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The Sustainable Hair Care Edit

REV's Sustainable Hair Care Edit

No Plastic, No Nasties - Just Gorgeous, Natural Hair

From the silicone in your shampoo to the dozens of clips that hold your bangs in place…your hair puts up with a hell of a lot of plastic on a daily basis.  Read on to find out why this maybe isn’t such a great thing and what the alternative options are…

For Washing...

Never Junk. Only Good Stuff‘ is the motto that inspired Under Your Skin, the label that wants us all to stop unnecessarily massaging silicone aka the hair’s biggest frenemy into our scalps. Whilst we can thank this polymer-based chemical for blessing our strands with a desirable sheen, this is a small reward in return for a build up of heavy residue, hence the two-day window that sees your silky locks lose their bounce to a layer of grease.

Under Your Skin
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We’ve been conditioned (no pun intended) to turn back to the culprits of our limp roots and ends in attempt to save them with yet more artificial gloss.  But why should we when we can turn to plants instead? Under Your Skin’s shampoos and conditioners are enriched with Japanese yuzu and powerful stem cell extract from milk thistle, creating formulas designed to ‘cleanse, nourish and boost’ your tresses in the most natural way possible, leaving behind an authentic, weightless shine and a fresh citrus scent. Their sugarcane bottles even biodegrade in a mere six months, beating the conventional counterparts by hundreds of years…because the earth deserves a break from plastic just as much as your hair does!

For Brushing...

Glasshouse
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As well as looking much chicer on your bedside table, these artisanal brushes by Glasshouse promise to be gentler on tangles than most nylon spiked paddles, thanks to their wooden pins designed to glide from root to tip, leaving no static frizz or flyaways in their tracks.  The pins are heat-treated to prevent water absorption, meaning each stroke helps distribute and lock in sebum; the scalp’s naturally occurring enhancer of sleekness, rather than sweeping it away.  Finer hair types are equally well served with wild boar bristled variations that allow for soft, tug-free combing.  Glasshouse take pride in their environmental commitment; holding an FSC certification that ensures conservation of the world’s forests is always prioritised in their practices.

For Ponytails...

Arkitaip
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…and wrists. It’s every minimalist’s must-have and the REV team’s favourite alternative to twangy elastic bands. We’re of course talking about the humble scrunchy, which has made a comeback in stonewashed linen, all thanks to Arkitaip.  This Austrian born, London-based label take zero-waste production to the next level by transforming their off-cuts into stylish versions of the accessories that make us all nostalgic for our schooldays.  Well, kind of.  On an even more eco-note, approximately 15 million synthetic hair elastics are purchased every single day in the United States. It would be great if they biodegraded as easily as they disappeared, but seeing as the reality is about 10 minutes versus 500 years, we’re happy to swap them for these softer, sustainable alternatives that are also much less likely to damage our hair.

For Shine...

By Sarah Hair Oil
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If your hair feels dry, brittle, damaged…or all of the above, then there’s a good chance it’s crying out for some vitamin E.  Found in the majority of hair oils; E’s antioxidant qualities help promote blood circulation, keeping your follicles healthy and shiny.  If this magical ingredient claims to be a key part of every oil and serum you own but you’re yet to notice its benefits, this could be down to the addition of synthetics. Many hair products are designed to deliver fast results, meaning that restoring properties of natural ingredients are sometimes compromised by quick-fix properties of chemicals that end in ‘cone, ‘ben and ‘late.  Make sure you’re giving your strands the longterm nourishment they need by opting for a plant-based oil, like this one by nothing-to-hide label By Sarah London, which contains a bespoke blend of certified-organic Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and of course Vitamin E. A little goes a long way.

For Fragrance...

La Brûmée
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Want your weekday hair to smell a little less like the underground and a little more like a garden somewhere in Provence? Well, we may just have you covered. Designed for ‘the modern city woman’, La Brûmée’s vegan, cruelty-free mists are what we’ll be spritzing through our roots between washes this summer. Choose from three evocative scents; each achieved using nothing more than water, denatured alcohol and extracts of wild flowers native to the South of France.  Say merci later.

For Up-Dos...

Saya Designs
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Gone are the days of turning to plastic clips and grips for anything more complicated than a ponytail, for we can now turn to recycled teak and tamarind, courtesy of SAYA Designs. Hand carved by Balinese artisans using wood salvaged from harvested plantations; these smooth, modernist slides add charm and character to every bun, plait and twist.  Each one is sanded down to the finest grain and coated in waxes and natural oils to preserve the health of your strands and allow for smooth styling whatever your hair type or texture (see here for a full demo).  Committed to conservation; SAYA ensure that each hairpin gives back to the environment it came from, putting up to ten endangered tree species in its place within rainforests across Indonesia. Happy planting!