Being vegan is certainly not as limiting as it once was. There are vegan cookbooks to master. Vegan trainers to swap to. You could even spend a very pleasant evening in the bath using only vegan bath products. And, if your hair is misbehaving, there are vegan hair masks. But obedient hair actually begins with a suitable shampoo and conditioner. On that note, here are the best vegan shampoos and conditioners for all hair types and concerns.
Unless its usage is intended as an antonym for ‘dripping wet’, no one wants dry hair. But if it gives you an excuse to use the HoliRoots shampoo and conditioner from Fable & Mane, maybe having dry hair is in fact a covert blessing. With coconut oil to nourish and tiger herb to heal, the shampoo is so rich in moisture that it also serves as a hair treatment. And the conditioner contains turmeric which, with regular use, will keep your hair in the best of health.
Even those of us with hair that’s considered ‘normal’ need to cleanse and condition it. And, to that end, we deserve vegan shampoo and conditioner that’s as assiduous as the ones used by people with problem hair. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be expensive – not with Garnier Ultimate Blends in existence, anyway. We love the detangling diligence of its Moisturising Hair Food Aloe Vera & Coconut shampoo. It shares the same gossamer texture as the accompanying conditioner.
Detoxes in general have a reputation for being a bit dull, but a hair detox doesn’t have to be if the Maria Nila Eco Therapy Revive range is involved. Using micellar technology, the shampoo gently removes impurities and product residue whilst not causing any imbalance. The conditioner is equally essential because both it and the shampoo contain a scent that we are now obsessed with: green cucumber, pear and peach nectar.
The fact that ‘lifeless’ is often used as a synonym for ‘flat’ in the language used to describe hair says it all: flat hair is not particularly desirable. It’s fortunate, then, that Monat’s Volumizing range should exist to, well, volumize. And both its Revive Shampoo and Revitalise Conditioner do so with a host of ingredients so effective that they’re trademarked (like capixyl™, which increases hair density).
If they are unhappy, scalps have absolutely no qualms in complaining. But this doesn’t just result in itching and flaking. Ultimately, it creates compromised hair growth. Wild Science Lab’s Leaf + See Head First Scalp Relief Shampoo is just the solution to promote scalp clarity and restore hair vitality, however. Both it and the partnering conditioner contain CBD – which in itself is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, fatty acids and Omega 3 & 6 – to nourish the scalp and subsequently summon superior hair overall.
We have no idea who Kuwaloo's Yorkshire Goddess is, but whenever our hair is greasy, we are grateful for her. She'd be nothing without certain ingredients, though. The pink clay, for example, is what helps to absorb excess oils, while the jasmine and ylang ylang oils help to stimulate the scalp and control the production of sebum. Organic cider vinegar, lastly, is what provides a lustrous shine. And whether it's a shampoo or a conditioner, a bar is considerably more sustainable than anything from a bottle.
Both in terms of upkeep and aesthetic, bleached hair is not too compatible with the simple life. But that doesn't mean that maintaining the magnificence of being blonde can't be a simple process. You just need a purple toning shampoo and conditioner. And, if that purple toning shampoo and conditioner must be vegan, we recommend Aveda. Their blonde revival™ range neutralises brassiness, leaving you with blonde hair that looks as glorious as the day you strutted out of the salon. Although your roots are another matter entirely.
If you're plagued by bodily sensitivity, it's wise to use a shampoo and conditioner that are as hypoallergenic as your other products. The Fragrance Free range from Faith in Nature is not only – you guessed it – fragrance-free, but also free from essential oils and colour. It will care for your hair in the gentlest way possible, as well as having anti-dandruff properties.
We asked the powers that be for strength and they gave us Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Strengthening & Smoothing Shampoo and conditioner. We aren't complaining, though. The plant-based keratin in both helps to fuse split ends and prevent further damage. And they're scented with the vanilla, salted caramel and pistachio aroma of the brand's Cheirosa ’62 fragrance.
Damaged hair happens to the best of us, but the solution is simple: repair. Or, more specifically, the Repair range from We Are Paradoxx. Its shampoo contains ginseng to tame frizz and carrageen to condition, while the conditioner is not only a conditioner, but a leave-in treatment and a finishing balm too.