In recent years, there have been a number of great hair products for men to hit the market. There are pomades, gels, fibers, clays, and more that can help you achieve a perfect messy, clean-cut, or edgy look. What you may not know, however, is that animal-derived ingredients tend to sneak their way into a number of hair products. To help you cut through the labels cluttered with ingredients, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite vegan hair-styling products for guys.
1. Giovanni’s Natural Mousse Hair Styling Foam
This product is great for adding volume and texture to your hair before using your favorite styling gel or paste. Give it a try if you have thin hair.
2. Giovanni’s L.A. Natural Styling Gel
This is an exceptionally strong gel with an extreme hold and a light, healthy shine.
3. Giovanni’s Wicked Texture
This textured pomade helps provide a little bit of definition and that sleek pomade shine. Use it for a clean-cut or sophisticated look.
4. Beauty Without Cruelty’s Spray Gel
This product is great for guys with longer or curly hair, and it allows you to get a light gel hold throughout without having to use gobs of traditional gel.
5. LUSH’s Dirty Styling Cream
This premium hair cream will give you a bit of a wet look and is perfect if you want a firm hold that is still pliable throughout the day.
6. Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Grooming Clay
Give this clay a try for a strong hold without any shine. Its blend of micro-fibers will help add definition and volume to your hair for a big messy look.
7. Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Liquid Pomade
This lightweight option provides a medium hold and natural “I woke up like this”–looking hair. There are several other Aveda Men’s products worth checking out—just be sure they aren’t on the list of products that use beeswax or honey!
8. The Body Shop’s Wheatgrass Fixing Gel
Give this gel a try if you regularly find yourself out in the sun.
9. Jack Black’s Body Building Hair Gel
This lightweight gel has a clean feel that will give you a medium to firm hold without any sticky residue or buildup.
10. Paul Mitchell System’s Mitch Construction Paste
It’s not something that’s widely advertised, but in fact, MOST Paul Mitchell products are vegan (with the exception of a few waxes and shampoos that incorporate beeswax or honey)! Give this vegan hair product a try if you need extra texture or definition but don’t want the shine of most gels.
Guys, if you want to double-check that your favorite hair product is vegan, look through the label to make sure that lanolin, honey, and beeswax aren’t listed as ingredients and also be sure to check PETA’s cruelty-free company list to make sure that the manufacturer doesn’t test on animals!