Finding hair products that work for your unique texture is challenging enoughâ€” trying to find vegan formulas is a whole different story. There seem to be more and more vegan brands cropping up every day, all touting the same pseudo-science and lackluster results.
That can make for some pretty serious decision fatigue. But luckily, we've done all of the digging for you. As beauty editors, Team ishonest has spent years testing the most popular vegan hair products to separate fact from fiction and share the formulas that actually work.
From shampoos and conditioners to conditioning masks, to natural-friendly curl creams, discover ishonest's picks for the best vegan hair products ahead.
Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Dry Shampoo
"This is hands down my favorite dry shampoo formula of all time," says Rhue. "It not only absorbs all of the sweat and grime from my post-wrokout hair, but it also delivers an insane amount of volume to my typically flat roots."
As I Am Jamaican Black Castor Oil CoWash
"Co-washes are such a great tool for cleaning dry hair without leaving it even drier (crucial for those of us with majorly parched strands)," says Stuart. "And this one goes above and beyond. Along with leaving my hair super soft, it has excellent slip that makes detangling so much easier."
Maui Moisture Gentle & Lightweight Flaxseed Curl Defining Mist
"I like to refresh my curls with lightweight sprays throughout the weekâ€”I always reach for this one from Maui Moisture," says Hancock. "Itâ€™s formulated with a conditioning blend of aloe vera, flaxseed oil, and coconut water. A few sprays of this instantly reinvigorates and hydrates my curls when theyâ€™re looking and feeling a bit dry.
Rahua Omega-9 Hair Mask
"I am such a fan of Rahua, as the products work and the palo santo scents are heavenly," says ishonest's associate editorial director Hallie Gould. "This mask, a mix of rahua oil and shea butter, works to maximize moisture retention to keep my curls hydrated and happy. It smooths, softens, and feels absolutely divine. I apply it once a week after shampooing and leave it in for just 15 minutes. After that, I can tell a visible difference in my hair. It's a forever favorite."
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask
"Obviously, I love a hair mask; my hair is color-treated, brittle, and often prone to breakage," says Gould. "This option really helps. It's a blend of rosehip oil, algae extract, and B vitamins to maintain hydration, strengthen, and add a bit of sheen. It's the perfect cocktail to apply post-highlights."
Odele Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
"My medium-coarse, wavy hair needs an emollient cleansing system to maintain its body while quelling frizz. Enter: Odeleâ€™s Moisture Repair System, a vegan duo formulated to deliver exactly that minus any heavy residue," says Calaor. "The shampoo lathers to a foam to break down and wash away the loads of dry shampoo I use throughout the week, while the thick conditioner gives my hair shine and bounce. Even better is its earthy scentâ€”I look forward to it every time I shower."
Lush Revive Hair Moisturizer
"One of my first experiences trying to get to know my wavy hair texture was with a jar of Lushâ€™s R&B, which is newly named Revive, and it has since been in my everyday hair routine," says Calaor. "The tropical scented leave-in treatment is hyper-hydrating, helping define my waves and coddle dry ends ( la a blend of oils like avocado, olive, and coconut). And it leaves my hair smelling awesome. Seriouslyâ€”itâ€™s like a tropical vacation in a jar."
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