Thinking of "going green" in honor of Earth Day? Believe it or not, your hair and beauty regimens are two of the best places to start conserving and reusing. Here are a few simple, effective ways to beautify the planet and your self.
Cut back on your use of flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, and other electrical appliances on your hair. Air-dry your locks instead, using roller sets, twists, or braids to add curl and volume; try a paddle or round brush on dry hair for sleek, straight looks. This will save electricity - which is good for the environment and your wallet - and help decrease heat damage on your mane.
Along the same lines, try washing your hair over the kitchen sink instead of in the shower. You'll save plenty of hot water by turning off the tap between rinses, or you can turn off the shower while you lather your hair.
Instead of harsh chemicals, use all-natural shampoos, conditioners, and beauty products, and especially make sure to avoid products containing sulfates. Natural products like Castile and black soap are gentler on your hair (important for ladies with dry or curly locks), leave fewer toxins in our runoff systems, and often come in reusable, recycled packaging.
Or you can take it a step further and make your own beauty products. Using ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar cuts down on the number of products you buy, the amount of packaging used, and the number of pollutants you put into the air, ground, and water. For instance, did you know...
...simple potato slices can reduce dark circles and bags under your eyes?
...leftover strawberries make a great facial mask for oily skin - and bananas do the same for dry faces?
...a teaspoon of the nettles (a common herb) remedies problem dandruff?
...2 tablespoons of baking soda and a capful of mouthwash can wash your hairbrushes, combs, and other styling tools sparkling clean?
Check out some of our previous articles for recipes and tips!
Take care of yourselves,