My haircut was fantastic. It fit my face shape, it was easy to do, easy to care for, and chic. Even though I spent in the upwards of $150.00 on hair products, the cut, and the tip – I rocked it! I thought I had healthy hair.
That is… .until, my hair started breaking. My hair would break and fall into the sink when I brushed it. Putting my hair into a ponytail made it break. It would even break when I combed it gently. It was dry, very damaged, and I needed help. My hair was the opposite of healthy hair. I needed immediate nourishment for my hair.
This post is about NOT washing your hair daily.
Well, engross (no pun intended) yourself in knowledge and be ready to change your mind. 🙂
I decided to do an experiment. Instead of washing my hair daily, I tried washing my hair every other day. I did this for 2 weeks. Then I bumped it to every 3 days for 2 weeks. I was surprised by what happened.
The first thing I realized was that my hair actually styled better. The hassle of drying and applying hair products was gone – saving me time and money! After two days without washing, I noticed it was shiny at my roots and brushed easily. After 3 months of skipping everyday washes, my hair was not breaking into the sink anymore. The overall health of my hair was better. I was so happy! Then, I donated it to Locks of Love, but that’s another article. 😉
How NOT washing your hair daily works
We have approximately 100,000 hairs on our scalps and right next to each hair is our sebaceous gland, which holds our lifetime supply of oil (sebum). You and your sebum production are unique. Some of us have bigger glands than others, some have overactive glands, some have underactive glands. Individual rates of oil production are unique in every person.
Forgoing washes may seem silly, but skipping a few days between washing actually slows down oil production and will leave you with better hair in the long run. An oily scalp can be helped with a good dry shampoo which helps to give an added fluff to the hair at the roots. I like to use it on day 3. You can find organic or natural dry shampoos for light hair or darker hair, or you can even make your own.
Remember, everyone’s texture is unique and every type of hair requires different care. Not washing every day, may not work for your hair type. Use your best judgment on how many days to skip washing, and decide if it will work for your specific texture of hair.
Is dry shampoo the same as shampooing in the shower?
No. Dry shampoo absorbs oil at the roots, giving volume, where shampooing strips your hair strands and scalp of oils that your body naturally makes.
What happens to your hair and scalp when you skip washes?
When you begin NOT washing every day, you may notice some things like itchiness, the smell of your hair, or it may appear flat, and you just don’t like it. GIVE IT TIME. Those things are all natural in the beginning. Patience is key here, just like with other changes you make for your health.
When your scalp adjusts, you will start to see benefits like:
- oil production decreases over time (1 month give or take)
- less breakage of dead hair
- saves color treatments
- no more frizz
- styles better
- the scalp is healthier
- hair grows faster
- the scalp is happy (ask it)
I have very healthy hair now and I’m glad that I skip washes. My hair doesn’t require 15 (yes, you read that right) hair products every day. It is healthy and happy! Try it out for yourself. Skip a few days washing and see what you think. Be bold. I think you’ll like it.