{eco beauty picks} the cure: better hair days straight ahead

Friday, March 6, 2015

over the years i've tried eco shampoos that are magical {tis true i've actually texted gal pals to say "i'm having a goooood hair day!"}, and other shampoos that prompt less jolly messages {"i can't stop scratching my head"}.

after routing out products that have given me days of country-star hair {think big: so much volume, it was distracting to coworkers whose wandering eyes pointed heavenwards towards my curious new coiffe} or limp hair, so lifeless, well, let's just say they were hair-up days, i've finally found the one. actually, i found six. lucky girl that i am.

here's a roundup of natural + nourishing hair care brands that are truly shine enhancing + gentle enough for everyday use: they're all eco-friendly + all cruelty-free. and this keeps my locks healthy + happy. oh, and if you have sensitive skin like me, look no further:

now let's open up some bubbly {shampoo suds, that is}:
1/ acure organics moroccan argan oil shampoo this is my numero uno. this shampoo is at the top of my list for several reasons: show me an organic + fair trade product and you have my attention. but as the folks at acure like to say, "it also has to work." does it perform? indeed it does. their shampoo + conditioner have earned a permanent place in my bath + beauty routine. acure strengthens follicles + illuminates dull hair, and i can't get enough of this scent. organic + fair trade certified. if you're looking for a dry shampoo or leave-in conditioner, their products are tops. made in the usa.

2/ john masters organics lavender rosemary shampoo: the shampoo is light + super hydrating and the conditioner adds shine without adding weight. this cleanser smells heavenly {actually i think god would let me through the pearly gates just for the aromatic scent of my hair alone}. 17 organic + wild-crafted ingredients, 1 fab mission. a sustainable brand after my own heart. made in the usa.  

3/ avalon organics rosemary shampoo: good hair days start here. this cleanser vies for position as numero uno. a plant-derived cleanser with an invigorating scent; it doesn't strip away natural oils, but gets hair good and clean. the conditioner works like a charm, but a light hand is necessary to avoid weighing down your tresses. 70% of ingredients listed are organic. made in the usa.

4/ collective wellbeing citrus orchard shampoo: argan oil, ladies + gents. get some. good for the face, body + hair. this cleanser contains fair trade, organic argan oil + aloe vera, and it smells yummy. this product delivers as promised: it's both a delicate cleanser + a powerful revitalizer, strengthening weakened hair strands. conditioner restores natural luster; a little dab will do ya. made in the usa.  

5/ intelligent nutrients harmonic shampoo: i love everything about this brand and what it represents. the antioxidant-rich, lightweight shampoo smells divine {fresh + minty} and adds a little shine before you ever get to the conditioner. founder horst m. rechelbacher, a commited activist + environmentalist believed in using only safe, pure ingredients in bath + beauty products {he was the founder of aveda, but left to create an even purer product. yep, you read that right}. nontoxic + organic. made in the usa.

6/  morocco method int'l sea essence shampoo: this is a special one. a mud mask masquerading as a hair cleanserit smells like someone packed the whole sea into this bottle, including sand + sun {note: like sand, the scent kind of sticks for a while}. the texture is rare + pudding-like, akin to a mud mask, which really + truly revitalizes limp locks. it is super concentrated {it says so right there on the bottle} so go easy. that's more bang for your buck. everything that could be good for your locks is packed into this little bottle including some snazzy ingredients like kelp, spirulina, algae, and marine proteins. ingredients are not listed as organic. made in the usa.

{bonus} a bar shampoo!
j.r. ligget's bar original formula shampoo: i admit, i was skeptical. i mean, really skeptical of a bar shampoo. there was that camping trip where i'd forgotten my shampoo + decided to use my soap bar instead. the result was disastrous: cotton candy hair for days. but this bar came highly recommended by a fashionista on no more dirty looks, and i admit i was impressed by the idea of a no-bottle shampoo. so i hopped on over to whole foods and picked up a bar. it works. it truly does. natural ingredients, but not organic. made in the usa.

i rotate these hair care products on a regular basis throughout the seasons: a green arsenal of hydrating shampoos that are great for soft, shiny tresses and for all hair types + all seasons.

{eco note: our skin + scalp are an integral part of our immune system, so it's important to care for it. here's an easy peasy guide of ingredients to avoid in bath + beauty products. steer clear of these personal care culprits, my friends: sulfatesparabens, phthalates + synthetic fragrances}

{artwork by f+d | photography by wendy santeliz}

2 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for this! I use Avalon organics conditioner and John Master's leave-in conditioning spray. But I'm excited to try some of the others, especially the bar shampoo. Do you have a favorite?

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  2. love to share, especially when it comes to eco products that truly work! i'd have to say john masters organics is my fave in terms of performance and i'm truly over the moon about their scents: if only i could pick it up at a local store, then it would've scooted right on up to the top of my list as number one. fyi: you can find the bar soap at whole foods!

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