So I’ve discussed shampoo and soap already, but I thought that this week I’d like to turn my attention to conditioner. It’s something I haven’t always bothered with, but my hair isn’t as healthy as I’d like it to be at the moment, so it’s time to investigate an eco-friendly option!
As with many other things, conditioners are generally full of chemicals, and they come in plastic bottles. If you’re a regular reader, you won’t be surprised to know that the first place I turned to for a better option was Lush! (I’m not being paid to advertise them, honest!)
My instinctive approach was to go for one of their solid conditioners – Jungle. For what it was, it was pretty good, but I didn’t feel like it was getting to all my hair like a liquid conditioner would do, so I didn’t think it was doing as much good as I’d like.
So now I’m trying Lush’s conditioner American Cream. This does come in a plastic bottle, but it is labelled as made from 100% recycled plastic, so as least I know that Lush are doing their bit to reuse and recycle! So far I’m quite enjoying using this conditioner, so I’m going to stick with it for now.
You can also make your own conditioner – and, as usual, there are loads of ideas out there that you can try. I haven’t tried any myself (yet), so I can’t vouch for any.
If you want somewhere to start, I would have a look at this list of 5 Hair Conditoners You Can Make at Home; here’s a snippet:
Avocado Deep Conditioner
- 1/2 mashed ripe avocado
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil
Combine ingredients and apply to hair, focusing on the ends. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse.
From Beauty By Nature by Brigette Mars
Vinegar rinses relieve itchy scalp, dandruff, and dull hair and restore the scalp’s natural acid mantle. They are best for normal and oily hair, rather than dry. Use white vinegar for blondes, apple cider vinegar for brunettes, and red wine vinegar for red-heads. Leave the rinse on for at least five minutes if you are going to rinse it out. You can, however, leave it on and any smell will disappear once the hair is dry.
From “Herbal Hair Care,” by Cristi Nunziata
- Herb blend: For blondes, calendula and chamomile; For dark hair, nettle and marshmallow; or make up your own
- Apple cider vinegar
- A few drops of essential oil
- Distilled water
1. Fill a quart jar half way with herbs. Cover with vinegar and cap tightly. Place the jar in a warm spot for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily.
2. Strain the vinegar and add essential oils. Store in a plastic bottle.
3. Dilute the rinse with distilled water. For oily hair, dilute one part rinse with four parts water. For dry hair, dilute one part rinse with six parts water. After shampooing and rinsing, pour vinegar rinse slowly over hair, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse with water.
From Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal
I’ve love to know what you’ve tried! Do you think it’s best to buy from an ethical company like Lush, make your own, or go without altogether?