Is Head & Shoulders cruelty-free?

Is Head & Shoulders cruelty-free?

Whenever one has dandruff or itch on one’s scalp, most of the time people suggest Head & Shoulders. Since I seem to have both, I was many times suggested this brand. However, it never worked on my scalp. Maybe it’s not meant for my condition. I am partially relieved that it does not work on my scalp as I would not want to depend on a brand that is not cruelty-free.

Does Head & Shoulders test on animals?

  • “We have not tested a finished product on animals in over a decade.”
    This means that Head & Shoulders don’t test on animals. However, we can’t say confirm whether or not it is cruelty-free until we go through the rest of the questions.

Is Head & Shoulders owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?

Head & Shoulders is owned by Procter & Gamble (P&G). PETA lists Procter & Gamble as an animal testing brand.

Is Head & Shoulders certified cruelty-free?

Although we read that Head & Shoulders does not test on animals, the same as it does for its parent company, PETA lists Head & Shoulders as an animal testing brand. So Head & Shoulders is not certified cruelty-free. We will soon discover why.

Is Head & Shoulders cruelty-free?

PETA already gave us the answer to whether Head & Shoulders is cruelty-free. We could stop here and say that Head & Shoulders is not cruelty-free. However, since I have the answer for the upcoming questions, we could investigate further.

Does Head & Shoulders sell in Mainland China?

On their official website, I switched the website to China and found their China landing page containing their Chinese company registration number. So yes, unfortunately, Head & Shoulders sell in Mainland China.

Are Head & Shoulders products in Mainland China are cosmetics?

To my knowledge, only soap and oral care products are not considered as cosmetics in Mainland China. As we all know Head & Shoulders specialise in hair products. This means their products are neither soap or oral care. Head & Shoulders’ China landing page shows a photo of a shampoo bottle. So this confirms more that Head & Shoulders are selling cosmetics in Mainland China.

Which brands should I support instead?

If you are looking for a brand who is serious about their anti-animal-testing policy. Check my list of brands that are against animal testing.


Source: Head & Shoulders Animal Testing Policy and Mainland China Website as at 22.3.2020 

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(a.k.a. Fiona Vella) Malta-born blogger. I have been blogging during these last 6 years on my cruelty-free lifestyle including recipes, beauty and makeup products that I discover, receive, buy and try.