Lately I’ve been wearing less and less makeup which means I have an abundance of time to really start taking care of my hair, lest I look like I’ve literally just fallen out of bed. I have to admit most often my hair is bunched up in a top knot of some description and honestly, you’re lucky usually if I’ve bothered to brush it properly two days in a row. That being said, I’ve been making a conscious effort recently to choose products that actually benefit my hair and keep it looking less like an actual nest.
Some notes on my hair, for reference: I have coloured hair, which also has a tendency to build up really quickly into a big old greasy mess. Most products I’ve found for coloured/damaged hair tend to overwhelm my hair so most super moisturising products are out of the question. With that in mind, here are my five cruelty free hair care essentials:
Lush’s Big Shampoo & Conditioner Bar
It’s really no secret here that I’m a fan of Lush, but Big Shampoo really is one of my all time favourite products. It’s what I’d consider to be on the pricey side for shampoo, but you’re talking to the girl who’s hair care essentials would usually consist of whatever was on offer before I went cruelty free. Big is fantastic for removing product build up and leaves the hair feeling super clean without being left dry or brittle. The sea salt gives my hair some much needed lift, and the oils in the shampoo make this an almost 2-in-1 product. I also find using this means I typically only need to wash my hair once or twice a week.
This shampoo can be a little messy as there are literally huge chunks of sea salt in the mix, but once it’s in your hair it makes for a surprisingly foamy wash and I don’t find that the salt sticks in your hair the way I expected. I’m on my fifth or sixth tub of this stuff now so when talking about haircare essentials this is undoubtedly number one.
At times where I feel like my hair needs some light conditioner through the ends I’ll also turn to Lush’s Big Conditioner bar. Containing much of the same ingredients it helps smoothe out the ends of my hair which can sometimes get a bit unruly without totally flattening my hair.
+Both suitable for vegans
Infuse My. Colour Wash*
While I do colour my hair, I’m really very lazy about it and tend to leave it for inexplicably long periods of time between colouring, meaning quite often my hair will have faded and turned all kinds of weird shades. When I was contacted to try out Infuse My. Colour wash I was definitely curious – it’s not often colourant products are vegan, for starters, and secondly if it was going to help fix up my hair (which was, at the time an attractive shade of mud), then I was in.
Infuse My. Colour Wash has a surprisingly simple ingredient list: It’s free of animal products, sulphates, silicones and parabens. Much like Big, this is a great build up-removing product so I was already a fan.
The idea is that each shampoo works like a toner, with different shades available depending on your colour and what you’d like to achieve. As my hair is so dark, I chose the Cobalt shade in the hope of cooling down some of the warmth that kept sneaking on through. As you’d imagine on dark hair the result wasn’t dramatic, but it has helped to even out some of the faded areas of my hair and has definitely made a difference to the longevity of my colour.
My only possible complaint is that I find my hair tangles a fair bit when I use it, so I limit my use to every other wash simply to save on brushing time (again, I am lazy as heck).
+Suitable for Vegans
Superdrug Colour Radiance Dyes
I’m still working out the best way to colour my hair that’s vegan, so if you have any suggestions, throw them my way. I’m not organised enough to pre-buy my hair dye, so Superdrug’s option is the quickest and easiest for me to get hold of.
They take 10 minutes to get to work, have a relatively mess-free comb style applicator and give a pretty intense colour pay off. They’re also reasonably priced and almost always on offer (+10 points because it takes multiple packs to get through all my hair).
I did used to use Lush’s Caca Brun (which I still adore, and you can read about here) but it was super messy, kind of difficult to use and does take up a whole day of your time no matter how wonderfully it works. I’ve also tried Naturigin a few times when I’ve been organised enough to pre-order it in time for dying my hair, but this usually isn’t the case and it still isn’t in any local stores for me.
Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy
There’s an entire post about this product and why I love it here, but it’s still a product I use a couple of times a week at the moment and the condition of my hair has changed so much since. Alchemy’s Grapefruit Hair Remedy is super lightweight but rich and nourishing, so even my heavy, thick hair can handle absorbing it. It also smells mighty fine, with a fresh citrusy scent that lingers in my hair. There’s minimal ingredients and Alchemy are 100% cruelty free + vegan.
+ Suitable for Vegans
What are your hair care essentials? Do you have any recommendations?