Simply the best vegan shampoo and conditioners

There is no shortage of vegan shampoo and conditioner out there, but not all brands are created equal. So I have tested a range of vegan haircare products, the best of which have made it into this Vegan Mum Guide to the Best Vegan Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Have you found yourself saying ‘no’ to social functions because you are genuinely having to wash your hair? Are you simply feeling that your crowning glory is not fit for the scrutiny of others?

If so, don’t go getting yourself in a lather. This list of some of the best vegan shampoo and conditioner brands could just help you to find the right product for your hair, and enhance your social life into the bargain.

However, if you are just using hair troubles as a reason not to socialise, you might need to find a better excuse. You know, one that’s a cut above the rest…

Anyway, I have been trying out so many cruelty-free, vegan shampoo and conditioner products lately, I really have become a bit of a recluse. But, like a caterpillar emerging into the world as a beautiful butterfly, I will re-join the world as…well, someone with very clean hair basically.

Seriously though, I (and my small band of trusty product-testers) have tried out some fabulous products and the very best of those are right here in this guide.

Here are my top picks for vegan shampoo and conditioner

2 beige plastic bottles containing Pitta by Champ shampoo and conditioner

Best for fine hair: Chāmpo

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Best for frequent use: Green People Quinoa & Artichoke

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A beautifully designed cylindrical dark brown gift box with copper coloured flower patterns on, next to bottles of Noble Isle vegan shampoo and conditioner, in a bathroom setting.

Best gift set: Noble Isle

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5 different Umberto Giannini hair products , including shampoo and conditioner, in shocking pink packaging, on a paler pink background

Best for curly hair: Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly

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2 hands holding bottles of Evolve Beauty's Monoi vegan shampoo and conditioner

Best for dry or damaged hair: Evolve Monoi

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2 bottles of Faith in Nature Avocado haircare products - shampoo and conditioner

Best value: Faith in Nature

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2 bottles of Evolve supershine shampoo and conditioner

Best family-sized bottles: Evolve Superfood Shine

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Reviews of the best vegan shampoo and conditioner brands

2 beige plastic bottles containing Pitta by Champ shampoo and conditioner
  • Best for fine and thinning hair

Chāmpo Pitta Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Type: Volumising
  • Scent: Floral
  • Price: ££

Where to start with this lovely shampoo and conditioner? It looks and feels like (and is!) a luxurious product which belies its mid-range price.

When I used it, the fragrance was glorious and seemed to last all day without being overpowering. I’ve classified it as floral, but it is so much more than that and has a real depth.

And in addition to its volumising properties (perfect for my fine hair), it also imparted a noticeable shine which made my hair look and feel so healthy.

They do also have separate ranges to hydrate, and to care for the scalp, neither of which I have tried, but if they match the Pitta volumising products in quality and effectiveness, I can only imagine they will be good.

Based on ancient Indian Ayurvedic principles, but using the latest in haircare technology, this range blends the best of old and new to bring you a high quality and effective shampoo and conditioner. I love it and would highly recommend it.

  • Best for frequent use

Green People Shampoo – Quinoa and Artichoke

  • Type: Every day Use
  • Scent: Floral citrus
  • Price: ££

I really like this vegan shampoo and conditioner. It is light, smells great and a little really does go a long way.

It has good ‘squeakability’ – a word I have probably just made up to describe how clean it makes your hair feel after it’s been washed – and leaves my hair soft and shiny too.

The fragrance is difficult to classify, but it is subtle and lovely, and quite different (in a good way!) from most vegan shampoo and conditioner products I’ve had before.

With a high percentage of organic ingredients, it also comes in plant-based packaging which is made from sugar cane and is totally recyclable.

This, together with the fact that it is quite concentrated, means that although the price might initially seem high, it is actually better value for money than you think, and therefore suitable for frequent use.

A beautifully designed cylindrical dark brown gift box with copper coloured flower patterns on, next to bottles of Noble Isle vegan shampoo and conditioner, in a bathroom setting.
  • Best gift set

Noble Isle

  • Type: Range for all hair types
  • Scent: Various
  • Price: ££

These beautifully presented products smell divine, with a wide range of fragrances, from perry pear to scots pine, and lots in between. 

I didn’t truly notice the fragrance until I used the product. It seems to come into its own somehow when you wash your hair, and the smell is so gorgeous it is really quite spa-like. I used the Scots Pine pictured.

Because of the presentation, this makes a beautiful and expensive-looking gift (and quite gender-neutral too). But actually, the price is on a par with many of the other vegan shampoo and conditioner brands in this list. Not a ‘budget’ brand, but not so expensive you need to take out a loan to buy it!

5 different Umberto Giannini hair products , including shampoo and conditioner, in shocking pink packaging, on a paler pink background
  • Best for curly hair

Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly

  • Type: For curly hair
  • Scent: Floral
  • Price: ££

A popular range of products for curly hair, this shampoo and conditioner works well, managing to eliminate most of the frizz, without leaving a heavy residue.

The shampoo and conditioner are both paraben and sulphate free, and contain no silicone which helps them to have a ‘light touch’ on your hair.

With a light floral scent, and a broad range of products to quell those luscious locks, the packaging will also brighten up your bathroom shelf.

A B Corp company, this brand also has an eye on sustainability in its manufacturing and supply processes, and comes at a reasonable price.

So, overall, at the price this is a good product for those with untameable curls.

2 hands holding bottles of Evolve Beauty's Monoi vegan shampoo and conditioner
  • Best for dry or damaged hair

Evolve Beauty’s Monoi

  • Type: For dry or damaged hair
  • Scent: Floral
  • Price: £

If you’ve not been treating your hair right, it can show. Over-colouring, swimming, too much washing, too much sun; all these things can dry out and damage your hair.

If this is you, Evolve’s Monoi range has been formulated especially for you! Using quinoa proteins to lock in moisture, and with flower extracts that give it a glorious fragrance, using this vegan shampoo and conditioner will put that oomph back in your hair.

With organic ingredients and recyclable plastic bottles, this is a fairly eco-friendly and sustainable option too.

Slightly cheaper than some of the others in this list, it just scrapes into the lower price range category – just! But a worthwhile purchase nonetheless.

2 bottles of Faith in Nature Avocado haircare products - shampoo and conditioner
  • Best Value

Faith in Nature

  • Type: Range for all hair types
  • Scent: Various
  • Price: £

Can there be a better, value for money, organic shampoo and conditioner range than Faith in Nature?

This B Corp company manages to produce ethical products which are natural (parabens, sulphate and silicone free), largely organic and of consistently good quality.

There is a range for every hair type and a wide range of lovely scents making this a go-to brand for so many people who are looking for an everyday product.

Whether it’s coconut, dragon fruit, avocado or one of the many other fragrances, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

So if you’re looking for an unflashy, everyday haircare product that is good value for money, Faith in Nature might be just the brand you’re looking for.

2 bottles of Evolve supershine shampoo and conditioner
available in 500ml bottles – 250ml shown
  • Best family sized bottles

Evolve Superfood Shine family size

  • Type: Normal hair
  • Scent: Fruity
  • Price: £

Another good product from the Evolve brand, these Superfood Shine vegan Shampoo and Conditioner products come in 500ml bottles – great for general use by the whole family.

With aloe vera, it helps sort out those tangles, and it cleanses naturally and gently using coconut and baobab proteins.

So a family-friendly, organic offering from this B-Corp brand that is also reasonably-priced, although at the top end of the ‘lower price’ category. And the branding is definitely gender-neutral, meaning anyone and everyone should be happy using it in the shower!

FAQs

How have we chosen which brands to include in this list?

Easy! Each product has to fulfil the following criteria, and each one has been researched and tested by us to ensure that they do just that:

  • vegan
  • cruelty-free
  • appropriately priced
  • deliver claimed benefits
  • makes reasonable efforts towards sustainability and the environment
  • free from harmful chemicals

Are cruelty-free, vegan haircare products better for your hair?

It’s fair to say that vegan shampoo and conditioner products are not always better for you just because they’re vegan. But often they are.

Of course, you still need to look carefully at ingredient lists for nasty chemicals (yes, there are vegan nasty chemicals too!), how products are made, and where they are from because they won’t always be sustainably sourced, or even environmentally-friendly.

However, there are many vegan brands out there who are going through quite stringent B-Corp accreditation processes (or that have already achieved accreditation) because ethically, they know it’s the right thing to do.

Putting together the right ingredients – vegan or not – to formulate an effective product that makes your hair look good is another thing entirely, however. Not all vegan shampoo and conditioner products do that, which is why I have produced this guide!

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Penny Barkas


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