Richard Saulino- colorist at Fred Segal Salon

Julia Austin

Do you get a little emotional with the change of seasons? Dull? Spastic even? So does your hair. We stick to routines because they are ingrained in us: It's been two days—time to wash my hair. Wednesday is pony-tail day. We also listen to highly-advertised myths, like dry hair comes from over-shampooing, hair loss comes from too much product use.

While you are used to your routine, it may be interfering with your hair's natural processes and, in time, causing your hair to forget how to take care of itself. "Women have to be greasy" joked Naomi Mikami, one of the leading color experts, known for using green techniques at Gavert Atelier in Los Angeles. Naomi wasn't entirely kidding though. Your hair naturally secretes oil to keep healthy, but many shampoos strip the hair of essential oil. Naomi admitted to including baby oil in her personal hair care methods. If you'd rather stick to the grown up stuff, there are products and home-made remedies to condition your hair to, well, condition itself!

Below is a list of hair products boasting a bundle of green ingredients. The natural ingredients won't interfere with your hair's natural processes, like many other non-green products can, but will actually strengthen your hair's ability to repair and protect itself.


Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo For All Hair Types

In The Kitchen:

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1 cup of warm water

Mix ingredients together and massage into scalp. Rinse with warm water.


PoolHead Recovery Conditioner

In The Kitchen:

1 banana

2 tablespoons olive oil

Mash together to make a paste. Apply to hair generously. Allow to sit 20-30 minutes under a shower cap or plastic wrap. Rinse with warm water.

Sun Protection

You may like the highlights that come after summer or a short vacation in the tropics, but with those sunny streaks come sun damage. To protect your colored hair from UV damage, try this: Miss Oops Block Your Locks SPF 15

In The Kitchen:

1 cup warm distilled water

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp hazelnut oil

1 Vitamin E caplet (poke and drain)

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Combine ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Apply a small amount through damp hair. Do not rinse.

At the Salon

Even in the salon chair, you have the option to use green products and materials. Ask your local salons about this new coloring technique:

You won't find a box of foil at the styling station of Richard Saulino, a colorist at Fred Segal Salon- the celebrity hot spot and go-to in Santa Monica, CA. While applying highlights, Saulino uses 100% biodegradable cotton called, part of the new eco-friendly Biolights hair technology. And the great news is, the color comes out just as gorgeous as ever, but with less damage to the environment. Umm… seems all colorists should follow this trend-setting salon's earth-easing tactics.