All I can muster is one blog post a month, and apparently this month’s post is going to be about showering. Apologies.
I’ve seen a lot in the past few years about how we would all have healthier, more cooperative hair if we washed it less frequently. I have been on a daily washing regimen for years. I think it started in college when I was doing a lot of ballet and martial arts and therefore sweating a lot. I have fine hair, and it’s fairly light, so it’s very obvious when my hair gets oily. Also, I usually wear it short, which eliminates the ponytail option.
The short cut means that styling afterward isn’t much of a hassle. But I always blow-dry it, and just the washing plus blow-drying adds 15 minutes to my routine. A while back, I started trying out dry shampoos, which are supposed to be a hair miracle. Not so. Either the white powder was visible in my hair, or the shampoo had a scent that was pleasant in theory but not when placed mere inches from my nose all day long. I tried rubbing in the dry shampoo at night because I heard that this would make it absorb better, but then my pillow looked dirty. Plus, I knew the dry shampoo was making my hair look dirtier, no matter what all of those beauty blogs told me.
Anyway, a few months ago, I read an article about how our obsession with soap, shampoo, and showering is messing up the balance of our skin and scalp. When we’re always washing away the oil and bacteria on our body, everything dries out, which forces us to use lotion and hair products. The lack of oil pushes our body into oil production overdrive, and this reinforces the idea that we need to soap up every day. The doctor who had written this article had mostly quit showering and using deodorant.
I wasn’t ready to go that far, but I did want to give less shampooing a try, so I switched to every other day. The first few weeks were tough. My hair felt oily, and I wondered if people were questioning my cleanliness. Nobody said anything. And now I don’t give my hair much thought on that second day, to the point that I’m wondering whether I could get through a third day without shampoo.
I’ve also started skipping one shower on weekends, and again, the world hasn’t collapsed. I’m not a social outcast (Am I?). I am reveling in the extra 15 minutes I get on those days. I can ease into a few yoga poses or unload the dishwasher or build even more Legos with Henry.
I hear fellow moms talk all of the time about not showering and washing their hair, but it’s hard to tell how much is joking and how much is honesty. So, if you’re willing to comment, how often do you shower? What about washing your hair?