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





February Favourites

The fact that February is over is a testament to how fast my life has been flying by recently! Becoming a mom has been the most amazing thing I have ever experienced however it is not without its challenges. Also having a husband start shift work up north has tested my resilience, patience and the ability to function on minimal sleep haha! That being said  we are all doing so great, enjoying every day even if most days we don’t get out of our pjs, that is why this month it is all about the basics. These are all items i have used religiously this past month!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah xo


Z Supply Camo Tee /Z Supply Courier Pant

This is one of my favourite brands not only because they are reasonable priced but because they create comfortable, function pieces that are awesome for a new mom needing comfort and durability!

Lululemon Align Pant

I bought these pants almost a year ago before my trip to Hawaii and I am still so in love with them. They are so soft and the perfect pant for a mom avoiding those pre pregnancy jeans!!

Sugi Tree Bath Potions

I took my first bath as a mom before Clayton left to go out of town and I cannot even tell you how much I enjoyed it, not only because it was 30minutes to myself but because this bath potion made it even more relaxing and enjoyable. I am so in love with this company, all of their products are hand crafted in Toronto and available now at Miss Boss here in Edmonton. Lastly and my most favourite part of supporting this company is that they donate 10% of each purchase to the Toronto Humane Society, Ontario SPCA, Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and World Wildlife Fund. How amazing is that!!! Go buy a batch or two, they also make great gifts!!

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

If I am putting on any makeup, mascara is one of those things I always reach for for even a minimal slap on of makeup! I became a fan of mascara primer when I first tried the Dior primer however the pricetag was less than ideal so I then graduated to the Tarte primer and now this drugstore primer, and it is one word, amazing! Keep an eye out for a mascara primer comparison coming to the blog soon!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

This is a product I keep on me at all times. My lips have been so dry lately and I use it in conjunction with the lip scrub for flawless, hydrated lips!

Kate Spade Planner

I feel like I am already behind this year, so many things I want to do and ideas I have but lately with an 8 week old tied to me, its been harder than I thought to have that me time to do anything but nurse, change diapers and have the occasional shower! Enter the planner. I love being able to plan ahead, write down ideas for posts and have a schedule ahead of time. I have to capitalize on the time i do have and this helps me organize and delegate my time accordingly!

Rebecca King 3 Way Sweater

This sweater is life. I am a huge fan of the Saskatchewan designer and this sweater I have lived in since giving birth. The material is beautiful and flattering, something I can throw on with jeans or leggings and feel put together which is really nice these days!!

Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo

Lastly, this is a product I could not have lived without these last two months. With Clayton being away I don’t get any me time including showering without company so the 2, 3, 4 day old hair has had to do and this product makes it doable!