Yes!! This has been on my list for quite some time. As you know, switching makeup, skincare, body care and home products is a huge job and can be overwhelming.
I’ve finally made the switch to a completely cruelty-free hair styling products in my professional hairstyling kit. Wahoo!
I had struggled to find products that held up as well as the good ol’ Tressme I had been using for years on my bridal clients. When it gets right down to it, Bridal clients want/need their hair to last all day!
I’ve been using Kevin Murphy for years, which I absolutely love, they are based out of Australia but the price point was a little high for me since I go through product so quickly. A little research brought me to AG Hair, a local hair care line made here in Vancouver. It’s not completely natural (They have since come out with their Natural line, reviews TBA) but does contain natural ingredients and it’s not tested on animals.
I had used a lot of the AG products in past years working in the Breakfast Television studio so I know they work and with a little extra investigating learned that they are cruelty-free and a local Vancouver company. I will still keep some of my favourite Kevin Murphy products on hand for my clients too.
I’m really excited about this and wanted to share with you because I think this was one thing that I had been procrastinating on for so long. I’m also sharing this with you because I want you to know these things do take time. If you are making the transition to more natural products or cruelty-free, choose your priority items and work your way from there.
Here’s a very helpful link for more cruelty-free brands. I want to say quickly! Cruelty-free and vegan does not mean natural or organic. I’m saying this because some people I’ve talked to have been confused by the words.
Cruelty-free – Product not tested on animals.
Vegan – Using and containing no animal products
Bee-gan – Does not use or contain any animal products but may contain beeswax or honey. (We use this term at The Green Beauty Collective)
Natural – This one is difficult to define as it means different things to different people, to me this is what it means. No artificial preservatives, colours, non-GMO, no synthetic chemicals, naturally derived but as we know most chemicals start from a natural place. It is confusing but we do our best navigating this.
Organic – Produced without pesticides, the entire product is produced with 95% organic ingredients. In Canada, I believe it ranges 70%- 95% organic.
I encourage you to do some research, check out the FDA, Government of Canada Website and other governing bodies, see what you come up with and how you feel about the information.
If you are still feeling a little overwhelmed or confused, book your consultation with us at The Green Beauty Collective. We feel good about the products we use and have decided to sell. We’ve tested them out on our skin and use them on our clients. We’d love to work with you.