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Animal-Friendly Hair Care

My hairdresser, Michelle, despairs of me. She regularly jokes that she gives me my “quarterly blowdry” and begs me to change my cut. But I really prefer something that can just wash and go.

One concession I have made is conditioner. Michelle has told me that if you’re going to spend a little more money on one or the other—shampoo or conditioner—spring for a good conditioner. She actually recommends Rusk, but they test on animals. (She swears that most things don’t anymore, but Rusk specifically says on their label, “Final product not tested on animals”—a mealy mouthed method of saying that the ingredients are.)

So I use Pureology conditioner, which I think is a good substitute. It doesn’t contain any animal products and it’s not tested on animals. I’ve got really fine hair, so I need a light conditioner that doesn’t weigh it down too much, and Pureology does the trick.

For shampoo, I just use Kiss My Face Whenever. It’s vegan and not tested on animals, with a light scent. I tried using their conditioner, too, but I didn’t like it as much as Pureology.

I know there are people who make their own shampoo and conditioner, and I plan to try that out this winter break (when no one but Jason has to see me). But I’m happy with my choices for now. What do you use?

One year ago: Composting at Whole Foods.


Comment from Jamie
Time August 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I use Jason’s Sea Kelp Conditioner …Not *your* Jason 🙂
It smells SO good! Brian likes it, too.

Comment from Lindsay
Time August 6, 2010 at 7:50 am

Andy uses Avalon Organics for fine or thin hair – he loves it. Because my hair is curly/wavy I have embraced the naturally curly girl routine – I shampoo every four days but condition every day – no sulfates, silicones, etc. in my products. It really has made a difference – my hair is shinier and my curls are a bit springier. Giovanni makes some really good shampoos and conditioners (you can find them at Cambridge Naturals) – as does Trader Joe’s – the refresh or the spa conditioner works well for me and it is relatively inexpensive…(and no animal testing!)

Comment from Sense of Home
Time August 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I use Burt’s Bees shampoo and conditioner. I no longer blow-dry, I gave it up since the end result wasn’t any better and it was a waste of electricity. I’m sure my hairdresser secretly rolls her eyes when she sees me, I can never make it look as good as she does.


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