These natural hair styling products are much gentler on your hair, as well as the planet. To start, treat hair gently when wet and use a biodegradable bamboo comb with gentle teeth. Then either leave hair to dry naturally, or style/brush with a plastic-free bamboo hairbrush (this has round ball bamboo tips that are comfortable against your scalp, and the brush is also easy to clean). Also see the post on plastic-free hair ties.
Moo & Yoo (Scotland) offers more natural hairspray: including Sea Salt Spray and Volumising Spray. These do have some scent so are not the most natural, but at present, about as good as you can get. Recycle plastic bottles with household waste.
The brush will enhance blood circulation and spread natural oils through your hair. You can also personalise it with up to 15 characters if wished. Sent in a cardboard box. Or choose a square or oval brush.
Let your hair dry naturally if possible. This may not be possible depending on your hairstyle. But if the weather’s warm and your hair falls into place, then letting it dry naturally is best. Microfiber towels that soak up water sound good, but when washed, they deposit microplastics in the machine, and these go into the sea. So stick to a normal cotton towel.
You could use VOLO GO that instead of ‘toasting your hair’ with convection heat, dries hair akin to like drying hair in the sun. Grundig QuietDry Hair Dryer is a quality hair dryer with a 2-year guarantee, and includes styling nozzles and a diffuser. It has a cool shot function and is very quiet, so won’t disturb anyone who is sleeping.
Hairspray makes hair brittle, and the particles can go into your mouth and the surrounding air, due to the mist being so fine. Constant use can lead to your hair thinning or falling out, along with eczema and similar skin conditions. To be truthful, you’re going to find it hard to find a totally natural hairspray commercially. But if you have the kind of hairstyle that requires it, then here are some of the best: The beauty alchemist over at Hello Glow has a recipe for DIY Coconut Oil Hair Spray using rosemary oil (not for high blood pressure) which can stimulate hair growth.
Rugged Nature Natural Hair Clay (made in Birmingham) is made with kaolin and shea butter, with cedarwood, lemongrass or sandalwood). No Gunk Styling Clay is made with Moroccan Lava clay ( the styling wax is not vegan-friendly).