Naturally Clean: Vegan Shampoos and Conditioners

by Emily on January 15, 2011

It’s amazing what is in some personal hygiene products. The average shampoo or conditioner could contain animal by-products like collagen, elastin, hooves, or even placenta! (Source: “Animal Ingredients,” 2011)

However, there are vegan hair care products on the market if you know where to look, with more and more companies adding vegan or organic shampoos and conditioners to their product lines.

What labels do I look for?

It can be difficult to sort through the lists of ingredients in shampoos or conditioners and to know whether or not the product contains animal products, byproducts, or if it has been tested on animals. When in doubt, check the label. “100% vegan” or “organic” should be written on the bottle if the terms apply. Cruelty-free products will have a seal on them stating “This product was not tested on animals.” Many companies try to make it clear when their product caters to a specific audience, and vegan hair care products are no exception.

Where can I find vegan shampoos and conditioners?

So, where should you start looking? Try the websites of known vegan, organic, or cruelty-free products; most of them either allow you to order online or have a section of the website dedicated to helping you find stores that carry their products. Here are a few companies that you can look at in your search for vegan shampoos and conditioners:  These are, of course, just a few of the options for vegan hair care products, but they can be a good starting point for finding the product that is right for you.

1. L’Oreal EverStrong 2. Avalon Organics 3. Faith in Nature
4. Urtrekam 5. Pureology 6. Lush 7. Hair Fix

1. L’Oreal EverStrong – This is a recently developed sulfate-free and 100% vegan line of hair care products.  Because L’Oreal is a major cosmetics company, these products are fairly easy to find. For more information, you can look to their website.
2. Avalon Organics - This subset of Alba Botanicals, offers cruelty-free, 100% vegetarian, organic products, all of which are available through their website.
3. Faith in Nature – They have a list of products that are cruelty-free and 100% natural, including shampoos made with lavender, tea tree, or chocolate. Their products are available through their website; their website also has a store locator to help you find a retailer that carries their products.
4. Urtrekam - This brand, out of Denmark, sells products are natural, made from plant products, certified organic, and cruelty-free. You can find which companies carry their products on their website.
5. Pureology – This company sells vegan and cruelty-free products. Even better, their products come in recycled and recyclable packaging.
6. Lush – This company produces handmade, cruelty-free, vegan shampoos and conditioners. You can locate stores that carry their products via their website. You can choose to buy online, or buy using their catalogue.
7. Hair Fix - A 100% vegan and cruelty-free company, they offer dry shampoos to decrease oiliness between washes.

Or try making shampoo at home…

If you’re more of a hands-on type, you can try making your own shampoo:

1. has a simple recipe made with fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme that could easily be adapted for different herbs or other ingredients depending on your taste.

2. also has a recipe for shampoo, this one using a soapwort base.

With homemade shampoo, you can eliminate worries about the ingredients you are using to keep yourself clean.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Moraitis April 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

Costco makes am AWESOME vegan shampoo & conditioner. Its Kirklands Moisture Smampoo & Conditioner. Leaves my manic panic plantinum blonde hair moisurized and beautiful. Super cheap
too. $10.00 for a huge bottle 33.6 oz bottle. RUN to Costco and check it out. You wont go back to using others.


Gina January 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

People should know that although the ingredients in the L’Oreal shampoo are vegan, the company tests on animals.


Lindsey March 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Yea, Gina I was about to mention the same thing. Very sad, as that seems to be the only sulfate free shampoo I can find in a supermarket.


krista May 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm

One day I was at Costco with my grandparents and I needed shampoo and conditioner so I picked the Kirkland Signature brand thinking ok this looks pretty good so I took it home tried it for awhile and noticed my hair was more softer and shinier and healthier THE BEST ON THIS PLANET I think I give it 10 thumbs up!!!! It makes my hair color last a long time to!!!!! I’m never going back to sulfate products AGAIN!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS STUFF!!!! Sorry for the people who don’t have a Costco card that’s the only place I know where to get it!


Addie May 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

Whole Foods has a lot of vegan/organic/cruelty-free/sulfate free shampoo and conditioners. Just bought some tonight and pretty excited to give it a try tomorrow.


RF Bion April 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Hello, my name is RF Bion and I am reaching out to you in retrospect to our vegan Bio Follicle HSS brand, vegan aromatherapy shampoo & conditioner , we are with Leapingbunny and fit your criteria as we are a vegan hair support system.


RF Bion
Product Developmemt
800 481-4546 ext. 103


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