There are tons of eco-friendly hair care tips out there that will recommend doing all sorts of strange things–washing hair with coconut oil, baking soda, vinegar….
Some of these tips work and some…well, should probably be avoided. Here are the things I’ve found to keep my hair looking good, while still being reasonable, inexpensive and environmentally friendly. You don’t have to become a product-hoarder, either. You can have great hair without spending tons of money on expensive product.
1. Cut Back on Washing
This is probably the easiest eco-friendly hair care tip. If you work out and need to wash your hair more often, try dry-shampoo (you can make your own with ¼ cup cornstarch, and a TBSP baking soda. Add 2 TBSP cocoa powder (unsweetened) for dark hair).
Washing your hair every-other-day or less, will have you using less water. It can take a few weeks for your scalp to adjust to less-frequent washings, so you might feel oily at first but eventually it will stop compensating and normalize.
2. Air Dry for Eco-Friendly Hair Care
Another easy eco-friendly hair care tip is to just let your hair air-dry as often as possible. Combat frizz by using a cotton tee-shirt to blot the moisture from your hair. Wring out your hair, rather than rubbing. Frizz comes from broken hairs and rubbing your head with a towel like crazy can cause breakage.
Even if I want to straighten my hair, I’ll often let it air dry, or wash it the night before. Then straightening takes less time and heat (as opposed to blowing dry AND ironing). This uses less electricity and will keep hair healthier and shinier.
3. Use Cruelty-Free Shampoo
There are tons of great cruelty-free shampoo brands out there. Alba, Kiss My Face, The Yes To brand, and good ol’ Dr. Bronner’s (which you can pretty much use for everything). There are higher-end cruelty-free shampoo out there as well, but quite honestly, I think drugstore options get the job done just as well.
So many cosmetic brands test on animals, needlessly. If animal testing is a concern for you visit the leapingbunny.org website for a huge list of every brand that animal tests. Some are quite surprising! There are a lot of brands that claim to be natural, pure, or environmentally-friendly but their parent company still tests on animals (lame).
4. DIY or Find Products You Feel Good About
Hair care varies by type, and desired style of course. For me, I make a salt spray using 1 TBSP of salt dissolved in 16 ounces of warm water. I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil and use it to create beachy, messy hair. I use Pacifica solid perfume to smooth fly-aways and keep my hair smooth when it’s straight.
Sometimes, though you need hairspray, serum or another product to achieve the look you prefer. You can use the leaping bunny app to check products when you shop if you’re trying to look for cruelty-free options.
Having a green, eco-friendly hair care and cruelty-free beauty routine doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. What cruelty-free, eco-friendly options do you prefer?