The True Cost of Beauty

The grooming of human hair has been a practice of humans for many years. The only thing that has really changed is the products. Before 1920 women used  a lye-based soap that could easily damage ones hair. Today however we are bombarded with choices for hair products, which include hair dyes, relaxer, shampoos, conditioner and treatments. These products promise us ‘perfect hair’ but what is the actual cost of these products. Many hair care products we depend are tested on animals. According to  Human Society International, more or less 115 million animals—including mice, rats, birds, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, farm animals, dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates—are used and/or killed in
laboratory experiments each year around the world.
Image of scientist testing products on a monkey and a performance done at a lush store in London to stop animal testing.
Vivisection is surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism, typically animals with a central nervous system, to view living internal structure. Humans use these products to obtain beauty but what is the real cost of beauty?

The deadly truth

Animal testing can be dated back as for as  400 Years when the famous Greek doctor Galen (AD129-200) used animals to discover how blood circulated in the body. Modern animal research started 150 years ago.

Crazy facts about Animal Testing:

  1. No experiment is illegal, no matter how cruel, irrelevant to human health, redundant, or painful.
  2. Ninety-five percent of animals used for experiments are excluded from the only federal law offering any sort of protection.
  3. Even when valid alternatives to animals are available, the law doesn’t require that they be used.
  4. Ninety-two percent of experimental drugs that are safe and effective on animals fail in human clinical trials because they don’t work or are dangerous.

This method of experimentation started off for medical reasons but over time became a method used of testing consumer products such as hair care products.



Animal Testing Free Products 

Many of the products that do not test on animals in the above image are only available online. However, there is one product that has been active about creating products for all hair types that does not test on animals, this product is called Lush . Lush has been fighting the battle against animal testing for over 30 years along side the Human Society International, through petitions. To join in on the movement fill in a petition form here.

Image of the Lush Campaign performance 

As part of the campaign a public performance was done in London Lush Rengents street shop.  The video below explains the campaign and its aim.

The video tackles a very serious question, ‘Is animal testing ethical?’.

‘Any living creature should be given the same level of compassion as any other.
Thus if it is unacceptable to conduct research on a human being, I feel that it is also
unacceptable to conduct said research on any other living creature. – Gaynor Armitage

Hair Products

The underlining problem is that Lush has shown that hair care products can be produced without animal testing for all hair types which questions the necessity of the practice. When purchasing a product for your hair think about weather its animal tested and and how you feel about this. According to Nicole Harmon, black women spend enormous amounts of time and money to maintain their hair. This is often because curly hair requires more attention than straight hair as it need more oil. Finding a product that does not animal test is encouraged.




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