Love You, Love Your Hair
Love You, Love Your Hair
Over the past few years, I have been trying to reduce my reliance on single-use plastics to minimize my environmental impact. This has led me to seek out companies that create products that are both good for me and the environment. I have switched my regular laundry detergent from liquid sold in substantial plastic containers to Kind Laundry zero waste detergent sheets. They are packaged in a small box, contain no plastic, are derived from plants and are a much better alternative to other synthetic, chemical-based products on the market. They are also manufactured in Canada, which has to be good for reducing our carbon footprint. You can check out the entire product range by clicking here.
I also began to investigate where else I could reduce my reliance on single-use plastics. I only had to look in my bathroom cabinet to know that my biggest impact would come from eliminating the plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles lining my shelves. While searching for an environmentally friendly product, I came across The Earthling Co. They produce a range of products safe for the planet and all us earthlings. I have been using their range of shampoo and conditioner bars for some time now and am a true convert. They also donate a percentage of profits for all sales to various environmental organizations, which is a win-win. I like to know that my dollars support my values and mission to positively impact the environment. You can view their terrific products here.
What if we were to go one step further and create our own products at home, from what is already available in our cupboards? I began to make my own hair treatments to give my hair a special treat. My favourite Sunday ritual is soaking in a hot bath with a good book while my homemade treatment does its thing on my hair. What’s not to like?
Here are some of my favourites that you can try:
Coconut Oil is rich in vitamins B, C and E is a great natural conditioner and it smells delicious. Start by soaking a small towel in hot water. Gently warm 3 tablespoons of coconut oil – I give it a few seconds in the microwave. Massage the oil into your hair from root to tip. Wring out the towel to eliminate most of the water and wrap your hair with the still warm towel. Leave it on your hair for 30-45 minutes. Rinse out with shampoo and cool water before conditioning as usual. Use once or twice a week for best results.
Banana is an excellent source of silica that may help to reduce hair loss and brighten the hair. Mash 1 ripe banana in a bowl until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey and mix. Apply to dry hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave for 30 minutes before washing with a mild shampoo in cool water and finishing with a conditioner.
Apple Cider Vinegar – moisturizes your hair and makes it shiny and easier to detangle. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water. Wash and condition your hair, and then pour through the apple cider vinegar solution. Massage into your scalp and relax. You can leave it in your hair or rinse it out with cool water after 10-15 minutes. Use once or twice a month for best results.
Before using any homemade treatments on your hair, do a patch test on your arm first to see if they cause any irritation to your skin. If your skin becomes itchy or red, consult a doctor before trying them.
Have you ever created your own hair conditioner, or do you have a family favourite from childhood? Share your best recipes in the comments below.
With 30 years of general management experience in the global insurance industry and having lived in 4 countries, Jacqui now spends her time between London and New York where she continues to pursue her passion for writing, food, books and travel.
A Reiki practitioner, yogi and huge animal advocate, her home isn’t complete without a furbaby or three. In addition to being a BooknBrunch contributor, she writes for industry publications.
Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Favourite brunch dish: avocado toast with tomato and chilli