If you’re new to veganism or in the process of transitioning, you’re likely on the hunt for a new cruelty-free shampoo. After all, traditional formulas often contain a surprising amount of animal ingredients, and they’re not always obvious. (It doesn’t help that some ingredients, like keratin or amino acids, can be derived from both animal and plant sources.)
So, we’ve decided to gather the 10 best vegan shampoos we’ve found on the web. From probiotics shampoo to solid shampoo bars, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Apple cider vinegar is often used as an all-natural hair rinse for controlling dandruff and boosting shine. It’s also used as a post-shampoo treatment, so it might not always be the most time-efficient option.
Luckily, the brand WOW makes a 100% vegan shampoo with apple cider vinegar, argan oil, and almond oil. It’s also suitable for all hair types and is free of silicone, paraben, and sulfate.
Who says anti-dandruff shampoo needs to be harsh on the scalp? Thanks to Maple Holistics, you can use banish flakes with a gentle, hypoallergenic formula that’s vegan and cruelty-free.
The star of the show is sage oil, which helps eliminate dandruff by relieving the scalp. “It really cleans my hair and I see no flakes or dead skin anywhere,” said one Amazon reviewer.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your plastic waste is to use a solid shampoo bar, like this peppermint one by Ethique. In fact, it’s equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo! The bar, which is made of coconut cream and cocoa butter, is also vegan, cruelty-free, and palm oil-free.
On Amazon, Ethique offers eight different shampoo bars, including one that doubles as a shave bar.
Aloe vera may be great for sunburns, but it can also help your scalp and hair as well.. Honeydew’s rich aloe vera shampoo with sunflower oil and plant-based keratin is designed to thicken, repair, and nourish hair. You also won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals and artificial dyes with this vegan shampoo.
The Seaweed Bath Co.’s Balancing Argan Shampoo is a vegan shampoo that’s suitable for normal hair, oily hair, and everything in between. It also contains aloe, argan oil, and organic bladderwrack seaweed from Maine, which is jam-packed with more than 65 vitamins and minerals. Your hair will adore the natural ingredients in this budget-friendly, fragrance-free vegan formula.
For a vegan shampoo that’s safe for color-treated hair, look no further than this cleansing lemongrass shampoo by Acure. It contains zero synthetic fragrance, paraben, sulfate, silicone, sodium chloride, and phthalate.
Not a fan of lemongrass? You’ll be glad to know that Acure also offers Pear & Fig and Argan Oil & Pumpkin shampoo.
With ingredients like coconut milk and calendula, this vegan shampoo and conditioner set is a must for dry and thirsty hair. It also doesn’t hurt that it smells like a tropical oasis!
To top it off, both products are sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free, so you’ll feel good knowing that they’re gentle and safe.
Need a vegan shampoo for the whole family? Try ecoLove’s family shampoo with organic cucumber, spinach, and parsley. Because the formula is so gentle, children and babies as young as six months old can use it.
The shampoo, which contains 26 Dead Sea minerals and organic herb extracts, is 100% certified vegan and is SLS-free, paraben-free, and petrocehmical-free.
Described as “kombucha for your scalp,” this organic shampoo by Nature Sustained is made with soap nuts, which produce a natural soap called saponin. The vegan probiotic content is also designed to relieve scalp conditions like greasiness, itching, and scalp erythema.
It’s extremely gentle, too. “This product has proven to be a holy grail for both my son and myself who have severely sensitive psoriatic skin,” said one Amazon reviewer.
Mokita Natural’s thickening biotin shampoo is made for men and women with all types of hair. Its botanical formula, which includes ingredients like marigold and rosemary, is pH balanced, hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free. According to Amazon reviewers, the consistency is thick and the smell is light and pleasant.
What’s your favorite vegan shampoo? Let us know about your favorite products in the comments below!