This is a question women, and I suppose men, are asking themselves everyday as they hop into the shower and begin the monotonous wash, rinse and repeat cycle for the millionth time.To answer this question, let’s go back to the basics:
Question: Why do we wash our hair?
Answer: To remove dirt, oil and smells.
Though hair is no longer alive, it is still incredibly porous and soaks up all of the everyday grime you walk through, from your morning perfume spritz to the exhaust from your neighbors 20-year-old Honda to the faint smell of grilled squirrel from the hotdog vendor on the corner to the oily head of the person sitting in the backseat of the cab before you. Ick.
Washing you hair isn’t an option, it’s a necessity for anyone who plans on smelling human—so start unwrapping those dreads, Hippie, there’s no room for your four year old tailpipe-hair here.
So, now that we know WHY we wash, let’s talk about how often.
There is no simple answer to this question; it all depends on your hair type. For those of us blessed with golden locks (holla!), you probably want to wash your hair daily. Most blondes have thin, super porous hair that soaks up anything and everything, leaving your fresh morning-do a late evening-don’t by the time eight o’clock rolls around. Those with thicker hair are able to wait a couple of days between washes, allowing your scalp’s natural oils to condition and hydrate your hair. A good rule of thumb is: if it looks like it needs to be washed, wash it. If not, wait. Habit isn’t something that lends itself to haircare.
Smooth as a Baby’s BottomHave you ever notice the soft, silky cleaness of a baby’s hair? How their natural curls show through and having a bad hair day just doesn’t happen? Now go look in the mirror at your quarter of a century self. You’ve come a long way, baby. Sorry– back to your hair…
The perfection of an infant’s hair isn’t by accident, it’s Johnson & Johnsons.
This stuff is amazing. I wash my hair with it, clean my makeup brushes with it, even soak my hairbrushes in it. Washing your hair once a week with baby shampoo leaves your hair, smooth, silky, smelling great, and most importantly—clean! Run to CVS now and pick up a big bottle. Never again will you buy special clarify shampoo or cleaners for your brushes.
Using a half dollar amount of Johnson’s along with a light product designed to smooth, like: John Freida’s Secret Weapon, from his Frizz-Ease collection, will keep your hair tamed and ready for any styling tool.
Tousling Our Hair in DirtAny stylist will tell you, your haircut looks better the next day. And that’s because it’s dirty.Clean hair simply means outside pollutants are void from your hair, which many misinterpret to mean healthy, but this is quite opposite the case. The less you wash your hair, the more your head is able to release it’s own healthy, vitamin rich oil onto your hair, which protects, helps moisturize and gives it body.
Instead of piling on product at the first sign of lackluster locks — rub some dirt in it. Dirt of course being one of celebrity stylist Jonathan Anton’s top selling products.
As a user of this product, I have to tell you, a little dirt never hurt. In fact it does wonders! I lloovvvee this light, musky scented styling cream. I dip my finger into the pot, grab about a dime sized amount of product and work it into my hands. Then, I turn my head over and start working it through my hair, careful not to concentrate on my roots too much. The result? Voluminous body that looks better than walking out of a salon.
When You Just Don’t Have TimeOn the days when you have a bit too much dirt in your hair and don’t have time to take a dip, reach for the dry shampoo! Most women have heard of these but have no idea how they work. Let me enlighten you.
Dry shampoos consist of light powers that coat each strand and soak up excess oil, much like you would use when powdering your nose. These formulas come in can-spray form, loose powder or nozzled concentration. Oh! And many, like Bumble and Bumble’s Hair Powder come in different colors! Part your hair in a few places, administer a bit of the shampoo directly onto your roots, tousle a bit with your fingers and brush through. Voila! Another day of wear for your hair!
Keep in mind, not everyone’s hair is created equal is important when finding a haircare regimen that works for you. And if all fails, remember hats are always an option.