5 Tips For Environment-Friendly Hair Care Routine!

What we save in turn saves us.

“No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

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Many of us are now aware of the environmental damage that beauty and hair products cause due to the increased awareness surrounding clean beauty. While you may have a more environmentally friendly skincare routine, the carbon footprint your hair care routine leaves are very alarming. It creates landfills, contaminates air and water, and contributes to global warming. This causes a slew of issues, including the extinction of exotic animals and the depletion of natural resources. As a result, adding a “sustainable hair care routine” to your list of new year intentions is a no-brainer. 

Given that we use our hair care products regularly, this is a crucial area to address if you want to establish a more ecologically friendly and waste-free hair regimen. The bulk of hair care products in the market are produced with artificial substances wrapped in plastic packaging, and the environmental impact of plastic has already begun to show. 

In the months leading up to Earth Day, the time is right to rethink your hair care routine and see how you can make it more environmentally friendly. But, don’t worry, if you’re not sure where to begin, know we’ve got you covered. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best easy, low-cost, and eco-friendly ways to help you create a more natural and eco-friendly hair routine. You can care for your locks more responsibly without breaking the wallet if you follow the tips and tricks below: 

1. Switch To Items Made With Environmentally Friendly Ingredients And Materials

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Toxic substances aren’t popular, whether they’re bad for your hair, the environment, or both. Parabens, sulfates, phthalates, ammonium chloride, formaldehyde, and some scents are all ingredients to avoid. They can not only do more harm than good to your hair, but they can also harm the environment, so throw them out. Brushes made of plastic or boar bristle contribute significantly to your carbon footprint, so you should stop using them as soon as possible. Wooden or bamboo hair combs are the most environmentally friendly alternatives. They are not only environmentally sustainable, but they also minimize hair static, making them highly beneficial to your hair.

2. Create Your Own Deep Conditioner At Home

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Yes, it is possible! Make your own deep conditioning treatments instead of buying expensive ones (although we all enjoy them). Simple household products such as honey, avocado, coconut oil, and others can be used in various ways. Find the ideal ingredients to combine for your hair type by researching.

3. Recycle Your Containers And Bottles

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This may seem self-evident to some, yet we often overlook the importance of modest improvements. Taking the effort to thoroughly wash and recycle your empty shampoo or conditioner bottles after each use makes a huge difference. The beauty sector is a significant contributor to packaging waste; therefore, you can make a difference by intentionally opting to reuse or recycle empty bottles.

It’s okay if you aren’t ready to move to shampoo bars and conditioner bars just yet, as long as you can recycle those bottles in alternative ways. There are various methods to repurpose empties, from storing small knick knacks like beauty brushes and hair ties to repainting them and using them as planters. 

4. Purchase Things With Environmentally Friendly Packaging

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It’s essential to choose products with environmentally friendly ingredients, but it’s also essential to develop a routine that includes items with environmentally friendly packaging. Many cosmetics businesses are now pledging to create ecological packaging and publishing information about their materials on their websites. Many are also selling refillable containers, which is the way to go!

5. Look For Multi-Tasking Items And Consider Co-Washing

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Have you ever wished for a body and scalp scrub? It’s a thing! This not only saves you a trip to the store, but it also saves you a lot of money on your hair care rituals. Co-washing is an excellent method to reduce product waste. If you’re unfamiliar with co-washing, it combines the advantages of shampoo and conditioner into one product, making it an excellent way to save money on goods while also making your routine more sustainable.

Need some more ways to do your bit for Mother Earth? You could try to avoid utilizing heat every day. Using heat daily consumes a lot of energy and is also quite detrimental to your hair in the long term. Reducing heat styling is the simplest method to make your hair care routine friendlier to the environment.

Another trick is to choose hair ties that aren’t harmful to the environment. Although hair ties appear to be harmless, did you realize that most hair ties are not biodegradable and end up affecting the environment? Switching to 100% organic cotton or satin hair ties is not only good for the environment, but it’s also better for your hair and looks great.


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Sarah Cole

On a mission to fuel the next generation of world-changing companies in consumer, enterprise, marketplaces, health-tech, and more. Formerly of Stanford, and University of Wisconsin. I love tacos and strategy board games.

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