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Whether you’re a salon owner or you’re dyeing your hair at home, the process of bleaching and dyeing hair involves a lot of steps. This can also lead to a lot of waste being produced after the process is done. 

To dispose of products like hair bleach, hair dye, and even shampoos and conditioners, reading the packaging is one of the most important steps. We’ll go through what you can do to throw out these products, whether it be repurposing unused hair products and disposing of the bottles properly.

Don’t Throw Out Unused Dye and Hair Bleach

It’s important to not throw unused hair dye or bleach into the garbage, and especially not down the drain. Hair products create a load of problems if they’re flushed down the sink and enter the water system, making it harder for waste facility workers to filter it out of our water. Often the water is unusable and becomes toxic. 

If you’re trying to get rid of unused hair dye and hair bleach that you no longer need, consider donating it. You can usually donate unopened bottles and packages to places like nursing homes, long term care homes, and women’s shelters, to name a few. This is a small way to give back to your community and give it to a local salon or organization that’s in need of supplies. 

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Karyn Maier at LeafTV points out a great option to getting rid of hair bleach and dye is through donating:

If you have unopened hair dye you no longer need, consider donating to a nursing home or assisted living facility willing to accept it for use in their on-site salon. This isn’t always possible, though. First, many centers will not accept even sealed personal care products out of understandable concern for the safety of residential clients, as well as concern over potential legal ramifications. Alternatively, a different route to donation might be a local women’s shelter.”

How to Dispose of Hair Bleach

If you’re trying to get rid of hair bleach that’s in an empty or used container, it may not be able to go into the garbage. This is why it’s important to check with your local rules and regulations as to whether hazardous chemicals, like hair bleach, are accepted by waste facilities. 

Usually, the best course of action is to dispose of hair bleach and dye as a hazardous waste. This ensures that it’ll be disposed of properly. 

Salon Today says to make sure you’re properly disposing of hazardous wastes: 

“Once stored properly, hazardous waste disposal should be done in accordance with state and local regulations. Small businesses may be able to dispose of their accumulated wastes on hazardous waste collection days, which are designated days when residents and other small generators can bring small amounts of hazardous materials to a specified fixed place for the city to collect and dispose of.”

How to Dispose of Hair Dye

Similar to hair bleach, hair dye is classified as a household hazardous waste and should not be thrown out in your garbage, recycling or compost bin. Hair dye contains certain chemicals that are dangerous and toxic, and therefore are not a safe waste to go into the garbage. 

To make sure you’re getting rid of hair dye in a safe way, check out your local area’s rules on getting rid of hazardous waste. Lots of municipalities offer drop-off depots where you can bring your hazardous materials and chemicals to be disposed of. 

If you’re looking to throw out unused products like hair shampoo, The Curly Hair Lounge suggests saving it: 

You can still use your shampoos, they’re just like any other detergent. Whether they have a lot or close to no surfactants they are still cleaning agents. Use them to clean your makeup brushes, as a liquid hands soap or even as a shower lotion.”

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