The following has been kindly contributed by our guest blogger Toni Heague, Founder and Director of Eva & Violet Cruelty Free Beauty (http://www.crueltyfreebeauty.com.au/).
You can commit to cruelty free beauty and still indulge in salon pampering. In Melbourne, some of the best in the business utilise luxurious, effective, cruelty free cosmetics.
1. Miss Fox – Melbourne VIC (Cruelty Free Brands: Kester Black & Jane Iredale)
Miss Fox is a luxurious, three-storey salon located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD offering spa, cosmetic and grooming services. You can have all of your cruelty free beauty needs met in true opulence, whether it be a professional blow dry or fresh, new colour with O&M hair products, a glowing Jane Iredale makeover or a glorious signature manicure or pedicure with Kester Black nail polish, including a bottle of your selected colour to take home.
2. Trophy Wife Salon – Richmond VIC (Cruelty Free Brands: SHanghai Suzy and Kester Black)
Newly renovated Trophy Wife Salon on Bridge Road houses some of the loveliest cruelty free brands, like Shanghai Suzy and Kester Black. The draw card and the reason for their cult popularity is Chelsea Bagan’s ultra creative custom nail designs. Ask for your manicure to be designed with Kester Black nail polish – better yet, ask for the Trophy Wife’s own Kester Black collaboration colours comically named Gold Digger (gold), Alimony (bright turquoise), Pre-Nup (pale purple and Sugar Daddy (silver).
3. Hoopla Salon – Brunswick VIC (Cruelty Free Brand Kevin Murphy)
Hoopla Salon has an eco-friendly and cruelty free approach to hairdressing. The De Lorenzo hair products used in the salon are not tested on animals and are Australian made using locally sourced certified organic ingredients. As an added bonus, the salon’s beer and wine is organic and the coffee is fair-trade!
4. Nicole Groch – Melbourne NSW (Cruelty Free Brands: Ere Perez; Zuii Organic; Adorn Cosmetics; Kester Black; Savi; EverEscents Organic Hair Care)
Nicole Groch is a professional freelance hair & makeup artist who specialises in working with professional grade, mineral cosmetics which are certified cruelty free. From celebrity clients (like the memorable Madeleine West Choose Cruelty Free “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign) to editorials in major fashion and music magazines, Nicole’s wealth of experience will ensure you have the perfect look for your next event.
5. Dames of Distinction – Melbourne VIC (Cruelty Free Brands: Furless Cosmetics; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; Kester Black; Sea Siren Cosmetics & more!)
For a glamorous, vintage-inspired look, rely on Margeaux Vallantyne of Dames of Distinction, a lingerie boutique and beauty salon that specialises in vintage beauty – hair setting & styling, makeup and nail art. Margeaux also runs hair and makeup workshops as well as one-on-one tutorials. All products used are cruelty free, with vegan friendly options available too.
Toni Heague, Founder and Director of Eva & Violet Cruelty Free Beauty
At the time of writing, information included in this article is accurate. As salons can alter the brands ranged, and brands’ cruelty-free status can also change, ask the salon or specialist prior to your visit which brands are used and request the specific cruelty free brands at your appointment.