7 Fair-Trade & Sustainable Hair Treatments for Dry & Damaged Tresses

Dry hair sucks - there’s no way around it. Having a good shampoo/conditioner routine is key, but sometimes your hair needs a little extra help bouncing back from a rough patch. To help you whip your hair back into shape, we’ve rounded up some of the highest-rated fair-trade and sustainably made leave-in conditioners, hot oil treatments, hair masks, and more. Whether your hair’s pin-straight, super curly, or natural, there’s a treatment in this list for you.

H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment ($21.95 at Lush)

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Made with free-range eggs, bananas, and balsamic vinegar (yeah, I didn’t know that was good for hair either until now), this moisturizing treatment can be used anywhere, anytime. Just warm up a bit in your fingers and scrunch into hair as needed.

Promising Review:

I am a cosmetologist and I have used a number of hair products in my day, but this one has recently changed my life. It smells like HEAVEN, it makes your hair SO soft, so manageable, and it makes it feel so healthy. I cannot recommend this enough.
— Lush.com

Repair & Restore Crème Hair Mask ($18.50 at Alaffia)

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Treating dry hair doesn’t get easier than this. Just apply a small amount to clean hair, leave-in while you watch the Season 3 trailer for Queer Eye five times in a row (not judging), and rinse out. Voilà, better hair days ahead.

Rehydration Hot Oil Treatment ($7.99 at Shea Moisture)

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I’ve never done a hot-oil treatment personally, so I’ll defer to the Shea Moisture team’s how-to instructions: “Submerge one bottle into a bowl of hot water for approximately one minute. Apply generously, saturating hair from roots to ends. Gently massage into hair and scalp. Leave on for 3-5 minutes. Follow with shampoo".

Well there you have it, folks. Doesn’t sound too bad.

Promising Review:

This is a great thing to use for a PRE POO. It hydrates your hair so much before washing and it smells amazing. Follow the directions and heat the bottle in warm water before using, especially if you have low porosity hair. I have thicker hair so I used 75% of the first bottom on the first try. It does not leave your hair too oily either.
— Sheamoisture.com

Quinoa & Avocado Natural Hair Serum ($20 at Green People)

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For straighter strands, use a small amount of this serum before styling to keep hair soft and shiny, or use more as a leave-in treatment.

R&B Hair Moisturizer ($25.95 at Lush)

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Made specifically for curls, this finishing treatment combines naturally-derived oils and butters to give dry strands a fighting chance.

Rose & Neroli Nourish & Repair Conditioner ($6 at Faith in Nature)

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If luxurious scents are a big thing for you, this Rose and Neroli conditioner might be right up your alley.

Promising Review:

I have dyed hair but prefer to use a shampoo & conditioner that is paraben free. This conditioner is very good and helps with the dryness that dying your hair can cause. The quality is good and I would recommend for those who dye their hair.
— faithinnature.co.uk

Clarifying Hair Conditioning Mask ($16.43 at Ethical Superstore)

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Made with Monoi de Tahiti, this mask only takes 3-5 minutes to work its magic.

Know any fair-trade hair care products we should add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!