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Best Cruelty-Free Shampoo for Color Treated Hair

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Some of the best shampoo for color treated hair also happens to be some of the top vegan and vegetarian friendly brands.  These brands are also cruelty free, and they lack many of the dangerous chemicals and irritants found in other types of shampoos.  Just a few common shampoo ingredients to avoid include methylisothiazoline (MIT), which is believed to cause neurological damage, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is believed to cause follicle damage and hair loss and formaldehyde, which is considered a carcinogen.

These are just a few of many dangerous chemicals used in shampoo.  So, to avoid these dangers in shampoo for any type of hair from limp to color treated to damaged, stick to cruelty free, vegan and vegetarian friendly brands such as Morrocco Method haircare, Modern Organic Products (mop), All-Nutrient, Pureology, and Aubrey Organics, to name a few.

These brands, and many other similar brands, contain a number of natural and organic ingredients that are essential for the health of color treated hair.  Just a few common natural ingredients in the best shampoo for color treated hair include soy, sunflower, citrus, elemi, orange, ginger, coconut, corn, sunscreen, macadamia oil, organic jojoba oil, organic lavender, soymilk, chamomile, biotin, rosewood, jasmine, ylang ylang, olive oil, lime and French rosemary essential oils.

Although all shampoos listed in this article are excellent for color treated hair, one Pureology is one of the top shampoos for color treated hair on the market today.  The Pureology line features an entire system for color treated hair.  Pureology’s Essential Repair System is formulated with protein-rich soymilk and biotin, which are important nutrients for color-treated hair.  They help protect and moisturize hair that has been permanently or temporarily color treated, as well as
restore and repair damaged hair.

The repair system features only all-natural and 100% vegan and vegetarian guaranteed ingredients.  The system does not contain animal products or animal by-products, and they are made with plants that are not grown with chemicals or pesticides.  Pureology’s unique product line is designed to provide color-treated hair with the absolute best care, while also protecting the environment and its inhabitants.

The Essential Repair System features six products, including shampoo, hair condition, split end correcting treatment, color max, restorative hair masque and instant repair.  Each product has different ingredients, but they are all guaranteed vegan and cruelty free.

The Essential Repair Shampoo’s ingredients include:  Pureology’s AntiFade Complex, Zero Sulfate, Advanced Repairing Micro-Emulsion Technology, soymilk, biotin, jasmine, ylang ylang, rosewood, chamomile and olive oil.

Essential Repair Hair Condition ingredients include:  Pureology’s AntiFade Complex, Advanced Repairing Micro-Emulsion Technology, soymilk, biotin, jasmine, ylang ylang, rosewood, chamomile and olive oil.

The other products in this line have similar ingredients with only minor differences.  For a full list of ingredients for any of these products, you can visit the official Pureology website.  Each cruelty-free product has its own page that provides information on what it does, ingredients and how to use the product.

Pureology Contact Information

Pureology products are available in salons around the world, so they are easily accessible to vegans, vegetarians, and environment conscious individuals alike.  To contact the company directly, it is best to use the contact form provided on the official company website.  The form asks for basic information and provides a comment box for messages:  Alternately, individuals may contact individual salons that carry the product line.  A salon locator is available at the official website as well:  To find salons outside of the U.S., visit the select country page ( and then visit the salon locator page for the selected country.

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1 Comment

  1. ericka

    Pureology may promote its individual product line as a vegan-friendly brand but its owner is L’oreal – one of the world leaders in animal abuse for the cosmetic industry. I think this should be made clear here [despite this article claiming to list vegan shampoos.. it only really talks about the potential sponsor from Pureology].

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