Updated: November 16, 2020
By: Jessie Gable
There’s some pretty exciting news in my house these days. We’re in the process of getting a foster beagle that has been released from a test lab near my house. I’ve been on the Beagle Freedom Project foster waitlist for a year but they haven’t had any rescues in my area. Since I found this group, I have learned how terrible animals have been (and still are) treated in testing facilities. I’ve been trying my best to only use cruelty-free products.
If you’re a redhead, you might be thinking, “I already have difficulty finding products for my skin and hair, now I have to dig deeper to find ones that are cruelty-free?!”
It’s really not as hard as it sounds. This is how to start:
1. KNOW YOUR SYMBOLS
On the back of the bottle, you can find symbols (like the recycling one we all know). I always look for the Leaping Bunny mark. This organization makes sure all products with its stamp undergo strict verification that there is no testing on animals. The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) logo is another one to look for. This organization works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns to end animal cruelty.
2. WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
This is where it can get tricky. When you simply see, “Not Tested On Animals” or a simple “Cruelty-Free” stamp, this isn’t a stamp of approval. So you just have to trust (or not trust) that they’re doing what they say.
3. DOWNLOAD THE CRUELTY-FREE APP
It’s free on iTunes and you can scan the barcode on a product before you buy it to verify it’s cruelty-free.
Since my cruelty-free quest, I’ve found many ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved beauty brands that I love! Here is my ultimate list and some of my favorite products:
Hard Candy: Their Glamoflauge HEAVY DUTY CONCEALER will cover anything. It also comes with this little tattoo-covering pencil that works great for bumps. Dab a few dots in the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop.
Urban Decay: Try their Stay Naked The Fix Powder Foundation if you’re looking for a weightless, vegan long-wear powder foundation with buildable medium coverage and a matte finish.
wet n wild: Pick up a tube of this Mega Last High-Shine Lip Color Lipstick for only $2. The shade featured: Crimson Crime
HAIR CARE BRANDS:
Acure Organics: This brand has a wonderful ‘redhead friendly’ skin and hair care line. Their Ultra Hydrating line is great for those with dry, damaged hair.
Shea Moisture: I’ve been using their Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo for about a month and my hair is noticeably stronger.
Which brands are your favorite? Comment below.
Rock it like a Redhead!