Cruelty Free Living
The Best Cruelty Free Shampoo and Conditioners for All Hair Types
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Serena is the author of the go-to dog mom bible, Dog Mama, and the popular dog treat recipe book, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats.
Cruelty free shampoo and conditioners that come in a great range for all hair types and actually WORK are the holy grail.
Whether you’re after volumizing, deep cleaning, thickening, moisturising or smoothing those tresses – we’ve tried them all and can tell you these are the best of the best…
Editor’s Note: For more cruelty-free products, tips and ideas, see our Cruelty Free Living section.
CRUELTY FREE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONERS
R + CO
Don’t let their pretty packaging fool you – this hair care range packs a real punch.
Designed by top editorial and salon stylists R+Co is quick becoming a cult favourite.
Every piece in the collection is formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe.
Favourite Picks: Frizzy haired babes will love their Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner, while their Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask is a life-saver for all hair types – apply to dry hair BEFORE shampooing for softer, shinier, nourished hair (no waiting in the shower for your hair mask ever again!)
This Australian made Aromatherapeutic hair range is all about making nature work for you.
The list of all the nasty chemicals they DON’T put in their haircare products is astounding (like those pesky sulphates, parabens and microbeads.) This range is as close to nature as you can get while still actually, ya know, working to keep your hair looking fine.
And how does it work? Formulated with native plant DNA, bio lipids and powerful Australian extracts Biology uses natural resources to tame those tresses. Of course it’s also proudly free from animal-derived ingredients and the range is never tested on animals.
Favourite Picks: Their Pure Hydration Hair Duo promotes natural softness and brilliant shine. Made with 3 Native Australian super-berries, they stimulate hyaluronic acid within the follicle, replenish moisture levels and enhance hair shine – perfect for people with dry locks and split ends. Get on it!
Looking for a shampoo and conditioner that helps make your blow dry the best?
The masterminds behind the iconic Dry Bar Salons have their own full range (believe me I’ll be raving about their dry shampoos soon – they deserve their very own post!) all designed to get your hair super clean and free from impurities that can weigh down and dull your blowout.
Favourite Picks: Easily the Happy Hour Blowout Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner. This pair is all about removing product build up, increasing fullness and boosting hydration without weighing down the hair. It also is GREAT for detangling hair – so a top pick for long haired gals.
With 95 years of haircare experience, the exquisite Dutch brand released their natural range ‘So Pure’ in 2011.
Selecting over 30 rich plant extracts and organic essential oils to build their range, the So Pure selection features ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and red ginseng to naturally fix hair trouble spots. The whole collection is suitable for vegans and not tested on animals.
Plus they smell absolutely AMAZING.
Favourite Picks: The Energizing Shampoo and Moisturising Conditioner are stand outs in the range. The former using essential oils to stimulate follicle growth for fine and thin hair, the latter boosting moisture for fly away and damaged locks.
With a tagline ‘inspired by nature’ you’d expect this Aussie based company to be kind to animals and they don’t disappoint.
Using certified organic ingredients and not tested on animals, makes this brand a win for bunnies, but it’s their high end and expansive range that is a win for your hair.
Favourite Picks: Literally every concern – dryness, frizziness, scalp issues, fine hair, dull hair, oily hair, you name it – has a specific, scientific treatment plan in the Delorenzo range. Check them out, they won’t disappoint.
With their minimal iconic packaging, Kevin Murphy haircare is a staple in many hair blogger’s bathrooms.
But the great story behind their tress taming products, is that Kevin Murphy is not only 100% cruelty free but they scour the globe for companies that use micro cultivation, organic growing practices, or ecologically sound wild harvesting techniques to ensure their ingredients are not only natural but sustainable. Amen to that!
Favourite Picks: Gals with coloured hair cannot go past their Angel.Wash Shampoo & Conditioner – a delicate recovery process for fine, fragile or broken hair. Blondes swear by the Blonde.Angel.Wash to brighten their locks and restore shine.
Proudly cruelty free, this Australian brand started with their cult ‘Miracle Hair Treatment’ (believe me that stuff is GOLD) in 2011 and have only grown from there.
With a three-time Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the helm, the range features a smattering of lush, natural products like avocado oil, papaya extract and macadamia nut oil which will have you questioning whether to put it on your hair or in your belly! (For those playing along, put it on your hair, people).
Favourite Picks: Fine haired beauties rejoice! Their ‘I Want Body’ Shampoo and Conditioner pair uses hydrolysed wheat and soy protein to provide thicker, fuller hair with body and shine.
What are your fave cruelty shampoo and conditioner picks?
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