Hair Reviews

I Went Suds-Less With Hairstory’s New Wash, And It Was Rough (At First)

If you had told me six weeks ago that I would love my hair without conditioner, leave-in, or any form of hydrator, I would have laughed. Same goes with the suds – the feeling of fluffy, clean strands was my favorite hair day… which is exactly why Hairstory’s New Wash scared the sh*t out of me.

So much so, in fact, that I almost gave up and wrote a review that simply said “I couldn’t do it.”

How’d I even end up here? It’s a simple story.


I had done plenty of research on Hairstory before I reached out to the company. I loved that the brand was inclusive – hair is hair, here! I also adored the idea of using an affiliate link to connect hairdressers with clients in a COVID-19 world. 

When I pitched an idea of writing a story on the brand, their lovely contact, Hannah, came back with a question: how would I feel about speaking to Wes Sharpton, one of their hairstylists?

wes sharpton in b&w restin ghis face on his fist, small smile on his face as he stares at the camera

Unsure of what the profile would be like, but thrilled nevertheless, I prepared for my interview. The morning of, I ran to my mailbox, and there was a box filled with the Hairstory goods: their New Wash, Powder (dry shampoo), and Hair Balm (to add texture when air drying). 

I proudly showed the box off to Hannah and Wes on the call, both of whom smiled in reaction to the joy radiating from my side of the screen. I couldn’t wait to try it!

And then, for three weeks, I couldn’t wait to be done trying it. But trust me – the story changes quickly.

A “Cream Cleanser”

People are sick of the chemicals stripping their hair of natural oils (the feeling my oily scalped loved) and are becoming aware of what’s lurking in those plastic bottles. So, many methods, like no poo and co-washing, are growing exponentially in popularity.

Popular alternatives to chemical-filled shampoo include apple cider vinegar, mixes with olive oil and/or coconut milk, lemon juice, tea tree oil, clay, and water on its own. 

Another alternative: Hairstory’s New Wash. Though they claim it isn’t exactly a no poo, it ticks all of the requirements to be one. So, the cream cleansing New Wash revolution is blowing up.

Hairstory’s New Wash – The Full Story

Hairstory has a cult following thanks to their New Wash; in fact, it’s what truly put Hairstory on the map. 

New Wash cleans and conditions with essential oils and naturally-derived ingredients. Some of the essential oils include ylang-ylang and rose, while natural ingredients include aloe, lavender and matricaria flower extracts, and peppermint and jojoba seed oils. The combination results in a cleanser that doesn’t strip your locks or scalp of good oils, and it doesn’t deteriorate your scalp’s protective barrier. And we all know that a happy scalp = a healthy scalp!

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The most enticing part of New Wash to me: Hairstory’s claim that you don’t need to condition afterward. My hair is beyond damaged from years of at-home bleaching and dyeing (sorry @ all hairstylists reading this), so I need the most intense conditioner for at least three minutes in every. single. shower session. It’s the only thing that keeps my hair from looking like I fed the ends through a woodchipper. 

So, skipping the step that took up the most time? I was excited. And good-for-you ingredients that wouldn’t strip or break? I was sold immediately.

Sustainability-wise, one 8-oz. pouch – not plastic bottle, but pouch – covers both your shampoo and conditioner, and you can go longer between washes. In total, New Wash reduces your plastic use by an astounding 91%. It’s also biodegradable and safe to use in open water sources. Just keep in mind that the use of keratin – aka a protein derived from sheep’s wool – means it is not vegan.

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After my interview with Wes, which also happened to be day three without washing, I skipped to the shower and prepared to enter the cleanser cream lifestyle.

It was not what I expected.

My First Experience With Hairstory

First, Hairstory also includes a little scalp massager, so you can really work through the formula and then rinse it out thoroughly. I didn’t get it at first, until I opened up my bag and the cream came out thick. It wasn’t gel-like, like a mask or a face cream or shaving cream – it was hefty. But I’m as curious as a cat with a death wish (or nine), so I dutifully followed the instructions and worked it through my hair with the massager.

new wash from hairstory, tess is smiling behind it as she holds up the orange and white bag to the camera

No suds. Not even slight foaming. I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell that I had shampoo in my hair had I not put it in myself, because it rubbed into my strands so gloriously. When I was sure I’d scrubbed my scalp enough, I rinsed out with the massager, letting every drop of the shampoo wash out. I went to rub my scalp, expecting to feel your standard stripped hair.

Nope. None of that. My hair felt nice and… okay, kind of oily still.

I was baffled. Hadn’t I just washed it, and intensely at that? I knew there weren’t chemicals to strip the hair, but it was only then that I realized just how badly foaming shampoo strips your strands.

The best part, though? My hair was SOFT. It was MANAGEABLE. I didn’t have to use conditioner for my brush to go through my hair!!!! It was a goddamn miracle.

After drying out my hair to a damp level, I flipped my hair over, applied Hairstory’s Hair Balm for some texture, tousled my hair, and went about my day. I was feeling pretty good… until I caught a glimpse of my hair. It was oily, it was greasy, it was messy, it was not cute. I felt mortified, as my friend was mere minutes away. 

tess holding up the hair balm, a white and blue bottle

I quickly located Hairstory’s Powder. Instead of a spray, it came out as a puff of white powder. I massaged it into my roots… and it made it worse. I looked like a hot mess. (Thankfully, my friend knows and respects that I’m a beauty editor, so he did not find it off-putting when I answered the door and said “my hair is greasy as fuck” with a very greasy head.)

tess holding up the powder bottle, which is hairstory's dry shampoo

I assumed this was a fluke, and, if not, it probably would sort itself out in the next wash or two. 

I reported this to Tara, QUILL’s Content Writer. She texted back a link to an article and a follow-up text: “it takes six weeks.” 

Oh dear god. What did I get myself into?

Wes Taught Me To Be Honest, So…

I will spare you the details, but the first three weeks were miserable. And it was my own curiosity that landed me here.

As someone who sudsed up her entire life, switching to chemical-free shampoo was terrible. My hair constantly felt dirty, it never sat the right way, and the Powder just didn’t help. I cut out the Hair Balm, and though I lost texture, my hair at least felt a little less greasy – I guess it’s just my roots that get super oily, and if I don’t brush, I don’t have to worry about hydrating it as much.

Still, despite my discomfort, I liked my routine. The massage into and off of my head was nice, and I adored not having to take five minutes to stand around while my conditioner worked its magic. When was the last time I had used a shampoo that allowed me to skip conditioner? Not ever, that’s when.

It was week four when I appeared on Zoom with the QUILL team, yelling “look at my hair!” and shoving my roots into the camera for all to see. And what did they see?

A normal, non-oily, healthy scalp and roots. 

It was a frickin’ miracle.

I had outlasted the pain and was entering the other side of the anti-chemical lifestyle: the lifestyle in which you give up stripping your hair for that sense of cleanliness, and fall in love with keeping it healthy and hydrated with its natural oils instead.

My Final Thoughts On Hairstory’s Products

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So, here’s my Hairstory review: New Wash is the only shampoo I’ll be buying from now on, and I think I’ll be skipping the Hair Balm unless I desperately need texture. And the Powder? It’s great in a pinch, but it just didn’t help the build-up that accumulated on my head so quickly. This isn’t Hairstory’s fault, or a weakness in their product – it’s my own hair being finicky and adapting to a major change.

I have no doubt that my hair will continue to adapt as I enter the famous week six (Tara, I did it! I really did it!). I’m only halfway through my first 8-oz. bag, so while the price is somewhat steep for those used to drugstore prices, it’ll last you just as long – if not longer! – than your daily salon shampoo bottle. Aka, if you’re looking for cream cleanser that won’t kill your hair, Hairstory’s New Wash is about to become your long-term relationship.

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I want to take a quick paragraph to thank a VIP, too: Hannah, thank you for gifting me these lovely products. I am so honored, and I hope you like the article on Wes! Please know: you made that happen. You made a cream cleanser gal out of me, and you helped me to produce one of my favorite articles. You’re a miracle worker.

While it’s tempting to use my regular shampoo just to compare after all this time away, I know I never want to go through those first three weeks again. So, to Hairstory’s New Wash I will stick, and never stray. Hold me to that.

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Wes Sharpton & The Pursuit For Inner Peace

Hairstory’s Wes Sharpton doesn’t give me a chance to ask a question after I open with “Who are you?”

Instead, Sharpton launches into his full story. Who he is, how he got to Hairstory, the history of Hairstory, and where they are now.

It’s like he’s practiced telling this tale, the way it flows so naturally. I follow along easily, lost in his descriptors.

But I don’t laugh. No, I tear up multiple times instead throughout the hour-long journey.

When he gets to the end, he mumbles that he’s sorry for “blabbing” on. I tell him it’s fine; I only have two questions now, anyway. 

“Sure,” Sharpton says, nodding. I don’t know what he expects me to ask; maybe something about Hairstory, or a detail he left out. But it’s clearly not these two questions.

Have I piqued your curiosity? Good. Here’s Wes Sharpton’s story, from humble beginnings to Hairstory.


“My friends and I would always joke: I’m the original country queer. And that’s where my story started.” It’s a succinct intro, but Wes Sharpton makes it seem like the easy way to start the story.

Sharpton grew up in Oklahoma in the ‘90s, before he had the resources that we do now for the LGBTQ+ community – and when the state was extremely conservative regarding gay rights. “It was feeling like there weren’t enough of us in people’s homes yet to really like that I could feel…” He searches for the right word, eventually landing on: “safe.”

I quietly listen to him describe his strategies in school: taking different paths throughout hallways to get through class, never following the same one, because there was a lack of safety in familiarity. “I thought ‘if I am in this space and I keep doing the same thing every day, someone’s gonna notice my path to get to class and that’s gonna make me vulnerable to being beat up, or something like that.’” He shrugs. “It’s what you had to do to survive.”

b&w wes sharpton walking down the street, looking behind him at the camera

There was more strategy; making friends with those who could indirectly, unknowingly protect you. It helped Sharpton develop his “people smarts,” something he takes pride in.

“I think many people in my position had to get smart and quick! And we had to move in a way for survival, right? We had to be a little strategic for our own safety, like, ‘who do I need to align with to be protected?’”  I didn’t come out until 24; the thought of dodging and befriending solely for strategic reasons makes my stomach churn.

But Sharpton says it so casually, no shock factor attached to the words. As he says, “it sounds awful, but it was just the way that we had to navigate the world in that place, at that time.”

But through the media, Sharpton knew there was more out there for him, more than what conservative Oklahoma had to offer him. There was space for him. Space where he didn’t have to be strategic. 

“I just had an inkling in my mind: ‘there’s gotta be a place. There’s gotta be a place where not everything is like Oklahoma. I’m not gonna always have to change paths. I’m not always gonna have to switch gears. I can have a routine one day without fear.’”

A routine is something most youths take for granted through their adolescent lives. They wake up, quickly scarf down breakfast, go through the motions in school, and continue on to extracurriculars, or to do homework, or to visit friends, or to simply rest at home. And it happens every day. Rinse, wash, repeat. There is no strategy involved.

Sharpton did not have this luxury. But he did have those dreams of a better place.

“Growing up gay, poor, having learning disabilities… These are all challenges, but there is a gift in these obstacles: imagination,” he says, smiling. “The idea of seeing and training your mind to imagine something that isn’t quite there yet in reality is such a valuable gift.

“I could have a bigger vision of myself than others could, because I could imagine things that had not existed in the world yet, as we know them.”

He eventually made it out of Oklahoma. Here’s how.

After escaping school and its lack of consistency, Wes Sharpton gravitated toward fashion.  

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This is where I tear up for the first time.

“Can I be honest with you? Really honest,” he asks me. I say yes, of course, please.

“For me, my otherness was in the fashion world, which I believe I gravitated to because it wasn’t a place I belonged…” Sharpton pauses and looks at me.

“I never felt beautiful. I never felt pretty in my own skin. And I thought, if I can’t really have it myself, at least I can be a part of it. At least I could have a piece of something beautiful.”

My heart lurches to my throat. I swallow down the lump. Be professional, I tell myself. 

Sharpton continues on after telling me his secret about his experience at a “cheap” cosmetology school, where he learned the details of makeup and hair care. He had assumed he was going to be a makeup artist, but after being invited to a hair show – “which is really where people stand on a platform and cut hair” – he was drawn to the hair world.

“I thought, ‘dang, these people are cool…. Maybe there’s a space where I could do this.’ And then I started to cut hair. I ended up in New York, where I trained and worked at Bumble and bumble. for many years.” Goodbye, Oklahoma; hello, Big City.

However, the fashion world wasn’t what Sharpton expected. He was glad to have escaped his hometown and found his niche in cutting hair, but “a fashion set is not as amazing as people assume it is, there’s a lot of standing and waiting and then ‘go.’ There’s a lot of pressure.”

So, Sharpton leaned into hair cutting. He worked at salons for many years, perfecting his craft, therefore putting Sharpton on the map. But it was when his work made it into Vogue that he faced a major realization.

wes sharpton's hair cut in vogue magazine

“I thought, when I got into VOGUE, that I would be whole. And that would mean that I had made it and showed everybody and did the thing,” he says.

That’s understandable. Those who have felt othered, felt the doubt from those surrounding them… “making it” means you proved them wrong, that you are where you belong. But it was the opposite for Sharpton.

“I realized then that I needed to do some internal work, and that I’d need to align myself with things that I really loved and really believed in,” he tells me. “The press is interesting, right? It happens quick and it happens fast. I remember taking that moment and going, ‘okay, cool. This is great that this is going on in your life, but it won’t fix you.’”

He recalls doing an interview on what hair is best for your face shape; he felt “icky” after doing it, and he decided then and there that he would never tell someone how to be beautiful again. 

Instead, “I thought, ‘what if we stopped having these conversations about face shape? Why don’t you just come in and you tell me what you really love about yourself? Then I’m gonna focus on how I can bring attention to that.’”

So, when someone sits in his chair and complains about their face, he resets the conversation. He has the client tell him what their favorite feature is, and he highlights that instead. “You are not designed to hide. And I, as a hairdresser, am not designed to help you hide,” he says. “I’m not OK with the culture of criticism and having a ‘solution.’ I say, let’s blow that out of the water because this is a bunch of bullsh*t, and we don’t need to be participants in that.”

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He was thrilled to make this change, taking a stand to never speak about face shape again and then bringing it into his personal practice. But, he tells me, he was tired. As his career grew exponentially, he was also growing tired. 

He dreamt of simplifying his life, ending his story and “opening a juice bar on the beach.” Something that didn’t exhaust him so much.

“I was really leaning into a little bit of that fantasy of thinking, ‘it’s time to wrap this show up. Maybe it’s time to do something different,’” he recalls. “And then Hairstory came into my life, a brand that is fully supportive of the hairdressing community.”

Ah, there it is. Enter: Hairstory.

The hair world was facing a crisis: what was once so exclusive had become accessible. People were able to buy hair products online, if not for cheaper on Amazon. The hairdressing community took a hit financially as e-Commerce capabilities grew – those who relied on product sales and in-person sales were losing out to a fast-growing and fast-moving Internet. 

“As e-commerce grew, we were almost abandoned by haircare companies who had previously said they were ‘pro the hairdresser,’” Sharpton says. ‘Hairstory did something different that appealed to me because it supported hairdressers in a way no other brand had done.’

The idea came from Hairstory’s CEO, Eli Halliwell: providing hairdressers with affiliate links, therefore rebirthing exclusivity – just online, this time.

How Hairstory’s affiliate links work, in Sharpton’s words: “Hairdressers are rewarded for their client relationships – so much so that, after one affiliate sale, the customer remains connected to their Hairstory hairdresser for eternity, with the hairdresser rewarded ongoingly.

“Eli told me; ‘Your clients are always connected to you, and we will always pay you and we’re always gonna do that every time that they return. We will always honor sharing your education about these products with your clients.’”

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Sharpton was drawn to the concept, because “the one thing that energized me the most was a big idea.” On top of this, he felt that Halliwell was supporting the hairdressing community, which had been so brutally abandoned by others.

Part of the reason behind the abandonment: the misconception by so-called “pro-hairdresser” companies that claimed that hairdressers were poor at selling their products, or simply didn’t know “how to retail.” But Sharpton strongly disagrees.

“This isn’t true!” he emphasizes. “It’s that our entire business is built on trust. We’re intuitive at our job and we have a personal connection with our clients that doesn’t align with pushing for retail sales.”

So Sharpton’s response to Haillwell’s big idea? “I thought, ‘here is someone who’s bringing something new and fresh that also allows [hairdressers] to participate, respects our work, and allows us to be considered,’” Sharpton says of Halliwell. “And it was really [hairdressers] being considered, which was bigger to me than the idea of the link.

“I was also drawn to [Hairstory’s New Wash] in a space that’s historically always been the same, shampoo, conditioner, detangler… What reinvention could happen from there?” Sharpton tells me. The unique New Wash – which helped to blow up affiliate links and what Hairstory is best known for – is “an all-in-one hair cleanser that rivals shampoo.” (Note: I’ve been using it for the past six weeks, and my review comes out tomorrow.) 

hairstory's new wash

So, Sharpton didn’t give up his hair cutting and start a juice bar. His excitement kept him around. He’s still with Hairstory to this day – the exact reason we’re on Zoom right now, my mic muted.

… Until it’s my turn to ask the follow-up questions.

I only have two.

The questions aren’t easy, and I’m aware of it. They’re direct, thought of as he closes his story, his vulnerable journey from “original country queer” to world-renowned hairdresser. But I don’t feel like asking Wes Sharpton easy questions after this story – this “Hair”story, if you will.

“What is your definition of beautiful?” I ask point-blank.

“I think that is such a hard question,” he says. But he doesn’t shy away from the question; he thinks hard about it.

“I don’t know that I’ll ever be whole, right? I don’t know that I’ll ever have that ability to be able to maybe be like, this is beautiful because I don’t know that I’ve dismantled all of the messages that say what isn’t beautiful yet. So my job is to try and dismantle a little piece of that in hopes that other people down the road either have to do less dismantling or hopefully one day have to do zero dismantling.”

Zero dismantling sounds impossible right now, but Sharpton is determined to do the work. 

“I just wonder what the world would look like if people thought they were enough already as you came in,” he says. “I would hope that in the future, that we could have the idea that there could be a space for all of us.”

wes sharpton holding a camera and smiling at the camera in b&w

I reflect on how I’ve struggled to feel beautiful all my life, and how the internal struggle pops up every single day. Sharpton drops another piece of wisdom.

“I would love to give you a clean, pretty PR answer, but I don’t know that it would be, I don’t know that it would be the truth. I thought about this today and I thought, you know what? You always have a choice to be as honest as you want. And sometimes your honesty means that you have to be vulnerable about the way that you view yourself in the world and why maybe you’re motivated to change that for others.”

Then he apologizes. I tell him not to – QUILL doesn’t look for clean answers. We look for the raw, real, brilliant, honest, vulnerable truth. And that’s what he’s given me here.

It changes my next question, but it’s just as pointed, and I’m almost scared to ask it: “Do you think you’ll ever be enough?” It’s a personal question for myself as well, and I’m hoping Sharpton hasn’t run out of wisdom, because I desperately need it.

I could summarize what he says, but I’m going to give his full quote, because I teared up and nearly cried as he dove into it. I hope you enjoy it, too. I think it’s an appropriate close to the interview. Please take this to heart.

“I think it depends, right? I think, at the end of the day, I think that what we really want is just to be seen, because I think the idea of being seen means that you have value, and if you have value, then maybe someone could value you. And that is because when it comes down to it, you’d like to imagine for yourself that if you could be seen, that you could also be loved.
“We want the baseline. Like, you’re good, right? Like, you’re here, you exist. You deserve to exist. You can be recognized. We want that as a baseline and everything else, and as far as enoughness goes, maybe it’s just doing the work to unravel why we have tricked ourselves into believing that we’re not enough.
“Sometimes challenging yourself to be like, ‘what if I did this incrementally better?’ There’s never an end to mastery, right? There’s only just the journeys along the way. That’s the joy of the whole thing. And so in some spaces, I want to be enough, but I also want a healthy challenge to still be better.
“I think for me, enough will never be there because there’s always growth. As a community, we are sometimes a little harsh on ourselves, and I think we’ve got to remember to let people learn and grow. And we’ve got generations of experiences that are new, and queer people are learning. I didn’t have access to some of the things that are around today, so I didn’t have a language around some things. It’s cool that we can grow together.
“And I would say, just be gentle. Remember people are largely on your side. I think sometimes we get a little bickering amongst ourselves and we get overwhelmed by things outside of our group that we’re not addressing and that are not moving us forward. So I think that can be something that we have to be considerate of; to be kind to ourselves and let people learn.

“Let people grow.”

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Thank you to Wes Sharpton for the honest, real conversation. Follow Sharpton on Instagram and his site. You can also follow Hairstory on their site and Instagram.

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Mermaid Marissa: I Tried Three of Amika’s Hair Masks

“Try this,” read the note attached to my Amazon package. I would have been more baffled had this not become a routine. Tess, the QUILL Editor-in-Chief (and my best friend), is known to send random care packages… and beauty products for reviews to share with QUILL readers. I’m not complaining though — she knows exactly what I need when I need it. This is why I was thrilled to unbox Amika’s Soulfood, Flash, and The Kure hair masks, which would (hopefully) help my very sad strands. 


Living on a sailboat can take a toll on your hair, from wind tangling it to the sun bleaching it. I love my life afloat, but my hair definitely needed a little extra love to keep it looking fab.

So, after I unboxed my goodies, I went straight to the shower to try out the biggest one: the Soulfood Nourishing Mask.

amika soulfood hair mask


This ultra-luxurious hair mask is rich and creamy, yet doesn’t weigh hair down. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients to condition the hair making it soft, silky, and smoother than ever (thus its Soulfood name!) According to Amika’s website, Soulfood is “perfect for all hair types, especially those in need of deep hydration,” aka: me. Oh, and not only does it feel good but it smells good too! Keeping your locks smelling lovely all day long. Big win.

In addition to the Soulfood mask, Tess sent me the Flash Instant Shine Mask, which gives brilliant shine, softens, and hydrates hair in just 60 seconds… or so it says.

amika the flash instant shine hair mask

FLASH – $26

Honestly, I was more impressed with the Superfood, which definitely deeply hydrated my hair. The Flash mask was more liquid-like, and it worked better as a leave in product rather than a mask. I personally did not notice any extra “shine,” but I did appreciate another nice smelling product, especially when the wind ruffled my hair. 

I was 1 for 1 with one last mask to test: The Kure Intense Bond Repair Mask.

amika the kure bond repairing hair mask

THE KURE – $36

As mentioned, my hair dwells in a rough environment which unfortunately leads to a lot of dryness and breakage. I was really excited to give The Kure a shot, especially with Amika’s clinically proven promise to strengthen hair, reduce breakage, and prevent future damage. Made for people like me that have damaged hair due to everyday heat, environmental stressors, and chemical treatments, I was all about it!

On top of its clinically-proven benefits, it swears to be relatively fast acting. This rinse-out treatment doubles as a leave-in to strengthen your strands and repair damage in a mere 60 seconds. Multi-tasking has never been so easy, and I definitely recommend The Kure. 

My review’s bottom line: I was impressed with this product line and look forward to keeping Amika in my hair care routine, no matter where in the world I sail!

Marissa on boat with hair down

We hope my review of Amika’s hair masks with convince you to save your strands! Have you tried these masks? Did they help your hair? Sound off in the comments!

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Is Salt Water Good For Hair And Skin? Here’s The 411

It’s summer time, which means plenty of beach days! If you love swimming in the ocean, you may be wondering: is salt water good for my skin and hair, or am I damaging them? 

While it may seem like your hair is pulling a Jada Smith based on its entanglement post-swim, good news: you don’t have to give up that sea salt just because you have impossible knots and pruny skin. In fact, here’s why you should go diving even more before summer is over.


Salt Water for Your Hair

Okay, so those tangles you get? And that uncomfortable, straw-like feeling you get when your hair dries in the sun? That would be your hair shaft swelling with salt. And while, yes, too much swelling can be bad for your hair, salt water is still a fantastic addition to your routine.

First, that crusty feeling? It’s just the salt crystallizing in your hair – not your hair being stripped of precious oils. In fact, salt water is good for your hair in many ways, so long as you treat it afterward – just like any time you swim in a lake, or a pool, or shower with hard water, or… anything other than a standard shower with shampoo and conditioner.

Now, let’s go back to those nutrients in the deep sea. They’re just as good for your hair. For example, magnesium, potassium, and zinc create a healthy environment for your hair, encouraging growth and possibly stopping hair loss. After all, a healthy scalp = a happy scalp, does it not? (It does.) The exfoliation it provides to your scalp can help with gross buildup, too – it makes for a great natural shampoo.

And have you ever noticed that your hair looks full and wavy, perhaps even with perfect curls, after stepping out of the water? That’s because of that swelling. While too much can be bad, the right amount of salt water will give you that bombshell beach hair you’ve dreamt about.

Salt Water and Your Skin

I prune up like no other, but after reading about the benefits of salt water on skin, I’ll go wade in the water.

The biggest benefit of salt water: if you go into the deep end (like, 650-feet-deep-end), the water is filled with delicious nutrients – think magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium,… Basically, the amount of minerals that you get, thanks to a lack of light, plankton, and bacteria, are super beneficial. This is especially true for people who have skin conditions like eczema; a 2016 review investigated the benefits, finding that it may help soothe the skin condition.

It also potentially helps with psoriasis. So much so, that there’s a type of therapy that recommends incorporating sea salts in your baths – or, even better, bathing in saltwater sites directly. Though there are many theories as to why the salt water helps, most believe it has to do with either the warm temperature opening blood vessels or the suppression of the immune system in the skin.

Then, of course, there’s exfoliation. Salt scrubs are super popular for their exfoliation benefits, so it should come as no surprise that the salt water is just as good for your skin as Lush’s shower products. Salt water may also kill bacteria on your epidermis; combine that with acne-fighting exfoliation, and you have clear, happy, healthy skin.

Don’t Live Near Salt Water?

Okay, obviously there are plenty of people (read: millions) who don’t live near the beach, and summers are simply hot and sticky, with the occasional dip in the chlorine-filled pool. Luckily, there are so many products out there that will give your hair and skin the salt water dousing they desire. From salt sprays to salt scrubs, we recommend these!

Salt Products For Your Hair

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We hope you make it to the beach this summer! Did you know salt water was good for your hair and skin? Are you planning on swimming now? Tell us in the comments!

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8 Red Hair Dyes To Give You Strawberry Strands

I’ve become BFFs with red hair dye, thanks to years of coloring my hair. Sometimes screaming scarlet, somikuietimes a refined ruby, but always, always, vibrant red.tess with red hair, staring at camera

When I switched from red to blonde, I thought, “I’m never going back.” And I didn’t… until about a week ago, when I went through it and decided to reach for the scissors and red hair dye. (Come on, a little change never hurt anyone as much as it healed them, right? …Just me?)

Now, I feel more like myself – a little pop-punk rocker with a big personality and loud voice. It feels good. It feels right. It’s amazing what a little red hair dye can do for me, but, damn, it does it well.

If you’re tired of your blonde and brown, I highly recommend jumping on the red train. After years and years of trying different brands, these are the ones I’ve found work the best!


Feria Medium Auburn

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Even though I had blonde highlights and a blonde ombre, this red didn’t over-penetrate. In fact, it turned into the nice, natural-looking auburn I was envisioning. I’ve always used Feria, because it breaks through brown, and I won’t stop using it anytime soon. It also smells heavenly, and it barely washes out in the shower – if at all. There’s a reason they say to only go red if you want it, because shit is HARD to get out.

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Splat – Luscious Raspberry


Do. Not. Get. This. On. Your. Skin. Not because it’ll burn your epidermis off, but because it will not come off. Splat is known for its highly-pigmented, long-lasting hair dye, and this gorgeous red is no exception. However, it stains VERY easily, so don’t sleep with it wet if you’d like to have a nice pillow in the morning. And DEFINITELY don’t let it sit on top of a shirt after toweling off, because your nice yellow shirt? It’s red now. Sorry.

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Anti Aging Permanent Liquid Hair Color with Vitamin E

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Hair experiencing signs of aging, like dryness and straw-like strands? AGEbeautiful’s permanent medium red hair dye is filled with vitamin E, doing wonders to lifeless locks. In fact, it’s practically a 5-in-1! When you apply this dye, you’ll have salon-like results, like covering up grays – duh. On top of that, it’ll bring back volume, manageability, color, moisture, and shine. That damage doesn’t stand a chance against AGEbeautiful’s magic.

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Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Dye, VERMILLION RED

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It’s hard to believe that Punky is so under-the-radar, because their colors are gorgeous. I’m particularly fond of Vermillion Red – the deep color, infused with vegan keratin, is absolutely gorgeous, and it shows up on brunettes too! For those who hate applying every week, Punky’s dye lasts for approximately 35 washes, conditions while dyeing, and is vegan, cruelty-, and paraben-free.

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ARCTIC FOX Semi-Permanent Hair Color  – POISON

ARCTIC fox poison red hair dye

Red hair is like poison in many ways – you keep going back to it, even though you know it will fade into a gross color and eventually make you dye your hair black (this is not personal, nope). But! Not the case here! POISON from Arctic Fox sticks around for a super long time, and the brand promises it will only fade into a lighter version of the color, rather than an awful salmon pink. You won’t find any animal-cruelty here, either.

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Madison Reed Medium Cayenne Red – Savona Scarlet

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Oooo baby, you’ve never looked hotter – just look at the name! Madison Reed’s Savona Scarlet, aka Medium Cayenne Red, will give you the red-hot flash you’ve been looking for. It’s cruelty- and ammonia-free, while also stuffed with yummy ingredients like argan oil to protect and and add shine, Panax ginseng root extract to promote growth, and hydrolyzed keratin to help smooth strands and tame frizz. 

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7RR Intense Red Permanent Hair Dye

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I used this when dip dyeing my ends, and it stuck around for quite awhile, unlike other reds that inevitably fade to salmon or orange. Plenty of tech goes into keeping the color there – ionic micro-pigmentation allows for color to seep and seal –  but there are also many ingredients that go into keeping your hair from drying out. Examples: argan oil to tame frizz, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and moisturizing Pequi oil. It’s also vegan and never tested on animals.

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MANIC PANIC rock n roll red hair dye

It would be a sin to not include the iconic Manic Panic here. The OG love from emo kids and scene queens is still going strong (hello, it me), carrying dozens of colors to give you the hair you want. Feel good about yourself, too: it’s PETA-accredited and free of parabens, phthalates, gluten, and other ingredients that can be irritating to the scalp (because hair dye already is). There are many red shades, but I’m especially fond of Rock ‘N’ Roll Red.

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What Does Climate Pledge Friendly Mean on Amazon?

It’s the end of Earth Week! We’ve featured Nora Schaper from HiBAR, Marissa tried out five hair bar brands, The Detox Market had a sale, and spotlighted biodegradable glitter (and wipes that are biodegradable too!) for Coachella. But we didn’t feature Amazon… so today, we’re diving into a popular question: “What does Climate Pledge Friendly mean on Amazon?” We’ll be including the different certifications, and some of our favorite products from Amazon’s own certification, Compact by Design.

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What Does Climate Pledge Friendly Mean, Anyway?

Basically: the Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly certification means that the product is, in some way, battling climate change. A certification stamp from Amazon means that the product “meets sustainability standards and helps preserve the natural world.” A product must have one element that contributes to its status as a more sustainable option – we’ll get into that.

Amazon determines what’s Climate Pledge Friendly through their partnership with third-party certifications, plus their own certification, Compact by Design. Examples include: Bluesign, Carbon Neutral by Carbon Trust, EWG Certified, Cradle to Cradle Certified, and MADE SAFE. 

So, in summary: you’ve found a product that says it’s Bluesign certified. This means they use less energy in the product process. Or maybe it says it’s an EPEAT product – they have been assessed based on specific criteria and have increased and implemented sustainability practices throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Carbon-Offset Certifications

  • Carbonfree Certified: analyzes carbon footprint of a product and its carbon emissions offset by reduction projects.
  • CarbonNeutral product by Natural Capital Partners: measures manufacturing processes’ carbon emissions, then makes internal reductions and offsets the remainder.
  • Climate neutral by ClimatePartner: analyzes the production process and carbon footprint, plus actions taken to lessen the footprint.
  • Reducing CO2: products lessen their carbon footprint with each year that passes.

Animal Welfare and Environmental Safety Certifications

  • Certified Animal Welfare Approved: animals are raised on independent, high-welfare, pasture-based, more sustainable farms.
  • The Forest Stewardship Council: products support responsible forestry.
  • Rainforest Alliance: certifies that products have been created with sustainable farming practices to help improve farmers’ lives and fight climate change.
  • USDA Organic: these products are grown and processed with soil and water quality standards in mind, among other criteria.
  • Regenerative Organic Certified: products have proper standards in place regarding soil health and land management, animal welfare, and social fairness.

Certifications for Healthy Standards for Workers

  • Fair Trade Certified: products are made with ethical standards in place, including safety, sustainability, and empowerment in the workplace.
  • Fairtrade International: verifies that production cycle adheres to ethical and sustainable processes, while also providing support to farmers tackling climate change.
  • Fair for Life: certifies fair trade and ethically- and sustainably-conscious supply chains.

Efficient Resource Certifications

  • Recycled Claim Standard 100: products are manufactured with 95%+ organically-grown ingredients.
  • Global Recycled Standard: products are made with 50%+ recycled content, while also meeting social, environmental, and chemical standards.
  • ENERGY STAR Most Efficient: recognizes brands and products that are efficient and reduce carbon emissions to the max.
  • Organic Content Standard Blended: requires 50%+ of materials to be grown organically.
  • Organic Content Standard 100: uses 95%+ organic materials throughout the creation cycle.
  • Bluesign: products are made with fewer resources, including less energy, throughout the production process.
  • EPEAT: compares products to criteria regarding energy use and reduction of sustainability impact across the product’s lifecycle.
  • ECOLOGO: promotes products containing one or more portions of the creation pipeline that reduce environmental impact.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard: certifies steps of production process of the organic textile supply chain based on social and ecological standards.
  • Green Seal: products reduce climate and environmental impacts at one or more stages of their lifecycle.
  • Higg Index Materials: provides data to consumers so they’re aware of the lower environmental impact of a product’s production process.

Chemically Safe Certifications with Available Products

  • MADE SAFE: prohibits substances that may harm environmental or human health throughout the production process.
  • Made in Green by Oeko-Tex: tests products for harmful substances, and also promotes products made in safer workplaces with less effect on environmental impact.
  • EWG Verified: confirms that products do not contain any of EWG’s known chemicals of concern and adhere to health standards.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified: products are made with healthy and safer materials, as well as responsible and eco-friendly practices.
  • US EPA Safer Choice: products contain ingredients safer for the environment and human health.

Amazon’s Compact by Design

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Amazon’s Compact by Design certification means a brand has created a product with packaging that reduces excessive use of elements like air, water, and plastic. While the products may not look as aesthetically interesting (don’t we all love perfume bottles for their fun, unnecessary shapes, for example?), they save space and resources, from the actual containers to the packaging Amazon uses to ship.

Now that you know the certifications that are currently available to shop by, we recommend these products to feel ethical, sustainable, and overall environmentally- and socially-friendly when wearing.

If you’re interested in looking at some of Amazon’s Compact by Design products – it’s the only certification that’s specific to Amazon – we recommend checking these beauty products out, all on sale for 20% or more!

What does Climate Pledge Friendly mean to you? Are you going to shop more from Amazon now? Tell us below!

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11 Fragrance Free Conditioners For Scentless Showers

I wrote about fragrance free shampoo, offering plenty of options to give you a cleansing that wouldn’t leave you smelling like florals. But I made a mistake: I didn’t follow up with fragrance free conditioner!

So, I’m here to rectify my mistake. These 11 conditioners are effective at giving you the silky finish to washing your hair, but they won’t be a finish that’s strong in scent – especially if you’re using a fragrance free shampoo to avoid smell entirely.

Whether you want to use liquid or go eco-friendly with a conditioner bar, you’ll find a conditioner that works for you here, without fears of aromas following you around.

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SEEN Deeper Fragrance Free Conditioner

seen fragrance free conditioner

SEEN’s fragrance free conditioner is aimed toward those with dry, frizzy, unmanageable hair, be it from environmental stressors or too much dye. It’s made without sulfates, silicones, phthalates, parabens, dyes, pore-clogging oils, gluten, formaldehyde preservatives, or animal testing, so you can feel confident with your hair and product choice.

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Vanicream Hair Conditioner For Sensitive Skin

vanicream fragrance free conditioner

Vanicream’s existence is meant for providing you with options that are fragrance free, including hair products – like this conditioner, for example. Vanicream left out literally anything that could cause damage or create a scent – think protein, phthalates, parabens, gluten – and included ingredients like propanediol to help with hydration, and arginine to encourage growth.

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Ultra Sensitive Conditioner

We love Lindsay Holden and Odele, so it’s a no-brainer that we’d include their fragrance free conditioner here! Completely unscented – not one essential oil in sight! – and certified by the National Eczema Association, your scalp will be the furthest thing from irritated, while ingredients like amino acids and oat extract moisturize and manage strands.

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We just talked about being Leaping Bunny certified, and Attitude is just that! In the description, they acknowledge that it’s a scalp treatment – and we all know healthy scalp = happy, active scalp. Using the extracts of oatmeal in order to soften and moisturize strands, it lifts locks and makes them manageable without smelling like a thing. It’s hypoallergenic and tested by derms, so you know it’s real.

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In The Buff

ethique in the buff unscented conditioner

I’m obsessed with the name of this conditioner bar. As you may know, sometimes even coconut oil gives your hair a smell. So, Ethique cut down on this and banned the ingredient from their totally fragrance free conditioner. Instead, THC-free hemp oil and cocoa butter nourish; Guar, made from a type of bean, smoothes and protects; and brassica alcohol binds it all together and stops tangling and breakage. And then it’s a bar. So… why isn’t this in your shower already?

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Fragrance Free Moisturize Conditioner Bar

moisturize hibar conditioner bar without fragrance

We just featured Nora Schaper, co-founder of HiBAR, and we’re thoroughly convinced that this is the bar brand — after all, it’s the OG. Coconut oil moisturizes and seals strands from outside stressors, while rice protein provides an abundance of good stuff – think minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids – to completely hydrate and moisturize hair that needs a lil extra help.

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cleaure hypoallergenic fragrance free conditioner

This hypoallergenic, fragrance free conditioner is perfect for those with sensitive skin and who want to save the environment. Made without SLS, parabens, dyes, formaldehyde, salicylates, alcohol, and fragrance, your skin and hair will be protected. Bonus: the bottle is ethically-sourced and recyclable, so even though you’re using a bottle, you’re still helping out the environment. Nice.

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Nonscents Fragrance Free Conditioner

NONSCENTS unscented conditioner

We all know those brands that say “we’re unscented! … except for the 10 essential oils we included.” Or they’re “fragrance free” – synthetic fragrance free, not actually fragrance free. Nonscents (great name, no?) created this conditioner with the help of two hairstylists to fight back against all the smelly s*it, and the formulation makes it perfect for all hair types, whether you’re pin straight or ultra-textured.

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No Scent No Colour Gentle Conditioner

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When Philip’s wife was going through chemotherapy, he took it upon himself to create a shampoo and conditioner combo that was sensitive enough for her. The result is this conditioner, with no scent, no coloring, and no BS to irritate your skin or strands. Instead, hydrolyzed elastin strengthens and adds body — perfect for those who may be losing hair and elasticity due to medical conditions or excessive damage, or simply want a blow-out-like ‘do. 

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Fragrance Free Conditioner Bar

unscented conditioner bar

It lasts for approximately 50 washes, which is pretty good when you think about it – how many do you get out of your bottle? Completely unscented, you’ll find good stuff like nourishing cocoa butter and coconut oil, hydrating glycerin, moisturizing jojoba oil, silky-smooth olive oil, wheat germ oil for softening, and protective vitamin E. Nope, no essential oil in sight.

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Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Fragrance Free Conditioner


Koils by Nature understood the assignment: people with coily hair need conditioner specifically for them, not a “for all” conditioner without fragrance. Those with type 4 hair love this conditioner, saying it hydrates and softens effortlessly. It’s probably due to ingredients like soothing aloe, nourishing shea oil, shine-adding grapeseed oil, and frizz-taming macadamia oil.

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I Used 5 Different Hair Bar Brands – Here Are My Honest Thoughts

There is no real surprise why many sailors sport a short haircut – the wind is not a gentle hair stylist and can leave your locks in knots with a salty-spray finish thanks to the sea. Although I admire those who rock short hair styles, I am rather fond of my long auburn hair and have taken great steps to find the best products for me and the sea, since I quite literally live right on top of it – no really, check it out!

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All things considered, my partner Chris and I try to find products that are eco-friendly (packaging and product) and work well for our skin and hair, but with so many incredible shampoo and conditioner bars on the market, it can be overwhelming to find the best fit for you. But don’t worry! We tested the top hair bars so you don’t have to. If you are looking to make the swap to plastic-free, look no further – these shampoo and conditioner hair bar reviews will inspire you.



hibar still photo with different bars for shampoo and conditioner bar reviewsThe first hair bar review I wanted to write about was HiBAR, because we featured co-founder Nora Schaper!

First impressions are everything, which is why great packaging means a lot to me. HiBar’s eco-conscious packaging makes me feel good from the start about my purchase – and their sample packs go a long way, giving you 3 shampoo bars and 3 conditioner bars to mix and match.

Their products are inclusive with formulas that work on hair types from pin-straight thin to thick and textured! I purchased their samples to try all 3 products and mixed and matched to find the right fit for me.

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The shampoo worked wonderfully, but unfortunately, the conditioner just didn’t really work for my hair. However, it did work well after my normal hair-wash routine as a leave-in conditioner that I brushed into my damp locks. I wash my hair about every 3 days and these samples last for months – I can only imagine that the full sized bars last longer, which means less plastic!

The Earthling Co.

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The second review I must write is for The Earthling Co.’s hair bars, which come with a wide range of scents and in plastic-free packaging — heck yah!

I fell in love with The Earthling Co.’s conditioner bar. It was the perfect formula for my hair type, leaving my strands soft and tangle-free. Their shampoo bar is also great; maybe a little too great, considering Chris “accidentally” broke the bar in half and claimed one of the pieces as his own.

Although their website states that this shampoo is curly-hair-friendly and can be used on color-treated/bleached hair, I feel like they could be more inclusive and create a bar for different hair types, similar to what HiBar has done. If you are looking to swap out more of your plastic products for items that are earth-friendly, The Earthling Co. is a fantastic place to start.

Super Zero Bars

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I had set my hopes high for this brand, but ultimately, my heart was crushed when I just couldn’t get their formula to perform with my hair type. This could just be an application error, because when I did more research, I saw that Super Zero’s website has a test to match you with the perfect bars… which I did not do beforehand.

Their packaging was definitely more plastic-y in comparison to the other brands which just seemed like greenwashing to me, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their recycling practices are top-notch!


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If you give me a product that is “cute” at first glance, you have already won over my marketing centric heart *heart emoji here* Ethique has a number of plastic-free products, from cosmetics to hair care, which is why having a sample pack is super helpful when trying to figure out what works best for you! The sample pack gives you four little heart-shaped bars of shampoo and conditioner that look like milk chocolates at first glance. (As delicious as they look, I promise they are for external use only.)

The two sample combos worked pretty well on my hair, and I would say that the smell was fresh and clean while there was no buildup left over. The conditioner was a bit hard to work into my strands, but I took the same approach as with HiBar’s and made use of it as a leave-in conditioner, which seemed to help soften my strands. I would say this brand is definitely worth trying, especially if you get the sample pack which (if you wash your hair twice a week like me) should last you a few months.

Love Planet & Beauty 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner Bar

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This product is great if you are on the go with limited space or just don’t really bother with deep conditioning. As you can probably tell from my other reviews, conditioning is a big must for me, or else my hair will end up as a rat’s nest, giving me fits of rage. Even though this product didn’t suit my needs, my darling husband Chris loved the simplicity of the bar, and since it did have some conditioning elements, it made his hair soft and buildup-free. Wife’s review of this hair bar? It’s a pass. Husband’s review of this hair bar? It’s a yes, please.

TIP: The conditioners that didn’t work for me didn’t go to waste… I use them as leave-in conditioners as well as shaving cream that leaves my skin soft and protected from my safety razor.

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Here’s the thing: no matter which brand you choose, you are taking a step in the right direction by saying NO to plastics and YES to healthy, happy hair – without adding to your carbon footprint. Switching to a hair bar is only one step you can take in your plastic-free journey, though, so be sure to check out our other articles for more inspiration and reviews! One small change can bring a world of difference.

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I hope my hair bar reviews helped convince you to try switching to plastic-free! Have you tried shampoo and conditioner bars? Any brands we should try next? Comment below!

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Leaping Bunny Certified: Here’s What It Means

I’m a fan of anything against animal testing, and I know this is crucial to many people when looking for cosmetics. But with so many different words – “clean,” “vegan,” “cruelty-free” – and not a clear definition, it’s understandable if you’re still a little lost. So, here are the deets on being Leaping Bunny Certified, why it matters, plus some of our favorite Leaping Bunny products from brands we love.

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What Is the Leaping Bunny Certification?

The Leaping Bunny certification was created by eight animal-protection organizations who were sick of confusing “clean” labels. Founded in 1996, as the craze for “cruelty-free” cosmetics began, these groups formed the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CICC), which then created the Leaping Bunny standards.

What Does Leaping Bunny Certified Mean?

Leaping Bunny Certified brands are given a single logo that is internationally recognized for what it stands for:

  • The brand does not test or use third-party testing/labs to test their products on animals – not one. single. ingredient.
  • The brand does not use ingredients, formulas, or any products used by a company/lab that tests on animals after the company’s fixed cut-off date – aka, a date when the company is supposed to stop testing anything on animals, should they have been doing so previously.
  • The brand must implement a supplier system which proves they have had ZERO involvement in animal testing, directly and/or indirectly. There are two ways to do that if they make their products from scratch:
    • Obtain Declarations of Raw Material Compliance and Product Compliance once a year from all parties the company works with; this ensures that no portion of the formulation pipeline has any involvement in animal testing, and it helps to hold those skirting the rules accountable.
    • OR they can add in a stipulation to their Purchase Orders; if a portion of the pipeline tests on animals in any way, they may not work with the Leaping Bunny Certified company.
  • On top of this, companies that sell finished products – products already made and simply sold in the store – must receive a Declaration of Product Compliance confirming that there was no testing on any animals during any part of the creation and transmission process, and the third party manufacturers must have a Declaration of Raw Material Compliance on file from the supplier that they have complied.
  • Doesn’t matter if it’s not in the country: brands will not allow animal testing anywhere, and they must submit proof to the CICC that they included a contract addendum stating that the foreign country will not test on their products.
  • An Application for Approval to the CICC must be kept on file.
  • The company must plan on resubmitting the application each year, and may have to submit its Supplier Monitoring System for an independent audit (with the auditor chosen by the CICC or company based on the brand’s gross annual sales).

Can You Skip Being Leaping Bunny Certified?

There are loopholes in every country in which a cosmetics company may test their products on animals – say, if there’s a health problem that could potentially be triggered, therefore requiring animal testing – so being Leaping Bunny Certified means a brand is willing to go past what’s allowed to stop animal testing entirely.

So, yeah, there’s a lot that goes into being Leaping Bunny Certified. But brands who work hard to meet these standards – especially small brands – gain global recognition by animal groups and consumers for their diligence in stopping animal testing. There are currently more than 2,000 Leaping Bunny Certified cosmetics brands, which sounds like a lot…but look at the list, and most of your favorite brands are probably missing.

If you want to see which brands are Leaping Bunny Certified, you can check out the website and go through their shopping guide, which also indicates the cruelty standards of parents companies. These are our favorite products, all from brands that are Leaping Bunny Certified, if you need a place to get started.




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