Earth Day: easy tips for eco-friendly hair care that benefits you and the planet.

earth day hair care tips

You really can make a difference.

Filter Your Shower Water

A shower filter that removes over 90% of chlorine in your water? Oh, yeah. We love the Aquasana Shower Filter! This filter is engineered for high quality water and minimum water pressure loss. With a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute, this is one of the more eco-friendly filters available. Softer hair, softer skin and softer curls. Less product?

Eat Your Veggies

Not everyone can go meatless, but for those that can, hats off to you! Go meatless once a week or once a month, but make sure to eat those skin and hair-healthy veggies! How does this help the environment? The commercial production of meat results in animal by-product pollution, consumption of water resources and deforestation. Going meatless on occasion is indeed helping the earth - and your hair.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - Your Hair

Cutting long locks? You can donate your ponytail to one of the many organizations that create and provide natural hair wigs for those battling cancer or receiving treatment that causes hair loss. Donating hair to a reputable organization gives others the chance to go on with their lives with a boost in self-esteem - and it will make you feel good, too. Check with your salon to see if they offer a hair donation program, or consider Locks of Love or the Canadian-based Angel Hair for Kids program. Check the requirements for donating your hair; some hair cannot be donated if dyed or bleached. Also, you may need to have your stylist put your hair in a ponytail before cutting. Most organizations accept ponytails by mail. Today's pony express!

Eco-Friendly Salons and Spas

If you are in the market for a new salon or spa, why not really pamper yourself with an eco-friendly salon? Eco-friendly salons are becoming more popular every year, as clients want to be bathed in the luxury of "naturalness." But wait! You are helping the environment, remember? Eco-friendly salons pride themselves on water and waste management, sustainability, and energy efficiency, too. This sounds like a win-win to me.

Calling All Product Junkies: Bring Your Bags!

I recently discovered, much to my chagrin, that I am a product junkie. I also have a habit of exchanging makeup for a lighter shade, or a blouse for a larger size (also much to my chagrin). I am the proud owner of at least 20 reusable shopping bags. I get a sense of pride when I bring my shopping bags with me to the store. Mere mortal that I am, I forget my bags on occasion, and I always end up with a few plastic bags at home. Need to return something? No problem! Grab a plastic bag, stuff your goodies in it, and take delight when the clerk at the expensive cosmetics store sees you walk in with the plastic bag from the 99 cent chain store. And take your exchange home in the same bag. My point? Those plastic bags you've collected? Use them several times before you recycle them. They come in handy!

With a little diligence on your part, any of these tips can help you make a small difference with global impact. Pretty soon these changes will become new, good habits and you'll be looking over your shoulder at the old habits you've left in the dust. Who knew hair care could be so responsible?


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