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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!

October 2019 update: I’ve been using this oil for many months now to condition my hair, and I am really loving it. I apply around 3 drops to damp hair, which I then comb through and it does the trick. It also smells like chocolate orange, which is no bad thing!

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Ten Things

Hello!  Keeping it brief this week!  I had website problems yesterday which took a lot of time, and eventually money to resolve, which was fun.  Back to normal now though!

This week’s links:

1 One of the biggest stories of the week is that Iceland, the supermarket, has been blocked from showing their Christmas advert on UK TV.  The advert, showing the destruction of the orangutan’s rainforest habitat to make space for palm oil plantations, has been blocked by Clearcast over accusations it is ‘too political’.  The supermarket was hoping to showcase its decision to stop using palm oil in its products while raising awareness of the controversial commodity’s environmental impacts.  Where the politics is in this is beyond me, and this tweet summed it all up for me.

2.  In very positive news, more UK electricity was produced by wind and solar sources last year than by nuclear power stations, for the first time.  As a result, greenhouse gas emissions also reduced by 3%.  Go go renewables!

3.  David Attenborough is voicing a Netflix’s Our Planet series – about the beauty and fragility of our natural world.  Controversially though, George Monbiot has said that David Attenborough has betrayed the natural world by deliberately downplaying our impact on nature.  What do you think?

4.  Let’s all move to Finland!

5.  This year’s word of the year was a surprise, competing against words like ‘Gammon’ and ‘Floss’.  Change is a-coming! 

6.  I want to read this book*, but it doesn’t seem to be widely available in the UK.  Looks like I might have to get with the 21st century and try it on Kindle. 

7.  Hallowe’en might have passed, but did you know that two ‘ghost moons’ were discovered orbiting the earth?  Fascinating!

8.  I’m hugely into the idea of re-wilding lynx and wolves and other such animals into their native landscapes, but not everyone, including farmers, has met the idea with the same enthusiasm.  These moves to help farmers get on board with re-wilding are a huge step forward.  

9.  Planning on going vegan?  Turns out there’s an app for that!

10.  Finally, to celebrate the launch of Steamer Trading’s new Reuse and Reduce category, I am hosting a really amazing giveaway over on Instagram.  One lucky person will win a huge zero-waste kit, packed full of fantastic reusables to help you cut your plastic waste.  Moral Fibres readers can also take 10% off along with free delivery at Steamer Trading with the code: WENDY10.  You’ve got until Tuesday to enter!

See you soon!