Does anybody else remember watching those old movies where women would turn down a date with a guy because they had to “wash their hair“? As a kid this used to completely baffle me ? I would think to myself, don’t you wash your hair everyday? Or what’s so special about washing your hair that it would be the highlight of your Saturday night? It was so confusing.
I didn’t realize until many years later that washing your hair daily wasn’t always the norm. In the 1950s and for centuries prior it was normal for women to wash their hair once a week or less.
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Over the recent decades, we’ve been kinda brainwashed to believe we need to wash our hair everyday. I don’t think this is by accident. I believe it’s by design. The hair care industry is a billion-dollar industry. They obviously have a lot to gain by convincing us we need their products.
Don’t get me wrong. I love beauty products just as much as the next girl. And hair products are no exception but I’ve definitely been reconsidering how much and how often I really need to use them.
Washing your hair less is becoming more and more popular. And for good reason. There are amazing benefits to washing your hair less. So if you’re still washing your hair everyday step away from the shampoo bottle and keep reading 🙂
Why you should wash your hair less
1 | Save Time
Washing your hair can be quite time-consuming. Especially if you have really long hair. And don’t forget about blow-drying and/or heat styling. We’re talking anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. That can really add up over your lifetime. Think about it.
2 | Save Water
The average 8-minute shower uses 17 gallons of water. That’s crazy. And if you’re in California like me you know how important it is to conserve water. Imagine how much water you can save if you skipped washing your hair just a few times a week.
3 | Save Money
Not only will you save money on your water bill but you’ll also save money by not using as many hair products as you used too. You won’t need to buy shampoo and conditioner as often, as well as many styling products. And who doesn’t like more money?
4 | Save Your Health
Not all shampoo’s are created equal and unfortunately many contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and petroleum byproducts. The ideal thing to do would be to avoid shampoos with these ingredients altogether. But if for some reason you’re unable to do that the next best thing would be to use less of these products.
5 | Save Your Hair
Every time you wash your hair, you strip it of its natural oils. Which then causes your hair to become dryer. And dry hair can lead to split ends. And split ends lead to breakage. Need I say more.
So as you can see, if you wash your hair less it can benefit your life in pretty significant ways. If your like I was and can’t bear the thought of going one day without shampooing, read this post where I share how to keep your hair looking great in between washings.