When I was 20, my hair reached down to my waist, and because I wanted change, I decided to cut it into a short bob. Unfortunately, this is when I started to experience strange hair loss, breakage, and stunted hair growth. When I became a vegetarian in 2015, my hair struggles seemingly became worse when I tried my first vegan shampoo. My hair started becoming drier, lost volume, and became the home for rat’s nests and snarls. Nevertheless, within the past year, I have finally found the best ways to care for my hair, using products that are more natural and cruelty-free, and my hair has been healthier (a photo of me on the right for reference).
Step 1) Use Nature’s Gate Shampoo & Conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner set was my saving grace. My hair is straight and tends to be too oily near my roots but too dry on the ends. I often add to the problem by purchasing shampoos that further strip the oils from my hair and make the ends even drier. This set, however, seems to have restored my pH balance, and I have been able to say goodbye to my oily roots, as well as seen a significant decrease in struggling with dry and damaged hair.
Step 2) Use Aveda’s Smooth Infusion for Naturally Straight Hair. I don’t dye my hair, but I blow dry and straighten, or curl, my hair every day. So, despite not using damaging hair dye, I often find myself damaging my hair with heated styling tools. My hair stylist recommended this product to prevent further damaging my hair, as well as to make the de-tangling process a bit easier. I have also found that this product helps me to blow dry my hair more straight in the first place, so that reduces my time using my straightener.
Step 3) Use Lush’s R & B Leave-in Conditioner. Because I have dry hair and live in a very dry climate, I sometimes have trouble controlling and preventing frizz. My absolute favorite product for helping to keep my hair under control is this leave-in conditioner. It moisturizes my hair, without making it too greasy, and as an added bonus, it smells absolutely amazing.
Step 4) Manage hair through regular trims. I have relatively long hair and want to keep it that way, but I have found that the less I visit the salon, the more dead my hair tends to look and the less it wants to grow. So, to keep my hair long but healthy, I get a trim every 8 weeks. In addition, I always visit an Aveda salon because Aveda products are vegan and cruelty-free.
After changing my diet and my hair care routine, my hair has returned to being healthy and growing quickly. What do you do to keep your hair healthy and beautiful, especially if you’re vegan? Let me know in the comments. I’m always open to hearing more suggestions and advice about how to improve my hair care routine.
The featured photo was taken by Hannah Morgan. Find more of her work at unsplash.com.