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10 best Cruelty-free shampoo and eco brands for curly hair

Best Cruelty-free shampoo and eco brands for curly hair

Shampoos are sort of considered as the necessary evil in the natural hair community. Some usually perceive them as all stripping and only good for stunting hair growth. While other find them necessary to keep strangs clean and healthy. Since I have made the switch to an cruelty-free lifestyle, I have gone through a lot of cruelty-free shampoo brands for my curly hair and my daughter’s. Some promised to be gentle, others growth and shiny locks!

This is a rundown of the 10 best cruelty-free shampoo brands for curly hair regardless of your coils pattern and texture to make them look amazing, healthy, and bouncy.

A few things to consider before buying your next shampoo

As a matter of fact, when choosing a shampoo- cruelty-free or not, it is wise to consider your texture, whether or not your hair is dry like most curly hair are, your hair goals, health, and budget.

First of all, our hair has different behavior with different needs. Those needs change with hormone fluctuations, weather variations, and other internal and external factors. Not all of us can afford to shell out tons of money or have the time to try different cruelty-free shampoo brands for curly hair until we find the one that ticks all of our boxes!

My hair, for example, tends to be drier, brittle, prone to tangles, and a bit fine. I have 4c hair that does well with cream based products, no much shampooing, but thrives on lots of attention. On the other hand, my daughter’s can get a bit dull and a little greasy in the roots, so oil based products are a no-go for her.

Additionally, I always pay attention to the ingredients in my cosmetics as some ingredients have no business being anywhere near the body. Hash chemicals, toxic ingredients have always being a concern of mine along with whether or not the products contain animal ingredients and are tested on animals. Conversely, It’s astonishing that some brands still believe animal products and cruelty are necessary to develop a worthwhile product.

Subsequently, I always steer clear of products with Phthalates, parabens, sodium chloride, sulfates, animal by-products, triclosan, and PEG.

Cruelty-free shampoo brands for curly hair

Regardless of your curly hair routine, let’s take a look at some amazing cruelty-free shampoo that will sure help you achieve healthier locks!

10 best Cruelty-free shampoo and eco brands for curly hair

1.-Tea tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner by Trader Joe’s

What we like about it:  

 It refreshes the scalp, moisturizes well. It feels like one of those nice shampoo and conditioner you only get at those upscale salons!  No animal products. It’s made of botanical organic ingredients.

It’s great when my scalp start itching and is in a dire need of clarifying treatment. Not something I would want to use long term as it’s a bit stripping.

It’s very affordable. $ 16 for the set on Amazon. 16 oz. each bottle

Recommended for:
It is a great one for greasy hair, dandruff-prone with lots of product buildup.


2.- Feed your moisture by Yarok

What we like about it:

Vegan, Clean ingredients list, works like a dream. It always leaves my daughter’s shiny a bouncy, no residue. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, chemicals, and gluten. The price tag is $ 40 for 12 0z. Ouch! It’s worth every penny if you have the money to spend.

Yarok also has a suite of great products to go with this shampoo if you are the kind of person who loves keeping your products from the same brand. The entire brand is vegan and nontoxic.

Recommended for:
Dry and damaged hair.


10 best Cruelty-free shampoo and eco brands for curly hair

3.- Nourish shampoo by Josh Rosbrook

This one is more like a treat! I use it when my hair really needs a pick me up, quick. It’s for those days that not even a scarf will save me from a bad hair day. When knots and tangles are all i can see with no relief in sight! This shampoo works for different hair types not just curly ones.

What we like about it:

Great ingredient list. Smells great. A little goes a long way. It’s highly versatile! It doesn’t lather but I don’t miss it as it’s still very moisturizing and restorative. At the end, you will have soft hair with a boost in volume.

Recommended for:
Tangled hair in need of TLC


4.- Griffin Remedy Restorative shampoo

This is one is a hard worker! This shampoo has invigorating smell. It leaves the hair cleaned but well moisturized and balanced.

Griffin remedy is one of those great affordable brands that fly under the radar. The entire brand is vegan, 100 percent paaban-free, natural, with no artificial ingredients or nonsense but high performing in recycled materials.

What we like about it:

It plays well with color treated hair. It softens the hair and defines the curls. Affordable, organic, and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. No sketchy ingredients.

Recommended for:
Colored and damaged hair. Kinky, dry hair.


5.- Avalon organics Tea Tree Mint Scalp Normalizing Shampoo

This an harmonious blend of tea tree oil, mint, eucalyptus, and chamomile.

What we like about it:

This shampoo is sulfate free, biodegradable, paraben free, no synthetic fragrances, or colors. Non GMOs, and NSF/ANSI 305 certified.

Cleanse while hydrate hair and scalp. It also energizes to restore comfort and circulation. At the end you get soft, shiny, and manageable hair.

Recommended for:
Dry, dandruff prone scalp.


6.- Desert Essence Organics Haircare Shampoo ( Fragrance free)

This shampoo is unscented, soothe the scalp while your hair retains its natural fragrance.

What we like about it:

It softens and revitalizes the hair and scalp. It doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Recommended for:
Oily and flat hair.


7.- Beauty Without Cruelty daily benefits (BWC)

Gentle formula to restore balance, body and shine. It doesn’t weight down the curls, It’s gentle enough for even the most damaged hair.

What we like about it:

Synthetic fragrance free, paraben free, SLS free, and PH balanced. Rich lather without any residue left behind.

Recommended for:
Everyday use.


8.- Mukti Botanique Shampoo

This formula is infused with herbal extract to restore shine, body, and bounce. It’s organic, gluten-free, nut free, and silicone free. No harsh chemicals and detergents. It’s also color safe.

What we like about it:

It has a light scent of cucumber and lime. Simple ingredients. It also clarifies gently.

Recommended for:
Color treated hair, chemically overprocessed.


9.- Lush Veganese

This shampoo has an uplifting scent of lemon. It’s a post shampoo treatment that doesn’t weight down the hair but leaves i moisturized and soft.

What we like about it:

Recommended for:
Lightweight shampoo.It’s not drying, has a nice slip to it.

Remove build up. Great for dry and damaged hair.


10.- Pureology Curl complete Shampoo

Floral scented with a low lather formula. It’s also sulfate free.

Its formula is gentle enough for curly kinky hair. Non drying and moisturizing.

Recommended for:
Kinky, dry hair.

Cruelty-free shampoo brands for curly hair

More brands are making the switch to more sustainable cruelty-free practices. So far, these 10 products are my favorite cruelty-free shampoo for curly hair. What is yours?

About Author

Hi, darlings! I am Mika! My first home will always be Haiti! I have been living a plant-based lifestyle for a while now. I don't have a favorite color or food for that matter. I like a variation of shades and recipes. I have a little girl who is the center of my world! I am married to my favorite human! I can spend days browsing drool-worthy food pictures on Pinterest. I love biking and hiking. I love tea, and I am a self proclaimed coffee snob! I am always trying out new recipes, new eco-beauty products, and ethical fashion wish list so long it will make your head spin!

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