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#1 Old 08-29-2015, 06:00 AM
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Is this vegan? (Dyeing hair and such)

I have a conundrum. Here's the background:

I'm searching for a job and to make things easier and give myself more options I want my hair to be a natural color. Preferably my natural color. Currently there is a section of my hair that is dark blue. I've been letting it fade and washing it with non- color safe vegan shampoo, but all it's doing is turning black. I'm more of a light brown. It looks like I may need to buy a color stripping product from the drugstore and then a box of hair dye close to my natural color.

This is my question: Neither of these products will be vegan so is this really an ok thing to do? My general philosophy for the time being is that I eat/drink/breath veganism unless it's an emergency like my blood sugar being low and the only thing I can get is a nutty bar with honey in it. This doesn't really fall into that category, but something does need to be done. I don't want to get a call for an interview tomorrow and have no time to fix my hair.

I know there are some vegan hair dyes out there, but I'm having trouble finding one that matches my hair since I have to get them all online. It makes it hard to see what the color should really be. So, does anyone have any suggestions, especially for the color stripper? I'm willing to look around and find the right hair dye and order it, but I'm having trouble with color stripper. I've tried a few 'home remedies', but they're not working. I'm starting to feel like I should give up on this one and just go to a salon, get it done, then never dye my hair again.

Thanks for any help.

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#2 Old 08-29-2015, 09:59 AM
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We don't live in a vegan world, and looking appropriate for an interview that could lead to a new job is very important. Using one non-vegan product one time when there is not a vegan option available isn't really the end of the world. I'm sure plenty of vegans unknowingly use vegan products like hair stuff without ever realizing it. That doesn't make you "less" vegan or mean you are actively contributing to animal suffering.
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If you were looking to use it regularly I'd talk you out of it, but for a one time fix - get what works.

I will say I love blue in hair, and I'm not even a fan of blue!
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#4 Old 08-29-2015, 07:23 PM
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Yeah you probably won't be able to find a vegan color stripper and since this can't wait till your hair grows out I'd say do what you have to do. As already stated it doesn't mean you're actively contributing to animal suffering when you don't really have a choice in the matter.

Plus a new job could mean you're able to more readily buy vegan products or help causes you couldn't without the funds. Or it could just mean you're able to support yourself better and be healthier which is very important xx

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Thank you guys for the advice! This really would be a one time thing. I guess I'll let a profesional do my hair to make sure it's done properly. I don't want to have to do it again.
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