Believe it or not, even medicated shampoos can contain gentle ingredients that are all natural and cruelty-free. In addition to this, these shampoos work just as effectively as other lice shampoos that contain harsh ingredients that may have been tested on animals. Most cruelty free lice shampoos have yet another advantage over other shampoo treatments for lice. Most are safe for vegans and vegetarians.
Cruelty-free lice shampoo can be found at your local health food store, at Whole foods, at beauty supply houses (you just have to read the labels), and online. Many cruelty free lice shampoos contain natural ingredients such as rosemary, aloe vera, and chamomile, but some are not exactly infused with other ingredients such as fruit extract, and vitamins for shiny, bouncy hair. So, before we offer a list of highly effective cruelty free shampoos, the following is a list of shampoos that may be combined with medicated shampoos to help cleanse and condition the hair, while aiding in the treatment of head lice.
Vegan Giovanni Tea Tree Treat Shampoo
Tea tree oil, peppermint, eucalyptus, birch oil, rosemary (helps repel lice), chamomile, yarrow, soybean protein, grapefruit seed, nettle, and thyme
Vegan Desert Essence Therapeutic Treatment
Purified water, eco-harvest tea tree oil, blue cypress, eucalyptus, hydrolyzed wheat protein, babassu oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, geranium oil, and chamomile oil
As you may already know, the top two head lice shampoos in the world are RID and NIX. These products contain powerful ingredients such as Piperonyl butoxide, permethrina, and petroleum distillate. Animals are used to test these ingredients. Other ingredients in products such as RID and NIX include ammonium laureth sulfate, fragrance, PEG-25 hydrogenated castor oil, polyquaternium-10, purified water, and SD alcohol.
Besides NIX and RID, there are a number of cruelty free shampoos that claim to repel or kill lice. These include Lice Be Gone Warrior Formula Shampoo by Lavaggio, and Thera-Neem Head Lice Shampoo.
Lice Be Gone Warrior Formula Shampoo by Lavaggio
Purified Water, 95% infusion of rosemary leaf, lavender flowers, thyme, sage, aloe vera, essential oils (proprietary blend), potassium cocoate soap, sodium olefin sulfinate, and preservatives – 1% by volume.
Thera-Neem Head Lice Shampoo
Neem oil & Neem leaf extract, chamomile, arnica, pine, basil and cherry bark. Paraben free, sulphate free, gluten free, cruelty free, pH balanced, vegan formula.
To purchase Lavaggio or Thera-Neem click the linked products above or check with your local health food store.