no longer have to be a granola-crunching hippie to be concerned about
the environment and the damage being done to it by the mounds of
disposable plastic razors, packaging, and toxic chemicals associated
with removing hair. But if youíre not enough of a hippie to leave the
hair where it is, you have several reasonably green options for
smoothing your body. Here are four methods that are effective, safe, and
best of all, environmentally conscious.
Sugaring is an ancient Arabic form of hair removal
that uses a simple paste of sugar, lemon juice, and water that has been
heated into a honey-like consistency and smoothed on to the skin. Strips
of cotton are then placed over the mixture and pulled off. Some
techniques even bypass the cotton strips. Sugaring is less irritating to
the skin than waxing, contains no dangerous chemicals, and produces
little waste (the cotton strips can be washed and reused). It is said to
be less painful than waxing and is good for larger areas such as legs,
underarms, and the bikini area.
Threading is an Eastern technique that also goes
back centuries. A twisted piece of cotton thread is manipulated to pull
hairs out singly or in a straight line. It takes some practice to get
the technique down, but requires nothing beyond a piece of string and is
especially effective in shaping the brows. Experienced threaders work
very quickly and professional threading actually costs less than waxing.
Plucking. Notice a pattern? The most eco-friendly
methods of hair removal are also the oldest and the simplest. If you
already pluck, good for you! Plucking is the greenest of the traditional
hair removal methods. All you need is a pair of tweezers and some time.
Best for brows and other small areas -- most women donít have the time
to pluck their legs!
Shaving with a non-disposable razor. Razors just
arenít that eco-friendly, but the ones with replaceable blades are much
more so than disposable plastic razors. If you canít take the pain of
sugaring or threading, a well-made razor is your friend. Just be sure to
take good care of the blade to extend its lifetime and pair it with an
eco-friendly shaving cream.
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