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4 Sustainable Hair Care Products You Should Invest In


Being eco-conscious all the time is like making your straight hair look good when it’s raining - tough! But you shouldn’t get grey hair from plastic packaging. That’s why eco-friendly hair care brands like Washla are coming to the rescue. In this article, we’ll reveal how you can look after your hair while being kinder to the planet and saving money in the long run. How? Brush everything else aside and focus on the following 4 sustainable hair care products.

1. Shampoo Bars

Washing our hair is a sensory experience. The warmth of the water, the lather of the shampoo, the fragrance of the conditioner. Yet, liquid shampoos are not a pleasant experience for our planet. According to some estimates, 520 million plastic bottles of shampoo are thrown away in the UK alone. But why are shampoo bars better for the environment and your wallet?

Shampoo bars are like regular shampoos but in a solid form. They generally contain eco-friendly shampoo ingredients and are just as effective as any other liquid shampoo you see on the shelves of your local supermarket. Besides coming in a plastic-free packaging, shampoo bars are way more concentrated than bottled products. This means they'll outlast your traditional liquid shampoo, thus being a greener and cheaper alternative. In fact, a single shampoo bar can provide you with the same amount of wash as up to three standard bottles.

shampoo bars

Shampoo bars

Shampoo bars have been gaining popularity over the last few years and you can easily find some great options in most supermarkets, eco-stores, and pharmacies. It's important to ensure you buy a shampoo bar rather than a soap bar. Shampoo bars are formulated to have the same pH level as your hair and scalp. Instead, soap bars tend to have an alkali (i.e., high) pH that can be harsh on your hair and skin.

If you prefer shopping online, you’ll find plenty of fantastic shampoo bar options on our website. We source our ingredients within the UK and scent our bars with natural essential oils instead of synthetic perfumes. Plus, Washla’s shampoo bars are vegan-friendly and come in a plastic-free packaging.

One of our most popular shampoo bars is the Tea Tree one. This is made from natural tea tree oil, that provides numerous benefits, and is coloured with activated charcoal for an extra cleaning boost.

2. Conditioner Bars

Yup, you guessed it! Just like shampoo, you can also get a zero-waste conditioner. No water, no plastic, just a solid bar of hair conditioning.

Conditioner bars are an eco-friendly and affordable treat for your hair. These little bars are packed with vital moisturising ingredients to counter any washing-driven hydration loss. Typically made with natural ingredients such as shea butter, almond, or coconut oil, conditioner bars are designed to nourish and soften your hair. In addition, a good dose of Pro Vitamin B5 will let you retain moisture over time.

Conditioner bars

Conditioner bars

Washla has got you covered & hydrated when it comes to conditioner bars too! And the juicy part? Our conditioner bars are made with all-natural essential oils and come in a circular packaging. So, you can condition your hair while reducing your plastic pollution.

3. Bamboo hair brushes

It’s not just about eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars. You need to think about hair brushing too. So, are bamboo hair brushes any good? Sure! They’ve been our go-to brushing tool for a while now and we're happy to report that they're just as effective as the average plastic ones. These days, you can find bamboo brushes in all shapes and sizes and they're widely available at eco-stores and even some supermarkets.

Unlike plastic, bamboo is a biodegradable material. Plus, being harvested from a fast-growing plant, bamboo is considered to be a renewable source.. But is a bamboo brush better for your hair too? Being sturdy and lightweight, bamboo brushes are perfect for detangling your hair.

Bamboo hair brush

Bamboo hair brush

However, keep in mind that most bamboo brushes are imported from overseas, which means they will have a high transportation-related carbon footprint. That being said, the carbon emissions of bamboo brushes are still lower than those of their plastic peers.

4. Biodegradable hair bands

I dare you not to have seen at least a hair band on the floor while strolling around. Although we don't intentionally drop them, hair bands are prone to being misplaced or lost. Unfortunately, most of them are made of synthetic materials such as Nylon or Polyester. In other words, plastic! Besides implying a carbon-intensive production, plastic-based hair bands can take hundreds of years to decompose.

To comb-at this environmentally damaging trend you could switch to biodegradable hair bands, like those made from wood or plant pulp. Unlike their plastic counterparts, these hair bands will break down naturally in the environment within a few months and their production is more climate-friendly.

Biodegradable hair band

Biodegradable hair band

While being more sustainable, biodegradable hair bands are just as fashionable as traditional ones. You can easily find them in most supermarkets and online stores.


Here you are! Investing in more sustainable shampoo & conditioner bars, hair brushes, and bands, you’ll significantly cut your environmental impact. Washla can help you choose the sustainable hair care products that best fit your needs. Together, we can grow our sustainability one hair at a time.


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