Why I Stopped Washing My Hair

The first time that I heard anyone tell me “I wash my hair once every 5 days,” I thought “that’s gross.” Ignorant Camila thought that people really meant not washing their hair as in not even wetting it. Don’t get me wrong – if you don’t work out, then you definitely don’t need to wet it. But I was in my high school cross country team and dance team, just the thought of not washing my hair turned me off so much that I didn’t even give it a shot. My mom has really thin hair so she washes her hair every time she showers, and she taught me to do the same. I mean, could you imagine running 6 miles in South Florida humidity and showing up to school the next day with unwashed hair? Just no.

In the past months I became a fitness instructor for Flywheel sports and found myself sweating very, very often – sometimes 3-4 times a day (with other workouts included). I would take around two showers a day. For the most part I would keep my hair up, but then I felt that that was damaging it as well. I started rinsing it with just water and was marvelously enlightened by the new texture my hair had. Yes, it was slightly oily, but it was definitely not as gross as I thought it would be. Not to mention it had more volume and when I finally did wash it and style it, it felt much healthier. If you would have walked into my bathroom after that first blow-out, you would have thought you were walking into a Pantene commercial.

Today, I wash my hair based on the upcoming classes I’ll have, or when I just can’t take it anymore. I’ll wear it down as much as possible and use dry shampoo for a little liveliness. I’d say on average I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week (mainly on the weekends), just because I like to feel clean, sexy and fresh for my man – who doesn’t. During the week, I will rinse my hair with just water after my workouts to get the heavy sweat out, and condition the tips.

Small disclaimer – Dove Hair Expert Dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco says that the minimum you should wash your hair is once a week. After that it starts becoming un-hygienic. If you ever start to have any scalp issues (dandruff), you should maybe, just maybe, yes … wash your hair. If things get too tender see a dermatologist.

So, here are the reasons you should stop washing your hair:

1. It strips your hair of natural oils: This is probably the most obvious and well-known reason, and it is the truth. Shampooing every day does rid you of oils that help protect your hair and provide it with that natural, lovely shine. This will also help prevent split ends.

2. It leads you to style your hair more often: When you wash your hair and feel clean and lovely, you are more likely to want to look lovely (at least I am). I feel that when I do wash my hair, I want to iron it or blow dry it to tame it down as my hair has a bit of natural frizz. Once it’s a bit on the oily side, it kind of tames itself (win-win).

3. It fades your color faster: The more you wash, the faster your color leaves you – if you have colored hair). I recently dyed my hair red (again) and trust me, that’s an amazing example of high-maintenance color. It will go to orange very quickly. The less you wash the longer your color stays true.

4. Your hair will naturally become less oily: When I first stopped washing my hair, I would feel the oil build up quickly and it would last less. Today, I can keep it 1-2 more days than I used to. Over washing can lead to a dryer scalp, and may result in more oils being produced for compensation.

5. You’ll save a lot of money: I used to go through so, so much shampoo. Since I stopped washing my hair so often, I’ve used one third of the shampoo and conditioner that I used to. Yes, you may spend some more money on dry shampoo, but I heard that baby powder works just fine and is, what, 3 bucks?

Each person’s hair is different, and each person has his own workout regimen, find what works best for you and try to wash your hair a little less this week. Your shine will thank you for it.

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