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How to master an eco-friendly hair routine

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These seven tips will ensure your shower-and-styling regimen is kinder to the environment.

So you want to green your hair routine? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3…4, 5, 6, 7. These seven simple solutions will minimize the amount of water and electricity you use in your day-to-day life—which means you’ll save money and the environment, too. You’ll also cut back on your use of harmful chemicals. And if seven steps seems like way too much, incorporating just one or two of these ideas is an excellent start.


1. Say no to baths.

Don’t shoot the messenger, but just one full bath can use upwards of 150 liters. That’s a whole lot of water. Try minimizing the number of baths you have each month, swapping baths for showers or only filling the bath halfway to save valuable fresh water, which makes up only one percent of the earth’s accessible water supply.


2. Install a low-flow showerhead.

An easy way to cut down on the amount of water you use during each shower is to swap your showerhead (which likely uses about 9.5 liters each minute) to a high-efficiency model. Look for a WaterSense label, which translates to a usage of about 7.6 liters of water per minute. You’ll save 9.5 liters for every five minutes you spend in the shower—and those liters add up!


3. Reduce your shower time and temperature.

Slice a couple minutes off your shower—or turn off the water completely when you’re shampooing, shaving your legs or scrubbing your bod—to further minimize water usage. Every minute you trim will save 7.6 to 9.5 liters. To save on energy consumption as well, decrease your shower temperature from scalding to lukewarm.


4. Dry your mane with organic cotton towels.

Skip conventional cotton towels in favor of organic cotton, which reduces soil erosion, diminishes water and energy use during production and also curtails the run-off of harmful chemicals into the soil and waterways.


5. Use your towels a few times before washing them.

It may be tempting to throw your towel in the basket after every use, but fight the urge. The fewer loads of laundry you wash, the more eco-friendly your shower routine will be. Also use cold water and natural detergents for each load and hang your towels to dry.


6. Take a break from your blow dryer or use an energy-efficient one.

Skipping time with the blow dryer is not only good for the environment, but it’s also healthy for your hair because the heat can damage and dry out your locks. That’s why it’s smart to use products that allow you to style without a dryer, like the Matrix Air Dry collection. But if the thought of life without a blow dryer is too hard to handle, try to find an eco-friendly model. A low-wattage dryer is ideal, but the wattage must be high enough to dry your hair quickly. Energy wattage for hair dryers ranges from about 1000 watts to 2000 watts, so choose a tool on the lower end for reduced power consumption. Also make sure it has temperature settings so you can turn down the heat, especially if you have fine hair that dries quickly. To go the extra distance, choose a dryer made with recyclable materials.


7. Swap your hair-care and styling products to an eco-friendly line.

Try to be more conscious of the ingredients you’re putting on your mane and washing down the drain. Look for hair-care lines that have ingredients of natural origin, are free of parabens and use recyclable packaging. Matrix Biologe R.A.W., for example, is made with 99 percent ingredients of natural origin and features shampoos, conditioners and masks in addition to styling products. [Click here for more on the eco-friendly ingredients in this range.] Take part in the #LIVERAW pledge, Biolage R.A.W. program for healthier hair, and make a difference on the environment, too.


Follow these eco-friendly hair routine tips and you’ll ensure that achieving a soft, healthy, manageable mane doesn’t come at the expense of the environment. Though seven changes may seem like a lot at first, once you make the swap you’ll wonder why you ever did anything else.



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