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The Best Cruelty-Free and Vegan Shampoos in 2021

Last Updated on January 5, 2022 by Nina Ahmedow

Haircare is really important to me. I have long hair so I have to take good care of it. That’s why I need the best cruelty-free and vegan shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, leave-in conditioners, hair oils – you name it.

My hair is a bit difficult to manage which is why I am so picky about the products I use. I always try new haircare products, so let me know in the comments if there’s anything you can recommend.

Let me also clarify that this is not a sponsored post.

First of all, here’s a bit of info about my hair. My hair is naturally very wavy, and it needs a lot of moisture and protein. I also have my hair dyed professionally on a regular basis which takes a toll on the structure of my hair. This is the reason I try to stay away from heat styling. There really is no need to damage my hair even further. Plus, my hair doesn’t hold styles very well. (I have a post on simple hair care for travelers.) Now, these are things that are more important when it comes to conditioners, masks, etc. Remember that shampoo is there to get rid of the oils in your hair.

So my hair used to be quite oily, and when it was short I definitely had to wash it every day. The longer I grew my hair the longer I trained it to go between washes. Now I only have to wash my hair once a week, though I use dry shampoo between washes

After moving to Greece I started to experience itchiness in my scalp, and I never really understood why. My scalp would get itchy two days after I washed my hair. However, I never had to deal with dandruff. So I never considered looking into scalp treatment shampoos because I figured they were for people with a dry scalp or dandruff, and I didn’t feel dryness.

However, after doing some research I finally realized that an itchy scalp really benefits from these shampoos as well.

So I tried a few different shampoos and can honestly say that all three of these make my list of the best cruelty-free and vegan shampoos. But one stands out a bit more than the others.

The Best Cruelty-Free and Vegan Shampoos for Itchy Scalps

Dr. Organic – Tea Tree Shampoo

I don’t experience any itchiness after using this product, and my scalp feels really fresh. However, I will say that I always feel like I need a lot of product with this shampoo, and for some reason my hair never feels squeaky clean.

Paul Mitchell – Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo

This is part of Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree range. I love the amazing lavender scent of this shampoo which almost creates a spa-like experience. My scalp feels amazing after using this. But again, I would say I have to use quite a lot of product with this shampoo until my hair is really clean. For that reason, I don’t think the price is quite worth it. My hairdresser always says that shampoo is one of those things we don’t have to splurge on because it really only cleans your hair and doesn’t provide any extra care.

Avalon Organics – Scalp Normalizing Shampoo

This is my go-to cruelty-free and vegan shampoo. It leaves my scalp feeling fresh and my hair super clean. No more itchiness and I only have to use very little product. Definitely my favorite in this list.

With that said, all three of these are excellent cruelty-free and vegan shampoos if you suffer from an itchy scalp. Let me know if you also want me to post an update on my hair care routine.

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  • Reply
    February 3, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Great recommendations! I feel like we’ve experienced similar hair journeys. My hair is also wavy, thick, and long, and I also only wash it once a week. I’m actually on the hunt for a new shampoo, so I’ll definitely check these out!

    • Reply
      Nina | Lemons and Luggage
      February 4, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Yes, give them a try, I’m happy with them!

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