You love your curls, right? So you want to feed them with ingredients that love your curls as much as you do. But with so many ingredients to choose from, how do you know which ones have your hair’s best interests at heart? It also gets a tad trickier as certain ingredients might be obsessed with straight hair but causes your curls to break into chaos. To save you from several bad hair days, here are some of our favourite vegan and cruelty-free ingredients to have on your radar (and in your hair).
For Dry Hair: Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
A little bit of a mouthful with a lotta love is hydroxyethyl cellulose, a plant-based amino acid that easily dissolves in cold or hot water, meaning it’s perfectly safe to use on the hair despite its lab-like name. It forms an invisible coating around the hair strands to hold onto moisture, which is ideal for curly hair types as they’re prone to dryness. This is because whether they’re big or small, the ringlets make it harder for the scalp’s moisturising natural oils to travel from top to bottom.
Volume Spray 250ML – €29
Prioritising moisture and volume, Curls ‘N Clouds Volume Spray features hydroxyethyl cellulose so you can instantly volumize your hair without drying your curls out. Entirely vegan, cruelty-free, and CGM approved, it’s one for every curly hair routine. Warning: it creates voluminous curls larger than life.
For Frizz Control: Avocado Oil
When the hair is dry, its cuticles become rough and stick up, making it appear frizzy. Avocado oil is one of the few oils loaded with fatty acids that can reach deep into the hair shaft and moisturise your curls from the inside out, rather than just sitting on top. This makes it one of the best ingredients for curly hair as it provides a long-term solution to dry, frizzy hair instead of a quick fix.
For Damaged Hair: Aloe Vera
Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, we’re all out of reasons why you shouldn’t include aloe vera in your curly hair routine! The nutrient-rich ingredient is craved by damaged, brittle hair in need of a pick-me-up by strengthening strands, soothing itchy scalps (cya dandruff), and encouraging cell regeneration to repair your hair.
For Hair Growth: Rosemary Oil
Hair growth is harder to achieve with curly hair types as you have to grow double the amount of hair for it to look longer after the curls bounce back up. Rosemary oil stimulates circulation in the scalp by widening blood vessels, so the hair follicles can receive more nutrients to improve hair growth and prevent hair loss. BRB just slathering rosemary oil all over our scalps…
For Enhancing Coloured Hair: Murumuru Butter
As curly hair types are the most delicate, colouring your hair can bring on damage more easily and cause its colour to become dull and lifeless quicker. Harvested from the fat found in the seeds of a palm tree (and fun to say), murumuru butter is most known for boosting shine which adds vibrancy to coloured hair.