The vegan movement continues to take the UK by storm – with vegan hair products and sustainable alternatives flying off the shelves, it’s predicted that 13 million Britons will be ‘meat-free’ by the end of 2021.
But what is the link between eco hair products and the meat-free movement? Quite simply, veganism goes beyond what we add to our diets – it’s also about the choices we make as consumers.
Vegan products are made without any involvement with animals, whether this is animal testing or using animal ingredients such as gelatine. This crosses over with sustainability, too – vegan-friendly products often use zero or fewer chemicals, and travel less distance during their manufacture.
The benefits of using eco hair products
Far from the warm ‘n’ fuzzy feelings of doing your part for the planet, there are many benefits to using vegan hair care alternatives. For example, these products tend to be hypoallergenic, which means they are unlikely to cause allergic skin reactions.
This is thanks to a reduced use of chemicals. Not only is this kinder to our skin; it’s also kinder to the environment – lessening the risk of harmful ingredients such as parabens contaminating natural water supplies.
So, where can you find eco hair products?
Vegan hair care for all budgets
Whether it’s a colour change or just everyday hair care, here are some of the best eco friendly hair care brands to choose from.
For suppleness, strength and shine
Henne henna is made from entirely natural ingredients, with a selection of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks. Free from oxidants, PPD and resorcinol, these organic products have antiseptic properties and are kind to the environment.
For showstopping colour
Surya Brasil gives you free rein to choose your perfect shade. The henna hair powder range is ideal for mixing with sustainable, natural ingredients such as lemon juice. Again, it’s free from harmful chemicals and also features minimalist packaging – stunning colours and a thumbs up from Mother Earth.
For beautiful locks in a hurry
Acure offers instant volume and shower-fresh hair in its dry shampoo range. Proudly cruelty-free, the range is certified by the CCOF for organic products, and is also free from nasties such as phthalates and silicone.
For sun protection
Yarok is ideal for the sun soakers among us. It’s easy to forget that our hair needs just as much protection from the sun as our skin, making sure it does not dry out. Yarok donates 3% of its annual profits to rainforest causes in the Amazon, and is totally vegan. Apply this serum before swimming for maximum protection.
For unstoppable hold
Icon can help you to add the finishing touches without nasty CFCs or volatile compounds from traditional hairsprays. It’s also free from the high street chemicals we’ve mentioned above, meaning you can style in confidence.
Look after your hair and the environment
Interested in making the switch to more environmentally conscious choices? Check out the vegan hair products range at itselixir. Mother Earth will thank you.