Recycled Bride: Bridal Hair Dos and Don'ts

By Azure Nelson, Published May 17, 2010

About Recycled Bride Green 'n clean hair products for lovely wedding-day locks A few weeks ago, we talked about the best eco-friendly makeup to get you bridal beautiful. But we can't leave your tresses in distress! Like your skin, your hair should be cared for with natural, sustainable products for several months before your big day in order to ensure the most gorgeous, shiny, healthy wedding hair possible. But before I tell you about the best-kept secrets in natural haircare, let's take a look at some hair-don'ts. There are tons of synthetic ingredients used in shampoos and styling products that can be harmful to people and the planet. The most common ones to look out for are Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Diethanolamin, Dioxane (found in ingredients with the terms “PEG”, “-xynol”, “ceteareth” “oleth” and many other “eth” ingredients), Phthalates, and Parabens (including methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, or isobutyl). Some of these are used as foaming agents to increase lather, while others act as fragrances, solvents, or preservatives. Manufacturers use them because they're inexpensive solutions for making products last longer, or feel or smell the way they prefer. But none of these chemicals are necessary to cleanse, condition, or style. They don't help your hair get healthier, and they can actually damage your tresses and your health, so it's best to avoid 'em if you can. Here are some great, affordable alternatives (and I use every one of these myself!) 1. Live Clean recently started selling a line of hair care products that use Argan Oil, which is my current eco-beauty obsession. Argan Oil is a natural oil cold-pressed from Argan tree nuts harvested by women's cooperatives in Morocco. Argan Oil is high in Vitamin E and antioxidants, making it a natural conditioner that restores the health and shine of your hair. Use the Exotic Nectar Smooth and Shine cream to protect and strengthen hair while styling, and to smooth and define your wedding day 'do. 2. Avalon Organics - Formulated without parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances or artificial colors, Avalon's products are made with long-term sustainability in mind. Even better, they're available at just about every Whole Foods and health store, and are reasonably priced (about the same as conventional hair care products). I use their Grapefruit Geranium shampoo and conditioner, but if you're looking to strengthen and add volume to your hair, try the Biotin B-Complex Strengthening Shampoo, which is enriched with biotin, saw palmetto, and wheat protein to help fortify thinning or lackluster hair. 3. David Babaii for WildAid - Started by celebrity hair stylist David Babaii in collaboration with actress Kate Hudson and WildAid, an organization committed to reversing the devastation of our planet's wildlife, David Babaii is a product with a serious planet-saving pedigree. Their renewable ingredients include Cupuacu butter from the South American Amazon, nutrient rich super volumizing volcanic ash from the Vanuatu islands of the South Pacific, Blue Algae, and Polynesian White Ginger (to name but a few). All products are free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, and animal products. And of course, free from all animal testing. And did I mention they are super inexpensive as well? Try their Fibers Molding Paste for serious all-night updo hold, or the Bohemian Beach Spray for a laid-back destination wedding hairstyle. Helpful Links: Green Wedding Ideas Wedding Hairstyles Bridal Beauty Inspiration

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