Today is Earth Day, and the celebration isn’t just going on at your local park. I’m celebrating Earth MONTH right here, and you – lucky, beautiful bella, you – might win an amazing prize pack from Aveda!

I already let y’all know – I’m an Aveda Water Warrior. This month I’m partnering with the eco-conscious beauty and haircare brand to raise awareness of a very important cause. Together, we can make a difference.

As a Water Warrior, I’m making changes in my life to protect and conserve clean water. I’m supporting Meatless Monday and trying to eat meatless more often, because I know this will make me feel healthier, and also it takes up to 5,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.

I’m doing my part to conserve electricity, because I know that every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of traditional electricity that we use takes about 2 gallons of fresh water to make.

Every 21 seconds a child dies from lack of access to clean water, and through small personal acts like the ones I’ve mentioned, and larger acts, like buying the Light the Way™ candle — 100% of the proceeds will support the Global Greengrants Funds’ water-related projects.

Side note: If you buy a 2011 Light the Way™ soy wax candle and enter the code AFROBELLA at checkout, then Aveda will count each purchase towards me possibly joining them on their very special annual trip to India this fall, to see exactly how their fundraising efforts help those in need.

Regardless of that, I do respect their cause. And in order to get more of you thinking about ways you can help the planet beyond Earth Day – I happily present the Aveda Water Warrior Earth Day giveaway!

One lucky bella will get a lovely assortments of tried and tested natural hair approved products used on me during Aveda’s NYFW Tweet Up as well as a Light the Way™ candle and one of Aveda’s Chakra™ Body Mists.

That includes:

– Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo:
Drenches even the driest, most brittle hair with moisture, leaving it soft, supple, touchable.
Instantly improves dry hair up to 63%, when used as part of our Dry RemedyTM Moisturizing System
Patent-pending Deep-Moisture complex penetrates hair to deliver lasting, intense moisture, powered by buriti oil, pomegranate and palm-derived conditioners
Relaxing floral aroma blend with certified organic palmarosa, ylang ylang and rose geranium, plus a hint of vanilla. One of 7 groundbreaking products honored with Gold-level Cradle to Cradle certification.

Daily conditioning formula with quinoa protein helps repair and re-moisturize damaged hair—infusing it anew with healthy movement, silkiness and shine.

— Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner
Our daily conditioning formula with quinoa protein helps repair and re-moisturize damaged hair—infusing it anew with healthy movement, silkiness and shine.
Part of a three-step restructuring system
Helps hair weakened by chemical processes, heat styling and environmental exposure
Formula blends phellodendron, sandalwood and barley to smooth the hair cuticle
With quinoa protein—to help strengthen and repair hair from the inside out

Light the Way™ candle

— Chakra™ 1 Balancing Body Mist
Chakra 1 is the center where we ground ourselves and take care of our basic needs. When the root chakra is balanced, one has good energy, a feeling of security and a healthy body awareness.

An authentic fusion of pure essential oils blended to balance the root chakra according to Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Essences of olibanum, organic patchouli and vetiver leave one feeling well-balanced.

One bella will win all of the above! How can it be YOU? There are TWO WAYS. Here’s how!

Way to enter #1 – leave a comment below telling me the environmentally friendly things you’re doing to save the planet on Earth Day and beyond.

Way to enter #2Follow Aveda on Twitter and send us the following tweet: “Hey @Afrobella, I’d like to win your @Aveda Earth Month #waterwarrior giveaway!”

I will close the contest on Tuesday and pick a winner next week.

Good luck, bellas! Happy Earth Day AND Happy Easter!

edited on Tuesday 4/26/2011 – and the comments on this giveaway are officially closed! Thanks to you all for entering, winner will be chosen by the end of the week!

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