How many litres of water do you think go down in that quick 5 minutes shower you rush in to the bathroom to have? Nothing less that 40 litres of water is used if you really care to know. Conservation experts have repeatedly warned about the environmental dangers of wasting water but have you been taking heed when it comes to your daily shower?
Grab a towel to dab your body, here are 5 tips to speeding up your shower routine.
Don’t turn on the water until you’re ready
Try a cleansing conditioner
Rather than using separate shampoo and conditioner, use a does-it-all cleansing conditioner to save time in the shower. Not only are they efficient, they’re great for coarse hair types thanks to their detergent-free, gentle formulas. If you don’t want to use a cleansing conditioner every day, you can use them every other time you wash your hair to give it a break from shampoo. Kérastase Discipline Curl Ideal Cleansing Conditioner is great for curly girls.
Need to shave your legs? Do it whilst your conditioner (or indeed, cleansing conditioner) is in your hair. Or use an oil wash like Le Labo’s Mandarin Shower Oil to clean your body, as it can double up as a shaving oil too. It has the added bonus of leaving skin super-hydrated.
Turn off the water whilst you lather up
While you’re massaging product into your scalp, or working body scrub into your skin, there’s no need to have the water running throughout. Switch it off and you could save several litres of water being wasted. Or if you’re feeling particularly efficient, take a “navy shower” – a technique originating on naval ships which uses 30 seconds to get wet before the water is turned off, then lathering up, turning on the water and taking a minute to rinse off.
Finish on an ice-cold rinse
It stimulates circulation, closes pores, seals your hair cuticle and it’ll get you out of the shower pretty fast, we guarantee you.