, PPD-free, and Phthalate-free.

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MATRU AYURVEDA: This all-natural and gluten-free product is a little bit time-consuming to apply, but the results are impressive. It’s mainly for people with grey hair.

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dpHUE Gloss: dpHUE products, in general, are gluten-free. Their hair dyes are no exception to the rule. dpHUE Gloss+ is a semi-permanent, color-boosting hair dye that also helps to deepen natural or colored hair. It’s gluten-free and vegan, which means it won’t damage your tresses! That sounds like just the thing I need after going a little too hard with the winter dryness. If you want glossy locks without frying your strands, try dpHUE today for a lightweight shine that lasts all day long.

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Keracolor Clenditioner Hair Dye: Washable hair color has never been this easy. Keracolor’s Color + Clenditioner is a non-lather conditioning cleanser engineered for an instant infusion of color in every wash. This product is gluten-free and paraben-free.

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Henna Hair Dye: This Organic Dark Brown Natural Hair Dye by Henna Hair dye is certified organic and made from a high-quality blend of essential oils. It’s NON-toxic, and USDA Certified Organic with absolutely no harsh chemicals. All six seven will leave your locks looking shiny and soft.

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Naturtint: has many different shades, so you have plenty of options.
Fondly nicknamed the “quick fix,” Naturtint can be gently rubbed into your roots for instant results and covers grey hair instantly. Plus, it’s made from organic ingredients!

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Revlon Total Color Permanent Hair Color: I have naturally brown hair, but I was afraid to dye it differently because my hair is thick and healthy. It only takes Revlon Total Color Permanent Hair Color one day to be completely clear of the old color! You don’t need much product for all-over coverage. All around, though, it’s been great so far and good luster colors that last until next time.

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The Celiac Diva

I am the Celiac Diva. I've been living a healthy Gluten-free life since 2000. I am happy wife and loving mother to two beautiful children, and yes we all live a gluten-free lifestyle. I love writing, fashion, cooking and eating healthy.

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