Veganuary isn’t only about overhauling your diet — you could also find animal by-products in your beauty routine.
There are lots of brands that are making the switch to vegan formulas, particularly in the world of haircare where sustainability is bigger than ever.
But if you’re a bit stuck on how to spot a vegan shampoo, we’ve rounded up the best haircare products to add to your vegan routine.
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CENTRED Daily Calma Shampoo
- CENTRED Daily Calma Shampoo, £22 from FeelUnique – buy here
Husband and wife duo Laura and Kieran Tudor created CENTRED when Laura suffered severe hair loss following a number of stressful years working in the fashion industry.
Using hair stylist Kieran’s professional knowledge plus their own research, they found a blend of ingredients that solved Laura’s problems. Creating the brand gave them the platform to share what they’d discovered.
Their ethos is all about finding moments of calm to prevent burnout so that others don’t have to go through the same.
The shampoo itself has been made for dry and damaged hair and uses Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Orange Blossom Water to gently cleanse.
But it won’t strip hair of its natural oils and goodness because it’s sulphate and silicone free, on top of having the vegan seal of approval.
It has a subtle but fresh scent, and lathers nicely, giving a really clean feeling and leaving hair looking shiny, soft and healthy.
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Kevin Murphy MINI ANGEL.WASH
- Kevin Murphy MINI ANGEL.WASH, £7.50 from Kevin Murphy – buy here
We love Kevin Murphy hair products, they’re seriously good. And now the brand has products that are vegan friendly too.
This includes its ANGEL.WASH, which is loved by global megastar Kylie Minogue, but if that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps its hydrating and protecting qualities might.
Made with green tea, lavender and tangerine extracts, as well as hydrolysed oat protein, this shampoo encourages hair to retain water, adding to its overall volume and shine.
This is what makes it particularly good for fine hair that’s been coloured because it gently encourages hydration.
Having said that, it never feels heavy, and you don’t need much – just a penny sized amount – to get a really clean wash every time.
The smell might not be for everyone because it is quite sweet, reminiscent of actual sweets, but it’s not too strong and isn’t overpowering after using it.
And how cute is this mini version? for only £7.50, that’s perfect for a weekend away, whether that’s at home or abroad.
Klorane Shampoo Bar with Mango
- Klorane Shampoo Bar with Mango, £11 from Lookfantastic – buy here
Shampoo bars are having a bit of a moment, because just like with a regular bar of soap, there’s no waste.
Klorane’s Shampoo Bar with Mango has the equivalent usage of two lots of 200ml liquid shampoo bottles, uses 94% less packaging than the French brand’s liquid alternatives and is fully vegan.
The concept of using a soap-like bar to wash your hair may seem a bit odd, but they’re incredibly straightforward to use.
Simply rub between your hands to create a lather (if you’re someone who prefers some suds, this doesn’t disappoint) and massage into hair like with any other shampoo. Rinse for shiny, healthy looking hair that feels light and fresh.
The bar itself is the colour of mango and has a distinctive, fruity smell that lasts, leaving your hair smelling as clean as it feels.
And if you’re planning a staycation or are lucky enough to be hopping on a plane sometime soon, there’s no decanting necessary. Just pop the solid bar in your wash bag and be on your merry way.
Foamie Dry Shampoo
- Foamie Dry Shampoo, £5.99 from Holland and Barrett – buy here
For most of us, dry shampoos are a staple, but they’re not the best for the environment. Some aerosols contain greenhouse gases so it might be time to switch to a powder.
Foamie is a great option, because not only is it vegan and not an aerosol, it’s also cruelty and plastic free.
The powder is made from Moroccan clay and rice powder giving it a brown colour, which admittedly looks a bit like sawdust, but don’t let that put you off.
You can shake it directly on to your hairline or, for more control over the distribution of the product, pour it into your hand first.
Then gently massage it in and give your hair a brush through before styling to make sure any surplus powder has been removed, in the same way as you would a spray dry shampoo.
The powder sucks up excess sebum on your scalp, giving hair a refresh in between wash days.
The scent is raspberry blossom, which sounds quite sweet, but it’s very subtle so will just give hair a light fragrance rather than anything too overpowering.
Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Conditioner
- Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Conditioner, £18.20 from Beauty Bay – buy here
Although not a shampoo, conditioner is just as important in any hair routine. And this one’s all about hydration.
Hyaluronic acid — the trusty molecule that’s capable of holding 1000 times its own weight in water — is one of the key ingredients of Coco & Eve’s Like a Virgin Cream Conditioner and it does its job beautifully.
Pea proteins reduce breakage which means less split ends and the creamy (but not heavy) consistency means this conditioner acts like a hair mask, smoothing hair and giving thirsty strands a boost.
And when we say thirsty strands, we mean all thirsty strands as this is suitable for all hair types, whether you’re trying to tame frizz or add some shine. However, it’s worth noting this range has been developed for non-coloured hair.
You can smell the coconut in the product, the sweetness of the fragrance transporting you on holiday while washing your hair.
And it’s very aesthetically pleasing. The pink bottle is a palatable millennial pastel pink that will sit nicely on any bathroom shelf, or in any shower.
Revlon Uniq One All In One Hair Treatment
- Revlon Professional Uniq One All In One Hair Treatment, £8.95 from Just My Look – buy here
This is a cult favourite because it does everything. And when we say everything, we mean everything.
Is your hair dry and damaged, or weak and dull? Are you prone to split ends? This miracle spray can help remedy that.
Spritz this vegan formula on to hair, wet or dry, and comb through before leaving it to dry naturally or styling with a hairdryer or styling tools. Oh, and it’s also a heat protectant, so you don’t need to rummage around for a separate product before styling.
And that’s the best thing about this hair saviour — it’s a real multitasker.
It’s a watery consistency, a more like a facial mist than an aerosol, so it really feels like it’s absorbing into your hair.
Add in a scent that takes you straight to the salon and you’ve got a product that feels like it’s working really hard to give you the best hair possible.
Typology Racines 1001 Nourishing Shampoo
- Typology Racines 1001 Nourishing Shampoo, £14.50 from Typology – buy here
You may have heard of Typology for skincare, but last year it launched its very first haircare range, and just like with all of its products, it’s vegan.
The French brand has recently added this Nourishing Shampoo to the collection with a real focus on active ingredients.
Camellia oil repairs the hair fibres and aloe vera hydrates without stripping away any of the good stuff.
You might be surprised to see squalane on the ingredients list because, although it is a widely used ingredient in skincare, it’s not one we often see in haircare.
But that’s what Typology is all about – skincare for your hair.
Whilst squalane is forming a protective film over the hair to protect it from dehydration the biolipid complex smoothes the cuticle for a shinier, healthier finish.
That may sound like a lot of jargon, but the long and short of it is, although this shampoo is completely vegan, that doesn’t stop it from being as science-based as your skincare.
Plus it looks great in the bottle – what more could you want?
Monat Scalp Purifying Scrub
- Monat Scalp Purifying Scrub, £48 from Monat – buy here
Scalp scrubs have come to the fore in the last year or so because of their exfoliating properties and ability to clear out product build up, which ultimately leaves hair healthier, shinier and potentially able to grow faster. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Enter Monat Scalp Purifying Scrub. Monat is known for its vegan hair and skincare products and it really has got it down to a science.
The best way to describe the consistency is to compare it to sugar wax, and if you’ve understandably never tried sugar wax (it is a niche reference) then imagine a gloopy pot of sugar.
Take a penny sized amount — a good rule of thumb for most hair products including shampoo and conditioner — and massage it into the scalp once a week before shampooing.
It feels exfoliating as the sugar-like granules clear away any residue product and sebum but make sure to thoroughly rinse because you don’t want to find granules in your hair the next day.
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