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17 May

A Minimal, Vegan Haircare Routine

Frizziness has always been the bane of my life and up until recently, I didn’t do a great deal about it. I have always used oils, but never spent the time to properly research what is best for me and my hair. I accepted fate and that there was no product on this planet had the capacity to fully tame my super thick, crazy hair. What inspired my need for change? A spontaneous one way flight ticket to France the following month. I decided to travel for the foreseeable future and knew that I wanted (and needed) to minimise my hair care routine to a few vegan products that I truly loved and trusted. Natural ingredients were a must. 

So research began and consisted of hundreds of YouTube tutorials, from completely zero-waste “influencers” to those Americans you know own enough products to run a hair salon. Money was wasted and there were days my hair was frizzier than I even knew possible – but I finally perfected my vegan, cruelty-free and natural hair care routine. 

Step One: Lather up with Ethique Shampoo Bar 

Whilst the Heali Kiwi Shampoo Bar is the priciest I’ve tried, it has the best reviews and results, whilst being completely accessible. Why is it that when we hear of scalp talk, we automatically think dandruff? It’s so easy to neglect our scalp in ways we’d never dream of for the rest of our body, resulting in overly dry or greasy scalps. This shampoo bar is packed full of oats which, believe it or not, are brilliant for soothing the skin. Combined with coconut and neem oil (and a refreshing citrus scent) this is a dreamy product if you feel your scalp is in need of some extra nourishment. Whether that be due to dandruff or grease from product build up, this is the shampoo bar for you. My hair felt (and looked!) instantly smoother after just one wash with Heali Kiwi and alongside the amazing results, one bar is the equivalent to three bottles of regular shampoo – perfect for on the go. But if you’re not sold and excess oil in your hair is truly your biggest nuisance, then I’d give St Clements a go – a citrus shampoo bar specifically for oily scalps. 

Step Two: Condition!

Simple, Kind to Hair Conditioner. I’m still on the look-out for a complementary zero-waste conditioner, so decided on a natural and cruelty alternative for now. This Kind to Hair conditioner works well and I’d definitely buy it again. It leaves my hair feeling super nourished, but plastic-free packaging is on the forefront of my search these days.

Step Three: De-Frizz with Argan Oil

For as long as I can remember, my mum has instilled in me that hair oils are the saviour for frizz control – and she’s right! Naively, I spent years assuming all oils worked the same and not until my newfound desire for a simple routine (that actually worked), did I realise I’d been doing it all wrong. Originally a culinary staple in Morocco, Argan Oil is abundant in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. I’ll spare details of what could turn into a thoroughly mind-numbing science lesson, and briefly share with you what I discovered.  

Frizz occurs when the fat layer of our hair cuticle is damaged, resulting in out of control and unruly hair. Vitamin E has the power to not only replace this layer and bring back shine, but also reduce further breakage and encourage hair growth. I applied product to freshly washed hair and the results were amazing; my hair was super shiny and the frizz had miraculously reduced. I had lost my defining curls after a number of dreadful products and with this oil, they affluently returned. After just one use, my hair felt so moisturised and full of texture and bounce – everything I desired and in one single product!  

ensured the Argan oil I chose was ethically sourced and pure. I can assure you that it’s worth every penny of investment and has changed my hair care routine forever. If you want to test out this liquid gold before taking the plunge, I also highly recommend Superdrug’s Hair Therapy Oil with Argan, which works wonders and is under £4. 

Whilst on my quest for the perfect oil, I found myself scouring the shelves of Lush and was assured that my holy grail product would be their best-selling R&B Hair Moisturiser. Let me begin by saying this smells divine, with a combination of orange flower, coconut oil and oat milk this was a hair product from heaven. Again, and unfortunately, this product is pricy, but I couldn’t say no to the 10-gram sample tub that was offered to me – for free! After two months of using this product after every hair wash, I am only halfway through this tiny tub, so I can only assume this is another product worth every penny.   

Described as a curl-defining moisture boost, I can confirm it does exactly that. The method I adopted was to use a miniscule amount on dry hair, typically the morning after a hair wash. I then smoothed out any remaining frizz whilst somehow, revealing extra curls I didn’t know existed! You know when you leave a hairdresser and your hair is bouncy, as if it has a new lease of life? Well, that’s how this product made me feel – the coconut oil smooths any fly aways and left my hair feeling lightweight and nourished.  

My hair has had the luxury of both Argan oil and R&B for the last few months and whilst they are a dreamy combination, their properties for hair styling are very similar. Your hair will definitely adore you if you decide to invest in both, but if you are wanting to keep your routine as minimal as possible, I would choose just one. With that being said, you need to figure out what works for you – I imagine the R&B only to work this well on thick, naturally curly (and wavy) hair.  

So, if your hair is on the thinner side, I would sway more towards Argan oil. And if your hair is similar to mine and you’re still struggling to decide, I would suggest Argan oil, simply for its further health benefits. As a natural UV protector, Argan reduces the visibility of blemishes, stretch marks and ageing skin, plus is an indulgent oil to add to your cooking. It’s an all-rounder in the vegan beauty department and what I had been searching for all this time. 

Rebecca Merry
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