Sustainable Hair Care Choices for Black Hair

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As a girl who has curly hair, I’ve always put my hair’s well-being first. In recent years, I’ve also become interested in the planet’s well-being and I’ve been thinking about good ways to combine the two. Here are a few ways to stay sustainable when caring for your beautiful curls:

DIY Hair Products

This is for my ladies who want to be sustainable without breaking the bank. A lot of the nutrients that your hair needs comes from basic ingredients that you can find for a good price at your local supermarket. They can be made into the perfect shampoo, gel, conditioner, hair mask, etcetera, in a few easy steps.

I get my DIY projects from Pinterest but exploring new concoctions that consist of ingredients that you know will work for your hair could also do wonders. It’s personalized, made by you for you! Here are some of my favorites:

1) Shampoo

DIY recipes found on the Daily Curlz blog feature a shampoo made from African black soap (which contains plantain skin, cacao, shea butter, palm oil, and skin), almond oil, jojoba oil, lavender, and rosemary oil.

2) Conditioner

These DIY deep conditioners for natural hair feature shea butter, avocado, honey, banana, egg, and yogurt.

3) Hair mask

These DIY hair masks from the lifestyle blog Peek and Ponder can be made in 20 minutes with popular ingredients such as yogurt, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and Jamaican black castor oil.

4) Protein treatment

These recipes from Beautywised feature 13 DIY protein treatments for natural hair. Popular ingredients include aloe vera, honey, mayonnaise, avocado, and banana. These are especially useful if you have hair fall or hair breakage, porous and limp hair, or have just undergone color treatment.

5) Hair gel

Popular ingredients include flaxseed, aloe vera, and gelatin.

6) Hair mousse

Popular ingredients include shea butter and an essential oil of your choosing.

7) Leave-in

Popular ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E oil.

8) Oil

Though there’s no way to make your own oil, you can make a great concoction of your own. Popular concoctions are tea tree with rosemary and lavender.

Eco-friendly products

If DIY projects aren’t your thing, rest assured because I have you covered!

There are a lot of eco-friendly brands out there who are ready to supply you with all your hair care needs while still loving our beautiful planet. Here are a few:

1) Acure Organics

The goal over at Acure Organics is to supply the customer with finding the perfect vegan and eco-friendly product. Their packaging is 100% recyclable, too!

2) Obia Naturals-

Obia—meaning “the first daughter” in the Lokaa language — Naturals offer a wide range of vegan and eco-friendly beauty products that aren’t just hair related. Their mission is to deliver a herbal base with a healthy pH balance.

3) J.R Liggett’s

Not only does this brand offer hair care for you, but also your furry friend! Eco-friendly shampoo for me and my dog? Heck yes! They use non-GMO’s and completely natural oils. They use 100% recycled bottles and encourage you to do the same. But most of their items are in bar form with a paper covering.

4) The Yellow Bird

This chemical-free and family-owned line promise to leave you with a sustainable and affordable product. The care you have for your body and hair while also leaving love for the planet is their top priority.

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Pay attention to Packaging

Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Four words used over and over, and they’ve never lost their importance. The packaging of your products is just as important as the content.

Glass and paper packaging are the best since they can easily be broken down organically, compared to plastic. Try searching for glass bottles or paper-wrapped bars when picking your products; the earth will thank you.

Healthy Hair and a Happier Planet

As our climate is changing for the worse, we all need to make sure we’re doing our part. Scientists say if we don’t make active changes by the year 2035, we would have passed a point of no return and will lose control of the disastrous effects of climate change.

We are in control of the future and it’s up to us to determine how the future will look. Finding sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives, even with our beauty products, will make a difference if we all work together. Larger corporations will notice and make more products catering to us.

Together we can repair our planet, so get up and get started with this new journey! It’s the least we can do for our home.

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Ashleigh LA Salle

Ashleigh La Salle is a 16 year old mixed girl living in the Deep South of Georgia. She enjoys social distancing, reading in her room alone with the world’s fattest cat, and writing about distant lands that sound more interesting than the one she’s in now. But, until she can get there, she’s happy with covering the wacky world around her.


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