The Low Waste Hair Care Guide

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We know that a lot of you have spent plenty of time and money trying to figure out which haircare products are just right for you. So taking the leap to try a new plastic-free hair product might feel a bit daunting. We’ve been there. We see you. 

Haircare products will probably never offer one-size-fits-all solutions - we all have very different hair needs! We’ve put together this guide to help you match your unique hair needs/wants/goals with plastic-free products so that you can get it right on the first try!

I have dandruff or an itchy/dry scalp

 

haircare for dandruff

 

1. Balance Shampoo Powder is a dry powder that mixes with water to create a lathery liquid similar to conventional shampoo. Because it doesn’t contain water, it is highly concentrated, meaning it can last a long time, uses minimal packaging, and offers good value. The “Balance” variety is formulated to offer equal benefits to your hair and scalp.

2./3. Soothe Shampoo and Conditioner bars are formulated specifically for itchy, flaky scalps. They contain white willow bark extract and kukui nut oil, both of which have soothing effects. Bonus - these shampoo and conditioner bars are sulfate-free and are safe for colored and treated hair. 

4. Rosemary Nettle Shampoo offers two plant-based solutions for dry scalps and dandruff: rosemary and nettle! Rosemary is an excellent tonic for hair and scalp, combating dryness and flakiness. Nettles are prized for their health benefits when taken internally or used externally. In hair care, nettles help to combat dandruff, scalp pimples, scalp eczema and hair loss. 

5. Neutral Henna Shampoo is best for a normal to itchy scalp. Cassia obovata, known as neutral henna, is an excellent conditioner that leaves the hair glossy, smooth and thick, and the scalp healthy and dandruff-free. Marshmallow root, Althea officinalis, is a mucilaginous emollient with conditioning, hydrating, and detangling properties. The mucilage in the marshmallow root also helps soothe dry, itchy scalps and combats scalp inflammation. 

6. Moringa and Marula Soothing Sensitive Scalp Oil was created to calm and protect the scalp of those who are sensitive or experiencing irritation. Moringa Oil offers strong antiseptic properties to reduce any build-up of bacteria on the scalp. It’s a great source of balancing the natural oils your scalp produces, and for those with dry hair, it’s perfect for hydrating skin cells. This oil is perfect for women with 3A-4C hair type and beneficial for all hair porosities.

7. Wild Mane Hair Oil (not pictured, but still awesome!) contains nettle leaf that combats hair loss, and essential oils that promote scalp health and hair growth.

My hair is fine and oily and I need to wash it frequently

 

hair care products for fine hair

1./2. Volumize Shampoo and Conditioner bars are perfect for thin, fine or lifeless hair. These bars bring body and fullness without adding weight. They contain African dates and Vitamin B5 for added definition to curls and waves. Bonus - these shampoo and conditioner bars are sulfate-free and are safe for colored and treated hair. 

3. Dry Shampoo will offer two benefits to fine and oily hair. First, it will leave your hair looking cleaner between washes, and second, it will provide added volume even to freshly-cleaned hair! It can be applied with a brush, or simply work it into your scalp with your fingers.

4. Texturizing Salt Spray can add texture and volume to fine, lifeless hair without drying. It’s meant to give your ‘do a beachy vibe!

5. Stimulate Shampoo Powder is a dry powder that mixes with water to create a lathery liquid similar to conventional shampoo. Because it doesn’t contain water, it is highly concentrated, meaning it can last a long time, uses minimal packaging, and offers good value. The “Stimulate” variety contains kelp powder, which helps with building body. 

6. The Round Boar Brush offers a couple of benefits for fine and oily hair: it helps add volume and it distributes oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair.

I have curly or kinky hair and want to keep it hydrated & strong

 

hair products for curly and kinky hair

1. The Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser is the perfect dynamic duo to gently cleanse while retaining moisture. This cleanser was created especially for kinky and curly hair to remove build-up and restore the luster in your curls. This super gentle cleanser delivers a deep clean without stripping and is known for its healing properties. African black soap is the base of this hair cleanser, and it’s gonna deep clean your hair without compromising any moisture.

2. Argan Horsetail Shampoo is best for Thick, Coarse, Curly Hair. It is strengthening, restorative, and reparative. Both argan oil and horsetail bring amazing benefits to the hair. Argan oil restores luster and shine by hydrating and nourishing. It penetrates the shaft of the hair improving elasticity and nourishes with its high Vitamin E content. Adding an infusion of organic horsetail, Equisetum arvense, to the mix boosts the therapeutics of this shampoo even higher. Horsetail is high in silica which helps to strengthen weak, brittle, or damaged hair imparting shine, smoothness, and vitality. Also high in potassium, selenium and manganese, horsetail promotes hair growth and increases the elasticity of the hair. 

3. Neutral Henna Shampoo is deep conditioning. Cassia obovata, known as neutral henna, is an excellent conditioner that leaves the hair glossy, smooth and thick, and the scalp healthy and dandruff-free. Marshmallow root, Althea officinalis, is a mucilaginous emollient with conditioning, hydrating, and detangling properties. The combination of these two deeply conditioning, hair smoothing, and strengthening plants with their richly nourishing oils create a shampoo that is an amazing hair tonic.

4. Camamu Conditioner is formulated with carefully chosen nourishing and conditioning plant-based ingredients. It replenishes your hair’s natural oils, improves elasticity, and leaves your hair deeply moisturized, silky, shiny, soft, and smooth. AND It melts into your hair, turns super-creamy, and smells delicious of cassia and chai tea. What a treat! You can also use this bar as a leave-in conditioner!

5. The Best Kind Hair Butter is a super-moisturizing, repairing, and strengthening hair mask and leave-in conditioner to use while in the shower. This butter cocktail also works great for everyday use to control frizz and restore hair luster without leaving a greasy residue.

6. Argan Oil Hair Butter will deeply nourish, lock-in moisture, strengthen and soften your hair. This hair butter is lightweight, so you can apply, style, and slay for the day. Kinky hair has a way of needing its thirst quenched daily, so don’t be shy, be generous with your hair and in return, it will be generous to you. Drape your curls in this butter with kinky hair-friendly oils to enhance your healthy hair journey. Infused with Marula oil that will soften hair, castor oil will thicken hair at the roots, and the rosehip oil will aid in renewing and repairing hair follicles. Activate this butter with your hands by warming it up and applying it as you see fit.

7. Shea Butter contains vitamin A, E, and essential fatty acids that add shine to hair. It also helps repair split ends and control frizz. Shea butter can be used as a mask for damaged hair. Apply from roots to ends and leave in for 20 minutes before washing. 

8. The Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask was made to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize. It will restore your hair and return each curl to its juicy, bouncy state. The power of the mask offers the reward of reduced shedding by strengthening your hair, deeply conditioning your curls, and increasing its shine. Give dry hair a juicy dose of replenishment, while also cleansing it, to leave behind soft, balanced curls. 

9. (Not pictured but still awesome!) Henna Strengthening Hair Gloss contains antioxidant-rich henna to protect hair from damage, and green tea (with high levels of vitamin B) to keep hair strong.

10. (Not pictured, but still awesome!) Rooted Oil contains nourishing argan oil, and has a calming palo santo scent. It's a perfect way to moisturize and refresh dull hair.

I have straight or wavy hair that is dry and/or damaged

 

hair products for damaged hair

1. Neutral Henna Shampoo is deep conditioning. Cassia obovata, known as neutral henna, is an excellent conditioner that leaves the hair glossy, smooth and thick, and the scalp healthy and dandruff-free. Marshmallow root, Althea officinalis, is a mucilaginous emollient with conditioning, hydrating, and detangling properties. The combination of these two deeply conditioning, hair smoothing, and strengthening plants with their richly nourishing oils create a shampoo that is an amazing hair tonic.

2. Camamu Conditioner is formulated with carefully chosen nourishing and conditioning plant-based ingredients. It replenishes your hair’s natural oils, improves elasticity, and leaves your hair deeply moisturized, silky, shiny, soft, and smooth. AND It melts into your hair, turns super-creamy, and smells delicious of cassia and chai tea. What a treat! You can also use this bar as a leave-in conditioner!

3./4. Moisturize Shampoo & Conditioner is great for thicker hair, dry hair, and hair that typically needs extra conditioning. If your hair is more porous, alternate with Maintain. Corrects moisture deficiency and improves manageability. With coconut oil and rice protein to hydrate and nourish. Bonus - these shampoo and conditioner bars are sulfate-free and are safe for colored and treated hair. 

5./6. Fragrance-Free Moisturize Shampoo & Conditioner offers all the goodness of the HiBAR Moisturize collection, only without any fragrance. 

7. The Best Kind Hair Butter is a super-moisturizing, repairing, and strengthening hair mask and leave-in conditioner to use while in the shower. This butter cocktail also works great for everyday use to control frizz and restore hair luster without leaving a greasy residue.

8. The Paddle Brush with Pins detangles hair without causing stress or breakage. It works well for all hair types. The Paddle Brush with Long Pins works great for longer hair, or for curly or kinky hair. 

I want to reduce shedding and stimulate hair growth

 

hair products for growth

1. Happy Hair Burdock Root Shampoo is best for thinning hair & dandruff. Burdock root, when used in skincare products, is healing to a wide range of issues - from acne to psoriasis, from dandruff to eczema. Used in hair care, burdock root is a hair tonic that increases the vitality of hair and scalp, decreases hair loss and reduces dandruff. An across-the-board anti-microbial and anti-fungal, it is useful against scalp inflammations or hairline pimples.

2. Stimulate Shampoo Powder is a dry powder that mixes with water to create a lathery liquid similar to conventional shampoo. Because it doesn’t contain water, it is highly concentrated, meaning it can last a long time, uses minimal packaging, and offers good value. The “Stimulate” variety contains essential oils that incite circulation, feeding the hair and promoting growth. 

3. The Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask was made to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize. It will restore your hair and return each curl to its juicy, bouncy state. The power of the mask offers the reward of reduced shedding by strengthening your hair, deeply conditioning your curls, and increasing its shine. Give dry hair a juicy dose of replenishment, while also cleansing it, to leave behind soft, balanced curls. 

4. Onion & Garlic Hair Oil is your new go-to for voluminous, full, gorgeous hair. This thickening hair oil has all the goodies your hair needs to grow thicker and longer curls. Created with scalp-loving ingredients and scented with lavender essential oil, you can reduce shedding and stimulate hair growth for fuller, thicker, healthier hair. 

5. The Comb with Handle can be used on wet hair without causing damage or breakage. It is great for applying masks or treatments and works well with curly hair. 

6. The Rectangular Brush with Boar Bristles stimulates the scalp, promoting growth, and distributes oils from the scalp throughout the hair to shine and protect. 

7. Wild Mane Hair Oil (not pictured, but still awesome!) contains nettle leaf that combats hair loss, and essential oils that promote scalp health and hair growth.

I have short hair and need products for styling

 

hair products for short hair

1. The Afro Comb is a good ol' fashioned pick comb ideal for 'fros, of course! It works for curly, very curly, or wavy hair and untangles hair knots without damaging the hair shaft.

2. The Military Brush is perfect for short hair. It stimulates the scalp and is anti-static.

3. Styling Cream will have you sporting your style with confidence. Scoop some on the tips of your fingers and work it through your hair for a light hold. The more you use the slicker your locks will look. It also works on long hair and a variety of hair types for added hold and definition!

4. Styling Clay offers the soft holding power of beeswax, the non-greasy shine of jojoba oil, and the velvety moisturizing qualities of cocoa butter, along with a little bentonite clay and arrowroot powder for texture. Rub it between your palms and then work through dry or damp hair to tame your locks with a light hold and a touch of shine.

5. Texturizing Salt Spray can add texture and volume to fine, lifeless hair without drying. It’s a low-maintenance way to give your hair some extra oomf. 

6. The Rectangular Brush with Pins is an anti-static brush that works well for short hair. It’s a great option for men!

My hair is low-maintenance and I can get by with a pretty minimal hair routine

 

low maintenance hair care

1./2. Maintain Shampoo & Conditioner bars are a great option for people who wash their hair less frequently. They gently remove product buildup and contain honeyquat and shea butter for added shine. Bonus - these shampoo and conditioner bars are sulfate-free and are safe for colored and treated hair. 

3. The Oval Brush with Pins is a versatile brush that works well for detangling all hair types. 

4. (Not pictured, but still awesome!) Agender Oil can be used all-over, on face, body and hair! 

We hope it’s clear that you don’t have to compromise when transitioning to a plastic-free hair care routine - there are plenty of products formulated with YOU in mind. If we haven’t addressed your specific hair concerns, send us an email or leave a comment. We’d love to connect you with a product to make your hair shine!

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