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Water Day: How 2nd and 3rd Day Hair Helps Your Hair and the Planet

Help the environment while helping your hair.

World Water Day is March 22. This year, the theme is making the invisible visible. This refers to the groundwater we use every day. Let’s face it, we don’t see groundwater all of the time, but it’s a crucial source that’s needed in our life.

Groundwater is like a hidden treasure since it makes our life so much better. We can safely assume that you’re wondering how on earth this relates to hair. Everything from the water we use in the shower to the water in our hair care products impacts our water consumption and the overall groundwater. While it may not happen in our lifetime, if we don’t start making conscious decisions to reduce our water use, over time this precious resource may run out quicker than we think.

Keep scrolling to find out how 2nd and 3rd-day hair and the products you choose play a big role in saving how much water you use throughout your daily life.

Ways 2nd and 3rd Day Hair are Beneficial

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Use dry shampoo to prolong the length of time between hair washes.

Your 2nd and 3rd-day hair can be beneficial not only for your scalp but the earth too. Specifically, sporting slightly dirty hair can help save more water than you realize.

1. Natural Oils Aren’t Stripped

When your wash your hair every day, the natural oils are stripped and don’t have time to replenish and balance out before your hair is washed again. By waiting for two, three, even four days to wash your hair, you’re giving your natural oils a chance to balance out. When you do this, your hair will feel softer and your scalp won’t be as dry.

If you’re not used to waiting a couple of days in between hair washes, it may take time for your scalp and hair to adjust. At first, your hair may feel greasier. As you do this more often, your hair and scalp will adjust and the oil production will balance out.

2. Shorter Showers Help Save Water for Water Day

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (PDF), the average shower time is eight minutes, and the average showerhead dispenses 2.1 gallons of water per minute. So, throughout your shower, you’re using just over 16 gallons of water. Trust us, we were surprised by the amount of water that’s used too.

When you don’t wash your hair every day, you can significantly decrease the length of your shower, which instantly saves water. By cutting your shower in half every day, you could be saving 56 gallons of water per week if you’re shower is around eight minutes long.

3. Hairstyles Hold Better

When your hair is dirtier and has more oil in it, dry hairstyles will hold better. This is because the oils add texture and grip to your strands. Everything from curls to updos will hold more securely.

4. Less Damage and Save Time

Not only are you saving water by going two, three, or four days without washing your hair, but you also save a lot of time. Not taking to take the time to wash, dry, and style your hair will save you so much time in the morning. Plus, you’ll most likely be using less heat on your hair too, so you won’t experience as much damage.

5. Turn Water Off While Shampooing

There does come a time when you eventually do need to wash and condition your hair. On wash days you can be mindful of how much water you’re using by turning off the water while you shampoo and condition your hair. Even if this is just for a couple of minutes, you’ll be saving many more gallons of water than you realize


Eco-Friendly Products

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Pick eco-friendly products when washing your hair.

When it does come time to wash your hair, help the environment by being conscious about the products you choose. This is great to do for any day, not just Water Day.

Shampoo and Conditioner for Water Day

So, you’re wanting an eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner set? Love Beauty and Planet Camellia Tea Water & Vitamin Shampoo and Conditioner is a great option. We love this set because it’s sulfate-free and infused with camellia tea and vitamin E. These ingredients help remove build-up on the scalp while protecting the moisture of your hair.

Another reason we love this set so much is that the formula is 100% biodegradable and the packaging is 100% recyclable. Plus, Love Beauty and Planet have made a promise to offset 100% of the product’s carbon footprint from sourcing, producing, and shopping to store by purchasing carbon credits from verified projects that remove emissions within two years.

Dry Shampoo

On days you don’t wash your hair, but want to give it a pick-me-up, opt for dry shampoo. We love Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is infused with coconut water and uses tapioca starch to absorb excess oil, leaving your strands more voluminous. This product is also waterless and made up of 97% naturally derived ingredients.

From a healthier scalp to saving gallons of water, there are many ways going two or three days between hair washes can be beneficial.

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