I’ll be the first to admit washing my hair is the most annoying part of my beauty routine. The effort and time required to wash it, dry it and style it is a real inconvenience. But there is good news out there for girls like me! You really do not have to shampoo your hair every day…You can get by with a wash just one a week.
I am a huge advocate of the lazy girl beauty routine, and the less time it takes to get ready the better! Below are seven benefits and justifications of not washing your hair everyday.
Embrace your natural oils
Why are women so afraid of oily hair? Not all oils are bad for your hair. In fact, several of your hair’s natural oils are healthier, shinier and help your lock’s health more than products off the shelf.
Hair experts suggest to keep the oils on your scalp instead of washing them away everyday. These oils have a natural protective element and make for healthier and shinier hair.
Dirty hair is easier to style
Ever wonder why your hair styles after skipping a few washes? You can thank your sebaceous glands for the natural hair gel they provide. The sebaceous gland in human skin produces sebum, the oil that protects skin by slowing down the growth of microorganisms.
This oily substance travels from the root down to the tips of each hair strand, coating the lock in a protective shine. When sebum is present in excessive amounts, your hair can appear greasy and slightly darker than normal. All this sebum and shine means you hair sticks together and stays in place longer.
Your fresh dye will last longer
Looking to keep your fresh new locks looking vibrant and dynamic even longer? Avoid over-shampooing. Shampoos laden with sulfates can cause your fresh new color to fade quicker (or even strip the color completely).
“Sulfate-free shampoos are a great alternative,” said Don Stacy, hairstylist and owner of dsparada Color Salon. “They actually hold the color much better and still cleanse the hair the same way.” For those of your with frosty blue locks or other colors, stick to washing with sulfate-free shampoos just once a week.
Say goodbye to product grime
Beat the build up of too many hair products by cutting back on the amount of washes and products you use. Mixing up your beauty routine and washing your hair less can avoid the annoying greasy look that makes you self-conscious.
Wave goodbye to heat damage
Skipping the shower means you don’t wash your hair, which also means you don’t have to blow dry it. Talk about a win-win situation. Your hair will experience less heat damage, breakage and split ends when taking a break from the searing heat of your blow dryer.
Avoid chemical damage from hair products
Ever tried to pronounce the chemicals and ingredients on the label of your shampoo and conditioner? Research has found the hard to pronounce ingredients commonly contain carcinogenic elements that can disrupt your hormone balance. Sulfates contain traces of dioxane, a known carcinogen that also disrupts the function of your kidneys. Other harmful ingredients to keep an eye out for include: parabens, phthalates, diazolidinyl urea, and diethanolamine (DEA).
Save a few dollars
The less you lather your hair in expensive shampoo, the less shampoo you will have to buy. According to research, a woman will spend approximately $680 every year on hair care alone.
Save your precious time
If I take the time to wash my hair, I have a whole beauty routine to go through. I will shampoo, condition, blow-dry, put in some product and style all before tossing on a new outfit and a bit of makeup. It is an overwhelming and time-consuming process. Cut the wash and slash the time it takes you to get ready in half.
Looking to save the earth, your hair and wallet at the same time? Shower less frequently. Cutting back on your water consumption has direct positive effects on the environment and it helps you save a few dollars on your water bill.
As is the case with all other beauty tips, keep yourself in mind. Certain tips or tricks may work for one person but may not have the same effect on you. Everyone has a different hair type and style. Your environment may also affect the way your hair reacts – your schedule and lifestyle are also significant stresses to your hair.