I am a shampoo everyday kind of girl. In high school I was on the swim team and would wash my hair after every practice in order to get the chlorine out of it. Since then I’ve always been in the habit of washing my hair daily but after reading countless articles on how damaging it is to shampoo every day, I finally decided to put my hair to the test.
My lifestyle (aka going to school and being around people in general) could not have handled a crazy challenge like “no shampoo for two weeks,” so instead I chose to wash my hair twice in one week. According to recent research, brunettes should wash their hair no more than twice a week in order to increase and maintain color and shine. This is how my week went:
Day 1-2. I washed my hair on a Monday after a sweaty workout. I made sure to really massage the shampoo into my scalp, knowing that I would be giving up this luxury for the next few days. I also used conditioner and focused on the ends of my hair, which tend to be drier. On Tuesday my hair still felt clean and normal, but at the end of the day I started to feel some oil built up towards the top of my head.
Day 3. I woke up on Wednesday to the itchiest scalp ever. As I brushed through my now extremely oily hair, I noticed tons and tons of dandruff coming from my scalp. This was by far the most miserable day, mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to hide/get rid of the dandruff. Walking out of the house and spending the whole day at school and around people made me feel very self conscious.
Day 4. After Wednesday, I thought for sure my head would be a total mess on Thursday. To my pleasant surprise, the dandruff magically disappeared and the oil in my hair seemed much more manageable. It was as if my hair had cleaned itself overnight! My roommate offered some of her dry shampoo, suggesting it would make my hair feel better and cleaner without actually having to wash it. All I can say is that from that day on, Batiste Original Dry Shampoo has become my new best friend. My hair instantly came back to life after just a few sprays. Pure magic.
Day 5. Finally, time to wash my hair! I double cleansed my hair, first using my shampoo to massage and get rid of all the dirt and oil buildup on my scalp, then to work up a soapy lather down to the ends of my hair. After that I conditioned my hair and used a wide tooth comb in the shower to work the conditioner throughout my hair. When it was time to rinse the conditioner out I switch the water to cold, and spent a whole minute under freezing water, all for the sake of my hair. Ending your shower with cold water helps prevent frizzy hair and adds shine to your locks.
Day 6-7. Friday’s shampoo seriously worked wonders on my hair. (Btw, I use OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo and conditioner. It smells delicious and is super hydrating). I let my hair air dry and went to bed. When I woke up on Saturday I swear my hair was significantly shinier than before I started this experiment. My hair looked so good and felt so clean for the next few days, and I also didn’t experience the same amount of oil and dandruff as I did after the first wash. Though the first half of this week was awful, after the second wash it was as if my hair had gotten used to not being washed every day. It didn’t get oily or “dirty” the way it did before.
It’s been a few weeks and I've officially broken my habit of shampooing my hair daily. Of course I’ll wash my hair if I have a particularly sweaty workout, but besides that, I now usually wash my hair every 2-3 days. My hair seems to have gotten used to this new system and doesn’t get as oily on a daily basis. I’ve also noticed the shine in my hair has increased, and overall looks healthier. I definitely recommend challenging yourself to this experiment if your trying to save time in your morning routine, or if you want to restore natural moisture and shine throughout your hair. What's the longest you've gone without washing your hair?