While commonly used, synthetic hair is toxic for the environment and detrimental to scalp health. Made from fine plastic fibers—like acrylic, polyester and polyvinyl chloride—that are also reliant on fossil fuels, hair extensions often lead to scalp irritation and inflammation. As Black women who rely on these extensions for cornrows and braids, Ciara Imani May and Danielle Washington know this all too well. That’s why they launched Rebundle, a start-up turning banana fibers into plant-based hair. Rebundle also supports farmers as they source their extra bananas. Biodegradable, non-toxic and organic, this proprietary hair is not only better for the planet but it is also safer for scalps. Read more about this innovative hair and how Washington and May are revolutionizing the industry at Atmos.
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