Okay, so worth noting straight off the bat is that this post about my zero waste haircare is the first post I’ve written in over a month.
I have a gazillion of things I need to write about……my final Pregnancy Diaries post for one, along with approximately 25 different pieces about travel (I never get to these ones) but apparently how I deal with my barnet is a far more pressing matter.
In fact, I actually get asked about my zero waste haircare an awful lot and I find it hard to answer succinctly because, honestly, my hair is SO darn low maintenance and I basically look like a damn scarecrow most of the time so……I mean, I’m not about to hit a million YouTube subscribers with my hot take on how to achieve the perfect ‘do with two or less plastic-free products.
So what I have done is gathered up all the zero waste hair products I’ve ever used, as well as some I’ve had recommended to me too. AND made a video for you about my zero waste hair routine just in case you’d enjoy a scarecrow vibe for your next wedding/family event too.
MY ZERO WASTE HAIR ROUTINE
Roughly speaking, this is what I do….
I shampoo my hair with a shampoo bar (I’m a mega Lush fan but since I started using them about eight years ago lots more brands have popped up and I share some below)
I have tried the ‘no poo’ method (which involves not washing your hair with shampoo at all) I’ve scrubbed my scalp with bicarb and rinsed with Apple Cider Vinegar……but none of these methods worked for me AT ALL. In fact, I hated them hard. I like a lovely smelling lather every so often, and seeing as I only wash my hair a couple of times a month I’m okay with using more water and ‘stuff’ knowing it’s a fairly rare occurrence.
I use conditioner because I have thick curly hair that needs it. I used to use Lush liquid conditioners, buying them in the biggest size possible which typically lasts me over a year, before taking it back to store to be recycled. I don’t use Lush solid conditioner bars, although I’ve tried several, because they are…..well, my hair hates them. However I LOVE the FunkySoap conditioner bar the NoPlasticShop sent me as a gift and would certainly recommend it.
In terms of styling, I do sweet FA. A bit of coconut oil/sweet almond oil through the ends is as far as I go but I do have some very old hairspray (which was in a goody bag before I got married). So…..yeah, I haven’t got too many tricks up my sleeve when it comes to zero waste hair styling but here are a few brands and products I’ve either tried/been recommended.
Here are a my zero waste product recommendations:
- Bulk liquid shampoo/conditioner from whole food/bulk stores (often Faith in Nature/Suma)
- Ethique solid bars
- FunkySoap conditioner bar
- Lush shampoo bars/liquid conditioners (I don’t rate their conditioner bars)
- Beauty Kubes (solid shampoo, it doesn’t lather!)
- Shine (shampoo bars made in Brighton by a hairdresser)
- Aesop (for liquid conditioner/shampoo in glass bottles)
- Coconut oil (for styling)
- Almond oil (for styling/deep conditioning)
Hope this has been helpful. Ultimately it’s a case of trying things out and seeing what works best for you and your hair. I live and die by the rule that if you can’t find things without plastic, aim for bulk as your next best option. And that doesn’t have to mean super expensive products in the largest bottles; you can find semi-ethical products (semi because nothing mass produced is sustainable, however all beauty made within the EU is cruelty free) on the high street too; you just have to do your due diligence.
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