Cruelty-Free Haircare Brands That Won’t Break the Bank — and One That’s Worth the Splurge

If you want to save money, help the planet, AND have fabulous hair then you are in the right place! These haircare brands are eco-friendly and kind to your wallet, too.

Just like eating organic foods, choosing to use cruelty-free haircare brands can feel like an expensive task. 

While we all understand the benefits of using cruelty-free and clean beauty products, sometimes our wallets force us to go in a different direction. Why spend tons of money a month on haircare when that money could go to more pressing matters, right? 

Fortunately, we don’t have to make those types of decisions any more thanks to a number of haircare brands who’ve made it their mission to create affordable products. You can now feel good about what you’re putting on your body and no longer worry about the damage it’s doing to your bank account. Win, win!

So whether you’re looking for a new shampoo, conditioner, semi-permanent hair dye, or hair oil, here are a handful of cruelty-free haircare brands you should definitely check out!

AYAM Beauty Care

Ayam Beauty Care shampoo conditioner
Ayam Beauty Care

The AYAM Beauty Care brand isn’t just cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free. They actually use minerals found in the Dead Sea to create their products!

Our products contain more than 21 minerals, 12 found in no other place on Earth, in their highest concentration in the Dead Sea, a mystical oasis located in Israel, known to relieve aches and pains, reduce inflammation, and relax and detoxify the body,” the company said on their website.

But, while you may assume products that contain minerals found in the Dead Sea would be very expensive, you’d actually be totally wrong! AYAM Beauty Care products are extremely affordable and work on every hair type.

For example, the Argan Oil + Dead Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner bundle is just $20. What a steal!

But if you’re looking for products other than shampoos and conditioners, they have those as well. From makeup wipes to body lotion, this brand has it all. 

No Fade Fresh

No Fade Fresh shampoo
No Fade Fresh

Coming from personal experience, it is tough to find hair dye brands that are cruelty-free. They rarely exist! Thankfully, No Fade Fresh is changing the hair coloring game. If you’re wanting to change your hair color completely, or just brighten up your existing color, this is the brand for you. 

Not only are their products plant-based, cruelty-free, and 100% vegan, but they’re also just $14.99 a bottle.

Plus, it is totally fool-proof. All you have to do is shampoo your hair with your color of choice for roughly three minutes, condition your hair for about five minutes, and voila, you have show-stopping hair! And, if the color isn’t intensive enough for you, just repeat the steps until you get what you want.

Whether you’re wanting to do something bold and go pink or keep it more low-key and bring out your natural color, all options are available. 

Not Your Mother’s

Not Your Mother's dry shampoo
Not Your Mother’s

It’s hard to find good cruelty-free products at the drugstore, but Not Your Mother’s is a solid option. From dry shampoos (which are very popular) to hair creams to actual shampoos and conditioners, this brand really has it all. Plus, the prices are extremely reasonable. In fact, you can get a bottle of dry shampoo for just $7. What a steal!

And, not only is Not Your Mother’s cruelty-free, but their products are almost 100% vegan. In fact, every single one of their products doesn’t contain animal ingredients or animal by-products except for the Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler, Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner and Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray.

According to the Not Your Mother’s site, “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.”


Vegamour GRO Serum

Are you looking to achieve fuller, healthier, and more vibrant hair? If so, Vegamour may be the brand for you. The company uses all plant-based ingredients to achieve its amazing products, and while the items may not be quite as inexpensive as some other brands, it’s definitely worth the cost.

If you struggle with hair loss, thinning hair, or just want your hair to grow, try the GRO Hair Serum. It is $52 a bottle, but the serum will last for a very long time. All you have to do is apply the product to your scalp and massage it into your hair for about a minute. Apply it daily and leave it in for the best results.

“Free of toxic chemicals, carcinogens, or harmful side effects, this cruelty-free, vegan hair serum is formulated with powerful phyto-actives shown in multiple clinical studies to increase the appearance of hair density while reducing signs of shedding to bring you thicker, fuller-looking hair.”

But, if you’re wanting products other than hair serum, Vegamour also has shampoo and conditioner sets, dry shampoo, lash and brow serums, and supplements. 

Again, while these products aren’t quite as budget-friendly as some of the other brands, they are worth the splurge.

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