In the last article in the How to Be More Eco series, we covered personal hygiene. We also touched on hair products, such as natural shampoo, conditioner and masks, as well as facial masks and moisturisers. This time it’s all about colour and shine.
There’s really no need to buy expensive hair oils in plastic packaging. Olive, coconut, argan, jojoba and almond all work wonders, especially on damaged tips. You can leave them on your hair for a couple of hours before washing or even overnight. After washing your hair, massage some oil into your fingers and spread it over your tips, careful not to use too much. If you’re unable to style your hair without hair spray, you may want to check this list of natural hair sprays.
If you dye your hair, there are several natural hair dyes you can choose between. For red and brown hair, henna is the best choice. Ecco Verde has a range of different natural hair dyes too. If you usually have your hair dyed by a professional, the best thing to do is to research and find a local hair salon that uses natural and cruelty-free dyes (and other products). These days, there aren’t that few that choose to lead a more ecological business.
Makeup is one of the hardest aspects of trying to live a more environmentally friendly life. It’s quite hard to find makeup that’s not in plastic packaging, but there are some brands that offer it: Antonym Cosmetics uses bamboo packaging, Aether Beauty uses recyclable packaging, RMS recycled packaging, Kjaer Wies metal packaging which is refillable, Elate uses aluminium, glass, bamboo and some recyclable plastic and Axiology uses packaging made from recycled trash. All of these are cruelty-free and use natural and mostly vegan ingredients.
The best approach to makeup is minimal: less is more. Invest in high-quality natural make-up that you’ll be able to use for a long time. You don’t need every shade of red lipstick in this world and thirty different colours of eye shadow. Most cosmetics shops sell products from cruelty-free and vegan brands. If you can’t avoid plastic packaging, you should at least go for these.
More expensive and high-quality nail polish usually lasts longer. Try to avoid purchasing cheap, low-quality colourful bottles at the counter because you’ll probably only use them a couple of times. Ecco Verde offers natural nail polish which doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients. You can also find a wide range at Only Naturals and My Pure. As for nail polish remover, you can opt for a natural brand or make your own.
The most important thing when it comes to beauty products is to take it slowly. Use up whatever you have at home, cruelty-free and ecological or not, and in the meantime, try to think about what you really need. People change, and you might not be as into makeup as your are now for the rest of your life. However, if you feel like styling your hair, using lots of makeup and painting your nails often are your thing, you don’t have to go against yourself. Try to get more educated about different ingredients, animal testing and plastic packaging. Check different brands online and ask for natural and cruelty-free brands next time you’re buying beauty products.