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Guide to Plastic-Free Conditioner

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I’ve been on the hunt for some plastic-free conditioner that doesn’t dry out my hair.  I’ve been using solid conditioner bars since the start of this year, but over the long run, I noticed my long-ish hair becoming dry and prone to breakage.  A problem I’ve never suffered from before.  

I tried using an apple cider rinse, which I categorically did not enjoy.  I didn’t feel that it worked for me, and don’t even ask me about the smell.  All I’ll say is that perhaps my hair is more porous than most…

Although solid conditioner bars are easily accessible, and the default zero-waste option, I wanted to see what plastic-free conditioner options were out there that aren’t solid bars.  As sharing is caring, I thought I’d share the fruits of my plastic-free conditioner research with you lovely lot.  Don’t say I’m not good to you!  

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Clockwise from top left

Lavender + Rose Geranium Hair Conditioner

This preservative and silicone free lavender and rose geranium hair conditioner from Wild Sage & Co is infused with broccoli seed oil (yes, broccoli) for naturally shiny and silky smooth hair.  Priced at £20 for 175 ml, it does cost a pretty penny, but apparently you don’t need to use as much as you would with regular conditioner. 

Packaged in: a glass bottle and metal lid.

Bentonite Clay Conditioner  

This bentonite clay conditioner* is by Afro Bob Tro.  Priced between £9.50 and £18, it’s pH balanced to suit afro hair. 

This plastic-free conditioner contains no preservatives, colours, silicones, sulphates, mineral oils or parabens.  Packed full of natural ingredients, such as shea, argan, grapeseed, hemp, olive, and coconut oils, selected for their conditioning properties, and pro-vitamin B5, panthenol and wheat protein for strength and shine. 

Packaged in: glass jar with metal lid

Argan Oil

This fairtrade and certified organic Argan Oil from Conscious Skincare* costs from £12 and can be used in place of conditioner.  Simply add a few drops to your hair before washing to use as a deep conditioner, or rub a drop or two into the ends of your hair – Argan Oil is easily absorbed into your hair, and helps to boost shine and condition even if your hair is dry.  It also has hair strengthening properties and assists in detangling.

Packaged in: metal bottle with metal lid

Herbal Hare Conditioner

This jar of conditioner* from Trawden Soap Kitchen is cruelty-free, paraben free, silicone free, and vegan-friendly., it contains no artificial fragrances or colourants.  Prices range from £6 to £11.50, and you can choose between a herbal or citrus scent. Shampoos and an intensive conditioning mask are also available, in the same plastic-free packaging.

Packaged in: glass jar with metal lid.

I’m going to give the Herbal Hare one a go first and will report back on my findings!  In the meantime, I’ve written a couple of guides to plastic-free toiletries.  Check out this plastic-free bathroom post and this post for more inspiration!

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

How to Make a Cushion from a Jumper

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how to make a cushion from a jumper
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I love a bit of upcycling.  Not being the craftiest person on the block, upcycling old clothes always stumps me a little bit, so thankfully today, the lovely Juliet Bawden from the blog Creative Colour is here to teach us how to make a cushion from a jumper. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to be too crafty to be able to turn your old jumper into a cosy cushion.  All you need is some very basic sewing skills – you don’t even need to have a sewing machine!  

You Will Need

1 Sweater
Sewing machine (optional)
Thread
Scissors
Seam ripper*
Tapestry needle* and wool
Clothes Shaver* (optional)

Instructions

1. Wash and dry your jumper, and if it’s particularly bobbly, use the clothes shaver on it to remove the bobbles.

2.  Using the seam un-picker, open up the side seams, as in the photo below.

3.  Cut two rectangles from the front and the back of the sweater, and with the two right sides facing, pin together so that when pinned together the sweater is now inside out.

4.  Using a 1 cm seam allowance, sew the rectangles together around 3 of the sides.  Leave what was the bottom of the sweater open, as the welt (the bottom of the sweater) will have a neat un-frayed edge.  For the sewing, if you are not using a sewing machine, then I would recommend using a back stitch to give more durability.

5.  Turn the cover inside out, so that it is now the right way up.  Insert the cushion pad, and close with an oversew stitch, and you’re done!

6.  Cosy up on the sofa with a cup of tea, and a good book.

I am going to be trying this for sure!  I have a lovely jumper that my youngest daughter has almost grown out of.  My eldest wore the same jumper too, and I’m really loathed to part with it, so I think would make a brilliant cushion when it no longer fits.

Any more upcycling tips?  Let me know!

ps: if you liked this post then you might like this post on no sew clothing DIYs, and this one!