Many of us take great care and caution when it comes to the products we use on our skin. But do we apply the same care when it comes to our hair? Perhaps not, but we should! Choosing eco-friendly hair products is great for our bodies, but more importantly, it’s great for our planet and the communities behind those products.
Consider shampoo and conditioner for a second…that’s a lot of “stuff” flowing down our drains and into the waterways. It makes sense to favor products with gentle, natural products free from harsh chemicals. In terms of leave-in treatments, we should select products which have nourishing ingredients from safe, sustainable sources as opposed to synthetic fragrances and mind-bogglingly complicated chemicals. That way, we’re protect our hair, skin and the world around us.
We have found five incredible, nourishing, eco-friendly hair products so you can treat your hair and stand up for the environment at the same time…
Davines Ol All in One Milk: amazing leave-in spray for dry or frizzy hair
First up, we have a little bottle filled with a softening, de-frizzing, nourishing “milk” packed with oils and extracts. The hero ingredient is roucou oil. Never heard of it? You have now. Roucou oil comes from the Achiote tree and it provides major doses of antioxidants (beta carotene, namely) as well as non-greasy moisture.
Simply spray this little wonder onto your hair after washing and it helps to detangle any knotty patches, adds a lustrous shine and leaves you smelling delicious. Davines is a brand which combines “beauty and sustainability”, on a mission to change the way hair and beauty products are made and packaged. That’s our kind of leave-in spray.
Pura D’Or Organic Moroccan Argan Oil: boosts hair growth, nourishes scalp and promotes healthy shine
I couldn’t keep argan oil off this list, it’s just too fantastic. Argan oil is so incredibly popular for hair care because it contains nourishing vitamins (especially vitamin E!), moisturizing fats and antioxidants.
Argan oil encourages your hair to grow faster, stronger and healthier, as well as moisturizing it for a lustrous, glossy glow. We’ve chosen the Pura D’Or Organic Moroccan Argan Oil because it is certified organic (by Ecocert), it’s bottled in Pura D’Or’s “solar-powered facility” and the oil itself comes straight from the source…Morocco. Use this delectable oil to nourish a dry scalp and give your hair a strengthening, softening boost from root to end.
Ethique Eco-Friendly Conditioner Bar for Normal-Dry Hair, The Guardian: hydrating, eco-friendly and skin-friendly too
Here we have the most incredible conditioner, in bar form. The Ethique Eco-Friendly Conditioner Bar is completely compostable, eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free and absolutely, 100% free from plastic.
Ethique is an amazing brand making major headway in the world of eco-friendly, sustainable hair care and we love them for it. But back to the actual product! This conditioner is made from cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamins (B5) and oils (lime), all of which hydrate and treat your hair without weighing it down or leaving residue. This bar is so hydrating and free from nasty ingredients that you can also use it to moisturize your skin in the shower…high fives for multitasking!
We highly recommend this truly eco-friendly brand because their products are just as good as their dedication to caring for our planet.
Alaffia Everyday Coconut Shampoo: cleansing without drying
We’ve given you a conditioner, so of course you need a shampoo too! And we’ve found the perfect one. The Alaffia Everyday Coconut Shampoo is formulated with moisturizing coconut oil, shea butter, lime extract and ginger to clean your hair while replacing and protecting moisture barriers.
We are so impressed by Alaffia because they use 100% fair trade ingredients sourced from West African sources. What’s more, they are working hard to create fair, sustainable and prosperous opportunities for West African communities and beyond. They’re doing amazing work and making incredible hair products to nourish, awaken and hydrate our strands.
Yarok Feed Your Do: stylizing, hydrating, sleek-making all-rounder for all hair types
Last but not least, a special little jar of all-rounder awesomeness. The Yarok Feed Your Do product is a texturizer, styling/sculpting paste, frizz-easer, slick-maker, curl-definer and everything in between.
The ingredients list is a smorgasbord of natural, organic ingredients such as shea butter, plant extracts (rosemary, peppermint, lemonpeel and more), apple cider vinegar and organic oils (hemp seed, almond olive and more). You’ll be pleased to know that this product is 100% vegan and the Yarok brand donates 3% of their profits to the Pachamama Alliance, namely to support the Amazonian rainforest.
When the time comes to replace your shampoo, conditioner or hair treatment, go for an eco-friendly brand with an earth-loving, community-supporting philosophy. The brands and products we have showcased here today are all of impeccable quality and provide effective and nourishing results for your locks. But more importantly, they’re all focused on natural, gentle ingredients and eco-friendly production methods.