Since summer fun can be harsh on your locks, we’ve rounded up 5 must-have sustainable hair-care products that will give your tresses some love without hating on the environment.
Summer can do a number on your hair. The sun strips hair of moisture and spending the day at the beach in salt water can even further dry your hair out. If you’re more of a pool person, chlorine can leave your hair brittle, damaged and screaming for moisture too.
But conventional hair care products that promise moisture and healing can often do the opposite—leaving your locks lackluster and fried. And they can be even worse for the environment. So it’s important that what we use is as clean as possible for both our hair and our planet.
Additionally, single-use plastic from shampoos and conditioners put an extra strain on the environments ending up in landfills and often not recyclable.
These brands go the extra mile to give your hair the tender loving care it needs and even further to use recyclable packaging and sustainably sourced and clean ingredients.
Sustainable Hair Care
1. Aesop’s Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Masque
For an intensive moisturizing conditioning session, this vegan masque from Aesop is perfect after a day at the beach. If the salty water and sun rays have your hair dry and brittle, leave this masque in while you pamper yourself during an at-home spa day or bath. And it’s safe for chemically treated hair.
Along with using recycled plastic and recyclable packaging, Aesop commits to offsetting its global emissions through certified projects that deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits. The brand has also committed to taking their sustainable efforts by working towards net zero emissions by 2030.
2. Aveda’s Nutriplenish™ Multi-Use Hair Oil
For extra sun-dried hair, Aveda’s Nutriplenish™ collection will give your strands some much needed TLC. The Hair Oil from the line is great as a pre-shampoo treatment, leave-in product before styling, or an overnight treatment. A little goes a long way and it’s free from sulfates, gluten, mineral oil, and parabens.
This hair oil comes in a glass bottle and PWC carton for easy recycling and like all of Aveda’s products are vegan and cruelty-free. Aveda is also the first beauty company with 100% wind power in their primary facility.
3. Ouai, Curl Créme
Ouai products are insanely popular on social media and for good reason. Brand founder Jen Atkins is known to work with the likes of Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Hailey Beiber so she knows how important it is to have healthy hair that looks good and can withstand heat styling and manipulation.
Curly hair can be especially frizzy and dry after a pool day due to harsh pool chemicals and chlorine and this Curl Créme will revive those curls back to life. Vegan formulated and made with coconut oil and babassu oil, Ouai’s Curl Créme can be used on wet or dry hair and is formulated for all curl patterns.
The packaging for this curl-enhancing product is completely recyclable and the brand continues to make strides to up its sustainable game. It has refillable options for its staple products, which use considerably less plastic and generate less CO2 than conventional products.
4. True Botanicals, Luxurious Conditioner
Thick enough for even coarse hair, this conditioner lives up to its name and gives hair a truly luxurious feel while also being incredibly lightweight. This conditioner has super hydrating ingredients like aloe leaf, macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and green tea seed oil. It’s hypoallergenic, Leaping Bunny certified, vegan, and smells absolutely incredible. The scent is perfectly citrusy and perfect for keeping summer around a little longer.
True Botanicals champions sustainable practices. All True Botanicals products have the MADE SAFE® certification—a third-party that certifies products are made, packaged and shipped in ways that minimize their impact on the environment.
5. Khali Min, Rescue Oil
Fusing Egyptian beauty heritage and sustainable innovation, this brand founded by two women has clean ingredients and eco-friendly practices at the heart of the company. Khali Min means “free from” in Arabic which is fitting because the products are free from everything you don’t want in your hair like parabens and questionable ingredients. The Rescue Oil contains natural macadamia oil, Egyptian jojoba oil and hibiscus. It’s versatile and now comes in a smaller size option for your travel bag if you’re squeezing in one more summer beach getaway.
The brand is vegan and has a number of sustainable practices from ingredient sourcing to packaging. Notably, 50% of the energy for the facilities is solar-power generated. All the packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable and uses FSC-certified paper stock and vegetable-based inks.