A Capsule Approach to Eco-Beauty: Holiday Gift Ideas, Hair Edition

december 10, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: hair care

So if you know me in any capacity (online or IRL) you know my hair is…challenging. It’s just not wash and wear hair, so to look good/decent requires effort. The following are my true essentials that I really couldn’t live without – and goes without saying, I think any would make nice gifts solo or combined. I’ve actually given the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray as a gift several times and it’s always a hit.

As per usual, keep in mind these recs come from my personal experience dealing with my hair type – which is medium/fine, tendency to frizz, normal to oily scalp and sometimes dry ends. For reference, I wash my hair every 2-3 days, wearing it down in loose waves the first day, sometimes down the second day depending how it looks (usually with the front pinned back), and then the third day is usually a top knot or low bun. I also sleep on a silk pillowcase which I think has really helped the overall condition of my hair (and skin) and lately I’ve been sleeping with my hair in a loose braid which also helps extend my styles and reduce odd matting and cowlicks and all that annoyingness. My hair holds a style quite easily so this translates to my hair looking HOT MESS EXPRESS most morning. Ah, women and their hair. A complicated relationship.

1. Wonderseed Shampoo + Conditioner: The closest thing I have to a holy grail eco-shampoo and conditioner. These work SO well for me – cleansing thoroughly but retaining texture, and very cleanly formulated. I purchase mine off Amazon for very reasonable prices.


[yep, the conditioner is definitely disgustingly dirty from sitting in my shower/feel free to judge me]

2. Intelligent Nutrients Leave-In Conditioner + Hairspray: Other people might find these nothing special – and to be sure they’re really nothing on par with conventional styling products. But for some reason these have just been my ride-or-die daily hair styling aids since I started changing my products over to eco-choices 4/5 years ago. They smell like Aveda products on steroids and I just enjoy them, and have repurchased over and over.


3. Fig + Yarrow Scalp Tonic: I think everyone should strive to do weekly/bi-weekly scalp/hair treatments – even with something like coconut oil. Oiling the scalp is an ayurvedic practice that is meant to nourishing hair follicles and stimulate healthy hair growth (along with like one thousand other physical/mental/emotional/spiritual benefits). I like having a special hair treatment oil infused with extracts and such, and I really do enjoy this one from Fig + Yarrow. Smells AMAZING and if you don’t swoon over the apothecary-esque packaging and aesthetic than can we even be friends?


4. John Masters Organics Hair Pomade: Another arguably strange pick for an essential hair product, I’ve come to rely heavily on this hair pomade for smoothing over the ends of my hair when I want to do a top knot or any kind of bun/style. It gives my hair grip and helps the style stay in place, plus it’s nice aromatherapy and additional moisture to the ends. I feel like it helps protect the hair when it’s in a tighter style with hair elastics, which I don’t like to do too regularly but sometimes we all know it’s #bunanddone


5. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: Obviously not even CLOSE to an eco product BUT HELLO I THINK IT’S WORTH IT. Honestly…like it’s just so good. It does smell quite intense if you’re used to “natural” products but at least the scent is pleasant and oh-so-sexy. For medium to fine hair types I just think this product is a lifesaver and worth every.single.penny. It gives your hair piecey movement, texture, volume, a little grit, but like clean grit? I DON’T KNOW JUST PLEASE EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF. The end.


6. Widu Wooden Bristle Brush: I realized I had to include the one hair brush I use for everything – on wet hair, dry hair, styling…the only thing I don’t use it for is blow drying but I don’t tend to use a blush to blow dry, just fingers. Anyhow I purchased my Widu off Spirit Beauty Lounge maybe 4 years ago, and it was a solid investment. It has remained in perfect condition and I think a wooden bristle hair brush is just a good thing for your hair. In particular they’re supposed to be good for people with oily scalps and dry ends because they’re meant to help distribute natural oils and such. Like who knows, right, but I will say my hair condition improved so much from all my combined efforts of changing products, regulating my scalp, switching my brush to one of these, et cetera. I’m also VAGUELY curious about Mason Pearson but it would really be superfluous for me at this point, as the Widu is really all I need.