I’m about to let you in on a little secret… Come closer… No, closer. That’s better. Are you ready? Here it is:
I haven’t washed my hair in six days.
Ok before you start judging me and calling me a dirty hippie, let me explain! I’ve trained my hair. I’ve trained it well. It knows it’s going to get a wash only once, maaaayyybe twice per week. It’s also insanely thick. I’m talking get-a-headache-when-you-wear-it-up thick. Don’t even get me started on the summer months, when it feels like I’m walking around with a fur blanket atop my head. But I digress.
The point is, you, YES YOU, can do it too. As Americans, we have a tendency to over-wash everything. From our clothes to our hands to our hair, we are washing way too often. Yes, yes, I too love the feeling of getting squeaky clean. BUT when it comes to our bodies, if we over-wash then we are actually stripping our selves of natural oils our body needs to stay balanced. Exhibit A: if you over-wash your hair, your scalp is going to be stripped of the oils it needs to stay healthy. Your glands will react by producing more oil, trying to achieve that desired balance. So over-washing actually leads to increased levels of oil, thus giving you that greasy-scalp feeling.
Ok, fine, you say. But what’s a girl to do? Where do I start? How do I “train” my hair? Well dear friends, you’re not going to like the answer. TIME. It takes time. I’m talking six months, at a minimum. BUT I PROMISE, it’s sooooooo worth it. Imagine a life where you don’t have to wash your hair every. single. day. Think of all the water and time you’d save! Not to mention how much healthier your hair would be! The trick is to start slowly. If you’re a daily hair-washer, try cutting it back to six days a week. Then maybe five. Then every other day. Then maybe even two days! Before you know it, you’ll be competing with the rest of us non-washers for the “who’s gone the longest” title.
But I’m also going to let you in on a little secret that’s going to make the transition much less painful. It’s called dry shampoo, and I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Lots of people swear by different must-haves. And it’s great that there are so many choices on the market. Here I’ve rounded up a few of my personal faves. As with any beauty product, there’s high-end and drugstore, and everything in between. Whatever your price point, go get a bottle and start spraying. Your scalp will thank me, in six to eight months.
- Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher: This one smells fantastic, and leaves little to no white residue.
- Verb Dry Shampoo: For all you non-aerosol fans out there, here is a powder form. The easy-to-use nozzle lets you get it right where you want it.
- R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo: Holy hell do I love this stuff. Might be my favorite. Light, clean scent, and a little goes a long way. This one leaves zero white residue for me!
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: My favorite runner up, this stuff smells as good as the shampoo and also leaves zero residue.
- Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: This one might smell the best.
- Kerastase Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo: Another great scent. The only downside is I feel like it runs out quickly.
- Ouai Dry Shampoo: Confession, I haven’t actually tried this one! But I hear great things and am always looking for new dry shampoos to test out.
- Dove Dry Shampoo: A bargain! This one also smells great and the price point cannot be beat.
So what do you guys think? Will you give it a go? Or better yet, have you tried one I missed? Let me know. Meanwhile, it’s time to wash my hair. Day six is actually starting to smell…
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