Earth Month is the perfect time to re-evaluate your beauty routine and find out how you can make it more sustainable.
With the below tips, you’ll be able to care for your locks in a more eco-friendly manner without breaking the bank. Scroll through for all the simple and inexpensive ways your hair routine can help the environment.
1. Switch to products with sustainable ingredients.
Nobody likes toxic ingredients—whether they’re harmful for your hair, the environment or both. Ingredients to watch out for include parabens, sulfates, phthalates, ammonium chloride, formaldehyde and certain fragrances. They can definitely cause more harm than good to your strands, but can also impact the environment negatively so kick them to the curb, folks.
2. DIY your own deep conditioner.
Yes, it can be done! Instead of buying pricey deep conditioning treatments (although we do love those), try making your own. There are so many ways to do this that include simple household ingredients like honey, avocado, coconut oil and more. Do a little digging to find the best ingredients to combine for your specific hair type.
3. Recycle your bottles and containers.
This may seem obvious to some, but sometimes we 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. The beauty industry is a large contributor to packaging waste so let’s change that in a big way by consciously choosing to either re-use empty bottles or recycling them.
4. Buy products with sustainable packaging.
Choosing products with ingredients that are less harmful to the environment is key, but so is cultivating a routine with items that have environmentally-friendly packaging. Many beauty companies are now committing to producing sustainable packaging and make the information about their materials readily available on their website. Many are also selling refillable containers, which in our book, is the way to go.
5. Snag products that multi-task.
Wish you had a body and scalp scrub? Totally a thing thanks to OAUI’s Scalp & Body Scrub ($38.00). Not only does this potentially save you a separate trip to the store, it also saves you mad money on your (seemingly separate) beauty rituals.
6. Try co-washing.
We’ve discussed in length the benefits of co-washing, but it also happens to be an excellent way to reduce product waste. If you aren’t familiar with the practice, co-washing combines the benefits of shampoo and conditioner into one—making it a great way to save money on products in general while making your routine a bit more sustainable.