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I grew up with the understanding that change is good. Without change, people would get stuck in the same dull routine every day.

    The important change now, according to environmentalists, is that we need to be more aware of the environment, so over the past month I have been trying to do just that.

    I have started driving less, recycling more, and more importantly, I’ve started looking into eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners.

    When I first started looking into “green” hair care it surprised me how many different kinds there were. I had never dreamed green hair products would already be so prevalent.

    Not surprisingly, there are already organic hair care products endorsed by celebrities. Kate Hudson promotes David Babaii’s new line, “David Babaii for WildAid,” which launched July 2.

    It has already received criticism from some skeptics who claim it still contains chemicals, but it has also garnered praise because it was only on Kate Hudson and not on animals.

    My hair is naturally curly, so I blow it dry every day. I also straighten it with intense heat at least once every two weeks, so my hair is not as healthy as it could be.

    After trying a few different brands, my favorite so far has been Aveda’s “Be Curly.” It can be found at any Aveda salon nationwide or ordered from www.aveda.com. The company also carries other shampoos and conditioners for shine, moisture and volume.

    “Be Curly” has an invigorating citrus aroma that helps wake me up in the morning and it cleans off all the products I have to use on my hair to tame frizz.
    Another favorite product of mine is from www.InspiredLiving.com. It is called “Miessence” shampoo and conditioner.

    These products are 75 to 92 percent organic, meaning it is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.

    If money is a concern when shopping for hair care products, be aware that organic products are going to be more expensive when compared on an ounce-by-ounce basis. Most 8.5 ounce bottles sell for $20-$25.

    Most organic companies do not stick to just producing body or hair care products. Instead, they often branch out to make-up and home fragrances as well.

    This is true for both Aveda and InspiredLiving.com, as both companies carry a make-up line as well as a home fragrance and body fragrance line. The prices are a bit higher than non-organic products, but it is important to remember the products’ quality.

    Do not let price be the only deciding factor for beauty products.

    It is an amazingly good feeling when a simple task like washing hair or putting on make-up is no longer bad for the environment.

Sarah Rasmussen is a senior in print journalism. Please send comments to edge@spub.ksu.edu.

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