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How Long Has it Been? Pt. 2

February 21, 2010 by Jo

So how long had it been? I took those pictures on Superbowl Sunday and it had been 4 weeks and 1 day since I washed it last. Yup, you read that right, just a little over a month!

“So Jo. Why would you share something like this with us?” you might be asking.

Two reasons. The first, because I read an article on Beauty Brains called Can you train your hair to be less oily? and secondly, because enough people have asked me about my hair that I feel like I should come clean about my secret. :-)

So here is the story behind it.

During the summer of 2006, I dyed my hair a reddish-brown and every time I washed it, I literally saw my money going down the drain. I decided that if I didn’t wash my hair, I wouldn’t lose my color (brilliant, right?). So I stopped washing it. On top of it not only being a hot summer, I was taking dance classes, meaning I was sweating more than the average bum. Needless to say I was a greasy mess, but I put up with it so I could save my hair color. After slowly pushing the time in between washes, I am now able to go a month without washing my hair.

I know that sounds gross, but here’s the thing. My hair looks less greasy than yours does after 4 days. I don’t mean that to come off as being mean, it’s just that you can’t tell that it had been a month when you look at me. Bonus: my hair is softer than it’s ever been.Un-bonus: that’s actually a problem (what girl complains about that?) when it comes to styling my hair. I don’t typically use product, so I rely on my natural pomade to keep my coiffure up and my victory rolls tight.

So yeah, you can “train” your hair to be less greasy. I did and you can too. Think about it.

Tips if you want them:

  • It takes time to train your hair. If you normally wash your hair every 3 days, push it to 4. Then push it to 5. Then push it to 6. Then push it to 7. Keep pushing!
    Accept the fact that your hair will be greasy. But hey, guess what? It’s just hair. You can still function as a member of society if you haven’t washed your hair.
    Figure out how to wear your hair so it’s less gnarly. Start wearing it up. Find a big headband. Use a scarf. Get inventive.
    Remember, people aren’t really looking at you that closely. You might have some shine, but people won’t think less of you as a person, and if they do, clip ‘em! Don’t worry about them, focus on the goal.
    It takes a while, but hang in there, it gets better.

Cheers!


4 Comments »

  1. Jesse Hanus says:

    My Dad just sent me this link that may help you in your no-wash mission: http://thephoenix.com/boston/life/40141-no-poo-do/

  2. Jo says:

    What a great article that was! Thanks!!

  3. Julie says:

    I’ve started doing this over the past month or so — slowly weaning my hair from every other day to every 3rd or 4th day now. I’m trying to eventually go big on this, but I had a few questions:
    -When you shower, do you condition or just get your hair wet?
    -Do you ever use product (hairspray/mousse/etc), and if so, do you do anything different afterwards?

    Thanks!

  4. Jo says:

    I don’t do either actually. The bottom of my hair is red and every time it gets wet, it bleeds. If my hair doesn’t get wet, it won’t bleed, whereby I get to keep my color vibrant looking for longer. When I do wash my hair, I go all out: shampoo, conditioner, and some Moroccan oil once I’ve towel dried my hair.

    Moroccan Oil is typically what I put in my hair after washing it. You can check it out here. Otherwise, I don’t typically use a lot of product. Recently my hair has been a little dry so I’ve been putting more of the oil in it and it’s made a huge difference. It smells fresh and it’s not as static prone. I think I’ve beat the winter dryness!

    Hope that helps!

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