When it comes to creating a planet-friendly beauty routine, haircare is the biggest offender. From the washing process using significant amounts of water and energy to baddie-ingredients that are bad for the environment and your health and have a high carbon footprint, all signs point to hair care products being the bad guys.
But before you make a pact to never wash your hair as long as you live, slow down. It's not all doom and gloom, even if it may feel like it. There are a few ways you can limit the environmental impact of your hair routine without compromising on the quality of your tresses. Read on to know how to seamlessly incorporate sustainability into your hair care routine.
- Switch to sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients
- Recycle your bottles and containers
- Opt for cold(er) showers
- Use planet-friendly tools
Switch to sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients
Nobody likes toxic ingredients — whether they’re harmful to your hair, the environment or both. Kick your parabens and sulfates-filled products to the curb, and instead, opt for products with natural ingredients. We recommend using the Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water And Mimosa Flower Volume & Bounty Shampoo + Conditioner Combo. Containing the hydrating benefits of organic coconut water blended with the yumminess of Moroccan mimosa flowers, this duo will give you volume for days. Additionally, the brand's products have plant-based cleansers that are vegan and cruelty-free. And they smell amazing! It's good for you and for the planet. Everybody wins!
Recycle your bottles and containers
While this may seem obvious to some, we often forget that small changes make a big difference. Simply taking the time to thoroughly wash your empty shampoo or conditioner bottles after use and recycling them truly does make a difference. And lookout for products that come in recycled bottles too! For instance, the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree And Vetiver Aroma Radical Refresher Shampoo + Conditioner Combo comes in bottles made from 100% recyclable plastic. (As do the rest of the brand's products, BTW!) So if you're struggling with finding packaging that meets your sustainability needs while also refreshing your hair and smelling great simultaneously, this is it.
Opt for cold(er) showers
Okay, we get that a completely cold shower isn't possible, but a blast of cold water at your end can cut your energy use. Plus, you know how everyone who takes a cold shower is always harping on its health benefits? Well, they're true! Taking cold(ish) showers is great for your wellbeing, your body, and your hair. Pro-tip: if you can't withstand the chill, just condition with cold water towards the end — your hair will look on point, we promise.
Use planet-friendly tools
Unfortunately, the majority of combs and brushes are made from single-use plastic. While there’s no point replacing a tool that’s still in good condition, if you need a new one, it’s worth investing in something that will eventually be recyclable. Opt for wooden brushes that are made from recyclable material, so nothing goes to waste.
Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Jul 06, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.