Washing and styling your hair everyday... "ain't nobody got time for that!" Especially for entrepreneurs and business owners, every half hour counts and can be used to accomplish something or to spend time with loved ones. Personally these days, as I seek to provide consistent, weekly value to people here, I am getting around to washing my hair about once a week. I even have a hair schedule!
Wash & Wear Schedule
- Thursday night or Friday morning I wash and style my hair to wear down
- Friday – Monday I usually spruce it up and keep it down
- Tuesday – Thursday are bun days
It simply takes too much time for me to wash and style it any more than that right now and it's so hot out that it's more comfortable for me to wear it up anyways.
In addition to taking up too much time, washing your hair everyday isn't good for it as frequent shampooing strips off the natural oils and dries our hair and scalps out. I have dry skin and coarse hair already which, according to this Business Insider article, means I should only wash my hair once or twice a week anyways.
That being said, I certainly don't enjoy the greasy look and feeling that can come the second day after washing. This is where a good dry shampoo is most helpful. It absorbs oil, getting rid of greasy roots and it adds texture making your hair hold styles better and retain it's volume.
Not all dry shampoos are created equal though and many are not good for you or the Earth. The kinds that come in aerosol cans are usually made with isobutane and propane which can affect your breathing. The cans aren't recyclable in your normal recycle bin and have to be dropped off at a "hazardous waste" location.
Seeking to use a natural product with recyclable packaging, I bought one by a local company that works but also makes me feel like I have sand in my hair. The grains are way too big and I can't wait until it runs out and can try one of these that I've found. They all have great reviews, eco-friendly packaging and are completely natural.
1. Bergamot Hair Powder | Alder New York | Brooklyn
Last week, I talked about Alder's Natural Beeswax Pomade and I was so excited to find that they make dry shampoos or "hair powders" as well! The founders, David and Nina are both designers and you can tell by their simple and striking package designs. The "Bergamot" scent is particularly intriguing to me but they have a variety to choose from. This one has great reviews on Birchbox from both ladies and gentlemen with different cuts and colors. For application, it is recommended to sprinkle a bit in your palm and then rub through your roots.
2. Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo | Fat & the Moon | California
This one by Fat and the Moon, sounds divine as it is made out of cocoa powder and lavender essential oil. The maker, Rachel, says that the light brown color works with all hair types and doesn't dull the color of your hair like some can. What I love about her products is that they are made with organic and locally-grown ingredients. This adds to the sustainability as it cuts down on the fuel consumed and emissions released during the transportation of the ingredients to the place of production. Rachel is also intentional about using recyclable packaging and I love her hand-drawn label designs!
3. Lavender Dry Shampoo | Miss Violet Lace | Dundas, Minnesota
I really like the super simple package design on this one and how it will go with most clean bathroom decor. The jar still adds a bit of old-world-apothecary charm and is recyclable. This one is lavender scented as well and has a hint of vanilla cream!
4. Organic Cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a Vintage Container
Another eco-friendly dry shampoo option that Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home uses is organic cornstarch that she buys in bulk. You can find it at most health food stores as well as organic arrowroot powder that can be used as a hair powder too! If it works well for you, it can cut down on packaging a lot as you can get so much in one bag. If you don't have a store with a bulk section near you, buying a large bag from the baking section of the grocery store will work too. You can use a refillable shaker like this mid-century one from Kibster or if you prefer to apply it with a brush, you can store it in a vintage tin or jar. I think this Parisian face powder tin would be perfect!
Shoot me a note with your thoughts and ideas! Have you tried any of these? What has or hasn't worked for you? Can I help you come up with a solution to any challenges you have with living a simple and sustainable life?
Credits: first image is by Smokethis, all others belong to their respective companies