6 Vegan-Friendly Spas and Salons That Will Give You Wanderlust
I have been on the hunt to align the beauty products and businesses that I use with my personal beliefs of creating a kinder, greener world.
But recently, after perusing the beauty shelves, I thought, “What about vegan salons and spas? Do they even exist? Or do I have to succumb to sifting through the millions of YouTube videos for DIY vegan hair and beauty care?”
Luckily for me—and you!—we can leave YouTube alone.
That's because the vegan and cruelty-free beauty market is indeed booming—salons and spas are making moves to add new products and services, while new businesses are setting up shop.
Check out these 6 amazing vegan-friendly spas and salons throughout the US that will have you scrambling to book the next available appointment (either that or your wanderlust will be in full swing).
Nola Organic Spa, New Orleans, LA
Nola is the only organic spa in New Orleans, and it sets out to show clients that beauty doesn’t have to come with heavy chemicals and cruelty—there is a kinder way to take care of ourselves. This organic spa specializes in healing the body, mind, and spirit with natural products, herbs, and essential oils. The focus here is on what the client needs—whether that's relaxation or a deep dive to release toxins from your skin. Whatever your body is craving, Nola has it, making this glorious spa a must-visit! Clients can ease tense muscles with a hot stone massage, rejuvenate with a detoxifying facial, or get a vegan manicure and pedicure. This is basically a wellness retreat, so plan your getaway today. (Pro-tip: If you're into vegan food, there are a ton of vegan restaurants right nearby in The Big Easy, so come hungry.)
Apsara Spa, Grand Rapids, MI
Erase away fine lines and signs of stress with an exfoliating facial, or float away on a relaxing journey (complete with scents of vanilla and ylang-ylang) with a nourishing body wrap. This intimate, vegan-friendly spa will help melt away life’s stresses—whether you have an entire afternoon or just an hour. Not sure what your skin needs? No worries! Their expert staff can help guide you to the best service or set you up with a private consultation to assess the best skincare products for you. All the spa’s services use the spa owner Femé Naigow’s line of conscious, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free skincare called Mé by Femé. The skincare line does a wonderful job of catering to all skin types and includes cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and exfoliators (it's available for purchase, so bring your reusable tote!). Clients can also enjoy vegan manicures, pedicures, massages, and waxing services. Whether it's your first time at Apsara or you're a regular, the staff will treat you like royalty.
Knick Salon and Spa, Milwaukee, WI
This full-service vegan salon and spa focuses on sustainable beauty practices that are not only better for the environment, but also for the happy clients. No matter whether you’re looking for a hip new haircut from a next-level hair salon, or you want to simply relax the day away (and maybe look 10 years younger by the time you leave), the expert staff at Knick can help! The super-skilled hairstylists can assist you with a variety of color services (ammonia-free color, highlights, balayage, color correction), hair treatments, and gorgeous blowouts. Over in the spa, get your summer glow on with a Guac n’ Glow facial—or try the signature anti-aging focus facial and say goodbye to fine lines. This epic spa also offers a variety of massages, makeup application, manicures, pedicures, and much more! Time to book your appointment and check-in!
Eden Esthetics, Detroit, MI
Opened in 2020, Eden is the only vegan and cruelty-free spa in Detroit. Focused on using the power of plants to heal and rejuvenate skin, it is the goal of this spa to provide you with a beautiful and toxic-free experience. Through one-on-one consultation, the knowledgable staff will customize the best vegan skincare services for your specific beauty needs and goals. Eden currently offers a variety of facial options, including a chemical-free, apple peel, and deep-cleansing facial. It also offers waxing, lash- and brow tinting, spray tanning, and more. Keep a lookout for more spa services in the future, because this place is growing fast.
OSEA Skincare Studio, Venice, CA
OSEA has been a household name for over two decades with its vegan and cruelty-free skincare products packed with the healing powers of seaweed, active botanicals, and essential oils. The products are not only beneficial for protecting your youthful glow, but also for protecting our precious planet. The family-owned company works to reduce its environmental impact and is proud to be certified climate neutral. The OSEA vegan spa offers three luxury facials: deep-sea age-defying, sculpt + lift gua, and cranial wave (inspired by craniosacral therapy). All the vegan facials incorporate their signature superfood: seaweed. The products are also available in over 50 spas worldwide including Rosewood Bermuda, The Breakers Palm Beach, Four Seasons Maldives, Ojai Valley Inn, and Montage Kapalua.
Virtue Vegan Salon, Columbus, OH
Going green is more than just a hair color selection at this vegan salon. From its inception in 2010, the passionate team at Virtue has been focused on doing something they believe in—from using products that are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free to composting and recycling as much as possible. In addition, all the furniture and decor in the salon is second-hand, right down to the owner’s great grandfather’s barbershop chair. This charming vegan salon offers a variety of beautifying services—haircuts, coloring services (full color, highlights, balayage, and vivid colors), as well as facial waxing.
Rebecca Gade Sawicki is the creator of the vegan travel blog, Veggies Abroad and is based in Detroit.