Looking for vegan hair styling products that are kind to your mane – AND to animals? Read on!
By Lora O’Brien
Rewind a few years, and vegan hair styling products were practically unheard of. Sure, food chains were pushing hummus and falafel wraps as ‘exciting’ vegan options, and it was understood that vegans didn’t wear fur. But if you went to your local drugstore and asked where the vegan hair styling products were kept, you were likely met with a blank stare.
No more, my friends!
Vegan beauty products are definitely a thing, and with good reason. We’ve already established the best vegan shampoos to use if don’t fancy pig placenta, cow hooves or crushed insects being washed into your hair. But did you know that many styling products are also laden with animal-derived products, such as shellac, cysteine, beeswax, keratin and lanolin, to name a few. Gross, right?
Whether you’re looking for a plant based hair gel to ease frizz or a natural hair spray to keep your ‘do in place, here I’ve tried and tested some of the best vegan hair styling products around. They’ll help to make every day a good hair day!
10+ Of The Best Vegan Hair Styling Products
Who else hates those flyaway hairs you can never seem to tame, especially in winter? Now you can smooth them into place, thanks to Giovanni’s Hydrating Hair Serum.
This is a vegan-friendly product that provides salon-quality treatment for your hair. I love that the serum is infused with hemp seed oil to help condition the hair, while simultaneously taming frizz and preventing split ends and breakage.
It feels light between the fingers and smells awesome, thanks to frankincense, sage, and chamomile. Rich in hops, vitamins and nutrients, it ensures your hair is smooth, strong, and silky.
Best for: Frizzy, flyaway hair Price: Around $10.00
Once you’ve styled your hair, you want to make sure it sticks in place. Many non-vegan hair sprays contain animal-derived ingredients and/or tons of really nasty chemicals. But luckily, R+CO have created a vegan spray that really works.
Not only does the spray protect against heat from styling, but it also lends a flexible hold, keeping shape even after you run your hands through or brush your hair.
Formulated with Pro-Vitamin B5, the spray boosts thickness and volume and keeps frizz at bay. And with its tangy, fresh combination of cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, bamboo and lavender, this spray will make your hair smell fabulous, too!
Best for: Keeping your hairstyle looking fresh all day long Price: $32.00
Wishing you could wave a magic wand and give your hair some volume? Now you can! Kind of.
Oribe’s Grandiose Mousse gives the illusion of volume and body without making hair at all crunchy or stiff. It even works to soften hair, making it appear thicker, fuller, lighter and with more of a natural bounce. If you’re thinking mousse is an 80’s throwback, think again! This is a modern, must-have product for anyone with fine, limp hair.
Best for: A quick volume boost Price: Around $40
As I mentioned above, not all of us are blessed with a thick mane of hair, and fine, limp locks can be a real confidence killer. But Revitalash’s Volume Enhancing Foam is here to the rescue!
This is a true breakthrough for hair, as the unisex hair booster is designed to thicken and strengthen weak hair from the root to the tip.
Simply pump the foam into clean palms before massaging into the scalp. It’s definitely not the cheapest of all the vegan hair styling products I tried, but I loved this product because it worked not only to give my hair a bit more vitality, but because it is designed to help strengthen thinning hair – which, sadly, I need!
That’s down to the brand’s award-winning BioPeptin Complex, a specialist blend of ingredients that work together to soften, condition and strengthen thinning hair while defending it against breakfast and brittleness. Added antioxidants and B vitamins work to protect each strand while promoting a healthy scalp.
Best for: Thinning, weak or brittle hair Price: $175.00
Who doesn’t love their hair after a trip to the beach? The sea does wonders for hair, and I for one am always trying to replicate that ‘just been swimming in the ocean’ finish. To get those tousled locks, you want your hair to have a natural wave with added texture, too. Herbivore’s gorgeous Sea Mist spray is infused with Pacific sea salt and is like carrying around the sea in a bottle.
The clever formula contains aloe vera to provide lightweight hydration so you don’t have to worry about the dryness often associated with sea salt sprays. Your hair will not only look like you’ve just emerged from the beach like a Bond girl, but it will be silky soft, too.
As with all of Herbivore’s formulas, the ingredients are vegan, cruelty-free and synthetic-free (you won’t find any parabens over here!), plus the packaging is recyclable and reusable.
Best for: Summertime vibes! Price: Around $20
Ever wondered why your styling products don’t work, and hair ends up feeling bogged down? You can blame silicones for that. They’re often added even to vegan hair styling products to make your hair look sleek and smooth. The problem is that silicone builds up on the shaft, eventually making hair dull and brittle.
Got that exact problem? You need No Frizz Nourishing Cream!
Like silicone, this nourishing cream helps eliminate frizz by blocking out humidity, and smoothing the individual hair strands, leaving them tamed and shiny. But unlike silicone, it won’t leave a residual heaviness on your locks, or harm hair in the long run.
Powdered by Living Proof’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule, OFPMA, it nourishes ad provides optimum moisture levels and assists in keeping hair cleaner for longer.
I found the cream to be really easy to use. Just apply generously on clean, damp hair, comb through and style with heat to give best results to a more glorious hairdo!
Best for: Really curly or damaged hair Price: Around $35
This is basically a primer for your hair!
Aveda’s Speed of Light Blow Dry Accelerator Spray is applied before you blow dry to prep your hair for styling. Bonus: it also saves energy by minimising your blow dry time!
It’s 90% naturally derived – so it’s almost organic, really! The spray detangles locks and protects against thermal damage, too.
To seal your cuticles and smooth your strands, there’s lactic acid. But don’t worry – it’s from sugar beets, not cows! There are also tons of plant based moisturisers and conditioners to keep your hair feeling lush and nourished.
At first I wasn’t sure I needed this, but when I learned it helps reduce hair breakage from blow-drying by 93%, I was sold! After I sprayed it in and dried my hair, I was also really happy to find that I had zero static for a change. And did I mention it smells DELISH? That’s thanks to Aveda’s patented pure-fume™ that’s comprised of certified organic mandarin, star anise, Ylang Ylang and other plants and flowers.
Best for: Those who use the blow drier a bit more than they probably should Price: Around $25
It may say ‘butter gel’ on the packaging, but this hair gel is 100% vegan!
It’s perfect for those days when you just wanna pull your hair back into a high ponytail, a la Bella Hadid. But it’s also ideal for those with curly, coily and kinky hair types.
It’s not really a gel, I should say. In terms of texture, it sits on the fence between being a creamy lotion and a light hold gel.
I love how it never feels dry or crusty, and actually nurtures your hair with castor oil and jojoba. There’s also aloe vera to improve moisture retention and lock in hydration.
It smells flowery and lovely, keeps your hair perfectly in place, and strengthens your strands, too. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest vegan hair styling products on my list. What more could you ask for?
Best for: Keeping sleek, pulled back styles in place; really curly or wavy hair Price: Around $10
How your hair looks affects how you feel, so if you’re suffering from dull, lifeless hair then you’ll need to go back to basics, and repairing your hair is the best place to start. CELF Haircare has created a holy grail repair mask that is formulated especially for dehydrated, undernourished and damaged hair.
With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, it will offer intense hydration to your locks, strengthening hair and restoring a shine that will boost your confidence after just one wash!
CELF haircare products contain only good stuff. That means no parabens, no gluten, and no harmful sulfates or chemicals. All products are organic, vegan, natural and cruelty-free.
Price: Around $30
You know that feeling when you leave and hair salon and you just feel good? Now you can create that exact feeling at home thanks to Pureology! Their Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray does so many amazing things for your hair!
It primes it for a blow-dry or other heat-styling treatment by protecting the outer layer of the shaft. It protects your colour from fading the same way – basically by using a vegetable-based protein that strengthens the hair.
And when it comes to styling, it can be used as a hair smoothing spray, silky hair treatment, anti-frizz hair spray, hair refresher spray, or hair shine treatment.
Price: Around $30
When you think of seaweed, your mind may conjure up images of the beach – or maybe your favourite sushi dish. You probably don’t associate seaweed with vegan hair care products, but that’s all about to change!
AZURE’s new Healthy & Shine range is packed with the stuff, and the fatty acids found in marine extracts are vital for protecting and hydrating your tresses. They’re also great for helping your hair recover from damage from things like curling and straightening irons, as well as pollution.
Infused with a unique blend of active natural ingredients, this formula helps to reduce frizz and split ends, ensuring whatever hairstyle you’re sporting today keeps its shape.
It’s not only free from sulfates, parabens, silicones and gluten, but the containers are all made from 100% recyclable sugarcane plastic.
Best for: Shielding hair from hot styling devices, and protecting hair from pollution Price: Around $18
The boost you feel when your hair is voluptuous and bouncy is the reason why so many of us splash out on regular blow drys, am I right? There’s just no better feeling than stepping foot into the outside world feeling like your hair is as high as your spirits. Wishing you could have hair like that always? Now, you can!
Whether your hair is thin or just lacks natural volume, MONAT has created a thickening spray that will bring body, bounce and volume to any kind of hair. The emollient blend helps protect the scalp, and strengthens and thickens your hair, all while supporting natural hair growth.
Vegan, cruelty-free and free from all nasties such as parabens, SLS, silicone, mineral oils, phthalates and harmful fragrances, I promise your hair won’t be bogged down by chemicals.
The volume it gave my hair compared to not using it was really noticeable. A little goes a long way too! I only sprayed my hair once in three sections and combed it through before blow drying. The result? Seriously pumped up hair! In fact, this is one of my personal favourite vegan hair styling products for adding volume and bounce.
Best for: Inducing seriously bouncy, voluminous hair. Great scent, too! Price: $29