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More people are going vegan—with their shampoo, that is.
You may be surprised to discover that many shampoos on the market contain animal products (or byproducts), such as keratin, lanolin, and squalane. If this revelation leaves you scratching your head, your best bet is to seek out a shampoo that’s vegan—meaning they’re made without animal byproducts and aren’t tested on animals.
But just because you switch to a vegan shampoo doesn’t mean that your hair has to suffer. On the contrary, vegan shampoos typically skew toward all-natural products, such as coconut oil and aloe vera, which may even improve your hair overall. If you’re looking to feel better about the hair products you’re using, read on for our picks of great vegan shampoos.
6 vegan shampoos to add to your hair care routine
That perfect beach hair look? This vegan shampoo from Sun Bum helps create that at home—no surfing required. This hydrating shampoo includes coconut oil and sunflower seed oil, which revitalize and nourish your hair. Not only is this shampoo vegan, it’s also cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free. Goodbye unwanted ingredients, hello beach hair. Sun Bum Revitalizing Shampoo, $9.99
If you’re a fan of Netflix’s Queer Eye, you’re likely familiar with Jonathan Van Ness and his famous locks. While you may not get the opportunity to experience a hair makeover by Jonathan Van Ness yourself, you can come pretty close with his new hair care line, JVN. This moisturizing shampoo will cleanse your hair without over-stripping its oils. Plus, this shampoo has that satisfying lather that many vegan shampoos lack, so your hair-washing session will feel extra enjoyable. JVN Nurture Hydrating Shampoo, $18.
This vegan shampoo was specifically formatted for curly, wavy, or textured hair—giving your tresses some much-needed hydration. No more battling endless frizz or unruly ends. This shampoo does the work for you, so you can focus on showing off your gorgeous hair. Briogeo Rice Amino and Avocado Hydrating Shampoo, $26.
If you have sensitive hair or scalp, you know how difficult it can be to find a shampoo that doesn’t aggravate your strands or skin. Without sacrificing performance, this shampoo for Odele will nourish and revitalize damaged hair. Made for all hair types, it’s particularly helpful if you’re dealing with eczema or other skin irritation. Better hair without causing damage? Yes, please. Odele Ultra Sensitive Shampoo, $11.99.
Looking for a vegan shampoo that won’t leave your hair flat and lifeless? Consider this option from Lush. Made with sea salts, seaweed, and extra virgin coconut oil, this shampoo will give your hair volume, silkiness, and shine. Who says a vegan shampoo can’t be powerful? Plus, as a jar, this container of shampoo makes traveling a breeze. (Read: no unwelcome spills or leaks.) Lush Big Shampoo, starting at $11.95.
TikTok’s new favorite shampoo is also vegan. This shampoo from Olaplex helps repair and hydrate damaged hair and increase the strength of your strands. It does this by targeting disulfide bonds within your hair—suddenly, the science of hair care just became a little more exciting. Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, starting at $14.