Time for You to Try Plant-Based Hair Care

Keren0901Keren0901
Jun. 11
Many of us have now moved to a vegan diet, or at least embraced more plant-based foodstuffs, whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons. 
So it’s no surprise that there’s also been an explosion of new plant-based and vegan hair products onto the market recently, and to help you find out more, I’ve looked into 4 of the most interesting new brands:
  • emerge
  • Navy Hair Care
  • Gemma Haircare
  • Better Not Younger
emerge
emerge is a new hair care line which debuted in January 2020, created specifically with young Gen Z women of color in mind – a “clean beauty brand for next generation naturalistas.”
As a curly girl myself, I’m always interested to investigate new products that claim to work with, not against, my kinks and curls!
However, I quickly discovered that the brand is owned by Unilever and is retailed exclusively through Target in the US. If that doesn’t sit with your values, it might not be the brand for you.
Although the products claim to be clean with no nasties and are powered by plant-based ingredients, it’s hard to tell whether the range is 100% vegan or not. So be sure to scrutinize the ingredients carefully
One of the 6 products in the range is It's Knot Happening Sulfate Free Shampoo.
Made with almond milk and fair-trade shea butter, its aim is to give you hydrated, frizz-free, defined curls. All emerge products currently retail at under $10.
Navy Hair Care
Navy Hair Care Products are manufactured in the US, not tested on animals, and are sulfate, mineral oil and paraben free. 
Some of their product range is vegan-friendly, but check the product descriptions carefully, as only those that specifically state that they are vegan can be guaranteed not to contain any animal derivatives.
One of the vegan products in the Navy Hair Care range is the nautically named Search and Rescue shampoo.
It combines Pro-Vitamin B5 with Panthenol for shine, heat protection, and to prevent breakage before it starts, and also includes added Vitamins A, C and E and Rosemary.
Navy Hair Care’s products don’t come cheap, so if you’re on a budget you might do better to look elsewhere. And if you’re looking for a product that is definitely vegan, do check the packaging first!
Gemma Haircare
Gemma Haircare is a start up from early 2019 and takes a prescriptive approach to haircare. 
They make the bold claim that with Gemma, you'll have good hair days 365 days a year! But how does it work?
On their website, you’re encouraged to answer a quiz about questions such as your most concerning hair problems and how often you wash your hair.
You’re then given a customized range of products to suit your hair type and the option to subscribe to regular deliveries. Gemma products are free of parabens, dyes, and sulfates, and are not tested on animals, although you’ll need to check the ingredients lists carefully as they do not make direct claims about their products being 100% vegan.
I was matched with Shampoo Formula 6, which contains Glycerin, along with Coconut, Avocado and Camellia Japonica Seed Oils, which aims to hydrate, moisturize and protect hair from drying out – real concerns for a curly girl like me.
It’s not the cheapest option out there, and you may find yourself tied into a subscription, so make sure you know what you’re signing up for.
Better Not Younger
Better Not Younger is a haircare brand founded by Sonsoles Gonzales, a hair industry veteran in her 50s, specially aimed at women over 40 to tackle issues caused by aging hair.
All their products are paraben-free, sulfate-free and cruelty-free. Like Gemma Hair Care, Better Not Younger take a prescriptive approach and ask you to complete a quiz about subjects such as whether you color your hair or are affected by frizz or fly-aways.
So I took the quiz…. Here comes the confession… yes, I admit it, I am over 40 (it’s our little secret)!
One of my recommended products was the Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque, containing Vitamin E, Natural Mango, Macadamia, Avocado, Cupuaçu, and Murumuru butters for brittle, dull, unmanageable hair.
Is the whole range vegan? Nearly…all their products are vegan except for the Power Within Skin & Scalp Collagen Gummies which contain marine collagen.
Give Plant-Based Hair Care a Try!
There’s a whole host of new hair products on the market to try right now for all budgets, but be careful when you’re selecting products, as sometimes only selected ranges are 100% vegan and free of animal products. Enjoy with a clean conscience and an almond milk latte!
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