Three Lessons I’ve Learned About Hair: Lesson 3

Happy February! I don’t know about y’all, but I have my fingers crossed that the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow …or does see his shadow… I can’t remember but whichever one gets me warmer weather stat!! Today wraps up my final post on my hair lessons and before I get started on it, let me go ahead and tell you that it’s going to freak some of you out. Please don’t let it. Just keep reading and hear me out. This is a conversation that I find myself having with people and I know some of you just are not going to have it, but here goes….

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My 3 day non-washed hair.

3- STOP WASHING YOUR HAIR!! I know, I know! Some of you are saying, “No way, I HAVE to wash my hair every day.” The truth is that it’s really bad for your hair to wash it every day. I promise! When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of its natural oils. Now you’re thinking, “Duh, that’s what I want it to do.”. When the shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, it replaces them with harsh chemical oil replacements, the chemicals are bad for your hair and it produces more oils to replace the ones you stripped. The more you wash and strip, the more oil it makes to compensate, the greasier your hair gets. It’s a bad cycle. Break the cycle! Start by looking at your shampoos ingredients. I use to be the girl that walked in the drug store and bought whatever was on sale and/or smelled the best. Big no,no! Pick a shampoo that is paraben and sulfate free. These are harsh chemicals that are bad for you. I can’t tell you more than that because I’m no expert, but google it. They’re bad. Next, check the ingredients for alcohol. Most shampoos contain some form of alcohol (even if it’s listed some other way), but make sure it’s at the end of the ingredients list. They are usually listed in order of prevalence, so if alcohol is listed third on your bottle, there’s a lot in your shampoo.

So, you have a new shampoo, now what? Start off small and wash your hair every other day. I’m not going to lie, it isn’t easy. It takes a while for your hair to adjust to this, but I promise it will adjust. Once your hair gets use to this, you can slowly go longer without washing, especially in winter months. I usually wash my hair about every four days or about twice a week. In summer, it’s more like three times a week. I know that grosses some of you out but my hair has never felt more healthy or been more manageable. You see, when you wash less, not only do your natural oils become more balanced but you are drying and styling less which helps keep hair healthy. You’ll have less split ends and breakage.

There are tricks you can do to help make the process easier. Dry shampoo works wonders. Spray your roots and let it sit for a minute. Then style your hair as usual. I like to spray it and then blow dry my hair upside down just long enough for my hair to get hot, then I let it cool upside down. This gives it lift and volume. Try different dry shampoos in travel sizes to see which one you like the best. I don’t have a favorite dry shampoo and usually have a can of whatever I happened to grab at the store. One of my favorite things to use is Fekkai Blow Out Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo. I love the smell and its light enough to just “refresh” my hair on days two or three. It’s not a very “thick” dry shampoo and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting off and are trying to control the oil. It’s great to just spray on and make your hair smell better. On day four or during the summer months I actually prefer to still use my trusty old baby powder. I really do like it better than any dry shampoo. I realize that it won’t work for brunettes and I’ve heard that cocoa powder works well, but I’ve never tried it.  Some other tips to help the process, is to wear your hair up or put some lose waves in it on days you didn’t wash it. When I was just starting, I would have clean straight hair on day one, maybe leave it for day two or put lose waves in it and then wear it up on day three. I also love a good hat! A hat looks stylish and no one has to know how terrible your hair looks underneath it. So, there you have it! If you missed lessons 1 and 2, you go back and catch them on the blog. Hope y’all have enjoyed my rambling about hair all week!

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