For anyone following sustainability and veganism, it is clear that vegan living is really taking off and is really taking over. According to PETA, the meatless market is worth $5 billion, which is a significant portion of our economy. More people these days are reporting to go vegan as well.
We have seen the clear shifts in the food industry, but the beauty and salon industries aren’t actually that far behind. Many more salons these days are switching to going natural and vegan with their products. Why? The products have a high-quality standard which means they are better for your body as well as free from animal testing and chemicals like sulfates. Salons are making veganism a priority because they are not only healthy in terms of diet but also are toxin-free to apply to your body.
What are Parabens and Sulfates?
If you are familiar with beauty and follow beauty products you have probably heard of parabens and sulfates. Here is a quick summary of what these popular skincare ingredients to avoid are (and probably why you should try to avoid them in your routines).
Parabens – chemicals that have been used since the 1950s. These act as preservatives in popular items like deodorants, lotions, shampoos, etc. and are meant to prevent bacteria.
Sulfates – These are used in cleaning agents. They are often very effective foaming agents and are pretty popular in toothpastes, shampoo and body washes.
These are proven to be pretty harmful and can lead to things like hair loss, drying and fading hair color in hair products. There are other alternatives that you can consider, and vegan products in particular are paraben and sulfate free.
Given the widespread nature of these chemicals, it is very possible that your household products have this in them and you rely on them more than you should.
Here are some that are certified all natural / vegan products that might be good alternatives to your regular routine:
Love Beauty And Planet Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner – This is a vegan shampoo and conditioner pair that has organic coconut oil and plant based detanglers. It is Paraben free and safe for your hair. It is one of the best selling vegan hair products on the market today.
ecoLove – Deep Conditioning Hair Mask – This is a Paraben free certified vegan hair care product. It is infused with fruit, flowers, vitamins and essential oils. Friendly for the environment and your body.
Pure Rose Water Facial Toner – This is a high quality faction toner that is vegan certified and free of animal cruelty. It has Moroccon Rose Water and other antioxidants which are very healthy.
Drunk Elephant Facial Oil (Anti-Aging Skin Care and Face Moisturizer) – This is a high quality anti aging and skin care product which is free from parabens and sulfates. It is also certified vegan and made in the US.
Brands to Note:
- 100% Pure: All-natural, toxin-, paraben-, & sulfate-free, Vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA
- True Botanicals: Organic & wildcrafted ingredients, no synthetic fragrances, Cruelty-free, vegan, sustainably made
- One Love Organics: All-natural, organic, GMO-free, Vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably made
- Biossance: Toxin-free, naturally-derived products, Vegan, cruelty-free, supports social causes, made in the USA
- bioClarity: All-natural, toxin-, paraben-, & sulfate-free, Vegan, cruelty-free
- Prose: Vegan Options, Organic, natural ingredients, free from parabens, mineral oil, dyes, sulfates and GMOs
My Personal Experience Using Vegan Products:
From someone who has always had extremely thick hair, and suffered from dry skin including dandruff, I’ve always experimented with many different anti-dandruff shampoos that would make my scalp feel better, but never actually fully go away. I alternated with brands like Head & Shoulders, Nizoral, Selsun Blue, etc.
You name it, I’ve tried it.
I consulted with an ayurvedic doctor and she told me that these shampoos are huge on chemicals, and to treat skin with natural ingredients and products. That’s when she told me about vegan products at Trader Joe’s that are all-natural and paraben/sulfate-free.
I eliminated all use of mainstream shampoos and went die-hard Trader Joe’s. I picked up Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, and started to wash my hair with just these 2 items. Not only did I overtime notice a difference in my scalp and how the dandruff was immediately curbed, but my hair never dried out, and it felt like I was doing something good for myself. I continue to live off of these 100% Organic, and Cruelty-Free Vegan products from Trader Joe’s, and I don’t ever seem like I need to find a replacement.
The Vegan movement has really taken the world by storm recently, with great increases in the number of people who follow and the products on the market. There are many businesses out there that have committed to only using vegan and sustainable products which have great impacts on the environment and health.
The vegan movement is changing people’s life for the better. It is time to go back to the roots: simple is better. Don’t fall for the big companies marketing to you as they will try to draw you into their products which might not necessarily be the best for you or your body. Vegan products, albeit a bit more expensive, are worth the investment. Remember to pay a bit more attention and read the labels and ingredients, and if you are stuck, use the list of brands and products above to make a safe decision about getting started on your journey with vegan hair products and other vegan products.