It's no secret that California is in trouble. From water saving tips to "California Gold" campaigns, Californians are aware that we need to do something. No one uses more water than hair stylists. From shampoos to treatments, even washing our mixing bowls I see so much water waste not just at home, but in the salon as well. With these great tips, who better than salon professionals to educate clients and partner with California's missions and messaging to conserve water.
- When you need hot water, use faucets closest to your hot water heater. Hot water has less distance to travel in this manner and you waste less water waiting for it to reach you.
- Remind yourself and your family. Use a note system at your water sources to stay water-wise.
- Turn water pressure down whenever possible.
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth or saving. This is extremely helpful in all instances.
- While waiting on shower water to heat up, save running water in a large pitcher and use for other things like watering plants or lawn, or even basic household cleaning.
- Make it fun. Come up with a strategy with your family or friends to celebrate the idea of conserving water rather than making it a chore. People are motivated by vision, goals, or fun ideas. Brainstorm with your family or friends to find out what THEY are doing to conserve water and participate in the needs today.
- Find out what your kids know and learn from them. Today, more and more schools are teaching kids recycling, conservation methods, etc.
- Three Minute Thursdays (Or other such idea). Take 1 or 2 days per week and make them your "focus days." Find ways to conserve whether it's military shower methods, or simply cutting down time in the shower, running less water for the bath, etc.
- Dry Shampoos. Many clients in the salon that have long hair are getting more time in between shampoos by using dry shampoo. Hair performs better with a little "build-up" and many clients love the texture and feel of their hair a couple of days after an initial shampoo. Using dry shampoos (obviously) uses less water in hair care and helps hair perform and look its best between care.
- A note to salon and beauty professionals - Discard excess chemicals in the trash receptacles rather than washing them down the drain. Disposing of extra chemicals not only requires more water to rinse and wash bowls, but also sends toxic chemicals down the drains and into our water systems.
- Professional hair care is always better than DIY hair care. DIY hair color is messy, and many clients waste too much water trying to rinse chemicals or color out by themselves. Salon services are much better and salon professionals are set up for shampooing and cleaning hair in contained areas. DIY at home often makes a huge mess - requiring excess water for clean up of counter tops, floors or tubs if clients make a mess.
- Cut down on car-wash appointments. Go every 10-12 days rather than once a week. Space it out.
With the much-needed rain this week, it's refreshing that California may finally get some water. But we should all do our parts to help with this. Enjoy and be water-wise.