People with celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance can have reactions to items that have gluten in them even if they don’t consume the product. If you’re looking for high-quality gluten-free beauty products, you may be surprised by how often the ingredient pops up unexpectedly. Gluten was once a key ingredient in many hair dyes, although in the last few years, more and more brands began removing the ingredient from their products.
Gluten-free Hair Dye
EcoColors specializes in non-toxic, gluten-free, and cruelty-free permanent hair colors. In addition to containing no gluten, they also contain no PPD, sulfite, propylene glycol, parabens, ethanolamine, heavy metals, formaldehyde or SLS. The products are a great option for customers who can’t tolerate gluten, for customers who are sensitive to these other ingredients, vegans or individuals who often have reactions to conventional hair dye. The company never tests on animals, and the dyes are made with a nourishing soy emollient base.
Madison Reed introduced their “Smart 6-Free” hair color as an alternative to conventional dyes. The products are free of ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, PPD, phthalates, and gluten. Instead, they replaced these often-harmful ingredients with keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract to protect and pamper hair. The company also offers color quiz to help match customers with their ideal color, and they replaced the gluten base with keratin for its strengthening and restorative properties. The result is a dye that’s meant to replenish hair, as well as providing vibrant color.
Pravana is one of the most buzzed-about brands in hair coloring, with eye-catching colors that range from neons and pastels to natural hues that attract the loyalty of beauty blogger-devotees. The company released NEVO Super-Natural Color Care, a line of vegan, gluten-free and toxin-free products that are also completely biodegradable. The products contain unique ingredients such as mulatiero extract, the bark of a tree from the Amazon rainforest, as well as babassu and Brazil nut oils. What’s more, 5% of every purchase is donated to the City of Hope, a charity that supports cancer research and treatment.
For a 100% chemical-free option, depending on your coloring needs, henna might be a great option. Women have used henna for thousands of years to color hair naturally, often giving it a reddish tint. Light Mountain can be a great option for customers looking for a gentle, natural way to cover gray hair. Henna is a 100% natural dye that contains no peroxide, petroleum or coal tar-based ingredients. What’s more, it also provides an added layer or protection from sun, salt, chlorine and pollution. In the process of dying hair, henna coats each strand with a semi-permanent protein called hennotannic acid that seals the hair shaft and protects it from sun damage and the elements.
Gluten-free Face Paint for Halloween
The All Natural Allergen Free Face Paint for Halloween from Kiss Freely is a great option for customers who need face paint for the perfect Halloween costume, but want to avoid gluten products. The kit comes with six face paint colors: a black, white, red, yellow, blue and green pot. In addition to being gluten-free, the paints are vegan and free from the seven other most common allergens: corn ingredients, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soy, tree-nuts and wheat. Produced by a company that specializes in products for customers with allergies or sensitivities, the paints contain nourishing ingredients such as jojoba seed oil and aloe vera.
Grimas is a Dutch company that produces professional-grade face and body costume makeup. Available in a 12-color kit or individual paints, the company offers a range of shades from opaque to metallic and pearlescent options. All of their products are gluten-free and do not come into contact with gluten during production. They’re also unperfumed and subject to the European Union’s stringent safety requirements. While a more expensive option than Kiss Freely’s set, Grimas offers truly stunning shades and professional quality for those who want to take their Halloween costume to the next level.
From the striking pigmentation of Grimas’ paint to Pravana’s eye-catching range of shades, these products provide the same quality, or often superior quality than their gluten-containing counterparts. They also tend to contain environmentally-friendly ingredients, many of which are vegan or biodegradable. Gluten-sensitive customers have more options than ever before when searching for hair and beauty products.
Note: Nima wasn’t created to test non-food items, so we wouldn’t recommend relying on our sensor when evaluating beauty products. Instead, you’ll need to review a product’s ingredients lists, outside testing, and product reviews to determine if it’s safe to use.