Vegan shampoo? Someone asked me about this concept the other day, wondering what animal products could possibly lurk in shampoo.

Unfortunately, it’s a whole list of them. PETA has a complete list of animal ingredients contained in beauty products and especially shampoos. Apparently, we’re not using the term horse’s mane lightly…

Amino acids, bee pollen, placenta, cholesterol, egg yolk, blood and animal fat, milk, feathers, skin, gelatin, etc. etc.

“The tricky part is that when you read "Panthenol", "Amino acids", or "Vitamin B" on a bottle (just to name a few), they can be either from an animal or plant source - making it hard to tell. Companies have even removed the word 'animal' from some ingredients to avoid putting off consumers,” says

Conventional beauty care can include ingredients that are not Muslim-friendly, such as pork fat, non-halal animal stuff, and alcohol.

Consumers have become increasingly concerned about harmful and morally or philosophically questionable ingredients contained in products, especially those products applied directly to the skin. That’s one of the main reasons we’ve seen such an upswing in the sale of green, vegan and halal beauty products.  

However, notes that one should not confuse green, vegan and halal products with each other since although green and vegan products might not include animal-based ingredients they could still include alcohol.

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Grand View Research found in a study that Muslims are increasingly looking for products that are sharia compliant. “Silicone-based polymers such as methicone and dimethicone are considered sharia compliant and are widely used as anti-foaming agents in skin care applications. Polyethylene glycol, hexylene glycol, butylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, and ethoxydiglycol are some other ingredients that are considered to meet sharia prerequisites and are used in beauty-care formulations.”

Conventional beauty care can include ingredients that are not Muslim-friendly, such as pork fat, non-halal animal stuff, and alcohol.

Skin and hair products in the halal segment have grown most significantly over the last few years. But there is now also an increasingly big demand for products like fragrances and deodorants – products that usually contains alcohol.  “Demand is largely driven by growing number of Muslim women trying to integrate religious observance with fashion developments along with rising purchasing power of these consumers,” says Grand View Research.

INOAR PROFESSIONAL’S recently did a groundbreaking study in an effort to show their commitment to the needs of its Muslim clients. The team embarked on the process of verifying that INOAR PROFESSIONAL Brazilian Keratin treatments are compliant with Islamic law.

A study was conducted by CDMF/ KATLÉIA Advanced Center for Hair Diagnosis, a most prestigious and renowned testing authority. After two months of stringent testing it was proven that the treatment still allows water to penetrate through the hair’s cuticle.

So Muslim women who undergo INOAR PROFESSIONAL Brazilian Keratin Treatments can rest assured that the procedure is halal and doesn’t impinge on religious cleansing and subsequent participation in worship.

The New Age reports that L’Oreal has had hundreds of its ingredients certified halal as countries like Indonesia, which counts 200 million Muslims, are increasingly demanding such products.