By Ashley Peters

Keeping true to vegan virtues transcend your big day in every way including your hair. Of course you’ll want to make sure that your lovely locks are curled to perfection using only vegan but how do you make sure of that? Does a stylist advertise that? Is everything in their tool kit vegan? It’s that important conversation I highly recommend having with any stylist you’re considering. So lets chat about the talk.

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First and foremost no stylist is going to be offended or feel awkward about your questions or concerns. They shouldn’t even bat an eyelash at it. To be quiet honest if they buck the conversation maybe they aren’t the perfect fit for you and your needs which is A-OK. Personally speaking as a stylist my job is to make the bride happy and bring her vision to life including any, (and I mean any) questions she has beforehand.

Start off by asking either what brand of products are used or if they are vegan (and better yet cruelty free). Some stylists honestly may not know if they themselves are not vegan. If they do not know of course you can follow up by asking what brand of products they use if you haven’t already asked. Knowing their products of choice you can easily look up that brand and see for yourself if it is actually vegan. Many of the top notch products stylists choose because of their quality in bridal styling are coincidently vegan. If a stylist promotes vegan products or offer vegan services seems like an obvious win but it certainly doesn’t hurt to double check.

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Now what do you do if some of the products in the brand’s line are vegan but others are not? Simply request the stylist to not use product “X” beforehand. I would recommend this conversation take place in an email, (or other written form), but also a gentle reminder the day of wouldn’t hurt especially if you see the product in question lingering in their kit. You likely won’t even have to think about it the day of as your stylist will typically have made a note of your request. Once again don’t worry; no stylist should be offended at this request and should willingly accommodate. It’s the same as a stylist not using a product due to an allergy or simply because of preference. Trust me, I’ve received all sorts of requests to keep happiness at the forefront of the day in the form of all types of requests.

On a personal level as to how you feel about a brand that has a mixed bag of vegan and non-vegan products, (and whether or not you want to use that brand at all), is a decision that is entirely left up to you. If you find yourself not wanting to use that brand because of these reasons reach out to see if there is any way the stylist can accommodate. Perhaps there is another, secondary product brand they use. If there is no other brand they use and/or they cannot accommodate perhaps it’s time to part ways which you can kindly explain your reason and move forward in your search. Who knows, the stylist may began to consider using vegan friendly products if this is brought to their attention enough.

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What if you’re not sure if a brand or product is vegan? I’m sure you’re well versed in the vastness of the inter webs with resources that could reveal the answer though sometimes those traditional databases fall short. Assuming you can not find the answer on a database you have a couple immediate options. First see if the label “VEGAN” or the vegan “V” is anywhere on the bottle or the bottom of the brand’s website. Still no help? Reach out via email or phone to customer service and ask directly. They should be able to provide guidance. If you’re more of a do-it-yourself type of gal start digging through the ingredient list. Simple search “Is ________ vegan?” Inserting that crazy unpronounceable ingredient into the blank. Things you are typically looking out for most of the time include beeswax, honey and crushed pearl though they’re not always so obviously labeled. Thankfully there’s good ole search engines.

Ready to start the search for your perfect stylist to deliver that jaw dropping look with vegan products? Having an open conversation with your stylist from the beginning will yield the best results to deliver exactly what you’ve always dreamed. There’s a plethora of fantastic professional products in the industry that are coincidently vegan and countless of talented stylists out there using them. If you have questions whether it be about the talk, deciphering the ingredient list or something else entirely please do not hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help you look your best.

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Ashley Peters is an American based hairstylist, author and business owner. While many of her brides are stateside she is available for destination weddings worldwide. She is passionate about animal advocacy, connecting through travel, art and always learning something new. When her hands aren’t in hair  you’ll find her on a hiking trail, with a good book or off on a crazy adventure with her husband, pups and soy vanilla latte in hand.