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Besides switching over to cruelty-free makeup and skin care items, I also switched my hair products to those that avoid animal testing. The switch has been a long process, and I am constantly trying out new products to find my holy grails. These are the items I am currently testing out to see if I want to make them staples:
Renpure Coconut Milk Nourish Shampoo (about $9-15, depending on where you buy it): I actually thought I was buying conditioner when I picked this up, but that’s OK. It smells like coconut and seaweed or bamboo (so it has a natural scent, I guess). It does the job.
Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Conditioner ($5.99): Can you tell I look for nourishing products? I picked this up from Ulta just to try it since it also came with an oil. I believe it lives up to its claims to soften and strengthen; my hair has been pretty healthy lately. One gripe: I can’t squeeze the product out of this bottle cap; I have to take the cap off. I do not like this packaging at all.
Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Oil ($2.99, free sample with conditioner): This came with my conditioner. I only use a tiny bit on my ends because otherwise it’s too oily for my taste.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($8): I use this infrequently, but it does the job. The large bottle lasts me forever!
Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray (about $6): I thought I was buying hairspray when I bought this. Ooops! It does give you volume but there’s no hold in my experience. (A note from NYM’s website on this product: “There are no animal ingredients or animal byproducts in NYM products except: Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler, Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner and Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray. These products contain keratin protein extracts – a hydrolyzed ingredient that can be found in countless other beauty products industry wide. The keratin used in our haircare products comes from sheep’s wool, after they get a shearing. No animals are harmed for or in the production of our items.”
Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask ($36!): I haven’t repurchased since I ran out but I kind of want to. It was a nice treat to do occasionally, though it’s not cheap.
Yes To Coconut Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner ($5-8): I actually really like these and will probably go back to them unless I find something I like more. They smell great, nourish my hair and are affordable.
Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48, received as a free mini): I received this for free from Sephora. I’ve been enjoying using it occasionally. I am unsure yet if I will repurchase.
Do you have any recommendations? What are your favorite products right now?
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