Maintaining The Mane Naturally and Cruelty-Free
I feel like I am an onion sometimes; continuously peeling back the layers, finding it can make my eyes water, but then clearing me out to feel oh, so much better. My latest "layer" has been letting go of chemical-filled conditioners. After some unlucky tries years ago, I didn't think I could find a natural conditioner that worked on my dry, thick hair. I have committed to natural shampoos for myself and all hair products for my children, so it was time to find a conditioner. And I am so happy to say they have come leaps and bounds since I last tried and my chemical-laden treatments are now products of the past.
If you are reading this blog, you will know I am not interested in ANYTHING that cruelly tests on animals, has ingredients that have been tested or who sells in China, therefore having to test on animals. I also don't want to use products that have animal-derived ingredients in them. Some of the hairdressing brands do contain fish products and ingredients like amino acids, vitamin B and panthenol can be either animal derived or plant derived, so unless it states it is plant-based, I don't trust it isn't.
That automatically cuts out a chunk of big brands;
- Herbal Essences
They all still support testing on animals one way or another.
If you don't want to support unnessacery cruelty, DONT BUY THESE BRANDS.
Turning to look at your own health, choosing to use natural products on our hair is making sure we are not exposing ourselves and the environment to a host of toxic ingredients. We, hopefully, wash our hair on a regular basis, so the risk with using chemicals is the build-up effect they have over longterm usage, not to mention what happens to them when they go down the drain and out into our waterways!
Ingredients such as formaldehyde, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, artificial fragrance and phthalates, all show negative impacts to our health in longterm studies and so, if we can go without them, why wouldn't we? We especially want to avoid exposing our children to these chemicals as they are sensitive and their organs are still developing and can get overloaded faster than ours!
Great range for natural hair care and still affordable. We buy the litre packs for my children. I find their conditioners not moisturising enough for my damaged hair but they work a treat for the kids and husband.
“Doesn’t cost the earth”
Shampoo and conditioner : $7 95 for 250ml or a litre for $19 95
This brand is a professional hairdressing range, vegan and brilliantly effective.
I love the Moisture Senses and the Volume range shampoo and conditioner for my hair. This brand changed my concept of what "natural" hair products could be.
Shampoo and conditioner: 350ml $25 or 1 litre $57
Wonderful certified organic and beautiful products. One of my favourites. I am super keen to try their colours too!
Feed Your Moisture Masque
Emmily from Depths of Beauty got me onto this number, after I complained I couldn’t find a treatment for my dry locks. I used to use Kerastase years ago before I was vegan, until I realised they test on animals. Then Aveda, until they sold to Estee Lauder, who also sell to China.
This one works and woohoo, no animal testing!
I got into this brilliant, sometimes I have felt, lifesaving, brand when there was a nit outbreak at my daughters school, and it seemed, at every school in Sydney for the following 2 years. ARGH!!! If you are a Mum, you will know what I am talking about. As a Naturopath, I knew I didn't want to use the harsh pharmaceutical products on her scalp, for her to inhale and have soaked into her circulation. NO THANKS. But I sure as hell didn't want nits hanging around either!
Her hairdresser showed me this brand and swore by it. So do I. And now, so does the majority of the school parents!
It's natural, organic and extremely effective against nits. Whether for nit treatment, prevention or normal hair care ( although I am not a fan of the conditioner personally). It is great for kids.
225ml $16 and 500ml $28 95
You can purchase these products from Coles and Woolworths. They are certified cruelty-free and are a better option than most on the supermarket shelves! These are NOT actually organic and they still contain preservatives and fragrances, but hey, they are a step in the right direction with the major offenders avoided and some natural beneficial ingredients included. I also realise people have budgets and we do the best we can with what we have.
Shampoo and conditioner: $3.85 for 400ml
I love all their products and was pleasantly surprised to find their hair range works as well as the salon products out there. Plus their commitment to sustainable products means they now have packaging made from sugar-cane.
220 ml for $10
Plus there are lots more that I haven’t tried! (I often hear wonderful things about Rahua by Amazon Beauty)