Quick Guide To Vegan Haircare 2024

By Liis Hainla. Updated: January 2024.
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Vegan Haircare

Vegan haircare is a collective term for haircare products made without animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax, honey, keratin, lanolin, or silk. Vegan haircare is also cruelty-free meaning it is not tested on animals.

Vegan haircare includes all possible haircare products from shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, hair serums, styling creams, and hair dyes. Every type of hair product can be vegan. There are also many haircare brands that are 100% vegan.

Here is our collection of the best vegan haircare articles to get familiar with vegan haircare.

FAQ About Vegan Haircare

Here are the most common questions people have about vegan haircare.

What Is Vegan Haircare?

Vegan haircare is hair care free from animal products and byproducts. Vegan haircare is also not tested on animals nor contains ingredients that have been tested on animals. Vegan haircare stands against the exploitation of and cruelty to animals in the beauty industry.

The most common animal ingredients used in hair care are beeswax, honey, lanolin, keratin, and silk. In 2024, plant-based and synthetic ingredients can easily replace animal-derived ingredients in hair care. Be it beeswax, silk, collagen, or keratin – it has a vegan alternative available.

Is Vegan Haircare Better Than Regular Haircare?

Vegan haircare is not necessarily better or worse than regular haircare. Vegan haircare is not a stance on quality, it’s above all an ethical choice.

That being said, vegan haircare is not worse quality than non-vegan haircare products. This is demonstrated by the fact that most bestselling haircare products on Sephora, Ulta, and other beauty retailers are already vegan.

Is Vegan Haircare More Expensive?

Vegan haircare is not more expensive than regular haircare. You can find vegan haircare in all possible price points from luxury vegan haircare to affordable drugstore vegan haircare brands. The most notable cheap vegan haircare brands are Pacifica, Acure, Hempz, Maui Moisture, and Love Beauty And Planet.

Is Vegan Haircare More Natural?

Vegan haircare is not automatically more natural. Synthetic ingredients like silicones and sulfates used in hair care are technically vegan-friendly. Also, many non-vegan ingredients such as beeswax or honey are considered natural.

That being said, vegan haircare and natural haircare tend to go hand in hand. Most leading vegan haircare brands (Briogeo, Pacifica, Aveda, Odele) prioritize the use of natural and organic ingredients over synthetic ones.

To find natural vegan haircare, read the product label carefully and do not rely on the vegan label to find natural products.

Is Vegan Haircare More Eco-Friendly?

It’s not a rule but vegan haircare is usually more eco-friendly. Vegan haircare brands tend to be more mindful about their ecological impact not just for the animals but also the natural. Vegan haircare uses lots of

Where To Buy Vegan Haircare?

The best selection of vegan haircare is available online. Our favorite places to buy vegan haircare are Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, Nordstrom, and Credo Beauty. Target and Walgreens also offer vegan haircare.

When shopping for vegan haircare online, do not only rely on the vegan labels of different retailers. Do some brand research and make sure the product you are buying is not simply a vegan formula but also cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

See also:
Best Vegan Haircare Brands
Best Vegan Hair Products

Main image: courtesy of vegan haircare brand Odele

My name is Liis. I have been a vegan for a long time and I advocate for the vegan lifestyle. Through Vegan Avenue, I aim to provide quality information about vegan products and bring attention to amazing vegan companies.