So, I have a secret that I don’t tell many people (maybe not so much a secret anymore if I write about it here!) . . . I only wash my hair once a week.
Ten years ago, I was washing my hair twice a day – once in the morning, and again after I worked out. My hair was dry and frizzy, tough to control, and I spent a lot of time blowing it dry and using a flat iron to get it under control. This was a lot of time and energy. I met a girl at work who had similar hair to mine, but hers was totally gorgeous. She told me to stop washing it so much, which was pretty much revolutionary back then. When she told me she only washed her hair once a week I was FLOORED. I had never heard of such a thing. I was intrigued, so I started cutting back, only washing it once a day, then every other day, then every three days . . . to now, when I only wash it once a week.
Nowadays, if you do a search for “no-poo” or occasional hair washing, you will find that quite a few people are doing it these days. Yes, you do have to deal with a greasy stage as your hair adjusts, but it is totally worth it. Washing your hair every day strips the natural oils from your scalp and hair, and your oil glands work double time to catch up. By letting your body regulate the amount of oil itself, the hair and scalp are way healthier. Not to mention the TIME I save every day.
So, here’s my routine:
First, I shower at night. This is because I can’t stand the thought of lying in my bed dirty for eight hours. Also, I find a hot shower incredibly relaxing before bed. This means my routine might not work the same way for you morning shower people. Anyway, on Night 1, I wash and deep condition. I let my hair dry overnight, which gives great volume and waves. On Nights 2-6, I comb out the tangles in my hair, spritz it with leave-in conditioner, then put it in a high bun for the night. This allows the conditioner to soak in and also rejuvenates my waves.
My morning routine is dependent on the weather forecast and what my hair looks like when I get up. If everything is looking smooth and shiny, I use a few sprays of hair spray and go on my way. If my hair looks rough or frizzy (high humidity days), I use a few squirts of smoothing liquid to calm everything down. If things are totally out of control, braids, ponytails and buns are my BFFs. I also use dry shampoo, as needed, to add volume, absorb oil and sweat, etc.
The products I use are:
5. COCONUT OIL, of course. A super deep conditioner, but you will probably need to shampoo twice to get it out.
What about you? What is your no-poo or low-poo routine? I would love a recommendation for a natural or organic shampoo and conditioner to use! Have you tried the apple cider vinegar/baking soda combo that I have seen online?