Hey Spookies! Truthfully, I was a bit reluctant to try this hairdye. Hairdye can damage your hair at the best of times, so trusting something so cheap was a bit difficult. I looked up some reviews and no-one seemed to have any horror stories from using it, so I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did!
Previously to trying this, I'd been using Naturtint, and had been entirely dissapointed with the results but unsure what other vegan hair dyes to try. Naturtint's only saving grace was that it comes in a blue-black as well as a natural black, but at £11.99 a box, it was way too much to pay for uneven, quick to fade dye. In steps DermaV10.
DermaV10 Permanent Hair Colour is vegan, cruelty-free, and at £1 a box is a complete bargain. For £1, you get the colour cream, developer, plastic gloves, and a conditioner. As I said earlier, I was dubious about trying it, because putting cheap chemicals in your hair seems like a bad idea, but I am so happy that I decided to try it in the end.
It works much the same as most home hairdyes. You mix the colour cream and developer, and apply over the hair. Even though I'm dying my roots, I tend to follow the instructions for dying the whole head, as the dyes I had tried previously had faded to browny-red, and I wanted a strong black all over. This works for me and I've never found that my roots have come out a different colour using that method. I used the shade 0.1 Natural Black, which is their darkest shade.
The dye rinses well and isn't hard to apply at all, and makes a lovely deep natural black. It can look close to dark brown in strong sunlight, but that's just the nature of 'natural black' shades, and I'm really hoping DermaV10 release a blue-black in their vegan hairdye range soon! The conditioner left my hair feeling rejuvenated and soft, which is always great when you've just put it through dying. So far, it's not faded at all, which is exactly what I was hoping for!
Overall, I'm really happy with this hairdye. It's cheap, creates a brillliant deep, dark black, doesn't leave my hair feeling damaged, and doesn't fade. I'd definitely recommend trying it out, especially as DermaV10 promises never to test any of their cosmetics products or ingredients on animals. A more detailed look at their testing policy can be found here. Have you tried DermaV10, or do you have any other vegan hairdye recommendations? I'd love to hear about it!