Switching to Eco-Friendly Haircare

Prior to my wedding last year (which: wow, our first anniversary is in 19 freaking days!), I focused on greening my beauty routine. I swapped out my makeup with vegan-friendly brands that don't contain harsh chemicals. I also invested in a great natural face mask, which I still use and love.

One area where I haven't been so focused is hair care. I've tried a few different brands over the years, but never stuck with one diligently.

I have color-treated, very thick and naturally wavy (and frizzy in the summer) hair, and I can be picky about which shampoos and conditioners work best for me.

Maple Holistics recently reached out to me, asking if I'd like to try a bottle of their Tea Tree Oil shampoo, and I excitedly agreed. After visiting the company's site and reading about their values and commitment to better ingredients, I was interested in trying a new shampoo.

The Maple Holistics Difference
  • Made In The USA
  • All Natural
  • Cruelty Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Safe for Color

This tea tree oil shampoo in particular is cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free and gluten free. It does contain aqua, jojoba oil, botanical keratin, argan oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil and rosemary oil.

I have previously been using the John Frieda brunette shampoo (which is a 7 out of 10 on the EWG scale) and It's a 10 daily conditioner (which is a 6), but since I color my hair a lot less often these days, it wasn't as important to use a color-formulated shampoo. Maple Holistics is unfortunately not listed in the EWG database, but with the fully pronounceable list of ingredients, I'm confident it would score well on their scale.

My first thought after using the shampoo was, "Damn, this smells GOOD!" The mint makes the entire shower smell like a spa, and my husband has definitely "borrowed" it a time or two.

The shampoo doesn't lather in the same way as conventional shampoos, but that's because it doesn't have the potentially harmful ingredients that cause lather. They're not necessary to clean hair!

When I've used all the shampoo up, I'm excited to rinse it out and throw it into the recycling bin, no matter WHAT number it is! Thank you, Lafayette recycling!

Since I still have a lot of my usual products on hand, I integrated the shampoo into my hair routine, rather than using it as an excuse to completely overhaul it.

I've noticed how soft my hair is since I've been trying this shampoo, and I think it contributes to the end result.

All the softness!

Because my hair is so thick, I tend to let it air dry for 45 minutes before blow drying, cutting down a smidgen on electricity (and saving my patience). I've started the routine of combing my wet hair, brushing while drying, generously using the cold shot on the blow dryer, then combing the dry hair for any remaining tangles.

I'm also an avid night washer, and I'll straighten it the next morning, which helps give it a break from the heat and styling tools.

I haven't yet allowed my waves to dry naturally with this shampoo, so that's one thing I look forward to trying.

Clean hair, don't care!

Plus, the company sells more than just shampoo! They've got full lines of haircare products, in addition to bath and skincare products, and personal care. Everything is made with their same commitment to healthy and natural ingredients.

Are you a try-before-you-buy kind of person? Check out the Maple Holistics free sample program!


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Maple Holistics offered me a free bottle of shampoo in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own!

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