This post contains affiliate links that may earn our family a small commission. It in no way makes your shopping price go up, but it does give us a small income!
Late last spring, I started identifying and eliminating pain points in my life. This practice wasn’t easy and it meant saying goodbye to lots of things that I loved, but they weren’t the things that mattered most. Moreover, some of those things continuously got in the way of what mattered most. It was time for a total and complete restructuring of my life and that took shape in the form of declining the opportunity to coach, accepting a new job, and saying no to commitments that kept me from home.
Oddly enough, one of those pain points was washing my hair.
That sounds lazy. I have the thinnest, finest hair and post-partum, a good chunk of it fell out, so washing, drying, and styling my hair maybe took thirty minutes max. But, in the name of elimination, I decided to train my scalp to not get greasy and created a hair washing schedule in order to achieve my goal: washing and drying my hair once a week.
Again, I should reiterate that my hair is super fine and super thin. If I can go a week without washing my hair, practically anyone should be able to do the same.
Over the summer, I began spacing out my hair washes. For two weeks, I only washed my hair every other day. Then I began stretching it out to three days, then four days. Once November rolled around, I had whittled it down to one, single, solitary hair wash a week.
How do I maintain it in the meanwhile?
Every evening, I hit my roots with my favorite dry shampoo. I lift my hair in sections and make sure to especially hit the roots that frame my face. Then I pull it into a high top knot and shower. The steam seems to help the dry shampoo set. After I’m out of the shower, I use my Wet Brush to brush through my hair. I focus on my roots. If it’s nearing the end of the week, I will add a little more dry shampoo to my roots and let it “marinate” over night.
I’m an active sleeper. I move around a lot and I feel like this helps my dry shampoo absorb any oil on my scalp. I have slept on a silk pillowcase for years and it’s purported to be good for both skin and hair–this is a great one at a decent price.
In the morning, I brush out the dry shampoo if it’s still visible. Then I spot style with my favorite curling wand, give everything a good shake, and I’m good to go!
I recently chatted with my hairdresser about not washing my hair, and she confirmed that the more often you wash it, the greasier it gets. Your scalp tries to compensate for the dryness that occurs when you wash your hair by creating more oil. If you can commit to looking a hobo while you’re in the process of eliminating washes, you can totally go a week without washing and drying your hair.
Now that I’m only washing my hair once a week, I find actual joy in the act of washing and drying it because I no longer dread it. I usually wash it on Saturdays, though I’ll adjust that if I have an event like a wedding or formal occasion.
It’s crazy that eliminating something so simple has brought me so much joy! Have you ever eliminated something that you feel is necessary in order to improve your lifestyle or mental health?
PS: When I wash my hair, I first use this purple shampoo and let it sit for 15-20 minutes under a good,old fashioned shower cap. Then I rinse that out and use this shampoo and it really gets my scalp clean and boosts my root volume to the max (it’s made for Southern hair). I follow up with this rescue treatment on my ends and then I’m good to go.
PSS: I’ve been very gradually going blonde since November of 2017 and I do feel like the lighter I go (aka the more bleach that is used), the easier it is to go longer without washing my hair.