Veganism is becoming more popular in the UK, with a huge rise in the meat-free food industry and fast food companies including Greggs and McDonalds launching vegan options on their menu. Of course, being a vegan is more about not eating meat. Living a vegan lifestyle also means using cruelty-free beauty products that don’t include animal products such as eggs and honey. Vegan salons use only vegan-friendly products and tend to focus on more eco-friendly and organic options.
Whether you’re making a move towards a plant-based lifestyle this year or you just want to reduce your environmental impact as much as possible, here are some of the best eco-friendly and vegan salons in London to keep you looking gorgeous without compromising your principles.
1. Glasshouse Salon
Founded in 2013, Glasshouse Salon in Hackney uses only cruelty-free hair and beauty products and organic hair dyes. The products are chosen to be gentle, nourishing, and avoid harsh chemicals.
Glasshouse also strives to reduce their impact on the environment as much as possible by offering a range of Reduced Waste services so you can use a zero-waste shampoo and conditioner bar at your hair cut appointment or opt for reusable Paper Not Foil when you’re getting highlights.
If you want to make sure the products you use at home are as natural as those in the salon, they also offer a makeup bag overhaul service to detox your makeup bag. This service costs £30, which is redeemable against products bought on the day.
Prices: £58 for a restyle and blow-dry; Colouring from £70.
Open 10.30am – 8pm Tuesday, 11am -8pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9am – 6pm Friday, and 10am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Monday.
Netil House, 1 Westgate St, Hackney, London, E8 3RL
2. Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa
Aveda is famous for their high-quality cruelty-free natural beauty products. The Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa is now one of London’s most famous salons and is the idea place to experience the Aveda philosophy.
The hair colouring products used at Aveda consist of 96% naturally-derived ingredients and organic plant oils. All hair services include a complimentary Ayurvedic treatment and relaxing head and shoulder massage.
If you’re in need of some extra pampering, book into the spa for customized treatments to boost energy and improve skin health through aromatherapy and massage.
Prices: Cutting and styling from £43; Colouring from £30; Hair treatments from £15; Spa treatments from £60.
Open 8am – 7pm Monday, 8am – 8pm Tuesday to Friday, and 8am- 6.30pm Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
174-177 High Holborn, West End, London WC1V 7AA
3. Le Fix Natural Beauty Bar
Le Fix offers a wide selection of natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup and beauty products and a number of beauty treatments including facials, waxing, vegan and toxic-free manicures, makeup, and hair styling.
A 25-minute skincare consultation is free. From then, it’s your choice from an extensive menu that includes natural anti-ageing and skin detox treatments. Once your skin is smoother and brighter, get a professional makeover for day or night, with an optional application tutorial to learn how to recreate the look at home.
Prices: Facials from £45; Waxing from £5; Manicures from £25; Brow and lash treatments from £13; Makeup from £25.
Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
45 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1QE
4. Lush Spa
Lush is well-known for their highly-fragranced beauty and body products using essential oils, but did you know they also have a spa on Oxford Street? Some, but not all Lush products are vegan, so be sure to request the use of vegan products if you require it.
The Lush spa treatments are designed to pamper and relax your body and your mind with a range of massages, therapeutic bathing experiences, and skin treatments to recharge, rejuvenate and unwind.
The signature synaesthesia spa treatment is a multi-sensory experience for the whole body including a relaxing massage with a bespoke blend of essential oils, bird song and sounds of the Dorset countryside, and tea served in the kitchen after your treatment to bring you back to earth.
Prices: from £40
Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.
175-179 Oxford St, Soho, London, W1D 2JS
5. The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole organic hair salon in Hammersmith was founded in 2012 and has been offering Londoners 100% vegan and cruelty free haircuts and treatments ever since.
What makes The Rabbit Hole stand out from other salons is that they only employ vegan staff, so you’ll know that your stylist is aligned with your values and the conversations tend to range from vegan lifestyle to activism.
All colouring is done using Organic Colour Systems branded products, which are not only suitable for vegans, but also those with allergies and skin sensitivities. Reflexology massages, facials, and lash and brow treatments are also available.
Prices: Hair cuts from £45; Colouring from £20; Hair treatments from £10; Facials from £40.
Open from 11am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 11am – 6pm Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
6A Charleville Rd, Hammersmith, London, W14 9JL