The quest for the perfect curly hair routine is endless, as anyone with waves or spirals knows. You need a serum that looks shiny, not crispy, and a shampoo without sulphates to keep frizz at bay from the very first wash. Throw in the fact that you’re on the hunt for something vegan and cruelty-free and it seems tricky to lock down a hair care routine that works for you and your ethics, but trust me when I say there are brands that share the same mindset as you.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite hair brands that work for curly girls below…
You know that feeling when you find the one? The shampoo and conditioner that leaves you looking in the mirror all day because you can’t believe how good your hair looks? THIS IS THAT BRAND. Ouai’s curl range doesn’t come cheap at £22/£20 a bottle (shampoo and conditioner respectively) so I’m rationing Jen Atkin’s hair brand for when I need a great hair day. It also smells incredible, and comes in totally Instagrammable packaging.
Phil Smith Be Gorgeous
On the other end of the price spectrum is Phil Smith’s Be Gorgeous hair line, where every product in the extensive range comes in at under £4. The brand are staunchly cruelty-free and caters to nearly every hair type and colour going, selling a shampoo, conditioner, curl cream and perfecting spray especially designed for curls. Sold exclusively at Sainsbury’s, I’ve been using this range for a few weeks now, and I really like it. Great for everyday, frizz-free hair that holds a defined curl, especially with Phil Smith’s Glam Shine Glossing Serum.
I first discovered Noughty hair care through The Vegan Kind’s quarterly beauty box, when I received their Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner through the letterbox. I started to use this in the morning when I was in a rush in place of rinse-out conditioner, and I loved the way it held my curls like a curl cream, as well as moisturising my ends. I’ve since tried out their Wave Hello Shampoo with Irish moss and avocado oil, and Conditioner with avocado oil and sea kelp. There’s something about the smell of the conditioner that I’m not so keen on (I’m assuming it’s the kelp), but I do like the curl it gives my hair. In fact it almost holds the shape too well – my second-day hair needs to be shaken out to loosen the ringlets that form in my bun overnight.
I've been using this @sogooditsnoughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner for the past week and I 💜 it! This #vegan product leaves my hair feeling super soft and means I don't need to use a curl cream, but don't use too much or hair can get a touch crispy. Has anyone else tried anything from the Noughty range?
While they don’t seem to have a specific curl range, Rahua is cruelty-free and 100% vegan, and I have used their Control Cream in the past and I love the natural ingredients.
H&M’s Make Waves Curl Cream was another one of those game-changing hair discoveries. I bought it because it looked cool, squeezed some out and found out it smelled amazing then used it and was seriously impressed with the lightweight texture of he product and the way it creates and holds my curls. By far my favourite curl cream, especially when used with Ouai’s curl range.
H&M •Make Waves Curl Cream• New HM beauty range is almost overwhelming, there are so many new products! I tried this hair cream and I love the results -it tames the frizz and creates lovely waves ❤ #bbloggers #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyjunkie #hair #haircare #hm #hmbeauty #hmhair #makewaves #makewavescurlcream #curles #hairstyle
Windle & Moodie
I haven’t had a chance to try out many Windle & Moodie products yet, but they do sell a vegan Curl Enhancer which promises to define and separate curls, leaving them bouncy, de-frizzed and naturally glossy.
As for dry shampoo (because who can really be bothered to wash their hair every single day), I love Phil Smith’s Dry Cleaner Dry Shampoo, Batiste or Superdrug’s own brand range. I’ve just been turned on to Co-Lab dry shampoo by Ruth Crilly, which I haven’t had a chance to test properly yet. I’ll let you know if I like it!
Although they don’t have special ranges for curly hair, I also want to shout out 100% vegan Swedish brand Maria Nila, Italian salon brand Aldo Coppola who are committed to natural ingredients and, of course, Faith In Nature.
Do you have a favourite vegan hair care brand? Let me know in the comments below, I always love hearing new recommendations!