Okay so I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, your hair probably gets so greasy by the end of the day that the thought of not washing it sounds like complete madness. Well, what if I told you it’s possible to train your hair to not make as much grease in the first place. Now I want to be upfront about this, it does take a little time for your body to adjust and you will be a little dirty in the meantime. If you can bear with that for a little while then you, like me, can get to the point where really, you only wash your hair maybe once a week.
What you’ll want to do is start by reducing your shampoo usage to every other day. The best way to do this is to still use water and scrub your head and scalp really well in the shower. This will help remove any dirt but leave your natural oils in place. Then as your hair starts to adapt push it to every 3 days. Continue like this until you’re only washing your hair once a week or so. If you feel the need to wash your hair, go for it, there’s nothing wrong with that. The goal here is to simply let your natural oils replenish themselves. You can also try just using condition as it is going to be less damaging to your hair but still make it smell nice and helps remove some dirt.
Now, let’s get into why someone would even want to do this. I mean, aside from saving a couple of bucks on shampoo and conditioner what’s the point? Well, the whole reason your hair gets oily is because it needs those oils to protect and nourish itself. Have you ever wondered why conditioners and other hair care products have avocado, shea, and other oils in them. That’s because conditioners are created to try and replace the oils that get striped away when you wash your hair. If you had never started using shampoo daily then your hair would never have gotten so oily in the first place. It is literally trying to fight the damage you are doing to it by stripping away its nourishing oils with constant shampooing. By not washing your hair you allow your body to take back control and replenish these oils naturally on its own.
At this point, it’s been a few years since I reduced how frequently I wash my hair. Now I only do it about once every week. In addition to saving time and money, my hair has never looked better. I’ll go a year without a cut and barely be getting split ends in that time. The only extra thing I do now aside from leaving it alone is when I do wash it I usually add a little oil back in right after the shower.
So that’s it. Stop washing your hair, it will thank you 😉