5 Cruelty-Free Hair Salons

By: Ashlee Piper


Looking to update your ’do? We scoured the country for compassionate salons that not only work wonders on your coif, but also boast cruelty-free products and eco-friendly practices.

1. Wicked Hair & Makeup Artistry, Venice, Calif. (pictured above)
Ethical Cred Non-toxic and animal-friendly products by Neuma; ammonia-free Natural Color Process hair color.
Standout Service Customized hair and scalp treatments that are freshly hand-blended with USDA-certified organic ingredients and essential oils.

2. Salon Colour Bar, Austin, Tex.
Ethical Cred Vegan, PETA-certified Organic Colour Systems color and Kevin Murphy hair care; dogs are welcome, and the salon recycles all 
plastic, glass, and paper.
Standout Service Micro-Foil Highlights, which lend a sun-kissed look.

3. Virtue Salon, Columbus, Ohio
Ethical Cred Eco-friendly, 
natural product lines 
including All-Nutrient, 
Thermafuse, ColorProof, 
and Surface; everything 
in the salon, right down 
to the coffee-and-tea 
supplies, is free of parabens, sulfates, and animal 
ingredients or materials, 
and must be shipped in 
recyclable packaging.
Standout Service Balayage, 
a freehand highlighting 
technique that gives hair 
rich, reflective dimension.

4. Starship Salon, Chicago
Ethical Cred Vegan lines 
such as Max Green 
Alchemy; plant-powered 
So Pure Natural Balance 
color; a non-toxic smoothing system by Zerran.
Standout Service Moondusting, a fusion of ombré, frosting, and balayage 
that creates subtle color 
variation and contrast.

5. Juju Salon & Organics, Philadelphia
Ethical Cred Eco-conscious brands including Hamadi 
Organics and Sevi; the salon 
is PECO wind powered, and much of the furniture has been repurposed or salvaged.
Standout Service Juju’s Chi Enviro Smoothing treatment, which leaves locks tamed 
and glossy.

Got a favorite cruelty-free hair salon in your neck of the woods? Share in the comments!

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    Take a look inside my refrigerator and one thing becomes immediately clear: I’m a condiment fanatic. Lined up in not-too-tidy rows are mustards, ketchups, barbecue sauces, chutneys, pickles, tapenades, Tabasco-like sauces galore, and probably my most-used condiment, harissa. READ MORE

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    Aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy eaters know how important it is to stock their kitchens with other nutritious foods that are less perishable. If you want to commit to healthful eating, making it easy to eat well with a well-stocked pantry is your key to success. READ MORE

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    New research confirms eating oatmeal helps lower cholesterol, thanks not only to fiber, but also to bioactive compounds called AVEs. (Psst: have you tried our overnight no-cook chai steel-cut oats?) READ MORE

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    In France, there’s an after-dinner tradition called the tisane. Tisane is another way of saying “tea,” and more specifically, “herbal infusion.” I’ve adopted the ritual for several reasons, beginning with the fact that it tastes good, but I also love that I can use almost any herb for the job. READ MORE

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    Veg Celeb: Q&A with Ed Begley Jr.
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    Known to arrive at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed Begley Jr. is an indefatigable advocate for green living. The actor lives in a solar-powered home near Los Angeles; construction of his new, Platinum LEED–certified residence is chronicled on the Web series On Begley Street. READ MORE

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    Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s Day was a humble holiday honoring the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Today, March 17 has evolved into a larger-than-life party synonymous with drinking, parades, and—of course—feasting on traditional Irish foods. READ MORE

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    TELL VT: What do you miss most from your pre-veg diet?
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    Share your comments, and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of Vegetarian Times. READ MORE

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    San Francisco moves one step closer to banning the sale of plastic water bottles. According to the Food & Water Watch, 75 percent of empty plastic bottles end up in landfills and waterways. READ MORE

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    Food for Thought: California’s Drought
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    Highway signs throughout California plead, “Serious drought. Help save water,” as city councils pass restrictions on outdoor watering and other extraneous water usage in hopes of fighting the severest drought in state history. READ MORE

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    If you avoid dairy for health or ethical reasons, you’re probably familiar with soymilk, rice milk, and almond milk. Then there’s oat milk, coconut milk, hemp milk … it can be a bit overwhelming! READ MORE

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    Laura went veg in June 1995 after staying with a family member who was not eating meat at the time. Click to learn more about Laura, including her best advice for new vegetarians. READ MORE

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    By: Jenné Claiborne | Comments (0)

    What you put into your body is as important as what you put on it. Whether you’re interested in clearing acne, preventing premature aging, or protecting your skin from environmental damage, the first step to attaining beautiful skin is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. READ MORE

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    Kids are eating more fruits and veggies, thanks to a new federal school meal standards, including placing limits of calories and sodium and upping the amount of fresh produce. READ MORE

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    A little bit electro-pop and a little bit folk, singer-songwriter Dan Croll is showing up on lists like iTunes New Artists 2014 and VEVO’s Ones to Watch 2014. READ MORE

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    For years now, healthy eaters have known a secret. It’s an ancient secret, tracing back to 3000 B.C. in the land of the Incas, where farmers discovered a plant called quinoa and named it their “mother grain.” READ MORE

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    By: Jenné Claiborne | Comments (12)

    Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is one of the greatest things you can do for your body. Still, maintaining a balanced diet without relying on less-than-healthy processed foods can be tricky for the typical busy American. Fortunately, it can be done. The key is preparation! READ MORE

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    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

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    Need another reason to load up on berries? A new study finds that eating strawberries may help lower bad LDL cholesterol. READ MORE

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    By: Aurelia d'Andrea | Comments (0)

    The inevitable has visited our home this week: the winter cold. Instead of reaching for over-the-counter remedies to combat the symptoms and jump-start the healing process, I head straight for the kitchen, pull out the juicer, and make an elixir that never fails to kick those twice-a-year colds. READ MORE

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    Food for Thought: The Agricultural Act
    By: Sammy Caiola | Comments (0)

    Now that the four-year tug-of-war over the Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka the farm bill) has come to a ceasefire, I encourage all who were following along to take a breath. A big one. READ MORE

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    By: Amy Spitalnick | Comments (0)

    Having both Comedy Central and The New Yorker on your resume says something about range, or maybe it’s versatility. And that’s not even all there is to Pete Holmes’s work history: he’s written for sitcoms and hosts a podcast, while the second season of late-night TV’s “The Pete Holmes Show” READ MORE

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    Good News! Stories We Dig From Around the Web
    By: Tami Fertig | Comments (0)

    A new study finds that dark chocolate relieves stress. (But you kind of already knew that, right?) It’s also loaded with antioxidants, so go ahead and make one of these feel-good dark chocolate recipes. READ MORE

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    By: Aurelia d'Andrea | Comments (3)

    Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. Lemons, at the height of ripeness during the darkness of mid-winter—how wonderful is that? Just when we are most in need of a revitalizing blast of summery color and flavor, the earth provides it. READ MORE