The Best Vegan Products for Easy, Breezy Summer Hair

Sun + pool days are when your hair needs you most — let us guide you to the best tools for treatin’ it right

shawna kenney
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5 min readJul 9, 2019


Much as we love them, the beach, pool and direct sun all take a toll on our locks in the summer days. Your hair needs your help, but why let weird animal products creep into your head? Hard to tell what’s what out there, though, and sometimes it feels like you need a chemistry degree just to read the tricky labels of beauty products. While there are the common animal ingredients to watch out for, many like Chelsea Captan, a holistic stylist who has been doing hair for over 20 years, currently with Salon Wire, voted “best salon in Long Beach 2019 by The Long Beach Post,” are looking beyond vegan when deciding where to spend their dollars.

“My favorite brand for clean organic hair care is an Italian brand called Oway, where every ingredient is fair trade, sustainably sourced, biodynamic, organic and naturally derived,” says Captan. While they are a predominantly vegan company, “some of their products contain honey such as their moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and the putty contains beeswax.” The salon where she works also carries Reverie, an independently owned locally-sourced vegan brand using “sustainable botanical ingredients and environmentally-conscious packaging.” Today’s consumer cares about these kinds of things, and consciousness just may be the secret beauty-enhancing ingredient we’ve all been looking for.

Here are some of the best vegan (and cruelty-free, duh) hair products we’ve tested so far. Take care, hair!

Epicuren Coconut Hydrating Milk

Who hasn’t wanted to rub the juicy lotion from your face into the ends of thirsty hair? Epicuren Coconut Hydrating Milk is sold as skincare but the note on the bottle says it can be used on hair, too, so go ahead and spread that stuff all over your upper body area. Dry hair will drink in the skincare-quality ingredients, looking all the more hydrated in seconds. This company isn’t 100% vegan but this product is and…