6 Best Sustainable Hair Care Brands You Need to Try
Updated: May 31
Haircare is a struggle for many people. When our hair doesn’t look the way we want it to look, we start accusing some higher powers of giving us such “weird” hair. At the same time, we keep washing it with chemicals and brushing it with plastic brushes as if it wasn’t harmful at all.
So how about in 2021, we stop blaming our hair for our own sins and actually start treating it with natural ingredients that will nourish it? To get you started, here’s a list of 6 eco-friendly brands that your hair — and your planet — will love.
Rahua’s mission is to preserve the Amazon rainforest and creating natural hair products that won’t damage your hair. When the company’s founders visited the communities of the Amazon rainforest, they were fascinated with the long beautiful hair of the local women. Their secret? Rahua oil. Indigenous communities gather the rahua nuts when they sense that the conditions are right, cook the nuts, and hand-extract the oil. In return, Rahua pays them above-average wages, replenishes the rainforest, and helps the indigenous people build their companies while also conserving their traditions and rituals.
Rahua offers several types of shampoos and conditioners, as well as leave-in treatments, hydration detanglers, and, of course, their award-winning hair oil. Besides, they offset all the carbon emission for their customers, suppliers, and retailers, which proves how dedicated they are to the environment.
Moo & Yoo
Moo & Yoo is a Scottish family-owned brand that offers natural body and hair care products. Everything they make is cruelty and palm oil free, and the company only uses renewable energy sources and recyclable packaging. Unlike the vast majority of popular brands, Moo & Yoo products come in aesthetically pleasing glass bottles that can serve you much longer than just one bottle of shampoo.
The key ingredients of their Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner are marula oil and Icelandic moss, which clean, nourish, and strengthen every hair type. To maximize the effect of the products, you can also get hair milk, a hair mask or a hair spray made with the same ingredients. Moo & Yoo have come up with a sustainable alternative to hair styling products too — their Sea Salt Spray can help you build more volume and texture with components that are kind to both your hair and the environment.
Kindbeeuty’s hair products can’t be confused with anything else. That’s because the company’s products all come in refillable aluminium bottles, a material much better for the environment than plastic. But what’s inside the bottles is quite impressive too. The company hand crafts its body, skincare, and hair products with herbs, botanical, and essential oils. With Kindbeeuty, you won’t find any chemicals on the list of your shampoo’s ingredients.
Kindbeeuty produces several types of shampoo to accommodate every hair type — Citrus Coco Shampoo, Lavender Olive Shampoo, and Repairing Jojoba Shampoo. Kindbeeuty also mentions that using natural shampoo in combination with hard tap water may lead to calcium and magnesium building up on your hair, which can make it seem greasy. To prevent that from happening, Kindbeeuty offers special conditioners that will gently wash away the minerals and will make your hair smooth and shiny. For those of you who don’t like keeping dozens of bottles in your shower, there are also 2-in-1 hair and body washes, including a scent-free option. And once you run out of your favorite product, you can return the bottles to the company and request a refill.
Crown Affair is a company that will give your hair some royal treatment and will make you, its owner, feel like a queen. A female-founded company, Crown Affair wants to make your hair rituals as pleasant as they can be. The company offers high-end combs, brushes, and silk scrunchies as well as hair oils and hair masks. Their most popular product is The Comb No. 001, which is a wide tooth comb handcrafted in Switzerland using 100% plant-based cellulose acetate. The comb is compatible with every hair type, can give you a light scalp massage and, frankly, just looks amazing.
If you’re more of a brush kind of girl, you have 3 hand-made Crown Affair brushes to choose from. To give your hair the special treatment it deserves, also check out Crown Affair’s tsubaki seed oil renewal mask and hair oil.
If you are interested in sustainable and cruelty-free body, skin, and hair products, we bet you have tried Lush at least once. If you still haven’t, it’s about time you correct that mistake. Lush has been around for more than 20 years, and it has thousands of stores all over the world, which is great for those of you who prefer to actually see and smell your products before making a purchase.
Naming all the products Lush has to offer would take forever, so I’ll just say there are plenty of them for every hair type and smell preference. Their shampoo bars and solid conditioners are a great way to begin your zero-waste hair care journey. In 2020, Lush has collaborated with a Black haircare specialist, so the company can take care of all types of curls and coils. Of course, Lush doesn’t stop at shampoos and conditioners. They also offer natural henna hair dyes, a zero-waste beard oil, and vegan styling creams. One third of their products are packaging-free, and returning your empty bottles and pots can supposedly get you a free face mask. How cool is that?
Plastic hairbrushes can damage your hair in multiple ways. They dry out the skin on your scalp, don’t distribute the natural oils evenly, and damage your hair cuticles, which can make your hair fall. Wooden brushes are thus much better for your hair. They help increase circulation, stimulate hair growth, and can even add more shine to your hair.
Bamboo is a type of wood that grows very fast and doesn’t do any harm to your hair, so if you can get a bamboo comb or brush in your local stores, go for it. And if you would prefer to buy a sustainable brush online, EcoTools is a great option. Their brushes are made from natural and recycled materials and can be used for brushing, styling, and detangling.