These are truly my personal favorites that I use almost daily. I’ve worked hard over the years to curate a specific collection of brands at Two Beauties Skin + Makeup (the business I own) that I actually use and stand behind. I recommend these as a licensed esthetician with a vested interest in your skin health, as an experienced makeup artist that understands ease of application and wearability should be a given, and as a vegan who loves seeing the cosmetic industry step up to help our world become a kinder place!
I made a list of all the vegans and vegan brands who helped inspire me to change my lifestyle. Vegan food and fitness bloggers, vegan authors, bodybuilders, entrepreneurs, food reviewers. This isn’t a list of everything I love that’s vegan, or every vegan blog or YouTube channel I think you should check out. It’s a very specific list of the brands and personalities that are making huge changes in the animal liberation and plant based eating spaces. They have had a lasting impact on me, and I continue to watch, shop from, and be inspired by them today. Enjoy!
*Some of the categories overlap. I would encourage you to find the accounts listed above on their multiple platforms. However, the accounts listed in this section are specifically ones I prefer to watch on YouTube. I tried to categorize them as clearly as possible.
*I have to make a note here. Rich Roll’s podcast (and book, Finding Ultra) has been one of the most invaluable resources for my vegan journey. He has introduced me to countless authors, podcasters, athletes, and personalities that I otherwise may not have found. This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in a plant based lifestyle, entrepreneurship, fitness, and an abundance of other topics on wellness.
This is the food and fitness plan I used from Blogilates to initially help me go vegan! It’s completely worth the $100 (yes.. that’s it for a complete workout and food plan) and I highly suggest it to anyone who’s considering veganism. 28 days is all it takes!
Because of my 5 Year Veganniversary on March second I’ve decided each post for this month will be vegan themed!
Today, I’m sharing my favorite vegan / cruelty free hair care products. Everything I’ve pictured below is in my regular daily or weekly rotation, and has been used for at least a year to test the results and effectiveness. I’m very particular about the products I use on my hair, but my transition into using only vegan products was easy, and my hair is healthier than ever! I hope you’ll try some of these options when shopping in the future. These are not only excellent-quality products, but they come from companies I support who share similar values in regards to animal welfare and the health of the planet. And, you have the option to shop them all locally if you are in Humboldt County!
Shampoo / Conditioner:
I have mild to moderate eczema on my scalp. I color treat my hair every six weeks, and I like my hair to stay long, thick, and as soft as possible while keeping my color in tact. I wash my hair once a week and use heat on it (blow dry / flat iron) a few times a month. The Maria Nila Heal shampoo and conditioner are the best I have ever used. Hands down. No contest. My scalp is much less dry and irritated, and my hair grows extremely fast now. I’ve been growing it out for years and after only one year of using these products my hair grew so much I had to cut four inches off last month because it had gotten TOO long. I recommend this for anyone who has dandruff, dry scalp, eczema, or who simply loves having soft healthy hair that grows quickly!
I do want to mention that Maria Nila makes several lines for all different hair types and concerns. I’d encourage you to look at several or ask your hair professional before choosing the one best for you. However, if you have scalp and hair growth issues, this line would most likely be the best selection for you.
I use these masks each time I wash my hair. Since I have bleached hair, I actually mix 1/2 Silver mask with 1/2 Heal mask, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse. This helps my scalp, softens my hair, and neutralizes yellow tones.
For right after I towel dry:
For when I want beach-y waves without using heat:
For when I need big volume at the root:
I couldn’t find detailed descriptions of the Pulp Riot products I use. I get them from my hairstylist / local salon and they are also 100% vegan and cruelty free. I’m obsessed with their styling products and find that they work extremely well and smell amazing!
For when I need to set any style in place without my hair feeling sticky or “crunchy:”
For all the time. I use this to finish any look including straight or wavy hairstyles. It makes my hair look shiny, healthy, and does not compromise the longevity of my style.