Natalie Holbrook and her dirty hair, reporting for duty!
It’s the new cool thing in hairstylist advice, I’m sure you’ve heard it by now: “Don’t wash your hair so often!” “Every other day!” “Every third day!” It’s the new “Take a multivitamin!” or, “Rinse your hair in cold water!” Do you remember that one? I mean, who on earth is going to rinse their hair in cold water?! That sounds awful. Only washing your hair once a week, on the other hand, that sounds blissful. Blissfully lazy. I am so down with that. It also sounds sort of awful in an unhygienic sort of way. But laziness always wins out for me and plus–it would be an experiment! A Great Beauty Experiment! I was so in.
I talked to my friend Becca about it first. She said that both she and her husband just one day up and stopped washing their hair. I mean, not completely, just not as much. They didn’t plan it either… it just sort of “happened.” Like one day they were going two days between shampoos and then suddenly it had stretched to five days and then–what do you know?–once a week or so, they weren’t even really paying attention. Their hair? Thicker, shinier, less oily, RIDICULOUS VOLUME. I can attest to this, I mean, I know them, I saw their heads.
The theory behind this is the theory behind all of our bodily functions, when you think about it. The human body responds to all our efforts to control it by working harder to do what it thinks it needs to do, which in our head’s case, is produce oil. Oil, oil, oil. The more we remove it the more it makes. Sort of like when you have a container garden of herbs and you trim it and it somehow grows even bigger?
So, in theory, by washing your hair less, your scalp takes a chill pill and slows on the oil production. It realizes, “Hey! No rush! This oil I made’ll be here tomorrow, I’ll go read a book.”
And then your hair thanks you and also, did I mention? This is perfect for lazy people.
So, I decided I’d do it. For a full calendar week, I wouldn’t wash my hair. Would it be life changing? Would it itch? Would this be the key to unlocking my inner Gwyneth Paltrow? (I betcha old Goop never washes her hair, that minx).
Let’s find out! After the jump.
Warning: This slideshow contains a lot of pictures of my silly face. All of my deepest apologies.
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Since my first week of no-washing I have gone: six days, seven days, nine days (that one was an accident, I lost track of time), three days (slept on it wrong the first night and hated how it looked and figured it needed a dramatic reset, you know how that goes?), and currently at time of writing we are on Day Four, my dirty hair and I.
Verdict? Yeah, not washing your hair is sort of amazing. I’m a convert.