Friday, April 29, 2011

Do You Shampoo?

I have a confession to make. I haven't been washing my hair everyday. Some people may cringe in disgust and others may just shrug their shoulders because it really is not that big of a deal. For me, it is a BIG deal. Some people can go days without washing their hair and I have heard it is better for your hair if you simply do not wash it daily. For someone like me who has oily hair, it is a preposterous idea to not wash my locks every single day. I know what you're thinking...if I don't wash it everyday, I will eventually train it and it won't be so oily. The key word in that sentence is, "eventually".  To suffer through a day with unclean hair is trying. It makes me feel dirty. I could not possibly fathom going days or weeks without sudsing up. Then I read yet another article touting the wonderful effects of not washing. I have no idea where it is, or I would certainly cite it, but it got me rethinking the daily washing.

What to do when you don't shampoo? Use dry shampoo. I have it. Right now I use 7Seconds Dry by Unite. I use it occasionally. I am not completely sold on it. I'm also considering trying Bumble & Bumble's Hair Powder in Brown. Yes, dry shampoo soaks up the excess oil and it does allow you to style your hair a little easier because it gives you texture, but I still have that I-need-to-shower-ASAP feeling. I can move past it if I occupy my thoughts and disregard the urge to stick my head under the bathroom sink to wash my hair with hand soap. Then I read an article online. I wish I could find it, but I can't seem to find it again even after searching through my web history. Anyway, essentially what it said is this woman stopped washing her hair six weeks ago. I cringed. Did you? I kept reading on. She doesn't "wash" it, but she has been rinsing it. Hmmmm...something I might be able to get behind. Then she uses some kind of oil and works it into her hair. I am leery about adding oil to my hair, but the rinsing was something I hadn't considered. So I tried it.

Tuesday morning I washed and dried my hair. Wednesday morning I rinsed it and dried it. I had to add some leave-in conditioner though because my hair was really tangled. My hair looked great! Thursday morning I woke up, rinsed again, conditioned the ends, and dried it. Even though it was still styling well, Thursday was a struggle. I was having that need-to-wash feeling again, but I stuck it out. I pulled it up in a bun before bed and pinned back my bangs because I didn't want to feel my "dirty" hair on me. I woke up this morning and seriously contemplated only rinsing again today because it certainly didn't look dirty and surprisingly it didn't feel dirty, but I have that film project and I thought it would be best if I had clean hair. So I broke down and lathered up.

Though I highly doubt I will be attempting 6 weeks without really washing, I may have found a time saving beauty routine for some mornings. I seem to have found the trick for me and my hair, so I think I'll be rinsing a lot more and washing a little less.


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