Green Yourself: 7 Ways To ReThink Your Grooming Habits

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In our dream life, we're the kind of person who can be showered, dressed and ready in 15 minutes. Our lifelong enslavement to the blow dryer prevented that dream from coming true. Recently, however, we've (pardon the pun) cut the cord on that relationship and it made us wonder if there were other ways we could rethink our grooming habits to make them more eco-friendly...

  • Cut out the blow dryer: Rethink your hair style so that air drying's an option. We splurged on a pricey hair procedure called the Brazilian Blowout. What we paid out in cash we've more than made up for in time and energy saved (no more 45 minute blow outs to tax our patience and the power grid).
  • Shorten your showers: Do you really need to take a half hour hot shower? Use a timer, take a Navy shower or install a pause button so you can turn off the water while you soap up or lather your hair. You might also consider showering less often, especially in the winter when the water will rinse off the natural oils that keep your skin and hair from drying out.
  • Hair removal: Pamper yourself with a real shave; use a real razor and tub soap instead of foam and eliminate the need for disposable razors, have your legs waxed or wax them yourself.
  • It's that time: Yes, even the most intimate grooming rituals can been greened.
  • Nails: Instead of polish, try having your nails buffed to a high sheen. It's healthier for you and for the environment.
  • Toothpaste: Try a natural toothpaste like Tom's or go the simplest route and try baking soda.
  • Change your grooming products: Instead of chemically laden products, try organic ones, including natural makeup; instead of pricey creams and masques, look into products you can make from the ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry. Look at the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner.

How have you greened your grooming habits? Share your tips in the comments.

[image: Helga's Lobster Stew's Flickr with a Creative Commons License]