Swapping to cruelty-free beauty products is becoming increasingly popular as our generation is becoming more educated on the manufacturing and testing process of cosmetics and other beauty products. Social media is an exceptionally beneficial platform towards progressing public knowledge and awareness of cruelty-free and vegan swaps that we all can make. The benefits of using cruelty-free brands are almost endless and by avoiding buying from companies that exploit loopholes regarding animal testing, it makes it harder for them to turn a profit, arguably pushing them towards cruelty-free products.
If you are a fan of deep conditioning treatments, a perfect and affordable one is Pacifia’s Coconut Super Power Deep Conditioning Mask, perfect to re-hydrate tired or damaged hair. For a swap you can find on any high-street, look no further than The Body Shop. They have a fantastic Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo that is one of their best-selling products with one sold every minute. In addition to this, The Body Shop has a wide range of rainforest-inspired shampoos and conditioners containing various essential oils, these products are both cruelty-free and support the fair Community Trade programs. Many of The Body Shop’s products support various Fair-Trade schemes so these products benefit you, growers and animals worldwide.
If the 9am start is too early to shower, you’ll be glad to know that a wide range of popular dry-shampoos are already completely vegan! Batiste, for example, is a company that does not test on animals and has various dry shampoos from colour specific to glittery. Much of Superdrug’s own brand of products are all cruelty-free and includes a 3-in-1 Hair and Body Wash that’s ideal for a post-workout shower.
Finding hair dyes that are cruelty-free can be a seemingly impossible task, but the ever-reliable Lush has a fantastic solution: henna hair dye bars. The dye blocks give the same colour coverage as other popular brands but cause considerably less damage due to the absence of harsh chemicals. Their colours are a perfect way to achieve a rich, dark hair colour with shades ranging from coppery red to deep black. Lush is a wonderful place to find high-quality hair (and beard specific) styling products such as hair creams, moisturisers, mists, dressings and waxes!
The Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is a godsend for anyone struggling with unruly frizzy hair as the lightweight serum helps to smooth strands whilst simultaneously acting as a heat and weather protector. On the other hand, for anyone looking to enhance their natural waves or try out the classic beachy look, Ouai's Wave Spray forms bouncy waves that aren’t heavy and the formula is less sticky than most so will help to avoid the crunchy feel that most salt sprays result in.
Vibrant, rainbow-like hair colours look gorgeous on everyone and Arctic Fox has an incredible range of hues that 100% will make you want to dye your hair pink! Manic Panic is another favourite of daring colourists and they stock many alternative colours from muted pastels to their bold High-Voltage colours. To keep your naturals curls beautifully bouncy, DevaCurl’s No-Poo Shampoo is a conditioning cleanser that is specifically designed for curly hair, providing essential vitamin oils to keep hair healthy. Many shampoos can over-dry curly hair, leaving it brittle and dull but DevaCurl has a vast range of cruelty-free products that cater to wavy and curly hair alike. To keep aware of any new cruelty-free products, maybe follow a bunch of cruelty-free Instagram accounts and try and make even more swaps to cruelty-free beauty.