Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Day Hair Tips From Celebrity Stylist David Babaii

In case you're unaware, April 22 is Earth Day. While a plethora of companies have invested mega-bucks into marketing "green" campaigns in honor of the celebration, David Babaii hair care has promoted eco-friendly hair care since its inception.

David teamed up with Kate Hudson to launch David Babaii for WildAid, a full range hair line that not only is made with natural, good-for-the-Earth (and you) products, it also gives 10% of its revenue to WildAid, the wildlife conservation organization.

Yay to sustainable beauty!

Here, the man behind the brand and the manes of celebs including Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlet Johansson, Jessica Alba and Demi Moore, David Babaii himself, offers 5 eco-chic ideas for styling hair sans electricity:

1. Get curls and texture without styling tools

For long hair, follow these steps:

  • After shampooing spray your entire head with the David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray scrunch and/or twist sections then allow to air dry.
  • Once dry, if added texture or volume is desired flip your head over and back, give it a quick shake.
  • To set it all in place, lightly spray your hair with hair spray.
For short hair, follow these steps:
  • Towel dry freshly washed hair thoroughly to begin the foundation.
  • Spray your entire head with a Beach Spray and allow to air dry.
  • When hair is dry apply some David Babaii for WildAid Molding Paste and arrange texture until you are happy with the look.
2. Keep your hair fresh without a shampoo

In order to avoid excess oil or buildup (and save on water use), use a bit of baby powder throughout the hair acting as a dry shampoo, which helps eliminate oil and leaves a fresh scent throughout the day. Alternatively, you can use a cosmetic damp cotton pad and dab it around the hairline and roots to eliminate any excess oil. If you wish, mist the pad with a light oil free fragrance or squeeze a few drops from a fresh lemon to give hair that fresh smell

3. Wash your hair the night before - to save time and electricity - and awake up with a style
  • When hair is slightly damp, create multiple sections and braid your hair tying the ends with an elastic band (depending on how much texture you want, make the braids loose (less texture) or tight (more texture)) *the braids do not need to be very precise
  • Next, spray the braids with David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray and go to sleep
  • When you wake up, undo the braids, give your head a little shake, and add in some additional Bohemian Beach Spray to achieve desired texture and volume - this creates a great Bohemian Look.
An Alternate Look:
  • Place all of your hair in a messy ponytail - be creative and twist sections tight or loose to achieve various textures
  • When your pony tail is secured, spray with a Beach Spray and sweet dreams
  • When you awake, undo the pony tail for an effortless but eco-chic look

4. Create style for stick straight hair

For super straight hair, it’s is all about using fun accessories. Play around with different head bands, hair pins, and clips to achieve a fun and playful look. Alternatively, you can tie your hair in a sleek low pony tail.

After tying it up, take small strands of hair and pin them on top of and underneath the pony tail to achieve the illusion of having volume for those with super straight hair.

You can also try my favorite half up style:

  • Section off the sides and top while leaving the back of your hair down.
  • Secure the top and sides with an accessory or simple bobby pins.
  • Allow a few pieces of hair to fall naturally to give you a soft natural look.
5. Use items around the house to achieve glam
  • A new and un-used toothbrush is a great household product; it can be used to back brush close to the scalp area for volume or even sweep away those fly-a-ways. Going back in time, an old soda pop can still do the trick of setting hair and achieving large lopped curls.
  • Other ideas are to use household rubber bands for your messy ponytails or braids. And, don’t discard those dryer sheets. There is usually some fragrance left over to wipe your combs and brushes to not only freshen them but help with static as well.
  • Use ribbons, scarves and other items you have lying around (or even ones that wrapped a gift!) to add some jazz to your ‘do. A ribbon can make a regular ponytail flirty and a scarf can make just about any look more eco-chic. This all helps to reduce the amount of household waste and makes for a great environmentally friendly choice for DIY hair.
I'm loving these ideas and will definitely put them into use on Wednesday. I care about my carbon footprint, damn it!

Do you have any tips for saving electricity and water?


Anonymous said...

Thank you for these awesome ideas!

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