zero waste shampoo + conditioner for shampoo bar haters

When I first heard about zero waste living about two years ago, I tried many zero wasters beloved shampoo bar.

My first one was from Lush. It was supposedly their best shampoo, that suds up well and conditioned your hair without needing a conditioner.

A minimalists dream! Right?

Wwweelllll it didn’t work too great for me. I had a pixie hair cut at the time, so there wasn’t much hair to shampoo, but it still left a grimy film on my hair.

My mop looked pitiful.

From there I tried a bunch of other ones, but they all left my hair feeling about the same way.

Until I heard about Plaine Products.

Plaine Products shampoo and conditioner come in aluminum containers that the company will refill for you.

You can get set up on a subscription plan where every few months a new bottle of shampoo and conditioner will come in the mail.

Send back your empty containers and keep your pumps (they’re plastic — but you only have to buy them once and can keep using them).

I’ve had my two big bottles since March (7 months ago) and I just am finishing off my shampoo and and I have half a bottle of conditioner left.

For the shampoo and conditioner, which is about $55 altogether, and lasts well over 6 months, that’s about $4 of shampoo and $4 of conditioner per month.

And the products are ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”ฅ. Everything is biodegradable, meaning it’s not toxic when it goes down the drain and ends up in the ocean, and is good for color treated hair (sulfate free) and smells amazing. It’s a win, fam!

// I don’t wash my hair everyday, or even every other day. I usually wash my hair 2-3 times a week b/c I find my hair is healthiest that way (washing your hair everyday isn’t good for it, just ask any hair stylist) and it’s easier to style with a little more grit from dry shampoo. \\

Lemme be real, fam.

I’m a tough critic when it comes to beauty products. Before lowering my waste, I bought top notch makeup, face wash and hair products.

I worked in the beauty industry (salon/spa front desk manager) for nearly five years. I considered going into cosmetology many times in my life.

A lot of zero waste bloggers I see usually say the same thing: “I never really took care of my skin before going zero waste.”

Boo boo… that’s not me.

I’m suuuper particular about what goes on my skin and I’m not about to give up confidence by switching to plastic-free or plastic-reduced products.

With that said, this shampoo is the best zero waste alternative on the market. No doubt.

Does my hair feel as silky and fresh as it does with Tresemme or my favorite salon brand? No.

But it’s pretty freakin close. (And without the toxic stuff!)

The key with this shampoo (at least for me!) is using enough of it.

I’ve got relatively fine hair but a lot of it.

If I just shampoo it like I would with Herbal Essences, the hair at the nape of my neck feels filmy.

Here’s what I do and it works like a charm: shampoo the top portion of your hair and then the bottom portion.

Split your hair in two sections (upper and lower). Wet your hair. Take a few pumps of shampoo into your hand and massage it well into one section of your hair. Let it sit. Take a few more pumps and do the same with the second section.

Wash it out. Apply conditioner like you normally would.

Maybe that technique doesn’t work for everybody, but it does the job for me and my hair looks and feels clean — film free.

If you’re worried about investing in Plaine Products, try their travel size first — that’s what I did. And if you hate it, you’ve got some cute, sustainable travel containers for another shampoo of your choice. ๐Ÿ™‚