Do me a favor and ask yourself these questions:
Do you spend precious minutes every morning blowing out your locks?
Do you take even more precious momentsflat-ironing your mane like it’s your best all cotton top?
Would you consider your blow dryer a must-pack item on an overnight?
If you said yes to any these questions, then listen up! Because I’m about to preach the hair-gospel truth.
Green Blizzard wants you to consider testing yourself with the “ditch your blow dryer” challenge.
First of all, you are not alone. I too, have fallen victim to the blow dryer burden. I’m pretty sure blow drying my hair has been an staple in my daily-routine since I was old enough to even hold a blow dryer. But in the spirit of an eco-friendly spring and summer (finally!), I think it’s time for you and I to face the facts.
It turns out, we’re not only damaging our hair – putting it under flash high heat pulls out moisture and leaves hair brittle – but we’re also using a shocking amount of energy to do it. Green Blizzard is always looking for suggestions on how to minimize your household electricity consumption, this could be a big step in that direction. Appliance account for 15% of your total energy consumption and a hair dryer can be a big part of it.
Hair dryers produce heat. Obviously. But it’s a lot of heat. Like. A LOT.
In fact, the amount of watt energy a blow dryer uses in just one hour is higher than some of our most standard household appliances.
|Hair Dryer||1200 – 1875|
|Toaster||800 – 1400|
|Coffee Maker||900 – 1200|
|Flat Screen TV||120|
This means that if I watched TV for 10 hours (which I have before…no big deal), I still wouldn’t use as much energy as I would blow drying my tresses for just one. That is crazy!
There isn’t enough Real Housewives in the world to combat the environmental effects of my blow dryer addiction.
And I did the math for myself. It is NOT good. These are numbers based on my lifestyle, so feel free to adjust to fit your own routine. But I have fairly long, thick, wavy hair, and I style while I blow dry which takes a bit longer (versus the standard “just stop being wet!” approach).
In one year, I probably skip blow drying my hair once a week in the winter and fall, and 2 days a week in the spring and summer. That means I blow dry my hair roughly 288 days a year.
So if I use this formula to calculate energy consumption
(Wattage × Hours Used Per Day) ÷ 1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption
1 kilowatt (kW) = 1,000 Watts
My damage comes out to:
1875 Watts × 0.75hour/day × 288 days/year ÷ 1000
405 kWh per year! Which is 800 pounds of CO2, or 800 of these Cubes of CO2
In total, I spend about $45.55 a year (11 cents a kWh) on my energy bill just blow drying my hair. WHAT? To put that into perspective, giving up my blow dryer would save the energy and money equivalent to if I switch from incandescent to CFL light bulbs. See the map for kWh cost in your state
So let’s do it! Let’s quit our blow-out addiction with a spring and summer “Ditch Your Blow Dryer” Challenge.
For 6 months, let’s say goodbye to our blow dryers and shake what our mommas gave us (our hair, I mean).
But don’t worry – I’m not crazy! There will be times you might need to pull out the dryer. A wedding, a big job interview, a date. But try to limit it to must-dry events only.
And you’re probably going to need some good product as you embark on this au natural adventure. So I recommend these sustainable hair care products that will tame your mane for those summer months and leave your hair feeling refreshed and vibrant.
- Always start with a good shampoo and conditioner. Any and ALL sulfate free shampoos will be the more environmental option. Like Purology for dry or color-damaged hair and Aubrey for curly hair.
- No blow dryer means you’ll need to embrace the natural curl. Try Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – made from salt water and sea kelp, it gives your hair a wavy, beachy look.
- Air-dried can sometimes mean flat. For a little volume – try Alterna Volume Uplifting Root Blast
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