Choosing to live a cruelty-free lifestyle means not only changing the foods you do or do not eat, but also changing practically every beauty and grooming product you use. Hundreds of companies test their products on animals, with only a small amount of beauty companies choosing against this act. Laboratories for many of the most common and popular shampoo brands regularly test on animals causing pain and suffering in the millions.
Shampoo Brands That Do Not Test On Animals
There are many popular brands of shampoo and other hair care products that do not test their products on animals. These include Avon, Burt's Bees, Aveda, Conair, FX Special Effects, KMS California, Paul Mitchell, pH Beauty Labs, Tressa and TRI Professional Haircare Products, among other smaller and lesser known cruelty-free companies. Shop for any of these products with the ease of knowing that their testing labs are cruelty free. Most are available wherever shampoo is sold, with some of them at beauty supply stores and hair salons.
Alternatives to Animal Testing
Animal testing is not necessary to provide safe and healthy products. The FDA does not currently have a requirement for animal testing on products, which leaves the choice up to the manufacturers. Current methods of non-animal testing for products include using cell and skin tissue cultures as well as advanced computer and mathematical models.
About Animal Testing
Every year, millions of animals are injured and killed from animal testing in laboratories of common beauty and hair care companies. These animals, including rats and other small rodents, go through intensive experiments with various products causing unnecessary and painful deaths. Even animals that do not die from the product testing are then killed when they are no longer needed by the laboratory. Check with PETA for a complete list of cruelty-free companies.
How to Find Cruelty-Free Products
Most shampoo and beauty products that do not test on animals make it known somewhere on the brand's label. When shopping for shampoo brands, look for "No Testing on Animals" or "No Animal Testing" on the front or back of the labels. For more help locating cruelty-free products, organizations dedicated to educating the public on the importance of these products can help, such as PETA: People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals.