What Can Hair Salons Do To Save Water In Cape Town?

The Western Cape province currently finds itself in one of the biggest droughts in South Africa’s history. This is why Carlton Hair SA has taken numerous steps – including a 5-part strategy – in order to decrease their reliance on municipal water and reduce water consumption.

“As a hair salon, water is an essential part of our business operation, however, as part of the Western Cape community, we believe it’s our responsibility to act ethically toward the environment and ensure continued water supply while keeping the economy functioning,” said Byron Mayer, Managing Director of Carlton Hair SA.

Their water-saving campaign aims to offer their clients a more sustainable solution going forward. The plan has 5 components, dictating how water is used at the shampoo area, on the mineral water treatment, in the laundry area, in the cleaning process, and finally the drinking water served to clients. All in all, their aim is to save around 282 112 liters each month.

How is this being done?

The salon explained that the first step of the salon process is the shampoo area. The 4-step process of shampoo, condition, repeat was reduced to a 1-step process, meaning that they only shampoo once. The shampoo is applied to dry hair (instead of rinsing first) and slowly adding water to lather the hair. This intensifies the cleansing, resulting in cleaner hair. When rinsing, both the cold and hot water is used in order to avoid waste – this is a good tip for those who wash their hair at home. In addition, the process includes the use of a leave-in conditioner, thereby saving more water.

Washing and hair treatments

All Carlton Hair salons in the Western Cape are currently using the Water Saving Jug at the basin, instead of running taps. 1 liter is used on fine hair, and up to 3 liters on thick hair. By implementing these measures, the salons have been able to save at least 2 liters of water per client, adding up to 205 546 liters every month.

Drying and cleaning

Moreover, the salons have introduced an in-salon mineral water treatment as an alternative to their existing treatment offering, and made the decision to discontinue their perm treatment until the Western Cape comes out of the drought. They are also making us of easydry™ disposable towels, which is made from the bark of eucalyptus trees and contain no man-made fibers. By using these, they were able to stop washing towels and consequently saved 61 892 liters of water a month.

Lastly, instead of using a mop to clean, they are now mopping their floors by using a spray bottle, the process which saves an average of 7 200 liters per month. All of the staff have been prepped on the new protocol, and everyone is expected to comply to these standards. They also encourage their clients to make use of dry shampoo, leave-in conditioner and re-plumping fillers in order to keep hair looking cleaner for longer. Click here to find these online.

If more businesses would be willing to do their part to save water, Day Zero can be pushed back further in order to keep water available to the public. As water is a major element in our daily lives, it is so important to stay hydrated at all times – even in a drought. Click here to find out how much water you should drink daily.