““Are you over washing your hair?” _____
A question, or should I say a subject that comes up often in my chair. “How often should I wash my hair; Is it ok to wash my hair everyday; I only wash my hair once a week, is that bad?” _____
These are all great questions! Here’s how I like to answer.... I strongly believe you should NOT be washing your hair everyday. My reasoning is simple, your hair is a fabric (remember this from an earlier post?). You don’t wash blue denim jeans everyday. You don’t wash a knitted sweater everyday. You don’t wash a cotton tee shirt everyday. Give your hair a chance to just be. Let it be a little oily. Hey, that’s a good thing! Those oils are there for a reason. To moisturize and protect the scalp. When you over wash your hair, those natural oils go into overdrive mode and think, “whoa, our scalp is dry, we gotta produce more oil!” And this is where the nasty cycle begins.
We over wash our hair, and in doing so our scalp actually becomes aggressively more oily. I hear you when you say, “but I get greasy by the end of the day so I have to wash my hair.” LIE! You’re causing the extra production of oil. Now would be a good time to learn how to braid your hair. Or wear your hair in a chic high ponytail on the second or third day of no washing. I’m begging you, give your hair a break! “But I workout everyday and get really sweaty.” Wear your hair in a sleek chignon. Dry shampoo = best friend and do a simple top knot. There are SO many ways to style your hair when going a day or two without washing.
My recommendations, 1.) get comfortable with having oily hair two-three days a week. It ain’t that big of a deal. 2.) don’t ask me for “white blonde” or “no red” if you’re not following the above recommendation 👆🏼. 3.) learn how to style your hair differently on your no wash days (maybe I’ll make a quickie video with ideas 🤷🏻♀️) 4.) lastly, enjoy the benefits of washing your hair less frequently over time. You’ll hate it at first, but like anything else (diet, exercise, etc) you’ll learn to embrace/like/love it ✌🏼 _____
I know this was a long one, but it had to be said. #teamdirtyhair#embracetheoil#dontjudegme