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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.

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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.

Woman portrait blow drying her hair at the beauty salon image from BigStock.

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  1. I no longer use shampoo or conditioner and long ago stopped blow drying and using irons on my hair. I switched to no-poo using baking soda wash and white vinegar rinse which surprisingly left my hair so soft and static free. It also cured a problem I had with exzema on my scalp and dry flaking which nothing including prescription medications ever remedied. I now only wash my hair 2 times a week and it looks fantastic, better than ever before.

    1. … Hi Lois … thank you for the info … i’m very interested in what you shared … but can you please tell me what is no-poo … & can you please give the exact measure of the baking soda & the vinegar … & how to use them … would be very grateful for your help … love & peace to all … God Bless you Lois …

    2. Lois, that’s great to hear you had such great results with baking soda and vinegar. I’ve been thinking about giving that a try. That’s also very good news about how it alleviated your eczema on your scalp — I’ll have to pass that on to my husband! He has been using a natural shampoo/conditioner with tea tree oil — but baking soda and vinegar would be a lot less expensive.

  2. … Hi Amanda … thank you for this info … very interesting in deed … i’m a bit worried about the chemicals in the dry shampoo though … can you throw some light on this please … i wash my hair with reetha & shikakai … natural soup & conditioner which i prepare myself & use … with your permission … if i may ask Lois a question about what she shared in your comment box … waiting for your reply … have a great day & God Bless you Amanda …

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