Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Washing your hair???

This morning I had two different women come over for hair cuts. It was the first time I had cut either one of their hair so they both had the same question. Should I come with wet hair or will you wash it there? Now, most of the time, I love doing hair out of my house, but when it comes to washing hair, there's just no comfortable, easy way to wash someones hair out in your kitchen sink. In the summer, I have no problem saying it's probably best if you come with it wet, however, in the winter I don't really advise walking around with icicles hanging from your head. That leaves two choices, lean over my sink, or come with it clean but dry and I can spray it down with a water bottle.

One of the women opted to lean over my sink, the other one decided to go the icicle route. Both of them however made similar comments about how they didn't want to wash their hair, but it was just too hard to not take a shower.

In my world, those two things don't go together. At least not everyday.

So, here is the age old question...How often should I wash my hair?

You can google this very question and get a hundred different articles and blog posts giving you a hundred different answers. Some long and complicated, some short and simple.

Here is my un-complicated answer...When it's dirty!

Now the question of when it's dirty is a whole other discussion. It's different for everyone.

A lot of people wash their hair everyday because they say it gets too oily if they don't, but washing it everyday can actually increase the amount of oil your scalp produces. And by the way, that oil your scalp produces is actually a good thing. It coats and protects your hair and skin. The only thing bad about it is that it's socially unacceptable to walk around looking like your haven't showered in a month.

If your prone to oily hair and are nervous about switching to say an every other day washing routine, try just rinsing in the shower one day and washing it the next.

And if you have really dry hair like I do, you really will be doing yourself a favor by washing only twice a week. Allow those good protective oils to make their way down to the ends of your hair. You could also rinse one day if it makes you feel better, just make sure to condition the ends.

And if your one of those people who washes their hair every day just because you like that fresh clean smell, just buy a little bottle of body spray and give your hair a spritz or two when your done styling it.

And since were talking about hair, can I just tell you that I have severe hair envy! Every time I watch one of Amand Seyfried's movies, all I can seriously think about is how much I want her hair!

I know I shouldn't covet, but look at her hair. It's kind of hard not too. Ya, that had nothing to do with my post but I just had to throw that in there.

OK, just like with anything pertaining to hair, you are the best expert! You may have to experiment a little bit, but ultimately I think You'll come up with the best routine for your hair.


Amy said...

I have never thought of just rinsing my hair. I think I'll give that a try since I do have to take a bath/shower every single day (sometime twice) just for my own sanity. Sometimes I even wear ear plugs in the bathroom, turn on the fan and let the shower run so I feel like I'm no where near noise. It's lovely. Anyway, I always feel like if I get my hair wet I have to wash it....

Jenn said...

I only wash my hair every 2 to 3 days. I just put it up in a ponytail while I shower so it doesn't get wet.
Tiffany posted on her blog a few weeks ago a "dry shampoo" recipe she found to sort of clean your scalp without getting your hair wet. It might be fun to try.

I have hair envy too.

Tiffany said...

The dry shampoo is great, but I've found it only increases the times between my washes by about a day and a half when my hair is straight.

I actually have a question, my hair is dry to start out with, and living in the Denver climate isn't helping at all. I only wash my hair every 4 days. When I'm wearing it curly, I rinse it and use conditioner everyday. I don't use a blow dryer, or flat/curling iron, but the ends are still really dry/splitting! Is there anything I can do about that? A product that will help? Any suggestions are appreciated :)

Sally said...

Tiffany, so the only thing you can do about split ends once you have them is to trim them off. Sorry. The best thing for really dry hair and for preventing those dry ends from splitting, especially curly hair, is a good leave in conditioner. Paul Mitchell used to have one that I liked, but it's been a long time since I've used one so you may have to check around. Just make sure you put most of it on the ends and not up near your scalp. Also, Sally Beauty Supply sells little protein/conditioning packets that don't cost much and great for helping to strengthen those weaker parts of your hair. I usually recommend using them once a week for a couple months and then tapering off to maybe once or twice a month. And if you do ever use a blow dryer or especially a flat iron, make sure you use a heat protectant serum first.(any type of anti frizz serum will work) Really though, the best thing you can do is get regular trims.

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the tips! I am getting it cut on Friday :)

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