Last time, I wrote about swapping my cosmetics for cruelty free (and vegan, where possible) alternatives. You can read all about it here. Now I’m looking at my hair products, and seeing what I can replace.
I have waist-length hair, with a natural wave and a tendency to frizz. It therefore needs a lot of TLC. I’ve been using various products for years, trying to tame the frizz and define the curls, but I’ve discovered that pretty much none of them are cruelty free. Boo.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Previously, I’d buy whatever was on offer. Shampoo and conditioner can be expensive! Especially when you go through the bottles at the rate of one a month. I’d usually go for Herbal Essences or Tresemme, neither of which are cruelty free.
I recently discovered Noughty, a brand available at Superdrug and through their own website (free UK delivery over £15!). Not only are they cruelty free and vegan, but they also proclaim to be 97% natural. How can one company do so much good?!
I grabbed the Rise & Shine Everyday Shine Shampoo and the Wave Hello Curl Defining Conditioner while they were on offer at Superdrug. The shampoo doesn’t lather as much as I’m used to, but that’s apparently down to the lack of SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, which is in things like toothpaste and shampoo, and gives such products the foaming action.
After the first use, my hair is super soft. Like, salon soft. It’s really clean and there’s definitely less frizz. I’ve found my new favourite. My partner gets quite bad dandruff, so I think we’ll try out the Care Taker range once he’s finished his non-CF brands (boo, hiss).
I’ve also started using Superdrug’s Hydrate & Shine Hair Masque (with coconut water) as a more intense treatment. All of Superdrug’s own brand products are CF, so they’re always a safe bet.
I was bought a Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Shampoo & Conditioner (Cocolicious) for Christmas, which I was pleased to discover is cruelty free! It does foam up, smells great, and cleans really nicely. It also came with a little dry shampoo, which is a nice little bonus!
Frizz Ease by John Frieda has been my saviour these past few years. I use the serum and the curling spray, and it’s one of the only things that really tames my frizz. I also use an argan oil to try to keep my hair under control. But since they’re not cruelty free, I want to find an alternative. I’m open to recommendations!
I’ve used TiGi BedHead After Party Anti-Frizz Smoothing Cream since I was a teenager, so I needed a dupe for that. I started using The Body Shop’s Coconut Oil Hair Shine, which comes in a little tin. When I received it, I thought it wouldn’t last long, due to how long and thick my hair is, but a little really does go a long way. It smells lovely too.
Noughty also do a curl defining cream. Instead of the Frizz Ease Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray, which I loved because it wasn’t too heavy and didn’t make my curls go crispy, I’ve been using the Noughty Wave Hello Curl Taming Cream, which I love. It gives me really nice, defined curls, and smells great. It isn’t heavy either, and it works best on wet hair, but a small amount can be used on dry hair too.
I do occasionally straighten my hair, usually when I’m on day 3 (I try to wash my hair twice a week). I just iron out the bumps and tame down the frizz, but I still need to use heat protectant. Apparently, Paul Mitchell is CF, so I’m going to check them out when I run out of my current heat protectant (which might not be for years yet).
I try not to use hairspray too often, but I do have a big bottle of Silvikrin I need to use up. Once it’s gone, I’ll probably go for a Superdrug version, or one from a supermarket. Sainsburys own brand is also CF, which is handy for household items as well as beauty products (more on that in a later blog post!).
It appears there was a huge debacle surrounding Batiste this year. They were claiming that they are CF, but some bloggers did some digging and it turns out that they sell into China. (You can read more here.) The deal with selling into mainland China is that they require all exported cosmetic items to be tested on animals before they can be sold there. Crazy, right? So if any company sells into China, they are testing on animals.
I really like Batiste’s dry shampoo, and I do use it a couple of times a week to freshen up between washes, but it’s got to go. Once again, I’ll be turning to Superdrug, which looks like it’ll be cheaper, so that’s another result!
For anyone who’s trying to go cruelty free in the UK, Superdrug should undoubtedly be your first port of call. All of their own brand products are CF, and appropriately labelled, and they’re also decent quality. The Body Shop is also a good option, despite being owned by L’Oreal (a company that definitely tests on animals) for many years. It’s now owned by Natura, and The Body Shop seems to be dedicating itself to becoming fully CF, natural, and ethical (they have a big campaign against animal testing too). So I’d recommend checking the labels of the products to be on the safe side, but I wouldn’t rule The Body Shop out just yet.