5 Waterless Hair Products to Help Save the Planet and Your Strands


If water conservation isn’t already top of mind for you, it definitely should be. According to UNICEF, 700 million people could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030. With the world’s water resources in crisis and climate change causing more droughts, now more than ever it is so important to work towards preventing water waste. 

When it comes to being more water conscious, your hair care routine is a great place to start. In case you didn already know, the first ingredient in many of the hair products that you use is water—in fact, on average water makes up 80% of most shampoos, according to a report from Newsweek. That’s why it might be a good idea to consider adding some waterless hair products to your hair routine. 

By using hair products that are water-free (or with incredibly small amounts of water), we can all help reduce our water footprint while still giving our strands the care that it needs. Ahead, you’ll find 5 hair products that will help save your hair and the sea.

Susteau Moondust Hair Wash

Achieve your healthiest hair yet, without the water guilt, with this powder-to-liquid shampoo from Susteau. Formulated with soothing aloe vera and volumizing rice protein, this hair wash gently cleanses the hair and scalp while adding volume and shine to your locks. One bottle of this hair wash is equivalent to four full-sized bottles of liquid shampoo.

Promising review from Sephora: Sienna says, “For the past few years, I’ve been trying to find more sustainable beauty products and I’m so happy I came across Susteau Moondust Hair Wash. I love that it’s gentle, a little bit goes a long way, and it’s unscented & uses natural ingredients! Def recommend.”

Shop: Susteau Moondust Hair Wash, $29.00

Alder New York Texture Powder

Give fine, limp hair a boost with this textured powder from Alder New York. Its 100 percent natural formula is made with antimicrobial shavegrass powder, rich kaolina and sea clay oil, and eucalyptus essential oils to draw out excess hair oils and refresh your strands. Best of all, it’s formulated for all hair types and colors.

Promising review from Alder New York: Alana says, “I typically go about a week between washes—and this is my holy grail. I sprinkle a little Alder Texture Powder on my roots and it instantly freshens my scalp and gives me a lot of lift. I always get compliments on how great my hair looks (the secret, folks, is dirty hair and lots of powder).”

Shop: Alder New York Texture Powder, $27.99

LolaVie Glossing Detangler

If you’re looking for a product that does it all, look no further than LolaVie glossing detangler. This multitasking spray helps detangle, prime, protect, enhance shine, and smooth. Its sulfate and silicone-free formula uses 99 percent naturally derived ingredients and swaps water for bamboo essence.

Promising review from LolaVie: Brenda says, “I purchased the glossing detangler about a month ago because my hair was dry, brittle, and tangled after washing. After using this product, my hair is soft, manageable, and shiny. I love this product. It will be a mainstay in my routine!”

Shop: LolaVie Glossing Detangler, $25.00

Shaz & Kiks Balancing Clay Hair Cleanser

For strands in need of a deep clean, you’ll want to reach for this waterless, daily shampoo from Shaz & Kiks. It’s formulated with natural minerals and nutrient-rich Ayurvedic plants including Multani Mitti—a natural purifier that’s been used in Ancient Indian rituals for over 2,000 years—to help remove build up, cleanse, and nourish your locks.

Promising review from Shaz & Kiks: Dilnavaz says, “I was struggling with hair concerns due to hard water and nothing—absolutely nothing—had worked. This little jar of magic de-greases my hair in one application without stripping it of moisture, smells like I’d want heaven to, and has actually made hair wash day fun!”

Shop: Shaz & Kiks Balancing Clay Hair Cleanser, $42.00

Everist Waterless Conditioner Concentrate

Unlike most conditioners which are made of more than 70 percent water, this water-free conditioner concentrate is entirely plant-based. Its paste-like formula features aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, amla oil and peppermint oil—all of which work to moisturize and strengthen your strands once this concentrate becomes activated in water.

Promising review from Everist: Frances says, “I have color-treated hair and have found it hard to use clean products that actually hydrates well—this checks all the boxes. Also, I loved the experience of using a concentrated formula and adding water in the shower. Brilliant!”

Shop: Everist Waterless Conditioner Concentrate, $24.00

Have you tried waterless hair products? Let us know in the comments below?

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches. Send her a pitch: cnzengung@thetease.com.


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