The beauty industry, like many other industries, has done its best to capitalize on the “green” movement. Many salons and manufacturers of styling products proudly profess to be “eco-friendly” or “green”, knowing that these buzzwords will help to attract new customers. However, many of these salon clients who pay top dollar for the latest “organic” shampoo or conditioner also buy ozone-depleting aerosol hair spray and then go home and blowdry, curl, or straighten their hair using styling tools which waste electricity. Many salons touting the latest eco-friendly styling products have no qualms about using harsh chemicals to perm and color hair or to create artificial nails.
The fact of the matter is that the “green” movement is more about capitalizing on a consumer-driven trend than it is about being eco-friendly. When it comes to beauty, being eco-friendly should not begin at the spa or the hair salon, it should begin at home. Eco-friendly beauty doesn’t mean simply avoiding chemicals, but it is also about conserving resources such as water and electricity. So forget about the $35.00 bottles of all-organic sulfate-free botanical shampoo (which probably smells like rotten fruit and lathers as well as motor oil anyway) and other fancy products. Here are some eco-friendly beauty tips that are designed to benefit Mother Nature, not Corporate America.
1. Don’t shampoo your hair every day. Not only is this better for your hair, it is also better for the environment. Water is our planet’s most valuable resource and should be conserved whenever possible.
2. Set your hair in rollers. Think roller sets are for grandmothers? Think again. Roller sets are the secret to voluminous hair and bouncy curls, and are the secret weapon in every celebrity stylist’s arsenal. Using rollers instead of curling irons and blowdryers will also conserve electricity.
3. Go short. Think about it. If everyone cut their hair half as short as they currently have it, we would use half as much water, shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.
4. Go grocery shopping. Some of the best beauty products can be found in the produce section of your local supermarket. Yogurt and eggs can be used to make a very effective facial masque, and a vinegar rinse is a great way to add shine to your hair and prevent color from fading.
5. Henna. Non-damaging ammonia-free and peroxide free hair dye has been around for thousands of years, made from the henna shrub. Henna, as well as other plant-derived dyes, can be found in many health food stores and shops that sell holistic and herbal products.
Being eco-friendly shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. As you can see, some of the best eco-friendly beauty tips are inexpensive or free.