Jason Momoa shaved his head to highlight the issue of single use plastic

Jason Momoa is famously hot. He was the hottest guy on the first season of Game of Thrones, even with all the eyeliner and my love for Richard Madden. (House of the Dragon is really lacking in that regard.) He has a great bod, a great face, and a great head of hair. But the latter is no more. Jason shaved off his long, luxurious locks and documented the change on Instagram. But he wasn’t just doing it for the ‘gram — he did it for the environment. Specifically, to minimize his use of single-use plastics.

Jason Momoa is showing his love for the environment by shaving his head!

The Dune star, 43, took to Instagram on Monday and toasted “new beginnings” by getting his famous locks chopped off.

“Aloha, everyone,” he began in the video, before he added, “Hand me those braids.”

As he held two long pieces of cut braided hair, Momoa proceeded to talk as clippers made mulch of his shoulder-length hair.

“Shavin’ off the hair… doing it for…” he said before pointing to the newly shaved side of his head. “I’ve never even felt the wind right there!” he added.

“Doing it for single-use plastics,” Momoa continued. “I’m tired of using plastic bottles, we gotta stop, plastic forks, all that s—, goes into our land, goes into our ocean.

“I’m here in Hawaii right now, and just seeing things in our ocean, it’s just so sad. Please, anything you can do to eliminate single-use plastics in your lives. Help me, plastic bottles are ridiculous… we’re going to keep going — oh, man. Love you guys. Aloha.”

[From People]

Even without his hair, Jason is and always will be hot. Like, of course he’s hot with a shaved head. He still has that face and bod and vibe. I see Jason’s point too. His long, beachy waves probably required a lot of maintenance. Guys with short hair can get away with just shampoo, but he definitely needed shampoo and conditioner, and probably a lot of the latter. Maybe with a buzzcut he can just use bar soap on his head now too? He’ll definitely still be showering because he did weigh in on that terrible discussion and he’s not one of those proudly dirty celebs. Single-use plastics are bad, but also hard to avoid completely. I admire him for making this commitment, though I couldn’t make it myself, which I’’ve said in many other posts about shaved heads. With my hair products, I do try to get the biggest bottles possible so that I’m using less bottles (and also wasting less money on expensive conditioner that my hair chugs). Good for Jason. He’s hot and he cares about the environment.

photos credit: Avalon.red, Cover Images and via Instagram

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  1. equality says:

    You can get shampoos and conditioners that are bars. There are glass bottles of shampoo and some that use paper packaging also. You have to search them out online. I haven’t seen them in-store where I live.

    • Nievie says:

      Lush Cosmetics (they have various stores in the UK – not sure about USA) do the best solid shampoo, and Faith in nature (Most organic stores/ whole foods should sell) the best solid conditioner. Also Ocean Saver are amazing for solid dish washing soap.

      Also recognise you don’t need a different product for each area of your body- EG. Coconut oil you can cook with, condition your skin and your hair , and generally comes in a recyclable glass jar.

      • SarahCS says:

        I may give Lush a try, thanks for the suggestion. I tried a few bars and haven’t found anything that I like on my hair (it’s been a challenge for years, with the bottled stuff too). It just feels so wasteful to use them a few times then realise my hair is not on board and I need to try something else. Plus the cost!

      • Jillian says:

        Lush shampoo bars are terrific, and they have a dozen varieties. Highly recommend!

      • AuntRara says:

        I used to work at Lush and they really on the cutting edge of “naked” products years and years ago. They really are great. They have packaging free shampoo, conditioner, hair treatments, soap (of course), lotions, in-shower lotions called “body conditioners,” face wash, etc. Even the henna hair dye comes in a solid block with just a recycled paper label. Some of it has kind of a learning curve. For example, to get the most out of the conditioner, you want to let the hot water run on it to melt it a bit first. But it’s do-able. And if you don’t like something you can use it for something else. The conditioner bars are amazing for shaving!

    • Karla says:

      Thank you! Exactly. I have used shampoo and conditioner bars for years. And liquid hand soap does not exist in my household. Never saw the need for it. We drink either tap water or glass bottled water. Milk and yoghurt is in glass as well. I try to buy house cleaning products in glass or recycled containers-this one is tricky though…

    • Flowerlake says:

      We have them in normal drug stores, fortunately.

      They last very long too and my hair has never looked better

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I have also started to eliminate plastic as well. I purchase aluminum and glass bottles as much as possible. I also use bamboo paper products solely, including Q-tips. All of my household sponges are made from the shelling of coconuts. Purchases that contain those horrific peanuts are all gathered and I take them to a local shipping service that recycles them.

      It takes time but you can easily find alternatives to plastic as well.

    • Silver Birch says:

      I really love my shampoo and conditioner bars from Ethique and Viori. They take a little getting used to, but I prefer them now. Great for travel, too!

  2. Anna says:

    Aluminium one-way containers (the water he is promoting) are NOT sustainable!

    • Betsy says:

      Aluminum is endlessly recyclable. It’s better to have a glass out of the faucet, but failing that, aluminum is probably the best option.

      • Anna says:

        Being European, this makes no sense at all. It may be recycable but that requires way too much energy/CO2. Where are the deposit systems? A sturdy plastic bottle refilled again and again is more sustainable. Why does one even buy containers for single use?!?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, c’mon, those things will get tossed in the ocean, too! And end up littered everywhere. Single-use anything is not a good idea. Buy it once & re-use it, OK, do that, but not buy six-packs or flats or whatever every week. Just no.

  3. SJP-NYC says:

    I love that a lot of japanese shampoos come in refill packets so you don’t have to waste on plastic bottle, we should do more that in the US.

    • SpankyB says:

      I used to do that at Whole Foods, I used the same shampoo and conditioner bottles for years. I have no idea if you still can, I haven’t stepped foot in Whole Foods since Bezos bought it.

  4. Esmerelda says:

    I’m skeptical of all approaches to sustainability that focus on consumer choice and not on pressuring the industry to offer alternatives: why should I chop off my hair, which gives me joy and happiness, when the usage of plastic fishing nets is not regulated? When the hair products companies don’t try to sell a glass bottle and refills?

    I like JM, but performative activism from privileged celebrities simply stops a lot of the audience from focusing on the real problem: greedy corporations with lobbies.

    • Twin Falls says:


    • Flowerlake says:

      Don’t think you can do much better than not buying products. Ecactly because they’re greedy

      No money coming in on products, means they will stop making them.

      That doesn’t exclude other ways of applying pressure, but a lack of money coming in gives them less incentive to withstand the pressure.

      • Esmerelda says:

        Corporations could also be regulated to significantly reduce pollution and damage to the environment.
        IMHO that sort of pressure is more effective than spotty consumer boycotts – not everyone can afford the pricier, more sustainable choice. Everyone can vote, and the government and the legislature can make appropriate regulations for effective sustainability.
        I’m not saying this is easy.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Agreed. The only reason we have fuel-efficient cars (in comparison to 50+ years ago, fx) is due to federal & state regulations. Industry doesn’t do anything right on its own, it has to be made to.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Well said!!! There needs to be pressure placed on manufactures to stop with the constant usage of plastic, as well as grocery stores that will wrap individual pieces of fruit in plastic too, why???

      There is actually a store in Europe that has dispensers for you to refill your plastic bottles for all household products.

    • EnnuiBaby says:

      Came here to say just what you said. Ocean Cleanup found recently that “roughly 80% of GPGP [Great Pacific Garbage Patch] plastic comes from fishing,” about half of that from fishing nets.

      So while we all fret over where to buy our shampoo, the real culprit continues to dump its waste into the oceans.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        We also must address the countless counties that accept American recycling products, as well as fast fashion. They don’t have the capacity to recycle the plastic NOR the millions of “donated” fast fashion clothing to third world countries which are all spilling into their waterways as well as the oceans that surround them as well.

  5. equality says:

    P&G have a new initiative to make shampoo bottles from recycled beach plastics. So not all plastic bottles are equal in awfulness. Unfortunately, there is already so much plastic in the world and ways are going to have to be created to use it since it’s here for essentially forever. My biggest gripe is soda bottles. Glass and aluminum are very viable alternatives so the plastic is completely unnecessary.

    • manda says:

      That is a cool-sounding initiative, but I wonder how effective it will be? I think I’ve heard that sooooo much of the plastic out there is basically not recyclable or contaminated with chemicals, and I think that some plastic can only be recycled once. I’m not really sure, but I know that companies need to try to use it less, or take it back from us when we are done with it. John Oliver did a thing on plastics and it was very good

      • equality says:

        They are supposedly working on a way to still use plastic that has been contaminated. If effective it will be very helpful.

      • manda says:

        That would be great! It seems like there has to be a way, right? Or if not, finding some kind of alternative use

  6. GirlOne says:

    They’re really pushing bar shampoo/hair soap in Germany. You can get them everywhere. I’ve tried a few, some or better than others. However, I still prefer liquid shampoo. So I go to my local zero waste shop and fill up a glass dispenser there.
    Refill stations are popping up more and more now, too. So hopefully, we’ll just be able to fill up our old plastic bottles/containers/whatever soon.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ GirlOne, that fantastic but Americans are so far from eliminating the single use plastic. It’s a same that more efforts aren’t being done in America as well.

      • GirlOne says:

        It’s a bit odd because usually you guys are always ahead of us. Not so much on environmental issues, sadly.

  7. shanaynay says:

    Am I terrible to say that for me, his long hair made his look? To me, his long hair is Jason Momoa. I’m not with the short hair on him. Now, he just looks like a regular dude on the streets. Yes, I know I’m being very superficial. : – )

    • Owlsyn (is no Khaleesi) says:

      Oooo I’m the exact opposite….I do not usually find him attractive (he just isn’t my type), but I sort of like the shaved head look on him.

      I also appreciate how passionate he is about reducing and eliminating single use plastics. He really puts his money (and hair) where his mouth is.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I love his long hair, too, and was actually nervous to scroll down and see the results. Thankfully he didn’t shave his head down to a bowling ball (unless he went further after this video) — but in this Insta post, he just got a buzz cut, or as we used to call it, a crew cut. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but surprisingly, I do! I think short hair looks great on him! Go figure. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I guess hot is hot.

    • BeanieBean says:

      ‘Regular dude on the street’? Where do you live??? I want to move there! 😉

  8. ML says:

    I appreciate what JM has done here to bring attention to single use plastics. I’ve participated in local cleanups and it’s depressing how much garbage people are willing to toss outside. A lot of that is plastic. I do not get the impression that he shaved his head and is expecting everyone else to do so—I mean up to now he seems to date women with long hair! In Holland, you can’t buy single use plastic utensils, plates, cups or straws. Most plastic bottles have a deposit which you get when you bring the empty bottle back to the store. Plastic packaging of food, especially produce, is slowly being reduced as well. Shampoo containers and such—we need to still work on that here. The bar shampoos are something I need to look into, thanks for the tip.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I am jealous that there are so many countries in Europe that have identified and taken action in eliminating the problematic issues with one use plastic.

      Americans need to get on the same bandwagon as well. Though more recycling plants are being built in the US, it doesn’t confront the real issue that lie at the feet of manufacturers as well as industries that push and sell one single use plastic, like those that purchase one use plastic and the industries that force one use plastic as well.

      We must demand better from ALL of them!!

  9. GR says:

    “Guys with short hair can get away with just shampoo” – so can women with short hair.

  10. Still In My Robe says:

    Government regulation will still be necessary to make the biggest impact, but we need more of this from celebrities. If you’re shilling a product that is packaged in plastic, you need to stop. It is tough to find the shampoo and conditioner bars that work for a particular hair type, but once you do—the best! So easy to travel with, so easy to use just the amount that you need, so easy to find unscented options, and so easy to use it as your body soap, body moisturizer, etc. Highly recommend working to spend the time finding the bar combo that works for you. After much trial and error, my hair loves Nóle bars. And I always add oil to my hair afterward, regardless of washing product, so don’t know how it would fare on it’s own.

  11. BeanieBean says:

    Gotta say, I was of two minds about even opening this post. Jason with no hair!! Oh noes!! Ah well, if it brings more attention to the issue, and more action, OK then. I lived in Hawaii for six years. Those islands are so small & so isolated, you become very very aware of all your buying, consumption, and discard habits & how they need to change. Let’s get rid of single-use everything. Less packaging. We’re killing ourselves & our non-human co-Earth-habitants.

  12. Miasys says:

    I love LUSH. They really do walk the walk. They also recycle their plastic pots, you get $1 off for each pot you return to the store.

  13. Molee says:

    Did Lenny Kravitz also shave his head (or maybe cut off his locs) after splitting with Lisa Bonet? Probably not a pattern and only coincidence, but still an interesting occurrence.

  14. Noo says:

    He seems like a really lovely human being. And, I wish he would change that social media handle, pride of gypsies when he has seemingly no connection to Roma people (unless I am missing something?)….

  15. Therese says:

    Please, dear friends, take this a step further. I am late reading this, so I am afraid no one will read my comment. Aluminum is a heavy metal, hard to get out of the body and the brain, can cause all kinds of health problems and auto immune disorders and alzheimers. Please go for stainless steel containers to drink out of, and glass bottles. I had to give up my favorite Zevia sodas because of the aluminum cans. Sigh……Then I bought a fizzy water making thing at Bed Bath and Beyond because I thought I had to have carbonated water. Peace and health to you