The trend for a vegan lifestyle is booming. Over 79 million people worldwide now follow a plant-based lifestyle. That doesn't just mean eating vegan food but also buying and using vegan beauty products.
With vegan hair products exploding in popularity; let's look at why making a switch is beneficial.
What Does Vegan Hair Products Mean?
Sadly, many personal care products contain ingredients derived from animals. This can be anything from gelatine, glycerin, animal hooves, or even sheep placenta. These ingredients are thought to coat the hair and make it appear shinier. However, often these components are not sustainably sourced and not good for the environment. The majority of these components have now plant-derived alternatives that are being kinder to the planet.
On top of the vegan trend, many brands now follow a cruelty-free approach. Note though that being vegan does not equal being cruelty-free. Usually, ingredients are tested on animals to test their safety to use on humans. Whether it is animal or plant-derived doesn't make it safer to use. Plants can be also toxic or cause irritation or allergic reactions. However, in the EU, testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals has been completely banned since March 2013 as there are already alternative methods to demonstrate the same results. However, some countries outside of EU still requires animal testing, although many of them are in the process of phasing it out, including Japan, USA, Canada, Russia, Mexico and South Africa. China has been long under a big discussion on mandatory animal testing requirements but now they have also started to align their cosmetic regulations with the global cruelty-free practices.
What's the Deal With Traditional Shampoo?
The average shampoo that you find in the supermarket will not only be full of animal-derived ingredients, but also parabens, sulfates, and even petrochemicals. Yes, you read right, some of your shampoo use petrol in it! Why? Often petrochemicals are used to extend the shelf life, make the products smoother and distribute the fragrance evenly. These are also cheaper than raw ingredients that are petrochemical-free.
As you can imagine, these chemicals are neither healthy for you or the environment. There are links between parabens and breast cancer; they have been found in some breast tumours.
Sulfates are common in many standard hair products; they can cause brittleness, a dry scalp, and sometimes hair loss. Check your shampoo bottle for Sodium Laureth sSlfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - these are two of the most commonly used sulphates. These chemicals could also be carcinogenic.
The strong synthetic fragrances in shampoo are also irritating to the skin and scalp. These fragrances can also be endocrine-disrupting. This means they interfere with the body's natural hormonal balance.
Pros of Vegan Shampoo
If you want healthy hair, then choosing a vegan shampoo, conditioner, and styling product could be the best option. However, you should always check the ingredient list with caution before purchasing. First of all, vegan doesn't mean naturally derived! It only means that there are no animal-derived ingredients, but it can still be full of synthetic or harmful ingredients. Although, when you see vegan hair care, the brand often follows other practices that are good for you and the environment such as sulfate-, silicone-, PEG- and paraben-free.
With the absence of harmful ingredients, vegan shampoo can nourish and heal your hair without being harmful or cruel to the planet. The natural oils in vegan hair products actually help your hair heal, reverse the damage and make your hair shiny again.
Curly hair can be particularly damaged by mainstream shampoos. Already prone to dryness and breakage, standard shampoos can strip the natural oils from curly hair. This can make it frizzy and hard to manage.
Are vegan hair products good for curly hair? Yes, most often they are! Just ensure always to read the INCI list first. Using vegan products enriched with natural oils such as jojoba oil, argan oil, and grape seed oil will help heal your hair and prevent frizz and breakage.
Vegan Shampoo Is Better For The Environment
As vegan hair products don't often contain any of the nasty ingredients that are found in generic shampoos, they are much better for the environment. Most vegan products are made from whole unrefined ingredients that don't damage the environment.
Shampoo that you rinse off your hair ends up in the water system. The chemicals it contains can contaminate water supplies, which can be harmful to our oceans and aquatic life. If you use good vegan shampoo and conditioner with biodegradable ingredients, you won't pollute the water supply.
Many vegan products will also consider the environment when it comes to their packaging. No unsustainable plastic bottles pollute our oceans. If the ethics have gone into creating the products, they have usually gone into creating the packaging too!
Vegan Products Prevent Animal Cruelty
More than 100 million animals a year are killed due to animal testing. Many products that you wouldn't even think about are tested on animals. The cruelty caused by testing household products on animals is unnecessary and avoidable. It is also detrimental to the environment.
Try Vegan Hair Care and Notice the Difference
Many people may be sceptical of vegan products and think perhaps they aren't as effective as standard shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. However, it won't take long after you switch to natural, cruelty-free products to realize how much generic products were damaging your hair.
If you are keen to give vegan products a go, try out our range of vegan curly hair products. With this range, you can look forward to nourished and frizz-free hair.