No More Bad Hair Days

Just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean you can’t still have great hair! There are plenty of cruelty-free products out there to color, curl, straighten, and style with. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to look great.

For a quick reference, check out PETA US’ cruelty-free guide to hair products. You might find some familiar names there, such as Paul Mitchell (vegan and cruelty-free) and Lush (cruelty-free but not all products are vegan).

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Are all cruelty-free hair products suitable for vegans?

Sadly not, because even though some products have not been tested on animals, they still may contain animal-derived ingredients. So be sure to check the ingredients. The easiest and best way to guarantee that you’re getting great hair without harming animals is to use products that are from a totally vegan company.

For at-home hair coloring, there are plenty of vegan options to suit everyone! You can find Tints of Nature hair-color products online, and there are also several brands of pure henna hair dyes such as Avigal Henna. Aveda is the only major company with a professional color line that is completely vegan and cruelty-free  If you want your hair to stand out, try products from Manic Panic, which offers color choices such as Vampire Red and Shocking Blue! For more options, check out this list of cruelty-free companies.

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A good shampoo and conditioner are essential if you want to make the most out of your color. Paul Mitchell products are salon quality, vegan-friendly, and available worldwide. Lush marks its handmade line of shampoos and conditioners so that you can easily tell which ones are vegan-friendly. Hello Hair is 100% vegan and ships internationally.

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Styling products are perhaps the most personal aspect of hair care—what works for fine, straight hair can be disastrous for curly, thick hair! Many companies now label their products as cruelty-free or vegan, but some still do not. So if there is a product that works for you and you aren’t sure if it is vegan or tested on animals, simply write to the manufacturers and ask them.

Animals are not ours to experiment on, so please make sure that there is no cruelty behind your hairstyle. Learn how to be a caring consumer and hold your head (and your hair) high!

Posted by Claire Fryer