OK Vancouver, this summer is rocking our world! Everybody can agree on that. We rarely get a heat wave this strong, and I’m loving every minute of it. However, when the sun shines this much and we don’t get enough rain, water conservation becomes a priority. Taking shorter showers, not leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth, and letting your lawn suffer a little are all methods to ensure our reservoir stays full, but what about shaving?
Men, unfortunately there aren’t as many options for you. It’s hardly advisable to wax your face, or pluck every hair from your chinny-chin-chin, but you definitely can cut down on water usage by filling a small bowl with warm water before you start your shave, instead of rinsing under the tap between each stroke.
Women, this is where alternatives to shaving become something to look into. During the summer, us women want to keep our legs silky smooth so we can shamelessly enjoy the beach and wearing short shorts out on the patio. Did you know though, that the average woman consumes 4,680 litres of water EACH YEAR letting the shower run while shaving? This equals out to almost 50 billion litres of water in a country the size of Canada! While I get it, a fresh shave makes you feel and look like a rockstar, that’s our drinking water going to waste.
So what can you do?
Of course, there are several other options when it comes to hair removal for women. One of the most popular, and usually the second type most women (and men who groom body hair) will attempt, is waxing.
Waxing, or even better, using an environmentally friendly sugar or honey formula, uses only a fraction of the water required for shaving, and the paper strips are biodegradable, which means less long-term impact on the planet.
Also, waxing is a much less frequent event than shaving. If you shave regularly, you might be required to do it 2 to 3 times a week (depending on your hair growth rate), while waxing is a once every 4-8 weeks procedure.
While it might seem like sunshine and rainbows, you might ask “why doesn’t everybody wax?”
Well, waxing has a couple of downsides. First of all, it takes a bit more effort than shaving, you need to get the wax strips, get the wax, and set aside the time to warm the wax and apply, etc.. Or you can set up an appointment to have a professional do it.
Second, waxing can be uncomfortable, if not a little painful. The whole idea is that you pull the hair out from the root, which results in long lasting smoothness. However, yanking a few hundred hairs out at once will be a noticeable sensation to say the least! That’s the tradeoff: Time for discomfort.
Another reasonably new method of hair removal, growing in popularity, is using an epilator. What is an epilator? So epilators are basically the mix of tweezing and using an electric shaver. Like waxing, epilation can last for 4-8 weeks, and it can also be uncomfortable (plucking hairs, remember).
However, epilators use very little water and don’t create much waste. They really only use electricity to charge.
The good news (with both waxing and epilation) is that the second growth of hair, after the initial session, is much finer and easier to pluck out, meaning much less discomfort.
The most environmentally conscious form of hair removal would have to be laser or electrolysis. While different procedures, both leave you with permanent hair removal. No more shaving. No more water waste!
The downside to these are that they are costly, which is why everybody doesn’t run out and do it. However, think about the good you’ll be doing Vancouver, and Planet Earth!
So, this summer, think about conserving our water and keeping our city out of drought! Turn off the tap and look at some alternatives to shaving!