The beginner’s guide to a vegan haircare routine
Are your locks lacking the vegan haircare routine they deserve?
By Mark Readman
Not only are more people converting to a vegan diet, but they are also incorporating plant-based alternatives into other areas of their life such as the clothes they wear and the furniture they buy, as well as their skincare and haircare routines. Because of this, an increasing number of brands are producing vegan alternatives to aid the environment and the end-user.
In terms of haircare, research has shown that vegan products are healthier for your hair due to the use of natural ingredients such as oils, minerals and plant extracts which are proven to protect and nourish your locks from root to tip.
As with all beauty products, it’s important to take the time to find the right solution for you, however, if you’re looking to begin a vegan haircare routine, the below products are a great place to start.
Shampoo & conditioner
Born from a powerful idea to create the best professional products for colour-treated hair, Pureology uses 100 per cent vegan ingredients including corn, coconut and sugar to gently cleanse hair without stripping colour.
Pureology has created several different targeted shampoos and conditioners specifically for coloured hair, including the Volumising Boost bundle designed to remove build up and replenish hair, whilst giving it extra volume and shine.
Ideal for fine hair, the silicone and sulphate-free shampoo promotes fullness and flexible movement, whilst cleansing from root to tip. With a signature scent of bergamot, citrus, and cedarwood, follow with the Pure Volume conditioner for best results.
The Pureology Hydration Boost bundle comprises of a gentle, cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner that effectively moisturises the hair with added superfood treatment containing jojoba, green tea and sage for an ultimate hydration boost.
Swedish brand Maria Nila prides itself on creating 100 per cent vegan, cruelty-free haircare and styling products that are also environmentally friendly due to their ‘climate compensated’ packaging.
From an extensive range of shampoos and conditioners through to treatment masques and creams, all Maria Nila products have been designed to reverse hair damage by only using natural ingredients that are sulphate and paraben-free.
Maria Nila’s dedicated ‘Colour Refresh’ collection includes a number of nourishing non-permanent colour pigment masques for all hair types to give the desired coloured tones, such as the Pearl Silver for cooler silver tones and Lavender which promotes purple and violet hues. Others include Cherry Red, Sand, Peach, Cacao, Pink Pop and Bright Copper.
Each colour masque contains softening argan oil to help fight frizz and give hair a quick refresh. To use, apply evenly on clean, towel-dried hair using the gloves provided. Leave in for 5-10 minutes (as per desired intensity), rinse and condition.
Developed by a team of beauty experts, dermatologists and scientists, Monpure London successfully bridges the gap between skin and haircare. All Monpure products are PETA approved, free from silicones, sulphates and parabens and only use 100 per cent vegan ingredients that are ethically and sustainably sourced.
Monpure’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub helps alleviate symptoms of dandruff and psoriasis by clearing away dead skin cells, while rejuvenating the scalp with healing shea butter and Argan oil.
To use, gently massage a handful of the scrub into your scalp (after wetting your hair first) and leave for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then wash your hair with shampoo as normal. For best results, use this scrub once a week.
For a more intense treatment, Monpure’s leave-in Hydrate & Soothe Scalp Serum boasts an anti-inflammatory solution that can be applied with a dropper to help calm symptoms of redness, acne, eczema, sun damage and general stress on the scalp.
By Mark Readman
Managing Director, Luxurious Look
Luxurious Look is a leading online haircare retailer offering quality salon-based haircare products to the wider market. From shampoo and conditioner to hair styling, treatments and dedicated vegan product lines, Luxurious Look stocks over 1,000 products from over 20 hand-selected brands including Davines, Moroccan Oil, Pureology and Olaplex to name just a few. luxuriouslook.co.uk/vegan-haircare