Zero Waste Haircare
Finding zero waste haircare in the UK is much easier than zero waste makeup. The problem is finding high-quality zero waste haircare, and finding a good range of zero-waste products for your hair. I’ll cover some of your best options below, but I have to clarify that this is something I’m still working on. I still own plenty of not-zero-waste beauty, makeup and haircare. I’ll reduce where I can, and love trying out these new zero waste products, but there are still plastic containers in my beauty routine!
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Zero Waste Shampoo & Conditioner
One of the easiest ways to find zero waste shampoo and conditioner is to fill bottles at your local refill store. More and more refill stores or ‘zero waste stores’ have opened in the past few years. Here in Sheffield, there are three and counting. You can find refill stores close to you simply by searching for ‘zero waste shop near me’, or this handy list on Pebble Mag has loads of options divided up by region.
The biggest downside to using refill stores for your zero waste shampoo and conditioner is that there’s usually only one or two options. If you need specialist haircare, this one’s not for you. If I could refill co-wash in a zero waste store, I would in a heartbeat! I use the refill store for conditioner, body wash and other liquids, but stick to buying Noughty’s Co-Wash for now. Luckily for me, they’ve recently switched to bio-plastic sugarcane packaging which actually removes CO2 from the air as it’s processed, so I don’t feel quite so bad.
Zero waste shampoo and conditioner bars are great, and more options appear on the market all the time. I’ve yet to find the perfect solid co-wash (if you know of one, please let me know in the comments!). As I said above, I don’t personally use shampoo, but I have tried and tested plenty of conditioner bars in my time. Some of my favourite brands include Earth Kind, Eco Warrior and Friendly Soap. If you’re looking to stick to a mainstream hair brand, Garnier have recently launched a range of solid shampoo bars. Garnier were certified cruelty free by Cruelty Free International last month, and some of their bars are vegan too!
Hairy Jayne is a company that produces 100% cruelty free and vegan, sulphate free shampoos, conditioners and other hair products. All of their haircare products come in either refillable or compostable materials, making them close to zero waste. Hairy Jayne sell sulphate-free zero waste haircare bars like above, as well as refillable liquid shampoos and conditioners.
You can buy your first product in a recyclable aluminium bottle, then use their refills which come in thin compostable bags. You can choose your product type based on your hair type, and even choose your fragrance! If you don’t get on with shampoo bars and you want something a little more tailored than the products on offer at your local zero waste store, this is a great option.
Some brands, such as Childs Farm and Faith in Nature, have started selling big (and I mean BIG) refill bottles. You can buy 2.5 or 5 litre bottles of their products and refill them from home. Although these aren’t zero waste, this can reduce your plastic waste by up to 69%. This is especially great from Childs Farm, as they do products specifically for children and babies. As far as I’ve seen, the zero waste options for children-specific toiletries are extremely limited!
Zero Waste Hair Styling
Bleach London are a brand I’ve spoken about plenty of times before on this blog. Although they aren’t technically zero waste, their products are almost exclusively sold in recycled plastic bottles or cardboard, and are recyclable too. They have a great range of hair dyes, tints, and shampoo and conditioner specifically for coloured hair. They don’t add any excess plastic to their hair dye – you can purchase a reusable mixing bowl and tinting brush separately.
I particularly love their Hair Elixir, which comes in a glass bottle with a pipette. The packaging is reduced anyway simply because a small amount goes a long way, but also because the glass bottles can be recycled or put to good use in a number of different ways. Bleach London have also recently released their first totally vegan and zero waste shampoo bar.
I know Lush is an obvious choice, but I always think they’re worth a mention. Most of their hair styling and treatment products come in their black pots, which are very low-waste due to their closed-loop recycling system. Others are totally zero waste. This includes their henna hair dye and hot oil treatments, which are both solid. Of course, Lush sell a great range of solid shampoos and conditioners too.