10 Hair Salons in California Using Vegan Hair Products (and Leading by Example!)

Posted by : Lesly Ann Llarena
Date : 23 March, 2020

In recent times, vegan hair products and vegan hair care is rising in popularity. 

This is for a couple of reasons, it is both healthier for humans since all the products are made of ingredients we can pronounce and trust. Additionally, these products are cruelty-free and don’t harm any animals in the making of them — and traditionally the cosmetology industry has been notorious for this.

There are hair salons in California that are leading the way in adopting this in the products they use and sell. These vegan hair salons are located in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco primarily and give a good picture of what it means to adopt these practices in their businesses and their lives.

The following article gives a spotlight to 10 vegan hair salons in California, in no particular order. 

We have pulled information about each of these salons from their website to share with everyone. If you run a salon or a hair business in accordance with vegan principles, please reach out to us and we would love to feature you — and spread the word about this amazing movement.

1. Ingenious Organic Concept Salon

Location: 389 Arguello Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118

What Makes Them Special: 

All their products are of the Oway brand. The Oway brand holds the  “best of beauty” hair color award and features many such brands from Italy. 

All the products the salon uses are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and free from harsh and dangerous chemicals without sacrificing a superior professional result. 

Their mission is to make you feel special and cater to your individual needs with attention to every detail. The salon has also won Pacific Flair’s “San Francisco’s Best Environmentally Friendly Salon”


2. The Green Hair Doc – Ernest Brooks Vegan and Organic Salon

Location: 1356 W  Valley Pkwy Ste F, Escondido, CA  92029

What Makes Them Special: 

This is an eco-friendly, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free salon. 

The owner, Ernest, says on their website:  “At a young age, I was already blow drying all the girls hair. I decided to make it a career at the age of 28, and have enjoyed hairdressing for over 25 years now. I was blessed to learn color-thru teaching color for a large ammonia-free company for 7 years. I have been licensed in 3 states, and have also worked in Mexico and Europe. I am more conservative in my approach, but walk on the wild side occasionally. I believe in products that promote health, and vitality. Everything I use is Vegan, Organic and I promote aloe-based products. The results are a natural-looking color that even fools the experts.” 


3. Liberated Salon

Location: 3409 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

What Makes Them Special: 

Liberated is fully stocked with products that are certified vegan, cruelty-free, and are sustainably packaged.

Featured products include Kavella, Onesta, Formula 18, O&M, Iroiro, and Organics color systems. An eclectic variety of customers travel far and wide for our hair services, most of whom are searching for ammonia-free, vegan, or pregnancy safe hair coloring. They also offer all services related to hair! 


4. Crop Salon

Location: 515 N Ave 64, Los Angeles, CA 90042

What Makes Them Special: 

Crop Salon of Highland Park was founded in 2006 when organic products were rarely ever offered or available in the hair industry. 

Crop Salon represents a passion and skill in the art of hair in alignment with dedication to a holistic, natural, and sustainable way of living. Crop Salon is an environment safe from chemicals for both clients and artists. The crop is Vegan-friendly and uses products that are not tested on animals. We love them and want to treat them with respect! Their mission is to bring people access to natural and sustainable products, while also providing them with service and style they can’t find anywhere else.


5. Nori’s Eco Salon

Location: 15826 Ventura Blvd. Suite #224, Encino, CA 91436

What Makes Them Special: 

They were the first hair salon to receive a climate leader award and a green certification and it is a NATULIQUE salon, which uses products from natulique, onesta, Sanre organic skinfood, generation klean, Zoya, and eco colors. 

They also go beyond just vegan products. From their website: “Our walls are painted with a zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint. Floors are covered with the natural linoleum made from linseed oil with jute baking, our light bulbs are LED lighting, insulation made with recycled denim, Drywalls are nontoxic, sustainable building materials, non-toxic and biodegradable hair care products which in most cases they are 95% USDA organic hair care products. Our brochure and business cards are printed with soy ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. All office supplies are recycled materials.  We have an Energy Star heating and air conditioning unit and we open a second door for ventilation.”


6. BRUSH IT IN hair salon

Location: 1082 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

What Makes Them Special: 

They are a 100% VEGAN hair care, color, & styling products from OWAY (Organic Way). 

BRUSH IT IN was established in 2018 after it’s owner Lauren Sulsky decided she did not want to work for any salon that was not investing in “green chemistry.” She wanted a salon that was more in line with her organic way of life and her core belief in sustainability. Another belief is that a healthy scalp leads to healthy hair! That’s why it was so important to her that she carries a product line she can believe in–ORGANIC WAY!

7. La Bonte Hart Salon

Location:  4330 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

What Makes Them Special: 

They are known for their chemically responsible, conscious, and vegan beauty. 

From their website: “At LaBonté Hart Salon we believe beauty doesn’t have to be compromised to deliver chemically responsible, cruelty-free, plant-based salon services. We also feel a personal responsibility to stay in tune with our clients’ evolving style and diverse needs. This kind of care comes naturally to our stylists, each one taking the time with their clients to learn what they need from their hair and nails and returning the knowledge to achieve those goals.”


8. MOD Hair Salon

Location:  727 South Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA, 92083

What Makes Them Special: 

From their website, “At MOD Hair Salon, we strive to provide guests with a one of a kind experience that makes you feel beautiful, inside and out. We pride ourselves on truly listening to our clients and combining your wishes with our expertise to deliver truly head-turning results.”



9. TU organics Salon and Spa

Location: 8977 Foothill Blvd. Suite B. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

What Makes Them Special: 

Their philosophy is quite simple: “Beauty does not have to involve the use of toxins and harsh chemicals.” 

They use Oway products in their daily operations and they are a Certified Green Circle Salon. The services they offer are creative haircuts, dynamic coloring, highlights, perms, keratin and conditioning treatments.


10. Pure YL Organic Salon

Location: 260 Forest Ave, Suite 5, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

What Makes Them Special: 

From their website, “Our journey began in 1999 when the founder became severely sick from gluten and PPD filled hair colors and care products.  After constantly trying different brands and energy testing products finally found the answer that resonated well with the body and heart. With Confidence and Ethical Vegan goals in mind, Pure Organic Salon was established in 2005 in Laguna Beach CA.  Our services are performed one on one in a Private and Healing environment, with a consultation that allows the master stylist to connect with the surrounding energy and plan out a suitable color and care plan for our client.” 

Each of these salons is special and unique in their own way but unite together in their commitment to the vegan movement and sustainability. 


Conclusion

Here at ChakraEdge, we value their efforts and wanted to give these salons a shout out by really standing out and doing the right thing. 

If you know other salons, stylists, or practitioners that also incorporate these methods in their work, please let us know at info@chakraedge.com and we would be happy to feature them!