Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Back to Basics - Cruelty Free & Vegan Haircare

Cruelty Free and Vegan Haircare Shampoo Conditioner Hairspray Dry Shampoo

Today I'll be covering the essentials when it comes to making your hair look beautiful without harming any bunnies in the process. If you haven't checked out the rest of this 'Back to Basics' series yet, here are my previous posts covering skincare, feminine hygiene and dental products. Enjoy!


Superdrug Hairspray Firm Hold

It's surprising just how many of the leading hairspray brands test on animals. Silvikrin, Tresemme, Schwarzkopf and Pantene are just a few of the big haircare brands that still inflict awful and unnecessary pain on animals for HAIRSPRAY. I mean come on, it's almost unthinkable that so many companies are still testing on animals in 2016 and the only way to get them to change their ways is to stop buying their products, and switch to a cruelty free option (of which there are loads).

This Superdrug hairspray comes in a variety of different holds each of which are priced at just over £1. You can also get a really big can for less than £2 if you're a hairspray addict. I always go for this firm hold which doesn't feel sticky or crusty and brushes out easily. It also smells fairly decent, as hairsprays go. I really like the spray mechanism on this, it's a very fine spritz which means you can achieve a good, even coverage of product easily. It also has humidity protection which isn't really an issue in the UK in April, but, y'know. Nice to have.



Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo - RRP £2.99

Good old Batiste! The original saviour in a can, for those days when you're too lazy (or late) to wash your locks. I also like to use this on freshly washed hair that I'm about to curl as I find it gives the hair a bit more 'grip' and keeps those curls from slipping out too quickly.

I'm sure you've all used this by now, spray it on to greasy roots to absorb excess oil and get you (and your hair) through the day. And if you were in any doubt about Batiste's vegan credentials, it proudly displays them on the can.


COLab Dry Shampoo - RRP £3.49


Superdrug Hydrate & Shine Conditioning Masque with Coconut Water

I initially bought this because of the smell. This smells incredible. It's got a coconutty scent, but not in the typical 'Bounty' sense, this is more of a fruity, tropical smell which I just love. I've used this four or five times now and the tub is still practically full, a little goes a long way with this masque, and it really does transform my dry, brittle hair into something a bit more manageable.

I usually leave this on for a good ten minutes to really sink in before rinsing off, and if I use it alongside the matching shampoo and conditioner, the scent lingers on the hair until the next day.


Lush Marilyn (for fellow blondies) - RRP £9.75


Superdrug Hydrate & Shine Shampoo with Coconut Water

I've reviewed a couple of vegan shampoos on the blog before (click here to check those posts out) and I'm forever trying new products to see what works best for my dry, bleached hair. These coconut products just happen to be the ones I'm using right now and really loving in conjunction with the matching mask.

Superdrug Hydrate & Shine Conditioner with Coconut Water

Like the mask, the shampoo and conditioner smell delicious, and the combination of the three products really does help the scent to linger. I find the shampoo to be a little bit drying but either the conditioner or the mask help to restore my hair afterwards so it's not too much of an issue.

My other gripe with these was that I think £4 is a bit on the pricey side for a drugstore own brand shampoo, but these are always on offer - they were two for £6 when I purchased and they've lasted me ages.


Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo / Conditioner - RRP £7.95 each
Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo / Conditioner - RRP £5.50 each
Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo / Daily Nourish Conditioner (for blonde hair) - RRP £3.19 / £4.19 respectively

Any other hair products you'd like covering? Let me know in the comments!

Emily xo


  1. I love that hairspray! So good. I really like the look of those shampoo & conditioners so will give them a go soon. Always mixing up my hair care products! X

  2. It's so annoying that we're forced to pay more for an ethical product. I've been trying to stop buying the few brands that remain within my routine that aren't cruelty free. The shampoo and conditioner look like a great choice, Superdrug products are pretty reliable. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

  3. This is an awesome post. I haven't found a good cruelty-free and vegan hairspray for those rare days when I wear them. Unfortunately no one in Australia sells Superdrug, which is a shame because they seem to be just the thing I need and right in my budget too. I love Batiste though!

    Stephii Mattea xx

  4. I never knew Batiste is cruelty free and vegan! The shampoo and conditioner is one of my favourites but I haven't tried the mask, definitely going to have to give it a go! :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

  5. Batiste is NOT cruelty free. They test on animals.

  6. Batiste is NOT cruelty free. They test on animals.

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