By Hibah Khan|
March 15, 2022|
5 min read
Vegan haircare is more popular than ever, and we’re not complaining: high-quality ingredients not only make our hair look great, but they’re also good for the environment and 100% cruelty-free.
Veganism, which was once considered a niche movement, has entered the mainstream in the last five years. The vegan lifestyle is now embraced by around 1.6 million people in the UK and this figure is rapidly increasing.
However, being vegan means more than just your diet; it also includes other lifestyle choices. Take into account what’s in your bathroom: Skincare, Haircare, Toiletries and Makeup.. Vegan beauty is booming, with the global market expected to grow 6.3% per year to £15.2 billion by 2025.
It may come as a surprise that a large majority of hair products, such as shampoos and conditioners, contain animal products – the most common culprits being milk, honey, beeswax, or keratin. On the other hand, vegan beauty products do not contain any animal ingredients and the common misconception that steer people away from vegan haircare is that “It’s not moisturising or nourishing on hair” compared to run of the mill hair products that we know..
Our mission: Disprove that statement.
What Does Vegan Haircare Mean?
Vegan products are becoming increasingly mainstream from clothing to skincare. As a result, there has never been a more exciting time to be a vegan as more vegan and cruelty-free products are available now than ever before.
That being said, numerous hair brands contain animal derivatives such as keratin, collagen, and glycerin with countless people unaware that these are not vegan at all. Nowadays, there are numerous plant-based and synthetic alternatives to these ingredients such as argan oil, aloe, jojoba oil and kaolin clays.
In addition, the majority of the mainstream hair products we buy at the store come from companies that continue to test on animals… Making them not suitable for people living a vegan lifestyle. Buying and using vegan haircare ensures that the products are not only cruelty-free, but also contain no animal products.
The Benefits Of Using Vegan Hair Products:
Many popular hair products contain parabens, sodium sulphates, synthetic fragrances, and known harmful silicones, which can cause dry hair and an itchy scalp or worse, chemical exposure.
Natural Ingredients & Scents:
Vegan shampoo, conditioners and hair masks are frequently made with a variety of natural, plant-based ingredients, such as buriti oil, cupuaçu butter, and kaolin clays, which provide nourishing vitamins, nutrients, and, of course, moisture to the hair. Many synthetic fragrances conceal not only non-vegan ingredients, but also harsh chemicals; instead, look for natural fragrances made from essential oils.
One of the major issues with non-vegan hair products are the harsh chemicals and additives that strip hair of its natural protective coating. Vegan products, on the other hand, do not harm your hair’s natural oils and, in fact, they maintain it even more with the nourishing ingredients that they contain.
Many mainstream haircare products contain harsh chemical compounds and animal byproducts that can cause irritation or even an allergic reaction. Vegan hair products are gentler on sensitive scalps because they use non-harmful chemicals and a lot of natural, plant ingredients.
Most often, ingredients in vegan hair products are biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and ethically sourced. The packaging is often made of recyclable materials as well. When you use vegan shampoo and conditioner instead of brand-name hair products you are frequently helping to create a more sustainable future.
Why Make The Switch To Vegan Hair Products:
Vegan products can be just as beneficial to the environment as they are to our locks and now, more than ever, we must look after the planet. So, how exactly does what we put on our heads affect the state of the planet? The answer is simple.
The animal farming industry is one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction and pollution, as well as rapid deforestation. They not only contribute to climate change but also have a negative impact on biodiversity.
Switching to vegan products can help to reduce the need for specific animal resources. Many brands are also embracing the organic and natural side of haircare, which means that fewer harmful chemicals and materials are being washed down the drain with each hair wash or bath.
Maintaining great, healthy hair + Saving the environment = A win-win in our books!
Things To Consider When Purchasing Vegan Products:
Before buying a product, always read the label. Most vegan products should bear a green-leaf label indicating that they are certified vegan. They should also be labelled as cruelty-free.
Look out for ingredient transparency, companies use a variety of names to conceal different things. Lanolin, for example, is derived from the wool of sheep. Shellac is well-known for its ability to lock in hair colour and make it glossy, but it is made from thousands of lac insects. A small percentage of vegan haircare products contain harsh chemicals, so always read the ingredient list.
Here at Wearth you can shop in confidence knowing all our products are vegan and cruelty free so you can clean, nourish, and maintain your hair with our environmentally friendly haircare products that haven’t harmed any animal. Made with sustainable ingredients, which help to protect your hair avoiding the use of harsh chemicals. Here’s our product roundup of the very best choices for every hair type:
Best for oily/ thin hair: SOP: Smur Shampoo
This sustainable shampoo with Neroli and Ylang Ylang refreshes and invigorates your hair. Ylang Ylang is a natural conditioner that can easily balance your scalp’s oil secretions while also being an effective natural treatment to reduce hair fallout caused by stress and alopecia.
Best for dry/ thick hair: Nereus London: Australian Buddahwood & Bergamot Shampoo
An everyday premium eco-friendly shampoo that has been thoughtfully formulated with 100% natural fragrances. Essential oils include Buddha Wood and Bergamot which are known for rich antioxidants that can help clean away dirt and chemicals that are causing the hair to dry out, revealing healthy, shiny hair.
Best value: Miniml: Hair Shampoo
This affordable shampoo is sulfate-free, natural cleansing, and enriched with pink grapefruit and aloe vera. It is handmade in the UK with natural ingredients and is an excellent choice for those with sensitive scalps and skin. An added bonus, the formulation is curl-friendly, if you’re specifically looking for a vegan curly hair routine, click here.
Best use of natural ingredients: Hairy Jayne: Natural Conditioner
The renowned hairdresser’s high-performance vegan and organic line is made in the UK using sulfate-free, vegan-friendly, and biodegradable ingredients. There are several eco-friendly conditioners to choose from including: Light, Cream, and Treatment, which come in a variety of gorgeous scents.
Best for nourishing frizzy hair: Battle Green: Vegan Conditioner Bars
This vegan and cruelty-free conditioner bar is the ideal alternative for a more environmentally friendly haircare routine. The soothing Lavender & Tea Tree bar, helps combat scalp dryness and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Each bar also contains rhassoul clay, which helps with detangling, reducing dryness and frizz.
Best for coloured hair: Kind2: The Fragrance Free One – Solid Conditioner Bar
Not only is this conditioner bar great for coloured hair it’s also fragrance free, which is great for sensitive scalps. This plastic-free conditioner is super moisturising and silicone-free. The deeply moisturising bar is made with rich and indulgent coconut, macadamia, and argan oils.
Vegan Deep Treatment Hair Masks:
Best long-lasting benefits: Corinne Taylor: Deep Repair Organic Hair Mask
With a nourishing blend of antioxidant and vitamin-rich oils, unrefined shea butter, rosemary, tea tree, lavender essential oils and more.. This deep repair mask provides long-lasting conditioning benefits for your hair.
Best for curly hair: Moo & Yoo: Miracle Curl Cream
This 100% natural and sustainable Miracle Curl Cream is made in the UK and will restore the life and bounce to your curls. Infused with natural marula oil, shea butter, and Icelandic moss to nourish and hydrate curls leaving you with glossy and voluminous hair.
Best in-shower experience: Ksoni: Hair Conditioner
Ksoni’s rich luxurious conditioners are infused with specialty scents and essential oil blends which leave you with healthy tresses. Each range of hair masks have strong scents that create a relaxing in-shower experience and leave you with “mood changing properties.”
Vegan Hair Accessories:
Best Hairbrush: Nature & My: Bamboo Hair Brush
Natural rubber and sustainable bamboo are used to make this eco-friendly hair brush. It is completely biodegradable and plastic-free and unlike standard plastic pinned brushes, these bamboo pins will not damage the hair and will leave you with sleek and shiny locks.
Best Hair Scrunchies: The Conscious Sewist: Zero Waste Hair Scrunchie
These super soft, zero-waste scrunchies are handcrafted in the UK from offcuts. These are a must-have sustainable addition to your eco hair accessories, whether for yourself or as a gift for someone special. Made with natural rubber and organic cotton.
Best Hair Oil: Rin Organics: Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
Only a few drops of this formula is needed to condition the hair, tame frizz, and add mirror-like shine. We like how it works on both dry and wet strands. It is also a great multi-use product which can be used for skin and cuticles.
If you loved this guide be sure to check out our ‘10 Products & Tips For An Environmentally-Friendly Haircare Routine.’ There is so much more to choose from, discover our vegan hair category by clicking here.