See that profile pic of me? The hair? Yeah, my tresses are long. Long as in, close to touching the pronounced rump.
That must take a whole lot of time to care for, right? Wrong.
I have a hair confession: I shampoo less than the average American.
Which is why (yet another) NPR story perked my ears. Today on Morning Edition, the report was that though most Americans scrub away about 4.59 times per week, we don’t need to need to nearly that much. In fact, some hair stylists and dermatologists say that we could easily go the way of the Italians or Spaniards and wash our hair only twice a week.
Really?! Yeah, and then we could spend the time we save picking the bugs from one another’s hair and munching them, like our primate cousins.
To which I say: Pashaw! I personally only wash my hair about twice a week, though I’m not exactly marking the calendar when I do. I do this funny thing: wash it when I need to.
See, leaving your hair alone keeps the natural oils in. And those are beneficial to your hair’s texture and to your scalp. You might actually be causing the dandruff with all those suds.
Cut back on the waste, then. Shampoo less! Look, I’m not advocating that you shower less. Bath time is fun, especially if you’ve got safe body care products. But save money, water, and bottled bubbles by forgoing a hair washing. I mean, unless that man’s been buggin’ you: “Wash that man right outta my hair!”
Other Eco-friendly hair tips:
- For extra conditioning, leave in just a tiny bit of the conditioner the times you do wash your hair. It works as a literal leave-in conditioner.
- Use a shampoo bar, which avoids plastic and spillage waste
- Bath with a friend