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So I guess I'm really in need of hair advice.  I treat my hair badly  :(  ...I've got an addiction to hair color (people should just be born with pink hair, striped hair, whatever  :D)  Anyhoo, I got it cut this afternoon, and the stylist was very concerned at how much is coming out in gobs.  I've noticed this too for about the past week.  But I really think it's all due to coloring (and I had dreads last summer which I was unfortunately forced to get ripped out, that thinned it) rather than anything lacking diet-wise. 

My question is, does anyone know of any good vegan, natural hair products (even make at home ones) that help dry, damaged, shedding hair?  Right now I'm using Kiss My Face shampoo and conditioner.

Anyhoo, this is making me sad now, so I guess I'll have it professionally dyed back to a medium brown and just leave it  :'( 

I read somewhere that kumbacha (sp?) tea helps thicken, strengthen hair.  Is there any truth to that?

granted, this is what i would do (eh, have done) but i would just cut it all off and let it grow in fresh. pixie kinds of cuts are always really cute and hip and you can dye the hell out of them and, since it is short, you just cut it off soon anyways. i had long hair that i treated horribly. now that i cut it all off, it feels thicker and never dried out because it is never that old!!

other than that, my roomie (long, naturally curly hair who colored it once) really likes to use my trader joe's lemon conditioner. she says it works well. i've also read olive oil is good-- warm it up first and let it sit in your hair.

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my hair has been thinning ever since i went through puberty, and a stylist told me that keeping it clean really helps. 
and it does... i use a clear shampoo, none of that greasy "moisturizing" stuff.  and i use a light conditioner a few times a week. 
and i've also heard that kombucha is supposed to be really good for hair and nail stuff.  now that you've reminded me of it, i think i will go get some. 

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I'm in search of the perfect vegan shampoo.  I currently have locks and dry scalp....boo!

some companies that have vegan shampoos are:
giovanni
kiss my face
aubrey organics
avalon organics
jason

I would suggest you use a conditioning shampoo and conditioner as well.  Evening Primrose oil is also good for the skin, hair and nails. I know that VegLife has a capsule.

Good Luck!

Tamika

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I use Aveda. I know that not all of their stuff is vegan, but a lot of it is (I'm using the Rosemary Mint shampoo and conditioner, which is for fine hair. I didn't see any animal ingredients in there). You absolutely want to go to a salon (that carries Aveda, should you be interested in the products) and let the stylist pick out what products you need. A lot of people haphazardly buy salon products without directions from a stylist and end up blowing forty bucks on something that doesn't work for their hair.

Henna might also be an option for you. It's very moisturizing, and you don't need to get the colored kind if you don't want to.

Here's some home remedies:

Vinegar - 2 cups water to 1/2 cup vinegar. Rinse hair with it.
Beer - Rinse hair with it.
Banana and avocado - Mash together, apply to hair. Rinse one hour later.

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I really like Lush's products--including their henna, which is a great natural way to dye your hair without damaging it at all. www.lush.com They've got some stores in the U.S., although none near me. I generally end up buying their stuff online unless I happen to be in a city with a Lush. They are very committed to no animal testing and mark all their vegan products with giant VEGAN labels.

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Thanks all for the suggestions! :)

Vinegar - 2 cups water to 1/2 cup vinegar. Rinse hair with it.
Beer - Rinse hair with it.
Banana and avocado - Mash together, apply to hair. Rinse one hour later.

Beer?  :D  I guess if I'd tip my head just the right way, it would drain into my mouth

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My Paul Mitchell products keep my hair healthy looking.

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Beer?    I guess if I'd tip my head just the right way, it would drain into my mouth

Hilarious! ;D  I always joke about eating this conditioner I've been experimenting with making.  I will post it if I get the kinks out!

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I've tried every vegan/cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner I can get my hands on. The best thing I have found is Giovanni. It's made in th US, so I would think you guys would be able to get it too.

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I used to dye my hair a lot too.. then about a year ago decided that my natural color will do just fine. I love it now, it's born-again virgin hair. :}  Anyway, I highly recommend Nature's Gate products, in particular their herbal shampoo. It has an amazing smell that people comment on daily! It's vegan and animal testing free, also not bad at like $5 a pop. They also have a henna conditioner for "dull and damaged" hair, it's awesome and light, doesn't have any nasty build-up.

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Olive oil: work it into dry hair, wrap your head in saran wrap (so it doesn't drip) and leave it for about 30-45 min depending on length and level of damage. Shampoo as normal.

You can also use vegan mayo! I'm ovolacto so I use regular olive-oil based mayo, the egg does seem to help, but of course if you're vegan that's out, so try vegan mayo.

(BTW the mayo-under-saran-wrap treatment also kills lice more effectively than the agressive, smelly poisonous shampoos.)

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i've used abba shampoos and conditioners since long before i was vegan and their stuff is awesome.  kind of spendy but i think it's worth it

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if you still want to dye your hair a lot. use manic panic vegan formula. it's made of natural proteins which actually strengthen your hair. i just dyed mine bright red semi-permanent. semi permanent colors are usually really good for your hair. good luck!

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So I guess I'm really in need of hair advice.  I treat my hair badly  :(  ...I've got an addiction to hair color (people should just be born with pink hair, striped hair, whatever  :D)  Anyhoo, I got it cut this afternoon, and the stylist was very concerned at how much is coming out in gobs.  I've noticed this too for about the past week.  But I really think it's all due to coloring (and I had dreads last summer which I was unfortunately forced to get ripped out, that thinned it) rather than anything lacking diet-wise. 

My question is, does anyone know of any good vegan, natural hair products (even make at home ones) that help dry, damaged, shedding hair?  Right now I'm using Kiss My Face shampoo and conditioner.

Anyhoo, this is making me sad now, so I guess I'll have it professionally dyed back to a medium brown and just leave it  :'( 

I read somewhere that kumbacha (sp?) tea helps thicken, strengthen hair.  Is there any truth to that?

I brew my own kombucha and I've noticed improvements in my sinus problems and I don't catch every cold germ that's floating around now but I haven't noticed any difference in my hair, skin or nails.  I've been drinking it about a year.  I drank the GT's and Milennium kombucha until I started brewing my own in January so I think if it hasn't made a noticible difference in my hair in a year, it's not going to help a lot to fix your current hair problems.  Time and regrowth will help most.  As well as sticking to your natural color and stopping the hair abuse!

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i've used abba shampoos and conditioners since long before i was vegan and their stuff is awesome.  kind of spendy but i think it's worth it

I'm totally addicted to Abba!

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