Last Updated on October 7, 2021 by Sarah
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Looking for vegan hair products?
Many conventional hair products contain animal-sourced ingredients such as keratin or biotin.
However, with many effective plant-based & synthetic alternatives now available, it’s much easier find vegan shampoos, conditioners & other vegan hair products that don’t contain animal-derived ingredients.
How To Know If Vegan Hair Products Are Truly ‘Vegan’
Depending on what you’re looking for, vegan hair products tend to mean the absence of animal, or animal derived, ingredients, while ‘cruelty-free’ indicates a product that doesn’t test on animals. Ideally, you want both.
If you’re ever unsure whether a product is 100% vegan or cruelty free, hair care, or otherwise, it’s easy to check via Peta’s Cruelty Free Database or via Cruelty Free Kitty. Ethical Bunny will also tell you if a brand is cruelty free.
From vegan shampoos & hair conditioners to vegan hair serums and hairsprays, here are 10 vegan hair products for cruelty free and lustrous locks.
10 Best Vegan Hair Products For 2021
1 – Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo
Best For: Vegan Shampoos/Thinner Hair
Founded in the belief that ‘ all beauty comes from the Earth‘, Avalon Organics are committed to using plant based & organic ingredients, as well as ethical & sustainable business practices. From their best selling vegan friendly thickening shampoo to tea tree scalp treatments & conditioners, there’s also a popular vegan Lavender Shampoo.
Vegan & cruelty-free.
2 – Acure Ultra Hydrating Shampoo
Best For: Vegan Shampoos/All Hair Types
Vegan & certified cruelty-free, the Acure Ultra Hydrating Shampoo is paraben, sulfate & formaldehyde free. Infused with argan & pumpkin oil for extra hydration, the shampoo is designed to nourish hair, increase shine & reduce frizz.
Whatever your hair type, Acure are likely to offer a shampoo or conditioner to suit.
3 – Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar
Best For: Vegan Shampoo Bars/Normal Hair/Zero Plastic
On a mission to rid the world of plastic waste, ethique offer sustainable, ethically sourced products, made from natural ingredients. Their best selling vegan shampoo bar ditches plastic bottles & comes wrapped in compostable packaging. To use, swipe the bar several times through your roots, work it through your hair to lather up, then rinse as usual.
Vegan. Cruelty, palm oil & plastic free.
4 – Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo
Best For: Vegan Dry Shampoos
Looking for a vegan dry shampoo to spruce up your locks? Handmade Heroes Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo is 100% natural, vegan & cruelty free. And since it’s in powder form, there’s no aerosol involved, making it better for the environment too.
Free from parabens, preservatives & synthetic chemicals.
5 – Faith In Nature Coconut Conditioner
Best For: Vegan Hair Conditioners/All Hair Types
Certified cruelty free & vegan, Faith In Nature have been creating affordable natural products since 1974. Their popular mouturising coconut hair conditioner is packed with the natural & tropical aroma of organic coconut oil & is free from parabens & SLS.
There’s also Jojoba, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil & Unscented conditioners, as well as a range of popular natural & vegan friendly shampoos.
6 – Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment Hair Mask
Best For: Vegan Hair Masks/Dry & Coloured Hair
Pureology have been making clean hair products for over 25 years. Certified cruelty free & vegan friendly, Pureology’s vegan hair care formulas are made with sustainably-sourced natural plant extracts. Their vegan friendly hair mask contains nutrient packed avocado & coconut oil for a deeply nourishing treatment that leaves hair hydrated, moisturised & soft.
Suitable for dry & colour treated hair. Silicone free.
7 – Every Man Jack
Best For: Male Vegan Hair Products
Every Man Jack offer a range of naturally derived & cruelty free hair products aimed specifically at men. Try the popular 2 in 1 Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner for a vegan hair care formula or check out the cruelty free line of shaving & beard products. Every Man Jack products are responsibly made, ethical & cruelty-free.
Not all products are vegan, so check individual products before buying.
8 – Arctic Fox Hair Dye
Best For: Vegan Hair Dye
Arctic Fox have been producing vegan & cruelty free hair dye since 2015. With lots of colours to choose from, hair dyes are gentle, suitable for frequent use & free of heavy chemicals.On average, colours last between 4-8 weeks on bleached hair & around 2-6 weeks on unbleached hair.
Dyes are semi-permanent, with Purple Rain & Aquamarine popular choices.
9 – AG Hair Natural Glow Shine Infuse Serum
Best For: Vegan Hair Serum
A Peta approved company, AG Hair products are listed as vegan friendly, silicone & cruelty free. Their Natural Glow Shine Infused Serum is packed with the goodness of super food seed oils (pumpkin & sunflower to broccoli & chia) to nourish hair & improve frizz. Suitable for all hair types, this vegan hair serum also improves shine.
There’s also a vegan friendly Natural Balance Shampoo & Conditioner on offer.
10 – Pacifica Big Waves Hairspray
Best For: Vegan Hairspray
Formulated without the use of parabens, phthalates, SLS or mineral oil, Pacifica’s Big Waves, Soft Hold & Volume Hairspray is 100% vegan & cruelty-free. Scented with coconut & vanilla, the bottle is non-aerosol. To use, simply spray evenly about 10-12 inches away from your hair, for longer lasting waves.
Pacifica also produce a popular range of other vegan hair care products.
Vegan Hair Products – Conclusion
With so many plant based and non animal derived ingredients now available, effective vegan hair products are thankfully much easier to find.
When shopping for your hair care products, look for items that contain only plant based or non animal sourced ingredients, as well as brands that don’t test on animals.