Cruelty Free Haircare

To say that I have become extremely invested in my hair since I decided to grow it out is an understatement. Three years ago I was bald (I shaved my head with my dad to support his ongoing battle with Cancer). Growing out my hair was initially extremely difficult because there was little I could do with it in terms of styling. With every little inch I became more dedicated to taking care of it and making sure it was healthy so it could grow long and strong!

Some may believe that you have to compromise on quality to buy cruelty free but I am here to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. I was so excited to put this post together because the best haircare products Ive ever used have been Cruelty Free coincidentally and this has lead me to seek out more amazing brands that can produce and manufacturing amazing products without testing on animals!

I have used every kind of product for my hair from inexpensive to very expensive and I have always come back to my all time favourite, Pureology! My parents used Pureology when I was growing up and still to this day it is my favourite shampoo and conditioner. When I made the decision to buy cruelty free products in the New Year I was so thankful that Pureology is not only cruelty free but completely vegan, as this is a brand I don’t think I could ever stop using. Ive always used the Hydration Line because of our extremely dry weather here in Edmonton its always given me the added moisture my hair needed but if your hair needs are different, Pureology has an entire line including Curl, Volume, Strength, Colour Treated and my fav Hydrate!

Another Pureology product I have recently fallen head over heels for is the Colour Fanatic Spray that you apply prior to blow drying! The spray features 21 essential benefits including detangles hair, conditions and moisturizes, reduces blow dry time, treats and prevents split ends, protects against breakage from daily brushing, repairs damaged hair and protects against heat and environmental damage to name a few, its the only leave in condition you will ever need and I refuse to wash and blow dry my hair without it! PS this is totally not sponsored haha #Iwish #pureologyobsessed.

There are some other cruelty free brands that I have tried and continue to use that are also worth mentioning! Kevin Murphy is a great brand with high quality hair products, some of my favourite products of theirs includes Eazy Rider Anti Frizz Creme, Ive used this product since I had a pixie cut and continue to use it after I’ve curled my hair to help get the tossed look without all the frizz! Their Doo Over Dry Poder Finishing Spray is amazing for second or third day hair to add volume and hold, I just don’t like using it on freshly washed hair as it tends to feel to chalky! Lastly Ive also loved their Body Builder volumizing mousse, its a great mousse for flexible hold and added volume!

When it comes to dry shampoo my two favourite cruelty free brands are Batiste, they have a huge range of options including a dark brown shade for brunettes (my personal favourite!) and Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo which is a white powder but long last and leaves hair volumized and fresh!

Lastly Ill talk about hairspray, my go to use to be Garnier but because they are not cruelty free I set out to find a better alternative! I had several recommendations on Kenra so I went with their Volume Spray 25, I have been so happy with it and it gives me great hold and volume without feeling crunchy!

I have listed more Cruelty Free Brands below as well as brands that do test on animals. I hope the information above provides you with the confidence that we don’t need to test on animals to have great products and we don’t need to buy from companies that do because there are so many other great options out there!

Thanks so much for reading!!

Sarah xo


Cruelty Free Hair Care Products

  • AG Hair
  • Batiste
  • DryBar
  • Has
  • Hempz
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Kenra
  • Madison Reed
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Oribe
  • Ouai
  • Pacifica
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Pravana
  • Pureology
  • Rahua
  • Rare Elements
  • Shea Moisture
  • Verb


Haircare Products That Test On Animals:

  • Alberto V05
  • Aussie
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clairol
  • Fekkai
  • Got2b
  • Garnier
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hoyu
  • Joico
  • John Frieda
  • Just for Men
  • Kao USA
  • Kerastase
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Mizani
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nexxus
  • Nice ‘n Easy
  • Pantene
  • Physique
  • Redken
  • Rogaine
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • SoftSheen
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • TRESemmé
  • Vidal Sasson





Hair Evolution – Techniques To Growing Out Your Hair

For those of you who have recently started following the blog, I have been in the process of growing out my shaved head since July of 2015! In Feb 2015 I shaved my head to support my dad going through cancer treatment. It has been a slow and painful process but we are getting there! Ive had a lot of questions about getting through the tough phases of growing out a buzz cut or short pixie so I thought Id put together a compilation of products and techniques I have used throughout the last year!

My first big tip, find a great hairstylist! If you are in the Edmonton area Taylor of Hair Color and Soul is amazing, there is no one else I would let shave my head and help me grow it out!! Her Facebook page is linked here 

Must Have Hair Products

Pureology Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner is my ride or die. I have used it for years to keep my hair conditioned and healthy and the last couple years have been no exception. The pureology line is sulphate free and 100% vegan. I have tried several other lines and nothing has even come close to giving my hair the healthy shine and strength that Pureology has given it. Healthy hair grows fast, period! If you are finding your hair damaged or breaking it may be time to look for a new shampoo and conditioner. Pureology also have a huge line of systems for strength, volume and fade resistant colouring products so you are sure to find a system that works best for you and your hair! I would highly highly recommend getting a travel size bottle and trying it out, I can pretty much guarantee you will love it!

When my hair was long enough to lay flat I used Kevin Murphy’s Free Hold (medium hold) styling pomade. This stuff is genius if you have super short hair that needs structure and to stay in place without looking hard or greasy.

When my hair was long enough to curl I started using this Kevin Murphy Easy Rider Anti Frizz styling pomade. It has a great hold but not as structured as the previous and frizz free which was extra important for curls.

Lately I have been trying to limit the products I am using, a bit of hair spray here or there or some dry shampoo (Kevin Murphy’s) and I am finding my style and hair lasts longer and is growing faster!


Growing Techniques

As you are growing out your hair don’t be afraid to use a curling iron when its long enough or bobby pins in different variations to hold those stubborn short bangs back. I have used all of the above especially when it is at an awkward phase, curl it and run your hands through your curls so you have texture and volume but the cut is not as noticeable. I found bangs the most annoying, so i either twisted and pinned them back or now I am rocking the buffont until they are long enough!

Another key to growing out your hair is keeping it healthy which means avoiding heat and processing as much as possible and getting it trimmed every 6 weeks or so. I promised myself when I started growing out my hair that I would not over process or dye my hair at all. The less breakage and damage your hair experiences the less likely it is to grow. Will I ever not dye it, probably not but it won’t be happening until I get it to the length that I want! Until then,  this girls colour will be o’natural!

I hope this has helped any of you ladies through the frustrating stages of hair growth!

Sarah xo