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Eco-friendly hair styling tips to beat a bad hair day

New research reveals a quarter of Brits are facing the dilemma of a bad hair day a few days a week or more, but is tackling the tangle challenging our efforts to be eco-friendly?

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Across England, Scotland and Wales, almost two thirds of us who have bad hair days use an electrical item to fix it, with three quarters saying it can take up to half an hour to redo their do. However, nearly half would try using more eco-friendly methods, if they could see how much they were spending on energy to fix their hair.

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We spoke to eco-friendly haircare experts from WhiP in London, The Players Lounge in Edinburgh and Amaryliss Salon in Cardiff to create a list of small sustainable swaps to for your hair care routine.

1. Beat the heat

Switching to a cooler temperature while washing your hair keeps your energy use down and is great for the scalp! You can also turn down the heat on appliances like hairdryers and straighteners, as they can do the same job for less energy.

2. Go low maintenance

 Choosing an easy to style haircut is one of the most sustainable ways to tackle a bad hair day. Work with your natural look to reduce your use of appliances, products and energy at home.

3. Pick the right products

 Most salon standard products are concentrated, so you can use a lot less than you normally might, helping you to buy less single use plastic. You can also choose products with biodegradable packaging.

4. Avoid aerosols

 Non-aerosol hairsprays will last 3 or 4 times longer than the aerosol versions, and you can pick them up for the same price.

5. Try dry shampoo or leave-in conditioner

 Switching to a product you can use out of the shower will save you time, hot water and could even prevent a bad hair day from occurring in the first place.

6. Save on water waste

 By taking shorter showers or fitting eco heads to your taps and shower you can reduce your water consumption dramatically. This will also save electricity and money as there's less water to heat.

7. Use an eco-hairdryer

 These new and improved versions of the trusty hairdryer are more energy efficient and come in recycled packaging. As the most popular appliance used to fix a bad hair day, an eco-hairdryer will help reduce your carbon footprint while fixing your hair.

8. Recycle/Upcycle

 Buying refillable products will drastically cut down the packaging waste and also save you money. For anyone wanting to go the extra mile, bottles you can't refill can be upcycled into a plant or storage pot.

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