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Saving water in your… beauty routine

Cape Town’s drought is kak serious, meaning that here in the Mother City, we are being super creative when it comes to saving as much water as possible. 

At home, we try to save every single dribble – literally! Whether it’s while we are brushing our teeth or spraying each other down – quite seriously – with our fancy new sprayer we use as a shower, no H20 goes to waste.

See below reference photo of our new shower:

The same goes with my beauty routine, too, and it consists of far more than just washing my hair less. Here are a few things I do to try and save every drop I can:

  • In between hair-washing days, I use dry shampoo to keep my hair looking and feeling fresh and clean. I hate dirty hair, I hate the feeling, so I knew I needed to find a way to combat that and dry shampoo (or baby powder) was my go-to product.
  • When I do wash my hair I use 2-in-1 shampoo, this helps to cut back on using water to shampoo and rinse my hair, and then condition and rinse my hair. One wash saves water!
  • Using a small hair towel or even a dishcloth to dry yourself after a shower cuts back on your laundry load. A smaller towel means you can fit more washing into one load of laundry, in turn cutting back on the number of loads you need to do.
  • Face wipes or facial water applied with cotton wool has replaced the use of a basin of water to wash my face. Whether that is in the morning or to take my make up off at the end of the day. Baby wipes are the best as they do not contain alcohol and are not fragranced, cutting out the elements that dry out your face.
  • A lot of people have cut their hair so that they have a lot less hair to wash. This is not for everyone and, personally, I am not one to join this queue. However, if you are looking for a change, now is as good a time as any.
  • When brushing your teeth, place a tub in the sink that will catch all of the water that would usually go to waste while wetting and rinsing off your toothbrush. Equally, pouring a small amount of water into a glass and using it to wet and rinse your toothbrush (by dipping it in and out) will further save water. Helen Zille and Suzelle DIY show us how, below (along with numerous other tips):

These are just a few of many, many ways Capetonians are saving water in their beauty routine. If you have more tips to share, please leave them down below so I can implement them into my beauty routine, too!  

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