Eco-friendly salons have been growing in popularity more than ever before. With many of us becoming more aware of the effect our lives have on the environment, the demand for zero-waste, plastic-free and even vegan salons has become big business.

With this in mind, you may have been thinking of taking some steps towards making your hair salon more eco friendly. If so, the changes you make don’t have to be huge. Something as simple as choosing some eco-friendly hairdressing brushes and tools is a great start.

To help you on your way, we have put together an edit of our top eco hairdressing tools you can use in your salon now…

Our Best Eco Friendly Hair Brushes & Tools

Lotus Eco Friendly Hair Brush

The problem with plastic brushes and hairdressing combs is that once they have worn out and need replacing, they end up being sent to landfill. As it can take hundreds of years for plastic to degrade, this means your broken hair tools will be hanging around for much longer than you intended them to!

The Lotus Eco-Friendly Detangling Brush is instead created out of degradable plant starch, which naturally breaks down when you throw it away. It is also brilliant at detangling hair without causing excessive damage, thanks to its intelliflex bristles that gently bend around strands.

If you think your clients will love these brushes, they are also available in a 12 piece retail stand – so they can be bought for use at home, too! Available in cream, pink and black, they can be sold at £9.95 for an excellent retail opportunity. We also think clients will love buying them as gifts for friends.

Eco Bamboo Hair Brushes by Olivia Garden

One of the best materials for replacing plastic is bamboo. Not only is it biodegradable, but regrows quickly, so is highly sustainable. It’s particularly good for health and beauty products too, as it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

If this sounds good to you, take a look at the Olivia Garden Ecohair range. With bamboo handles, you can find a range of high quality brushes for different purposes, including:

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Elchim Eco Hair Brush

Being able to recycle your tools once you’ve finished with them is a great step towards making your salon more eco friendly.

Elchim offer a brilliant range of hair brushes that allow you to do just this. The Elchim Wooden Thermal Brush Set features four handcrafted wooden brushes that have been made with 100% recyclable materials, so you can be assured that your old brushes don’t have to go to waste. They also have antistatic qualities and extra-strong heat-resistant bristles that ensure the brush lasts as long as possible.

Each brush in the set is also available separately.

Framar Manic Mesh

Salon waste is a huge issue when it comes to making your salon eco friendly. However, the need for disposable, single use products can be hard to eliminate when you need to keep your treatments clean and hygienic.

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Luckily, there are more and more products becoming available that help you to reuse more than you throw away. One of these is the fantastic Framar Maniac Mesh Strips.

These foil replacements are made from transparent mesh and cut into sheets. They are easy to apply all types of hair colour with as they grip to the hair for less slippage. When you have finished your treatment, they can be washed with hot soapy water and Barbicide before being ready for the next client.

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