There’s no doubt Mother Nature needs us right now, and as Earth Day approaches, there is no better time for a hair routine detox. Earth Day (22nd April 2021) is all about driving positive action, and even the smallest swaps can make a big difference. Giving your hair regime a green makeover is a great place to start in reducing your environmental impact. Whether it’s making your own natural hair mask or recycling old shampoo bottles, there are lots of eco-friendly ways you can up your sustainability game.
1. Spend less time in the shower
It may sound obvious, but shaving off a few minutes from your shower routine can make a big difference in saving water. Most of us are guilty of enjoying a long, hot shower, especially on hair wash day, but shortening your time under the spray can actually reduce water usage by almost one third, saving energy and money off the monthly bill!
To help you cut back, try setting a timer for five minutes or reduce the number of times you wash your hair in a week. If you usually wash your hair three times a week, try stretching it out to two with an application of dry shampoo in between. It’s a good excuse to get creative with styling your hair - try a cute crown braid or pop on a gorgeous headwrap to hide any oily roots. Think of the extra time you’ll have!
2. Recycle your empties
When you buy your hair products, look out for the ‘chasing arrows’ icon to ensure you can recycle the packaging when you’re done. If you can’t recycle, try upcycling instead to find a new purpose for your empties outside of landfill. Cut up a bottle and give it a lick of paint for a makeshift plant pot or cute make-up brush holder, turn an empty container into storage for your hair ties or create a new set of eco-chic stationery pots. The possibilities are endless!
3. Make your own hair mask
Be a natural beauty and whip up your own DIY nourishing hair mask to keep your strands soft and moisturised. Not only is it superstar treatment for your hair, but you’ll be doing your bit for the planet by reducing waste from packaging.
You can make your own hair mask from amazing natural ingredients like honey, coconut, lemon, avocado, banana, yoghurt and oil, many of which you’ll already have at home.
We all know eggs are packed with nutrients but did you know these protein powerhouses can pack a punch for your hair too? An egg-based mask will give your hair shine and nourishment, heal damaged hair, and promote growth. Now, this is one sustainable beauty habit we can get on board with!
To make an egg hair mask, beat one egg with a cup of milk, a light squeeze of lemon juice and two tablespoons of olive oil. Then, massage the mixture into your hair, working from the roots to the ends. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. As the mask is a little on the runny side, try applying while in the bath or cover with a shower cap to avoid any messy drips. When it’s finished working its magic, thoroughly rinse the mixture out of your hair using lukewarm water, then shampoo for a final cleanse. This mask is fantastic for your hair once a month.
If you want a seriously quick and easy DIY mask, try simply warming half a cup of coconut or olive oil in the microwave and use it to coat dry or damaged hair from the roots to the tips. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for an hour before rinsing and shampooing. If you have really dry hair, leave the mask on overnight.
Use what you’ve got
That’s right, it’s time to revisit the back of your cupboards and start using up those forgotten products before you buy anything new. If you have more than you need, why not donate some to a friend or local shelter?
As you embark on a journey of more sustainable hair habits, it can be tempting to buy every exciting new eco-product on the market, but try to resist. Part of helping Mother Nature is reducing your waste, so only purchase products you actually need.
4. Look for eco-friendly products
Once you’ve used up the old, it’s in with the new, and this is the really fun part - shopping! Start replacing your products with even better picks that will be kinder to the environment. You can find everything from shampoo and conditioner bars to organic liquids created with the planet in mind. Read labels and look for non-toxic, chemical-free products that are as good for your hair as they are for the Earth.
Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for some of the great eco shops and online retailers that allow you to refill your household and beauty products without purchasing additional packaging.
5. Limit heat styling
Reducing the amount of heat you apply to your hair might sound like a bad hair day in the making, but we see it as an amazing opportunity to style your hair in other ways - like with cute hair accessories! Not only is skipping the straighteners more energy-efficient and better for the health of your hair, but it presents a chance to try out some gorgeous heatless styles. Try a banana clip for a fun ‘90s ‘do, bring a touch of colour to your tresses with a scrunchie or tame your locks with a stylish headband.
Leaving your hair to air dry once in a while can be a good thing, too, especially with the right brush in your tool kit. The Scunci paddle brush has bristles infused with argan oil and keratin protein to help fight frizz and give your hair a smooth, glossy finish, making it perfect for days your dryer stays switched off. If you opt to air dry frequently, you’ll start to notice your hair will naturally become more hydrated and will appear smoother. It’s a win-win!
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