5 Best Cruelty Free Vegan Dry Shampoos
So, you’re watching your friends enjoy the convenience of a dry shampoo.
It’s saving them money by stretching out styling appointments, a quick fix for manic mornings, and a simple post-workout solution for keeping fresh.
Too often we adopt convenience while sacrificing ethical behavior, thankfully, planet friendly, vegan dry shampoo is a solution you can incorporate into your lifestyle without compromising your values or your health.
Below we've listed what we believe to be the top 5 brands of vegan dry shampoo.
A favorite choice of ours is from the team at Handmade Heroes, a Singapore-based company that is dedicated to providing entirely vegan and cruelty-free products.
As the company name implies, their products are handmade - no heavy machinery or chemicals are part of the manufacturing process.
Their Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo is unique; it deodorizes with bamboo charcoal. Its scent is light and refreshing, a blend of peppermint and eucalyptus.
Another interesting fact, the main ingredient is rice powder, something not typically found in a dry vegan shampoo.
Rice powder has been a beauty staple for Asian women for centuries. It’s known for its gentle, yet effective oil-absorbing properties.
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This product is available in regular and travel sizes. For those beauty product commitment-phobes with a graveyard of goods that didn’t work, you can save some money and packaging by starting out with the travel size.
The product is earning a reputation for being a bit stronger than some of its competitors. Many on Amazon have commented that they notice less use of the product, it seems to keep nasty oils at bay for just a bit longer.
The product is recommended for brunettes or those with dark hair colors only. Sorry bodacious blondes.
Another possible challenge exists for those who are scent sensitive. The Amazon reviews were quite mixed when it came to the scent. The product comes in one scent, lavender, and it seems to be either a love it or leave it affair.
One of the most common, and easy to find vegan dry shampoos is from Batiste. They offer a complete line of dry shampoos for brunettes and blondes, or for those who fall out of those two categories and into, light or dark hair (gingers I believe this is you).
Batiste Dry Shampoos come in many different scents, the two most common are Blush and Original.
Blush is floral and flirty for the vegan diva that wants that ‘just walked through a meadow of wildflowers before making my way to the office’ aroma.
The original is a clean and classic scent that will blend well with your favorite perfumes. Suited well to the no-nonsense, low-maintenance vegan queen.
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Batiste realizes that we’re cut from different clothes, one size does not fit all; a girl needs choices. Options for scent and hair color makes it easier to tailor your selection and express who you are.
Another perk, it’s one of the most cost-friendly dry vegan shampoos that you will find, it’s surprisingly cheaper than some non-vegan popular dry shampoos.
For those whose ethics run deep, you may want to pass. Batiste is a sub-brand of Church and Dwight, makers of Arm & Hammer, Nair, and some other common household and beauty products that have a reputation for being harsh on us and the environment.
If you’re keen to support a strong female entrepreneur who stepped up to the plate after not finding what she needed from a beauty product, you’re going to like Anna from Hair Dance.
Anna, like many women, suffers from thin and fragile hair.
A chemical-free dry shampoo, for many, has proven to be a healthier alternative to adding volume, making the hair look and feel thick and shiny.
Enter Silky Touch.
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Amazon reviews point out that you only need a small amount of the product for it to have an impact.
Many who traditionally used spray on products noted that they found Silk Touch required a very small application.
For those living outside the USA, sorry, this product is not yet available to you.
Acure has earned a reputation for having one of the best vegan shampoos on the market.
Acure is a family owned company founded on sustainable principles.
They’re dedicated to offering products that are vegan, sulfate free, paraben free and cruelty-free, and their vegan dry shampoo is no exception.
They provide two options, option one, for all hair types and option two for medium to dark hair. Both products have no lasting or overpowering scent.
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The product isn’t packaged in an aerosol container and isn’t as messy as some traditional packaging offered by competitors.
You may need to play with, and test how you applicate the powder to find that sometimes elusive sweet spot. Acure recommends applying the product to a hairbrush and then combing through.
When it hits your pocketbook, you’re going to feel it. Acure is one of the most expensive brands on the market, possibly deservedly so as they’ve come to the market with a product trusted by thousands across the globe.
Founder and owner of Zabana Essentials, Shanell Edwards, suffers from sensitive skin.
She found that the majority of products suited to her skin were high-priced and made it her mission to provide a product that is not only affordable but friendly to all living things on the planet.
Zabana Essentials offers three vegan dry shampoos, Dry Glow Shimmery a tropical coconut, Dry Shampoo Lavender Citrus Mint, and Dry Shampoo Sage Blood Orange.
The most popular out of the three is the Dry Glow Shimmery, in addition to cleaning your hair it provides a beautiful shine, something unique and not found in many vegan dry shampoos.
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The scents of the dry shampoos can be found throughout the entire line of Sabana Essentials products. Zabana offers deodorants, body washes and more.
All three products are safe for all hair colors, making this a product that’s easy to share with friends or possibly easier to gift.
A Word Before Going Dry
Although they offer great benefits to the busy and the ethical, it’s important to note that any dry shampoo is to be used as a supplement to traditional hair washing and not as a replacement.
Dry shampoos may not remove impurities but instead, cover them.
Your best plan of attack is to incorporate dry shampoos into your routine with your current brand of traditional vegan shampoo.
To see if dry shampoos are for you, check out, this article on Today’s website.
For those with blonde or lighter colored hair, the color of your hair will determine the product you select. As noted above in our reviews, several brands offer different lines of vegan dry shampoos for both blondes and brunettes, or light and dark hair colors. Using a product intended for darker hair will leave a residue or tint on lighter hair.
For more tips, check out this infographic from Toni & Guy.
Not Just the Product but the Package
Packaging makes a big, big difference.
More chemicals go into products packaged in aerosol containers, and more resources are used to create aerosol containers. Both deterrents to the vegan lifestyle. Vegan dry shampoos offered in an aerosol can are not 100% organic or all natural.
There’s no doubt, for those who are purchasing a dry shampoo for a time-saving solution an aerosol can is the quickest and the easiest. An aerosol can allow you to target areas around your face and the back of your neck much easier compared to a non-aerosol packaged product.
If a dry shampoo is part of your pre-beauty sleep routine, you’ll be fine with a non-aerosol product. They are messier, but when applied slowly and over a sink work well.
Ready, Set, Shampoo
As if you weren’t amazing enough by being the vegan goddess you are, choosing to use a vegan dry shampoo decreases your carbon footprint.
Less water consumption without the washing and less energy consumption without the blowout. An added perk for anyone who loves the planet.
From busy parents who can’t get a minute in the shower to corporate powerhouses that need every minute of their day to be productive, dry shampoos have become a weekly staple.
It’s comforting to know that vegan solutions not only exist, but are easy to find, affordable, and ethical.