Cruelty free hair products, check out the list and where exactly to find it.
If you’ve dealt with hair woes like myself, then you know finding just the right hair products can make or break your whole look — or your morale, let’s be real.
It’s even harder when you’ve landed on the perfect series of products to scrub into your scalp and follicles, only to find your ethics no longer line up with the products themselves.
Well, not to worry; I’ve done all the legwork of finding hair care products that are not just cruelty free, but really give your hair a whole new lease on life.
These cruelty free hair products run the gamut from shampoos to sea salt balms, but they all do without harsh chemicals or animal testing.
Whatever you find on this list, you’ll find something new to perk up your winter-dulled coif.
Shampoos (and Conditioners)
I love neem and tea tree oil in my hair care regimen, and this is exemplary of what it is I love about it. Nothing feels as good as massaging this shampoo into your scalp. You’ve never known a clean, refreshed feeling like this one, with a luscious blend of lavender and peppermint adjoining the titular tea tree oil. Paul Mitchell’s shampoo is gentle, and formulated without harsh detergents – though it’s used best when my hair is full of product and hasn’t had a good wash in a few days. One of my favorite things about the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo is that it’s color safe, so anyone else who dyes their hair can breathe easy.
Despite Paul Mitchell’s long enduring reputation primarily for luxury, salon quality hair care, Paul Mitchell is also an industry leader for sustainably sourcing natural ingredients from their solar-powered farm in Hawaii, to where they harvest marula oil in Africa. You’ll also find that their entire product line is paraben, sulfate, and gluten free, and totally vegan.
It doesn’t stop there: Paul Mitchell has been producing cruelty free hair products since their conception in 1980. How many other legendary cosmetic brands can say the same?
Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone Shampoo is the ideal shampoo for a more gentle clean, that specifically addresses frizz and flyaways. This bottle of shampoo contains an intensely hydrating blend of coconut oil, shea butter, almond, jojoba, and argan oils — meaning that your untamable mane will finally behave. I have naturally wavy hair, that tends to get dry and limp in the winter time, but this shampoo means I no longer dread the day I need to give my hair a wash; Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone Shampoo will keep all the texture you love, without the attitude and dryness.
Giovanni has attributed twenty benefits to this shampoo, including the following: strengthens hair, prevents split ends, protects hair color, prevents breakage, etc. I’m happy if my shampoo even has one benefit, so I’m beyond thrilled with the results of this multitasking hair care wonder.
If you’re at all familiar with natural hair care, then Giovanni should ring a bell; they’re one of the pioneering natural hair care brands to strive for salon-grade quality for their entire line.
I am most partial to a good set of solid shampoos and conditioners – which is why this blog entry would be woefully incomplete if I failed to mention this low-waste option. One of the brands to know is EcoRoots, with their line of solid shampoos and conditioners and plastic-free packaging. If you’re not already acquainted with this brand, you’ll soon remember them by amazing plastic-free products (as Rose Gold Safety Razor) and zero-waste bars. And as I’ve mentioned, EcoRoots shampoo & conditioner bars comes in zero packaging, and always shipped in plastic-free and recyclable materials.
I love their zero waste solid shampoo & conditioner bars, for a more frequent wash, that still leaves my wavy hair texture intact, and shiny. EcoRoots shampoo & conditioner bars comes formulated with Coconut Oil, Pro-Vitamin Complex and Lemon Peel which helps soothe tangles, and improve porosity. As a whole, you’ll find their formulas free of phthalates, silicone, parabens, and packaging, in addition to their cruelty free status.
These last an incredibly long time, as long as you store them properly between use (It’s best to keep them in a container out of the shower or tub so they don’t get wet and mushy while you’re not looking).
4. Ouai Wave Spray
Ouai is a brand known for their celebrity endorsement and origins (founded by Jen Atkin, Kim Kardashian’s hair stylist) – and if even one beauty influencer has ever slid across your screen, this little amber bottle, with it’s sleek white and silver label, has surely left an impression.
Let me tell you: the hype is real. Using Ouai’s Wave Spray is a sensory experience to be believed. From the moment you remove the white cap of the spray bottle, you’ll immediately notice the heady floral, warm, and voluptuous fragrance of this spray. Every time I dispense it brings me to a balmy summer night, and the overhang of Magnolia blossoms and Rose De Mai, the silky feeling of salt water on myskin, and hair. Ugh, I love it.
Furthermore, I’ve never used a Wave Spray quite like this one. It doesn’t leave your hair at all crunchy the way some others will, and instead leaves your hair still soft and touchable, with added definition and body. Meaning, not only can you do without crunchy waves, but you can do without the resulting dryness. That’s right folks: Ouai’s Wave Spray will treat your hair even as it styles it. And who can say no to a hairspray that doubles as a perfume? We love an excuse to be minimalist.
And yes, Ouai as a whole is a line of cruelty free hair products, even as they primarily present as just a luxury hair styling, before anything else. You also will see that they employ gentle, natural ingredients, without anything drying and harsh.
This is the perfect hair mist for moving into spring months, as the weather warms up, and we start spending more time outside. Just like how we worry about how UV rays affect our skin, we should also think of how UV rays damage our hair. True, you won’t have to worry about the cancerous repercussions you would have with your skin, but the sun can dry out your hair like nothing else.
Not only does John Masters Organics Leave-in Conditioning Mist protect your coif from the elements, but it also soothes frizz and breakage resulting from the sun’s unwelcome side effects. This spray gives a little more definition to your hair, and keeps the driest hair looking silky smooth. Calendula Extract and Broccoli see oil combine to fully hydrate your strands, while green tea extract imbues this John Masters Organics miraculous mist with antioxidants, which helps fight damage from free radicals in the environment.
I like to keep this little bottle in my bag while I’m on the go, so I can give myself a refreshing spritz, if my hair starts feeling flat throughout the day – and I can’t deny that the fresh, sweet scent alone perks me up.
What would this list even be if we didn’t mention a cruelty free dry shampoo option? We’re not monsters. Of course, when looking for a dry shampoo option, it can be nearly impossible to find a brand that does away with the aerosol spray can packaging that comes ubiquitous with almost any dry shampoo on the market.
Verb has discovered the ideal and only way dry shampoo powder should come packaged, and that’s a bottle with a pointed twist-to-open nozzle. Not only will it save your black shirts from getting dusted over, but it’ll save your oily, limp roots, from that midweek grease-build up. This stuff honestly is more than just a cut above the rest – not only will your hair feel smooth and clean to the touch, but you won’t have any of that gritty, sticky texture you get with pretty much any other dry shampoo.
Verb’s Dry Shampoo is also one of the few I’ve ever tried that doesn’t give my dark hair a white, dusty cast.
Verb is an excellent, super modern brand, with real people in mind – and not just big bucks. They formulate without gluten, parabens, harmful sulfates or animal testing. Keep an eye out for Verb, because their whole product line is worth looking into. Of course, I recommend you start with this A+ dry shampoo life saver.
This is truly a summer time miracle balm, one that is not to be trifled with. Pacifica’s Salty Waves Beach Hair Balm is so much more than any salt spray can give you. Not only will you find that this hair balm gives you the desired texture and grit you get from a much-needed dive in the Pacific, but it also fully nourishes and hydrates your sun-fried locks. You can use this as an after-shower hair treatment, to seal in some extra moisture, or you can add a little to dry hair for more waves and verve. This is the ideal choice to bring in mellow summer vibes.
Pacifica is an excellent brand in the natural beauty sphere, and if you didn’t know about them, allow me to introduce you. Pacifica’s entire product line is totally vegan and cruelty free – just like it says on their packaging and website header. Furthermore, if you have any concern about recycling their plastic packaged products, feel free to take advantage of their Preserve Recycling program.
8. Shea Moisture – Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave In Treatment
Shea Moisture’s Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment is a truly special offering from Shea Moisture’s product line. Using a blend of meadofoam and sugarcane extract, this leave-in treatment lays down a dose of hydration and protection to your locks, without weighing it down with silicone. If you feel like traditional leave in treatments are leaving your hair limp, yet still somehow not adequately moisturized, Shea Moisture’s silicone free Leave In Treatment is the secret to a great head of shiny, volumized hair.
Shea Moisture is one of my favorite hair care brands you can get at just about any drug or grocery store. Their products are formulated with textured hair in mind, but I think if you’ve ever dealt with hair that’s just dry or color-damaged, you should take a look at Shea Moisture too. It doesn’t hurt that Shea Moisture is totally cruelty free, with programs to support women’s empowerment via scholarships and other programs.
Lush’s R&B Hair Treatment is my favorite of Lush’s many cruelty free hair products for very good reason. It’s best used on thick or textured hair, since it packs a serious burst of moisturizing compounds that may weigh down finer strands. Still, if you deal with dry hair especially, there’s nothing like Lush’s R&B to tame down and heal that dehydration. R&B is a heady concoction of coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado butter, oatmeal and olive oil. That’s not even mentioning its mouth scent of jasmine and orange blossom. Ever since I first used Lush’s R&B to treat some color damage a few years back, I notice the beautiful floral, tropical fragrance, any time I pass by a fellow customer on the street.
Hopefully you know about Lush, but if you don’t, this is a groundbreaking company in the bath and beauty space. Not only are they entirely cruelty free, but you’ll find that they’ve had a long held and very robust recycling program, on top of already conscientious packaging choices for all their products. Lush was created to bring a powerful line of natural earth-friendly products into the world, and they’ve definitely succeeded.
If you didn’t know before it was possible to find an organic and cruelty free hair products without animal testing, that also seriously works, you definitely know now. This list is not only a testament to good hair, but good hair that also has solid ethics.
You can go as flashy and influencer-savvy as you like with Ouai’s Wave Spray, or stick to the more familiar, but no less robust, R&B treatment stocked at Lush. There’s a product for every mood, style, and budget, you just have to find it.
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