Why Has Everyone Stopped Washing Their Hair?

by Monday, October 3, 2016

It’s a dirty little {not so} secret.  Most women don’t wash their hair daily…or even every two days…I know some girls who go a full WEEK without washing their tresses!

The concept of not washing your hair often has always been a thing, but it has definitely gained popularity the last few years- at least from what I can tell.

I was always that girl who washed her hair every damn day.  I engage in super sweaty workouts almost daily, so the idea of skipping a wash sounded yucky and I was sure that my hair would be a disaster….but that is not really the case….

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Lets start with why. Why are women not washing their hair?  What are the benefits?

Well there are huge benefits for everyone!  Not washing your hair as much makes your hair healthier in the long run.  The more we touch our hair and mess with it, the more chances it has of breaking.  So if you stop aggressively shampooing so often your hair will stay stronger and break less…which is the first pro!  Secondly, the natural oils produced on your scalp are great for the health of your hair.  Stripping your hair of those oils daily will make your hair weaker, frizzier and drier, no matter how much conditioner you use.  You do need to wash away those oils sometimes to battle buildup, but doing so daily will usually only cause hair troubles.

Another huge reason to stop washing your hair is for all my color-using babes out there: your color will last MUCH longer and won’t fade if you wash it less.  It’s no secret that I color my hair, I have been doing it since I was maybe…17?  It’s been so long that I don’t really know what my natural color is anymore- all I know is that its not very pretty and looks more like a weird mousey dirty blond that no one strives for.  Sorry nature, but no thanks.

I get it colored about every 3 months or so, and I used to have a lot of trouble with my color fading, turning brassy and losing its brightness.  About a year ago, I started only washing my hair about twice a week.  Sometimes I wash it more, sometimes less…it sort of depends on whats going on that week.  For instance, if I have to be on set shooting something and I did a crazy sweaty workout that morning, I will definitely wash my hair so it is fresh, regardless of when my last wash was.  So I don’t follow any exact science, I just try to wash it as little as I can get away with.

Some days, when my hair just feels gross but I don’t want to wash it… I will wash it with water only, then condition it.  This works great- especially if you are like me and workout a lot!

Since changing my washing ways, I have noticed my color lasts WAY longer and my typically dry hair is healthier, stronger and it grows out more evenly (probably because its not breaking as much).

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I rely heavily on dry shampoo- as do most women who forgo the daily wash.  I have tested SO many and there are some great products out there.  They sop up the oil, give your hair a fresh bouncy feel and make it smell good.  After 3 or 4 days of sweaty workouts, you DEF need something to make your locks smell great!

My favorite every day dry shampoo is by Batiste– it is inexpensive, but works just as well as its high end counterparts… and its super light.  I even use it on my freshly washed hair to add a little volume.  It smells great and the spray blends well- no weird powder marks!

Another I LOVE is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray– it serves as a dry shampoo and texturizing spray.  It is also super light and won’t cause a lot of build up…Oh, and it smells like literal heaven.  It’s a little more expensive, so I use it when I really need my hair to look amazing- I like to sort of “save it” for special days!

If you have oily hair, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day would be perfect for you- it is a little bit stronger.  I don’t have oily hair, so I use this when I am on, like, day 3 or 4 of no washing and it does the trick. I use it more sparingly, a little goes a long way.

Once I spray on my dry shampoo, rub it into my scalp and brush it through, I use a little bit of hair oil on my ends.  My go-to is Moroccan Oil.  A little bit of the oil, warmed up between your fingers, and massaged into the ends will give your hair a healthy look.  And doing these two things saves a lot of time- you won’t have to blow dry and style as often and your hair will thank you for it.

How often do you wash?  Any great product recommendations?  I am all ears!

XO Katrina

 

 

 

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