I am keen to become a more conscious consumer and spend my money on brands that are doing their bit to help out the planet. This includes sourcing natural, sustainable ingredients that are biodegradable, using packaging that can recycle (or even better, is made from recycled materials), and steering clear of potentially harmful nasties like SLS, parabens and petrochemicals.
Are you with me?
Here are three new hair care lines that I’ve been trying recently, all doing their bit to give us good hair days without harming the environment.
Inoar Vegan Shampoo and Conditioner
R320 each for 300ml, inoar.co.za
Brazilian Brand INOAR has launched a new Vegan haircare range, which lines up well with their principles to respect individuals, animals and the environment.
As a rule INOAR does not test on animals, and this line is also made from 100% vegetable-based ingredients including coconut, argan, macadamia, olive and wheat germ oil.
I absolutely love this range. It foams well, smells incredible and it made my hair feel beautifully silky and smooth without weighing it down.
Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain and Fondant
From R300, select salons
The new Aura Botanica range from Kérastase contains 96% natural origin ingredients. The products are also 97% biodegradable, and the packaging recyclable. What’s more, the Bain Micellaire bottle is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, the Concentré Essentiel contains 25% recycled glass, and all cartons are made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified cardboard.
To be honest, this shampoo is a bit of work to use. Without synthetic foaming agents like sulphates, the shampoo doesn’t really lather and it doesn’t always feel like it is spreading. My trick is to apply product down my center parting, at the temples and at the base of my head, and then work it as close to the scalp as I can. This ensures a clean result and less product wasted.
The results are still top notch. My hair felt light, soft and shiny, and I really enjoyed the soft nutty smell.
The range also includes a Nourishing Oil Blend (Concentre Essentiel) and Moisturizing Oil Mist (Essence D’Eclat) so that you can customise your routine to suit your hair. I used the shampoo, conditioner and mist on my hair.
Noughty Wave Hello Shampoo and Conditioner
R149,95 each for 250ml, Clicks
UK haircare brand Noughty launched into Clicks stores at the end of last year, a 97% natural haircare range that is free from nasties like petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates and silicones. They also use sustainably sourced palm oil and palm kernel oil (yay for the rainforests!).
They don’t test on animals and they don’t use animal-derived ingredients either, making their products suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Apart from that, the range is a lot of fun, smells incredible and I loved the condition of my hair while using it. When switching from silicone-heavy to natural hair care you might experience a slightly dry feeling at first as your hair “detoxes”. Stick it out for 8 weeks before judging the product.
They have a pretty wide variety within the range. I liked the Wave Hello for normal, wavy hair.
Do you know about any natural hair care products that are worth the buy? Pop your recommendations in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.