6 tips for a Zero Waste/Plastic Free Hair Care:
Hair is so individual like you and I am.
I have really thin hair. A dry scalp but also my hair get's greasy quickly. A friend of mine has really thick hair and no problems at all. Another has curly hair and flakes.... I find it really hard to make ONE suggestion for the best hair care. Everybody needs to find their own best hair care. But what I can say so far: since I switched to a more natural, plastic free hair care, my hair get's stronger and healthier.
A few tips what you could try to find your individual perfect hair care, without using a huge amount of plastic bottles and chemicals...
All the chemicals in shampoo we use too often, makes hair get greasy quicker and you need to wash even more often... it's a devils tail!
And a good reason to stop using conventional shampoo. Besides all the chemicals getting washed down the drain and all the plastic bottles that are non recyclable in most city recycling facilities.
If you try a new shampoo or no poo, be aware that your hair might need a while to get used to the new treatment. If your hair doesn't look awesome after one use of solid shampoo or rye flour shampoo don't stop! You need at least a few weeks to see a difference. But it's worth it.
1) Switch from Shampoo Bottles to Solid Shampoo:
Easy, there are a lot of solid shampoo and conditioner bars out there already. You just need to find them. I found them on farmers markets, in some bigger supermarkets, organic stores, Zero Waste Stores and of corse in online shops. Look out for natural soaps. If you wan't to take one step further, look for palm oil free soap. SLS is an ingredient where some people say it's bad (mostly for sensitive skin) and some people say it's good... (Google it yourself and you will see you find pro and cons). If there is a choice, I would always chose the SLS free soap because I have a sensitive, dry scalp and I have the feeling that the shampoo with SLS makes it a little worse. At also used my body soap as shampoo, and it worked well after my hair got used to it (it needed a few weeks).
2) No Poo:
You might have heard about people using "No Poo". That means they don't use shampoo at all. It always takes weeks, or even month's for you hair to get used to it. It will look greasy in between and you scalp might get really itchy, but I know some girls they don't use shampoo since years and their hair looks awesome! I tried it once but I worked as a waitress and when the hair got too greasy I washed it again because I couldn't go to work like this. And I couldn't wear a hoodie or beanie either ;)
Some people will wash with baking soda and rinse with vinegar, some people say: never use baking soda and vinegar because they lost some hair doing though. (I unclogg my drain with baking soda and vinegar so I am a little skeptical too ;D).
Some people use rye flour as shampoo and rinse with vinegar. I tried this and it worked well. Mix rye flour with water, let it sit on your hair for a few minutes and rinse well. Then rinse once a week or every two weeks with white vinegar. You just need to make sure to rinse the rye flour well or it looks like you have big flakes on your scalp.
You can also try mineral clay.
Again, your hair might need a while to get used to this method.
3) Conditioner Alternatives:
Instead of a plastic bottled conventional Conditioner where you don't understand one word on the ingredients list, use these natural alternatives: Apple vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice.
I tried all of them and like all of them. Some girls complain about that the hair smells like vinegar after rinsing, but I never had that problem.
For dry hair ends, use a little Natural Oil: coconut oil, Arganoil, Jojobaoil.... But not too much, that would make your hair look too greasy.
I use coconut oil as hair mask sometimes too. It's just a little heavy to wash out of the hair and might need two wash. I mostly make this at a weekend where I don't go out much, and after two days and two wash (and a rinse with vinegar) my hair looks great and my scalp loves the treatment too.
4) Use Refill stations:
If you are lucky to have a organic shampoo refill opportunity use it! Most Zero Waste shops have this opportunity and a few organic stores are following already. Bring your own bottle or jar and refill!
But make sure to only use natural/organic shampoo without chemicals and silicones.
I don't use a hairdryer. I actually always have been a little too lazy and my hair just gets more volume if I let it air dry. And it is much more healthy for you hair if you don't hair dry. Too hot air can cause that your hair "breaks" and look dry. That's why a lot of people use a lot of other stuff to help their hair stay healthy while drying with a hair dryer. So try to just air dry, or if you need a hair dryer, don't use hot air, only warm.
If you want to style your hair with spray or gel, you could try to make your own. Or opt for organic hair spray in a glass bottle.
6) Hair brush and ties made of natural materials:
Get a nice brush without plastic. I can remember that the plastic ones always made my hair electrical charged... awful feeling :D Since I use one made of natural materials I don't have that problem anymore. You will find brushes made of: wood (look for FSC certificate), natural rubber, silicone, steel.
If you are looking for hair ties, have a look at plastic free ones. I actually don't buy any hair ties anymore because I find too many on the streets. I know some people might be afraid of germs, but I put them into the freezer to get rid of nasties if there were any, and then I wash them with hot water and vinegar or baking soda. I have so many I won't need to buy any the next years. It's crazy how many people lose their hair ties on the street.
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