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