The beauty industry as a whole contributes a huge amount to environmental pollution, mostly through its enthusiastic use of plastics. But these days, it’s easy to choose salon hair-care labels that are making efforts to be sustainable and eco-friendly.

Carmen Tal enters effortlessly through the swinging doors of her midtown New York office at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue—sleek decor in white, sand, and earthy tones—with her shiny, healthy, chestnut-brown hair swinging behind her. One almost expects to see a camera crew appear next, or perhaps you’d think she’s on the set of a hair commercial, and in many ways she is.