By Abi Lomax|
February 25, 2022|
10 mins read
As many of us in the curly hair community know, finding the perfect vegan curly hair products can be quite the challenge! Our hair is as unique to us as our fingerprints so we must learn how best to look after it.
For hair to reach its full potential, we must nourish it. This means using products with organic, natural ingredients, avoiding sulphates, parabens, silicons, synthetic fragrances, and alcohol. Though some of the products mentioned on this list don’t hit the mark on all of those things, just the exclusion of a few of those ingredients makes for instantly happier hair and a reduced environmental impact! At Wearth, you can shop a diverse range of UK made haircare products that are 100% vegan and cruelty free – click here to view our full haircare range.
When searching for curly hair products, it is useful to find your curl type, hair porosity and hair density. A quick internet search will give you the tools in which to learn so. This information will inform the ingredients best suited for your hair- the products that contain them, and the regularity of their application. Another important factor is the damage to your hair. Heat, bleach and colour can be quite harmful, but with the right care, you can avoid chopping it all off and save those curls!
I have type 3A hair and have been cruelty-free and vegan for the last 7 years. My hair has been through it all- (years of bleach, terrible box dye, so many hackings at with scissors…) and though natural now, it is still very dry and frizzy when not taken proper care of. I feel like I have tried every sustainable shampoo and conditioner under the sun in those years, and have therefore finally found the products that work best for me. They are all under £20 each, sustainably produced and certified cruelty-free so you can look out for the planet as you look after your hair.
Haircare personally tried, tested and loved.
Eco credentials: No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, animal testing, petrolatum.
‘Shea Moisture is a range of natural hair care products designed to tame curls, restore hydration levels, improve hair texture and leave hair looking and feeling healthy. Each range is infused with a blend of active botanicals and natural ingredients including shea butter, coconut oil, mango seed butter and silk proteins. Each product is made with organic and natural ingredients that are sustainably sourced and never tested on animals. Certified by Ecocert SA.’
Price: £10.99 – £12.99
Just squeeze a handful out, lather well, working it into the roots, and wash out. As curly girls, we only need to wash our hair every 7-10 days, depending on our texture, curl type, and lifestyle, so this clean must be a deep one! Use your fingertips, nails or a wide-tooth comb to work the shampoo into those roots and massage your scalp doing so. This will stimulate the hair follicles and encourage hair growth so enjoy it. If you’re using a lot of product or dry shampoo during the week you might have product build-up, so a second lather may be necessary. Do not fear though, the ingredients in the shampoo are gentle and don’t strip your hair of all the natural oils.
Price: £10.99 – £12.99
Vegan options: Raw shea butter, Moisture retention. And Jamaican Black Caster Oil, Strengthen and restore
Luxuriously silky, these conditioners will keep your hair soft and shiny all day. Simply massage a blob of it into your hair after shampoo, or use as a co-wash during the week without shampooing; working it in from tip to root. Tie your hair into a bun and leave it in for 5 to 10 minutes to marinate, allowing it to penetrate the hair shaft, and wash your bod in the meantime. The longer it sits, the more moisturised your hair will be, so have a groove, shave your legs if you’re that way inclined, practice your singing, and then wash out with tepid water. For added benefits leave 20% of it in as a leave-in conditioner.
Strengthen & Restore Styling Lotion, Smoothie and Leave-In
These products right here! Absolute game-changers. They define curls and leave them completely frizz-free. No mean feat for hair like ours. I work these products into my hair when it is about half dry, taking half inch strands and raking through a pea-sized amounts of each. I then brush through my hair with a Denman brush, ensuring full coverage and an even application. To style, I’ll twist out the strands to encourage perfect ringlets, finger coiling; or to let my curls form more freely, just scrunching up the hair in small handfuls, often with my head upside down to encourage volume.
Eco Credentials: Free from sulphates, silicones, parabens and mineral oil. They are cruelty-free but not confirmed vegan. This is under review.
Price: £4.00- £9.99
This shampoo does a decent job as any, leaving hair feeling squeaky clean. Unscented and on the more affordable side it is ideal for those getting into natural hair care. Use as normal.
Price: £4.99 – £9.99
This conditioner is my top pick of all the conditioners here. I simply could not live without it.
In an ideal world, my hair would be flowing free and wild, silky and unkept, but in reality, it is up out of my face in buns or ponytails almost most of the time, causing it to knot and tangle easily. Friction from winter hats and pillowcases, even faux-silk ones can make matts worse, so de-tangling and manageability help from a conditioner is essential.
Applied liberally to small sections and left to soak for 5+ minutes, your comb will glide through, with a bit of encouragement. I work from hair end to root, an inch or so at a time to avoid breakage as much as possible, and apply more product as necessary.
This curl cream works beautifully for smoothing frizz and deep conditioning the hair on the daily. I have very fine and relatively thin hair and I don’t like to weigh it down with too much product. Therefore I personally use this more as a leave-in conditioner of sorts. After conditioning, I use a £2 coin-sized dollop of it on sopping wet hair and rake it through using a comb. This dilutes it, and brings my curls to life immediately. As the hair dries naturally, the product protects the cuticle, smoothing it together, eliminating frizz. It can also be used as a curl re-vitiliser during the week too, in a spray bottle 20/80 with water to bring curls back to life.
Eco credentials: Biodegradable, Cruelty-Free, No GMO’s, No Parabens, No Sulfates, Vegan
‘Using safe and effective ingredients, our award-winning range of skin, hair, body and oral care products harness the power of botanical ingredients to improve everyday wellness. Infused with minerals and vitamins that deliver results, our products delight the senses, soothe the soul and respect the planet.’ JĀSÖN®
Jason has been a mainstay in the eco-hair care world since 1957 for a reason. Fully transparent, and award-winning, you’ll find it in every local health store, it’s great in a pinch when you can’t find curly products.
Price: £7.49 – £12.99
Lather, rinse, repeat. We know the score by now! The different shampoos have different active ingredients that really do the job they are supposed to, leaving your hair very soft. I have tried the whole range and rotate them to my needs.
Price: £7.49 – £9.99
This conditioner is very soothing and recyclable packaging is equally as soothing to the soul and your environmental fears. I have found my hair struggles with this a wee bit for a weekly conditioner as it’s not the best detangler, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t do a good job. If you’re conditioning your hair a few times a week, combing it regularly to avoid tangles, it’ll work a treat. I partially like to use it after sea swimming as my hair gets very dried out and needs those vitamins desperately! Wavy/ loosely curly girls who don’t need too much product, this one is for you!
Eco-friendly hair care offered at Wearth
Wearth’s Sustainable Curly Girl Products:
Refillable and biodegradable packaging is an excellent way to go with your hair products if you’re looking to become as sustainable in your everyday lifestyle.. Plastic-free, with all the healthy hair benefits of the previous products, these are the most eco-friendly curly-girl products to add to your routine.
Eco credentials: Handmade, Made in the UK, Natural Ingredients, Organic, Plastic Free, Recycled Materials, Sustainable Materials, Vegan Friendly
Price: £6.50 – £11.40
Fresh, invigorating and plastic-free – what more could you ask for? Just lather up this shampoo bar in your hand or on your scalp to produce the desired amount, and work into the hair, stopping when it feels squeaky clean. Store in a dry place and these babies will last you months, making them excellent value for money.
Activate this conditioner bar by rubbing it into wet hair, stroking it down different sections to fully saturate them. Tie your hair up a while and let it sink in and then wash out. And just like that you’ve got smooth, nourished hair.
Eco credentials: Handmade, Made in the UK, Natural Ingredients, Organic, Refillable, Social Contribution, Sustainable Materials, Vegan Friendly
Price: £2.50- £4.50
Lather, rinse, repeat and refill! This curly-girl approved shampoo will leave your hair wanting to come back for more time and time again. And so you can! Check their stockist list here and pop into your local store to re-fill them, saving plastic from landfill, one bottle at a time.
Price: £2.50 – £5.50
Vegan, Cruelty-Free and British Made without all the aforementioned nasties, this conditioner leaves your hair soft, manageable and soothed. Curly girl approved and re-fillable, however thirsty your hair is, this bottle will have you infinitely covered.
Eco credentials: Handmade, Organic, Vegan Friendly
Price: Bar £9, Bottle £12, Bottle Refills £12
Bar – Suitable for all hair types, 98% naturally derived, biodegradable and PH balanced, this shampoo is as healthy as it gets! Packed with carefully chosen essential oils, these bars are celebrated for their ability to soothe troubled scalps, so for those with sensitive skin, this might be the one for you!
Bottle – With Aloe Vera to help regulate oil production, this all-natural vegan shampoo will leave your hair feeling squeaky clean, soft and nourished. Re-fill when you’re finished and keep up the healthy hair.
Price: Bar- £8, Bottle- £15, Bottle Refills- £12
Bar – With the conditioner bar, simply pinch a bit off, rubbing it between your palms with a little water to form a paste/cream. Then apply to your hair as normal. Alternatively, you can turn it into a liquid conditioner by slicing up the bar into small pieces, placing them in an old jar, and submerging them in boiling water of the same quantity. Once it has all melted down, you can stir it together to create a smooth cream, and store it this way, using as any other bottled conditioner.
This works excellently as a leave-in conditioner too, or for creating a protective barrier for swimming in chlorinated water.
Bottle – Each recyclable aluminium bottle contains ingredients best suited to your hair needs, Light, Cream and Treatment, so you can customise your wash. Use as any other conditioner, working from ends to root, leaving in, and rinsing out the desired amount. Once your conditioner has run out you can top it up with a biodegradable refill pouch.
The website features this chart, so find your perfect match here.
We hope this has given you insight to the world of vegan hair for curly hair. It is possible to stay looking presentable without harming the planet. Click here to explore our full range of vegan and eco-friendly haircare.