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When switching all my products to cruelty-free, I was disappointed to learn that some of my favorite hair product brands like Pantene, L’Oreal, Aveeno, OGX test on animals, and most of them didn’t even offer any vegan hair products!
So, I took it upon myself to do some research, and sure enough, I discovered from a rather large selection of cruelty-free haircare brands offering a great range of vegan shampoo, conditioner, and especially those hard-to-find vegan hair styling products and treatments.
In this guide to vegan hair products, I’ll be sharing what makes hair products not vegan and providing you with a list of both cruelty-free and vegan-friendly haircare brands, as well as, sharing some of the best vegan hair products for your specific hair type.
First, let’s begin by asking what is vegan hair products?
What is Vegan Hair Products?
Conventional hair products contain animal-sourced keratin, biotin, or silk amino acids, making them not vegan. There are plenty of plant-based and synthetic alternatives to these ingredients so there’s really no need for us to continue to use animal-derived ingredients in our hair care products.
In addition, most of the mainstream hair products we buy at the store are from brands that continue to test on animals.
Brands to Avoid that Test on Animals: OGX, L’Oreal, Pantene, Redken, Matrix, Old Spice, Garnier.
Vegan hair products mean they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products and the brand does not conduct, commission, or condone any form of animal testing on its ingredients or products, anywhere in the world.
Read Also: What Makes a Brand Cruelty-Free?
Cruelty-Free & Vegan Hair Product Brands
The following cruelty-free hair care brands don’t test on animals and are either 100% vegan or offer some vegan options for shampoo, conditioner, and hair styling products. For vegan hair color options, check this list instead.
- ACURE – 100% Vegan
- adwoa beauty
- AG Hair
- Alba Botanica
- Andalou Naturals
- Avalon Organics
- Aveda *owned by Estee Lauder
- Beachwaver Co. – 100% Vegan
- BKIND – 100% Vegan
- Cake – 100% Vegan
- Captain Blankenship
- Cotê Hair – 100% Vegan
- Curlsmith – 100% Vegan
- Deep Steep
- Derma E – 100% Vegan
- Dessert Essence
- Drunk Elephant
- EO Products – 100% Vegan
- Eva NYC
- Every Man Jack
- Flora + Curl
- Gloss Moderne – 100% Vegan
- Hempz – 100% Vegan
- IGK – 100% Vegan
- Jack Black
- John Masters Organics
- Kreyol Essence
- Live Clean
- Living Proof *owned by Unilever
- Maria Nila – 100% Vegan
- Meow Meow Tweet – 100% Vegan
- Mineral Fusion
- Not Your Mother’s
- Noughty – 100% Vegan
- Olaplex – 100% Vegan
- OrganiGrowHairCo – 100% Vegan
- Pacifica – 100% Vegan
- Pureology *owned by L’Oreal – 100% Vegan
- R+CO – 100% Vegan
- Rahua – 100% Vegan
- REVERIE – 100% Vegan
- Sachajuan – 100% Vegan
- Sol de Janeiro
- Sudsatorium – 100% Vegan
- Sukin – 100% Vegan
- The Body Shop
- The Wonder Seed – 100% Vegan
- Yes To
Best Vegan Hair Products
With so many amazing cruelty-free and vegan hair care brands to shop from, it can be hard to find one that works for your hair type or concern.
So we’ve rounded up some of the most recommended and best vegan hair products below whether you’re looking for vegan shampoo or hair products that’s affordable/at the drugstore or for natural and curly hair, for damaged hair, for dandruff, or for men, these are our top picks!
Affordable Vegan Hair Product Brands
Searching for vegan shampoo, conditioner, or hair styling products at Ulta, Target, or Shoppers Drug Mart that are inexpensive and budget-friendly? I’ve rounded up some of my favorite vegan drugstore shampoos in this post, including Cake Beauty, Noughty Haircare, and ACURE.
But here are some more affordable drugstore hair care options with products around $10 and under:
Vegan Hair Products for Curly Hair
For cruelty-free hair products for curly hair, DevaCurl and Ouidad have the best reviews for their vegan-friendly hair products for all types of curls. DevaCurl is 98% vegan, with the exception of 2 of their products (Set it Free and Low-Poo) which contain beeswax and/or lanolin. And view here for a list of Ouidad vegan products here. Curlsmith is also another option for 100% vegan hair products.
Some more vegan hair products for curly hair to try:
Vegan Hair Products for Damaged Hair
Got damaged hair desperately in need of repair and strengthening? Here are some of the most recommended vegan hair products to help revitalize and restore damaged tresses.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is a concentrated at-home treatment that strengthens the hair from within, reducing breakage and improving its look and feel.
Amika The Kure Intense Repair Hair Mask for Damaged Hair is an intensive, rich weekly treatment that instantly repairs and resuscitates dry, damaged, and overstressed hair.
Playa Ritual Hair Oil is a weightless blend of natural oils like coconut, apricot, and sunflower that tames frizz, restores moisture, and imparts radical shine.
Vegan Hair Products for Dandruff
For those with dry, irritated, and a flaky scalp or if you’re looking to switch out your Head & Shoulders shampoo with a cruelty-free and vegan option then you should try Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo, JASON Dandruff Relief Shampoo, or Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo.
If you want to splurge, Oribe* Serene Scalp Anti-dandruff Shampoo is a favorite among many users and it’s 100% vegan too!
And for a vegan hair mask to help treat a dry or flaky scalp, Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is most recommended.
Note: Oribe is cruelty-free, however, they’re owned by a parent company (Kao) that does test on animals.
Vegan Hair Products for Men
For cruelty-free and vegan hair products targeted specifically to men, we recommend trying out Every Man Jack and Jack Black.
Every Man Jack has a range of vegan shampoo and conditioner for all hair types, including their signature mint daily shampoo.
Jack Black also has some men’s vegan shampoo + conditioner, as well as some cruelty-free hair styling products. Note: their wax pomade and texture cream contains beeswax.
I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite cruelty-free and vegan hair product brands?