Sunday 9 June 2019

Top 5 Vegan Brands for Afro Hair | Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2019

This year's Afro Hair & Beauty Live show took place over the gloriously sunny spring bank holiday. 120 exhibitors showcased their products at the Business Design Centre in Islington, and thousands of visitors showed up to support what I can truly describe as a successful show.

Walking around the show, I was struck by the number of brands embracing a vegan ethos. These days, it makes complete sense for hair and beauty businesses to move in this direction. Demand for cruelty-free, natural and ethical products is at an all-time high, people are generally more conscious and eager to support businesses that actually care about animal welfare and the environment. Companies win out financially, customers are satisfied, animals are spared from's nothing but positive when you really think about it.

In my highlight video, you'll see that the show was an absolute feast for the senses. I managed to touch base with a few impressive vegan-friendly hair and beauty brands. Some of my favourites are also featured in the little guide I've put together down below. If, like me, you've ever struggled with finding vegan products that work well and nourish your afro hair, then this guide to the top 5 brands should be a lifesaver.

Top 5 Vegan-Friendly Brands for Afro Hair

1. SuperFoodLx
Cherry and Paula Francis are the UK based nurse and nutritionist mother and daughter team behind SuperFoodLx. They specialise in pure blend dietary supplements and nutrient dense vegan hair and skin treatments. Their selection of CBD oil products help support your mood and stress-levels in order to prevent hair loss, and their natural blends are formulated to accelerate and thicken your hair growth. Look out for their much loved Kelp & Spirulina Hair growth vitamins, Hair Skin & Nail Oil, Illuminism Detox Balm, Intelligence Hydrating Hair Cream, Quinoa Protein Conditioner, CBD oil and butter.

2. Afrocenchix
This brand absolutely had to make it on to the list. Their gorgeous products are all vegan, natural and organic, designed to make caring for natural hair as simple and stress-free as possible. Check out their sulphate-free shampoo, and moisturising hair cream. They are also the first natural hair brand to be stocked at WholeFoods, so if you happen to pass by there, be sure to support them.

3. Curls
The Green Collection by Curls is 100% vegan and specially formulated to promote healthier, stronger hair. The range includes a green tea hair rinse to restore your hair's pH balance, a moisturising avocado hair styling mousse, bamboo protein treatment to strengthen damaged hair, a sea kelp vitamin-infused shampoo and a sea kelp/cucumber hair mask to promote hair growth.

Multi-award winning France-based company ACTIVILONG have been caring for curly and frizzy hair since 1983. This year they introduced ACTIKIDS for vegan kids. 97% natural origin, neutral ph, no silicon / no SLS / no PEG / no mineral oil. Enriched with mango butter and sweet almond oil to meet the specific needs of children's delicate hair. The range consists of conditioning shampoo, conditioner, co wash, detangling spray, curl cream and defining jelly.

Catering for natural curls and coils, As I Am recently launched an entirely vegan collection called Dry + Itchy to help fight dandruff and prevent itchy scalp. It is formulated with olive oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, linseed, aloe vera and other natural products to soothe and repair the scalp. Their leave-in conditioner, curling jelly, twist defining cream and hair oils are also all vegan-friendly.

You might also like my post on how to make a vegan deep conditioner for natural afro hair.

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