I decided to stop coloring my hair last December. I had it with all the drippy, goopy, smelly liquid running all over my head and staining my clothes and skin. I stopped getting my nails done about that time, too. I gave it a lot of thought and decided that the money could go to a much better cause like feeding the hungry, or education or the environment. Plus, who am I kidding? It’s highly unlikely that anyone would mistake me for a 25 year old, nor would I want them to. I’ve grown a lot as a person since that time and I would not want to go back to those days.
I had several reasons for taking these steps. I couldn’t be sure that these products weren’t tested on animals. I can’t reconcile my vanity being the cause of some creature’s suffering. Also, what effect are these chemicals having on the environment? The liquids are going into the water system, and then what? And what about my health? I’m unsure about the long-term effects of these products, not only on my health, but on the health on the stylist or nail technician. I confess that well-groomed nails have always been a weakness of mine. I loved the look of them, but I felt that it was time to move on. If the money that I didn’t spend could save one life, or help the environment, or aid a child’s education, it was well worth it.
It has been coincidental that since I made these decisions we have been quarantined and I would have had to forgo the above-mentioned procedures anyway. I’m not saying that because I stopped doing this you should have to. My decision was my own. But I felt like this was worth sharing.
I’ve learned a lot of things while doing research for this blog. I’ve learned that bar soaps are better for the environment than liquid soaps because their transport uses less energy than soaps and cleansers in bottles. I’ve also learned that the microbeads in some cleansing products are quite often made of plastic; plastic that gets into our waters and into the marine life and is quite harmful. I also learned that the brand of soap that I have used for years is engaged in animal testing. So I did a little more research. I looked for organic soap that is cruelty free. I decided to purchase Bali Soap (balisoap.net). I purchased a box of six fragrances: Papaya, Ylang-Ylang, Lemongrass, Jasmine, Coconut and Vanilla. I’m not going to kid you; these soaps cost more than the soaps you can get in a discount store. It’s a trade-off. I save money in other ways in order to sleep better at night. I’ll never be rich and I don’t care. I have enough. I have more than enough. I am blessed beyond measure.
While looking online for organic soaps, I also stumbled across “The Right to Shower” soap ( https://www.therighttoshower.com/). The Right to Shower is a pretty cool collection of bath products that gives 100% of their proceeds to providing free showers to people who are forced to live on the streets, helping them to regain their dignity. They have a nice selection of scents. I selected “Joy”, which is tangerine and honeysuckle. Hopefully that will bring some joy into the life of someone who needs it.
On the positive side, while doing research for this post, I discovered that many cosmetics and nail polish companies now produce cruelty-free products. But the economic and environmental impacts still weighed heavy on my mind.
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” Bob Kerrey