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Cruelty-Free Hair Products I Swear By

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My hair has always been far from my crowning glory but a period of intense thinning several years ago made me realize I had to take its care more seriously. I’m not neurotic about how I care for my hair, but very close to it. Several of you have commented on how much better my hair is looking lately so I thought I would share what’s new and the cruelty-free hair products I swear by.

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There’ve been some big changes in my hair over the last few years, not the least of which has been deciding to go gray. I also switched and added a few new products which are paying dividends now. Changes in hair take time to see because my hair (used to) grows slowly. I can’t say unequivocally which of these products has made the biggest difference, but whatever it is, it’s working and I’m thrilled.

Scalp Treatment

I tried this Briogeo Scalp Revival last summer and decided it’s a keeper. It’s a cruelty-free scalp treatment that detoxifies and soothes the scalp without any nasty chemicals. I use a ton of products on my hair so detoxification is important. I also suffer from eczema on my forehead and scalp and this helps keep the flakes at bay.

BRIOGEO SCALP REVIVAL
BRIOGEO SCALP REVIVAL

It’s loaded with lots of great ingredients like aloe, charcoal, tea tree oil, and biotin which draw impurities from the hair follicle. Although it includes oil, it’s not oily so doesn’t weigh down or impact my hairstyle. I apply it to clean hair before I add any other products.

When my hair thinning was at its worst, my hairstylist recommended that I gently massage my scalp morning and night to stimulate the hair follicles. This Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager makes that a pleasure and reminds me to do it!

BRIOGEO SCALP MASSAGER
BRIOGEO SCALP REVIVALBRIOGEO SCALP REVIVAL STIMULATING MASSAGER

I rub it gently back and forth (not large circles which can tangle hair) in small sections at a time. It increases blood flow to my scalp and also soothes my nerves. It can also be used in the shower, but I prefer to just sit and lazily massage my scalp while I’m relaxing.

New Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve been pretty faithful to the same haircare line for the last 15 years. I’ve dabbled with other shampoos and conditioners but never found one that I preferred in every way until I switched to Olaplex. Every product in their line is paraben, sulfate, phthalate, gluten, and cruelty-free so I feel as good about using them as they feel on my hair.

The Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance shampoo won the Allure ‘Best of Beauty’ Award for Best Shampoo for Damaged Hair in 2021. It’s highly moisturizing and leaves my hair feeling healthier and looking shinier. The No.5 Maintenance conditioner helps hydrate my hair without weighing it down.

OLAPLEX N0.4 P TONING SHAMPOO  /  OLAPLEX No.5 CONDITIONER  /  OLAPLEX No.4 SHAMPOO

Every 4th shampoo, I use this Blonde Enhancing Shampoo to knock down any brassiness that tries to creep into my graying hair. It’s so effective, that I no longer need the purple conditioner I used to use.

olaplex products

Once a week I spray the No.0 Bond Building on dry hair and let it saturate for 10 minutes. Then I apply the No. 3 Hair Perfector and let that sit for 10 minutes. I often get busy doing things so sometimes it’s on my hair for 30 minutes but it never over-softens my hair.  I honestly can’t say what it’s doing but my hair looks and feels amazing after I use it.

Thickening Hair Treatment

I started using my RevitahLash Brow a year and a half ago and the results were nothing short of amazing! My eyebrows grew back in completely. I was so pleased with the results, I started dabbing the brow product along my receding hairline.

REVITALASH VOLUME ENHANCING FOAM

That got rather expensive so when reordering my brow serum, I spotted this hair foam with the same BioPeptin Complex as the brow serum and decided to give it a shot.

revitalash hair foam

This is not a budget item but it makes a big difference in my hair which feels thicker all over. I still use my Rogaine, then I add a tiny dollop of the foam directly on the spots around my hairline that are receding the most, and comb through.

APPLYING REVITALASH VOLUME ENHANCING FOAM

I only use it once a day in the front so 1 bottle lasts me close to 6 months. Reviewers say they’re going through the bottle way too fast to be cost-effective, so I assume they’re using much more than I am.

Hair Care

I’ve also discovered that just being gentler with my hair has made a big difference. I now squeeze the water out of my hair with my towel, rather than rubbing it vigorously. I comb it with a wider toothed comb before I add any products.

DYSON HAIRDRYER
BRIOGEO SCALP REVIVAL / REVITALASH VOLUME ENHANCING FOAM / OLAPLEX No.0 / OLAPLEX No. 3 / DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER

I also upgraded my drug store hairdryer to this Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer last year. It’s got a cult following that I now understand. My hair dries in half the time it used to take just using medium speed and heat which is much gentler on my hair.

These are the new additions to my hair care routine that I feel have made a big improvement in the health and thickness of my hair. I get them all from Nordstrom because they carry all my favorite beauty brands and they offer free shipping and returns along with curbside pickup. They also offer Beauty Cycle which helps move us toward a zero-waste beauty routine. Their Nordy Club (free to join) means you earn points towards Nordstrom notes you can spend on future purchases.

What have you changed in your hair routine lately?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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