Hair Care

By Sarabeth Blum

If we were to ask a woman in 1983 what her favorite hair product was, she probably would have said Aqua Net. Little did she know, though, that her obsession with fabulously large hair was contributing to the hole in the earth’s ozone. Fast forward 20 years and our obsession is still great style, but now we want to put only the most natural products in our hair and on our skin. Good-for-you, eco-conscious, organic, vegan products are especially trending right now. vegan and cruelty-free hair products that actually do what they say they’ll do for your hair, however, are hard to come by.

Luckily, we’ve done our research and here are our top three Vegan and organic products that will help you and your hair survive the summer humidity.

Let’s start with the basics: shampoo and conditioner. For ultimate hydration and protection against dryness and frizz, N.4 L’eau de Mer’s Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner combo will quench your dry hair’s thirst for moisture and shine. Packed with antioxidants like Acai Berry and Hibiscus, as well as natural conditioners like algae, Irish Moss and Vitamin B5, these two products work together to replenish and repair hair naturally. The best part? The shampoo is extra gentle on your locks – it cleanses without stripping the moisture from follicles, like so many other shampoos do. The conditioner, too, protects against damage and repairs already damaged hair, diminishing frizz and smoothing simultaneously.

To help protect against breakage and damage from over styling and heat, you can even use a little bit of the conditioner outside of the shower as a styling aid before blow drying or straightening your hair. Sorry, frizz, you’ve been replaced – with silky goodness. Oh, and did we mention these products are completely vegan? Check out this dynamic duo and the rest of the N.4 collection at online retailers like Amazon.com.

Now what about after shower hair care? Green&glam’s 100% natural and vegan styling products will not disappoint. Whether your hair is brittle from over-treatment or just frizzy from humidity, the jojoba and coconut oil Replenishing Serum will help to sooth your hair and keep those frizzy fly-aways under control – without weighing your hair down. Apply the serum to damp or dry hair before styling and, for maximum frizz coverage, follow up with the hydrating Styling Hair Cream or Styling Gel (depending on the hold desired). Both the cream and gel are made from marigold, grapefruit, bergamot, and ylang ylang (an essential oil derived from the flowers of the Macassar-oil perfume tree), and will keep even the curliest hair manageable and frizz-free all day long. For more green&glam hair and beauty products, visit http://www.organicbeautynow.com.

Condition and control your curls or waves with our favorite leave-in conditioner: Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk from Shea Moisture. Sulfate, paraben, and even gluten free, this frizz-defying cream soothes and softens frazzled hair with silk protein while locking in moisture and preventing breakage with coconut and neem oils. Even if your hair isn’t curly, if you wash your hair every day, this leave-in conditioner is fantastic for keeping tresses hydrated and shining straight out of the shower.

It also works well as a curl and wave pick-me-up and can be applied to dry hair as needed. Sold in most drug-stores, this and other Shea Moisture products (all vegan and cruelty free) are easy to find—which means you’re spared the mad hunt in the health-food store or having to only buy online!

You don’t have to be vegan to want to use organic and cruelty-free hair products. You just have to love your hair enough to only use natural goodness on your locks.

Originally published September 2013
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