In my attempt to reduce my single-use plastic consumption and eliminate parabens (& other harmful additives), I have switched to a more sustainable hair care routine. My personal goals when it comes to hair care are finding products with all-natural ingredients and developing low-maintenance routine that saves me time. I’m a minimalist when it comes to hair care so this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please share your recommendations in the comment section below.
I switched to Ethique shampoo bars thanks to my friend Katie’s recommendation. I use sweet & spicy volumising bar for my long and thick hair. I love that Ethique’s line of beauty bars are packaged in plastic-free wrapping. Each bar is the equivalent of 3 bottles of shampoo. All Ethique products use ethically sourced, naturally-derived and use sustainable ingredients.
I also use Ethique’s The Guardian conditioner for dry hair. My hair is so long I have to double up on my conditioning efforts. I also use Shea Moisture’s Jamaican black castor oil strengthen & restore treatment masque. My hair is transformed after I treat myself to this hair masque. The packaging is plastic so I make sure to recycle. Shea Moisture empowers people through their purpose-driven Community Commerce business model that focuses on poverty alleviation in underserved communities through investments in entrepreneurship and education, primarily focused on women. I can’t forget to mention the MVP of all natural beauty products - coconut oil. Apply warm coconut oil to dry hair to moisturize and treat your hair.
When it comes to brushes, I personally think using cruelty-free and recycled or renewable materials is the best way to go . EcoTools brushes are PETA certified for being 100% cruelty-free, made from recycled and renewable materials, and gives back. They have a wide range of brushes for specific hair care needs as well as makeup brushes.
I have to admit the hardest thing for me to adopt as part of my sustainable hair care routine was washing my hair less. I knew over-washing is bad for my hair yet I would still do it. I was stuck in my habit of washing my hair every time I showered. Slowly I began to only use conditioner for some showers and using a synthetic boar hair brush to help deal with access oil. Washing your hair less allows for natural oils to do their thing, reduces your shower time (i.e. water consumption), and helps extend the life of your shampoo and conditioners. My friends have recommended using a dry shampoo to manage hair in-between washes but honestly, I’m so minimal when it comes to doing my hair I know I won’t use it. But my friends have recommended Playa Pure Dry Shampoo as a great option for those of you who like using dry shampoos.
My advice for sustainable styling is to embrace your natural hair. As I’ve mentioned, I’m very easy-going when it comes to my routine. I’ve adopted the French haircare routine - air-dry, natural hair color, and managed waves. It’s a waste of time and energy for me to blow-dry my hair because it would honestly take an hour. I’ve never dyed my hair but I like how the French adopted using low maintenance hair colors. I rarely style my hair but sometimes I use the curling iron to give my hair a little shape. I avoid using a lot of heat on my hair to reduce my energy consumption and protect my hair from heat damage.