Taking the plunge to change all your products to cruelty free ones can be pretty daunting. Up until quite recently many beauty companies have tested on animals and your choices for good, vegan cosmetics were limited to say the least. With the boom of modern science and the development of computer-based testing, it’s becoming easier and easier for beauty companies to develop vegan cosmetics. Now there’s more choices than ever on the market.
When I first made the decision to go cruelty free, one of the things I found most difficult was finding decent hair products. It really shocked me to learn just how many hair product companies test on animals, and how only a couple of bottles of shampoo on the shelves of my local drug store were cruelty free. If you’re worried about finding good quality, cruelty free hair care products, then keep reading to find out what’s on the market.
Superdrug Pro Vitamin Shampoo and Conditioner
My favourite shampoo/conditioner combo is Superdrug’s own brand, Pro Vitamin Colour Care Shampoo. It’s a really light, neutral smelling formula that is perfect for washing my hair regularly and keeping my colour in tip-top condition. It’s only £2.29 a bottle so it won’t hurt your pocket either. Plus, all of Superdrug’s own brand products are cruelty free, so you can shop in confidence.
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo
A good dry shampoo is essential for anyone’s hair care routine. Especially if you’re like me, and the thought of washing your hair and going through the entire process of drying it fills you with dread. So, to keep my hair looking fresh I use Lush’s No Drought dry shampoo. Its formula zaps up any excess oil and leaves your hair smelling deliciously like grapefruit and lime. I particularly like this dry shampoo as I have dark hair and it doesn’t leave me looking like I’ve been playing in chalk after I’ve applied it. It’s £4.95 for a smaller bottle, or £8.95 for a huge bottle that will last you ages!
biOrganics Natural Body Style Lock Hairspray
The thing I’ve had the most difficulty locating from my local drug store is really good hairspray. I’ve tried store own brands which are cruelty free and vegan but they either don’t work very well, or seem to have a strange smell about them. Due to this, I order my hair spray online from biOrganics. I use the Natural Body Style Lock Hairspray, which is a wonderfully gentle formula that brushes out easily and is kind to my sensitive scalp. An added bonus to biOrganics is that their range of hair products feature virtually no artificial preservatives or fragrances.
Super Drug Colour Radiance Hair Dye
For years I used L’Oreal Feria in shade Starry Night to dye my hair, and when I started buying cruelty free hair products I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find a dye I liked as much. For a while it was a real struggle trying to find a decent one that didn’t cost the earth, and it got to the point where I thought I’d have to go to a salon and break the bank every couple of months. Then one day when I was in my local Superdrug I stumbled upon their own brand, Colour Radiance range. I’ve been using this dye consistently for the past couple of years now and I love it. Dyes used to burn my scalp but Superdrug’s unique formula works in 10 minutes and doesn’t irritate my scalp at all. My hair always feels silky soft after use and it’s only £4.99!
Above are just a few of my favourite cruelty free hair care products that I use regularly. When I first started out I found it incredibly daunting and found trying to find good quality vegan products difficult. However, now I know just where to look I wouldn’t ever consider using products that aren’t cruelty free ever again.
What do you think? Did I mention any of your favourite brands? Or are there cruelty free hair care products that we should know about? Tweet us @kettlemag!