Going plastic free has been just about the biggest headline in beauty news over recent years. We are all very keenly aware of the need to minimise waste, especially when it comes to our plastic wrapped beauty products.
But while abandoning bottles might feel fairly doable when you have short, manageable hair, it can be a whole other challenge if your mane is more abundant, a tad unruly or prone to dryness and breakage.
Ethique’s The Guardian conditioner bar is formulated for those among us who require more than just a simple morning rinse and rub dry.
Safe for use on colour treated hair, The Guardian is a deeply hydrating solid conditioner designed to help make dry and damaged hair more manageable.
This cardboard packaged solid bar is also completely plastic free, preventing five plastic bottles from being made and disposed of and saving 5.1L of water. And, for that matter, saving space in your shower rack.
Will this conditioner bar work with my hair?
For those of us with curly, frizzy and thick hair finding the right hair products can be a minefield.
Many products are too dense and oily, others just can’t penetrate the hair in the way you really need them to.
Generic shampoos, conditioners and styling products are a no-no and your bathroom cupboard is probably overflowing with failed wonder products that just did not live up to the hype or the price tag.
Ethique knows that we are all different and that is why their range of plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars includes a whole array of options, including The Guardian, a solid conditioner bar for very dry, very damaged or very frizzy hair.
The Guardian contains plenty of highly conditioning coconut oil, a must for curls and waves, as well as zesty, refreshing lime oil.
This lightweight, tropical hair conditioner bar also serves up a dose of vitamin B5, otherwise known as pantothenic acid, to help smooth and tame damaged hair.
How to use Ethique The Guardian
Part of the beauty of this Ethique conditioner bar – aside from the fact that it minimises your plastic waste – is its ease of use.
After shampooing, simply slide the bar smoothly over your hair, massage gently in and leave for just a couple of minutes to let it really do its job while you relax.
As an added bonus The Guardian can also be used as a shaving bar or an in-shower moisturiser, helping to minimise the products you need for your daily shower routine.
How ethical is Ethique?
Paying more than just lip service to the environmental cause, the Ethique brand is about more than just plastic free shampoo and conditioner.
Founded in New Zealand back in 2012, way before plastic-free was really a ‘thing’, Ethique is a proudly certified sustainable and climate positive business, offsetting 120% of their carbon emissions as of March 2021.
Ethique hair and body care products are not just free of plastic, they are also palm oil-free and completely vegan too.
Behentrimonium methosulfate, brassica alcohol, hydrogenated castor oil, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, glycerin, stearic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, panthenol, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, aqua (water), limonene1, mica, CI 77288, CI 77891
1 Component of essential oils
Always read the label before use
Vegeterians Vegans. External use only. Do not eat. Do not use if allergic to the products or any of its ingredients.
1. Ensure your hair is thoroughly wet.
2. Slide the conditioner bar down hair, avoiding the roots if you have oily hair.
3. Evenly distribute the conditioner through your hair with fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Leave for 1-2 minutes to work its magic, then rinse.
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Ethique is a beauty brand, which was founded in New Zealand in 2012.
Ethique is on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste and they are a certified sustainable business, as well as being carbon neutral. Good for the planet and your hair!
They produce plastic free shampoo and conditioner bars as an alternative to bottles, which helps to save on disposable plastics.
Each Ethique The Guardian Conditioner Bar for Dry Hair 60g prevents five plastic bottles being made and disposed of, as well as saving 5.1 litres of water.
Depending on the type of bar and the amount of times you wash your hair each week, solid conditioner bars can last up to six times longer than bottled products.
This is because they are super concentrated and so you only need a small amount of the product, which you then add water to.
Some people who use Ethique bars have said that a single bar can last up to 12 months.
Yes, Ethique The Guardian Conditioner Bar for Dry Hair 60g is suitable for use by both vegans and vegetarians as it does not contain any products which come from animals.
It is also cruelty free certified, which means that neither the finished product nor any of its ingredients are tested on animals.
When storing Ethique hair conditioner bars, the most important thing is to keep them dry and not let them sit in a pool of water.
Otherwise, if they get wet, they will dissolve much faster and therefore will not last as long.
Find a spot to keep your bar in the shower that is well away from the steam or, better still, take it out of the shower altogether when not in use.
You should use a storage container (such as a fabric bag or a soap tray) which will let water drain away and let air circulate around the bar.
Just as you would conditioner from a bottle, you should use Ethique The Guardian Conditioner Bar for Dry Hair 60g after you have shampooed your hair.
Simply wet the bar slightly and slide it down your wet hair, four or five times.
Put the bar to one side and then massage the conditioner into your hair. Leave it on for one to two minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Conditioner bars work to condition your hair in the same way that conditioner from a bottle would.
The key difference is that you are saving plastic waste while you are using a conditioner bar.
Ethique The Guardian Conditioner Bar for Dry Hair 60g contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin B5 and lime oil and is suitable for very dry, very damaged or frizzy hair.
It helps to tame frizz, hydrate dry hair and leave hair feeling smooth and soft. It is also suitable for use on coloured hair.
You can also use this conditioner bar as a shaving bar for your legs or as an in-shower moisturiser.
After shampooing, slide the wet bar over the ends of your hair 4-5 times, before massaging the conditioner into your locks.
Leave for 1-2 minutes. Rinse and feel the magic!
The Guardian also doubles up as a shaving bar or an in-shower moisturiser