Washing your hair every day is not necessary.
In fact, by stripping it of its natural oils, you are doing more harm than good. Because hair needs moisture, your locks compensate when washed too frequently by producing an excess of oil, or sebum. I know it sounds like sorcery, but you can actually train your hair to be less oily over time by gradually transitioning to longer periods of time between shampooing.
It takes me about 5 minutes to wash, condition, and rinse my hair in the shower. And I spend about 20 minutes drying and straightening my hair after washing it. I used to do this every day. I was spending almost three hours per week on my hair — that’s more than six days per year! And while my time is precious, that doesn’t even take into consideration the amount of product, water, and electricity I was using.
Two years ago, I decided to give dry shampoo a try. Dry shampoo comes in the form of a powder, so I was skeptical. I thought I’d end up looking like a gray chinchilla with all of that powder in my hair. But I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. On the days I skipped my usual shampoo/conditioner routine in the shower, my hair looked just as fresh as always thanks to the dry shampoo. Now I only wash my hair every other day at most. And the dry shampoo I’ve been using? I’m still using the same bottle of it that I purchased two years ago when this experiment began. A little goes a long way.
On days that I don’t wash my hair, I wear a shower cap and take much shorter showers. After my shower, I take off the shower cap and rub a small amount of dry shampoo into my roots and brush it through. I then use my hair straightener to smooth any frizz. If my hair needs a little extra lift, I’ll use a teasing comb to fluff up the roots a bit. Done. The whole process takes no more than a couple of minutes. I’m saving so much time, water, and electricity thanks to dry shampoo. Give it a shot and let me know how it works out for you.
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