In Beth’s Call it a Day interview, shared earlier today, she mentions only being able to wash her hair every 4 or 5 days, and that she would have thought that was disgusting before it became her reality. When I read that, it reminded me of three different articles that have come my way in the last month or two.
One is about people who have stopped washing their hair at all with traditional hair products and only use baking soda and vinegar. (The article is from 2 years ago, and you may have seen a dozen similar ones since then, because they’re all over the place. Do a search for “the no shampoo method” if you’d like to read more. The first time I read about the no shampoo method was in 2012, and it was from a hairdresser’s perspective.)
People who have gone the no-shampoo route seem to really love it, and rave about how much more well-behaved, predictable, shiny, and healthy their hair is. Though it takes awhile to get there; they all talk about a tricky transition period. Apparently it takes a month or two for the hair and scalp to adjust to the shampoo-free routine.
As an extra bonus, proponents of the no-shampoo route emphasize it’s really good for the budget.
Another article is from the New York Times, about women who put off washing their hair in order to make a blowout last longer. The article says women may not be washing their hair enough.
I have totally done the make-a-blowout-last-longer thing. It was basically my system. I know my hair is super short now, but you may remember it’s only been this way for about a year, and before that I depended on weekly blowouts, especially if I had events to attend.
Blowouts saved me so much time and morning prep. They were the best! But it’s true, I ended up relying on dry shampoo or baby powder to make them last as long as possible, and I could feel my hair get oilier and stinkier the longer I tried to stretch it. With dry shampoo as needed, my hair would look pretty dang good for about 5 days, and then day six and seven, I would pull it up in a bun or wear a hat. And then start over again at another weekly blowout appointment.
The third article is from Forbes and it’s called Bumble & Bumble’s Founder Wants You To Never Use Shampoo Again. But the title is a bit misleading, or at least I feel like it is. I thought the article was going to be similar to the first one I linked to, talking about how people don’t need an extensive line of hair products. But really, it’s more about the Bumble & Bumble founder’s new line of products called New Wash, that he believes will be better for your hair. The most compelling part of the article was these two paragraphs:
“Because New Wash is so gentle and packs in so many good-for-hair ingredients, it’s the only product you’ll need—no conditioner, no masks. Skeptical? So was I. I have very long, thick, highlighted and colored hair, and it’s historically impossible to comb through without conditioner. But when I met Gordon at a panel discussion at StyleSeat’s headquarters in San Francisco, he promised I would not need conditioner.
He was right. I’ve gone from using shampoo and gobs of conditioner, plus a styling balm, plus a mask at least once a week, to using only New Wash. I comb it through in the shower and the comb glides effortlessly through. My scalp feels tingly and clean, and my hair looks and feels shiny, soft and healthier than ever.”
And now, I’m super curious to hear your thoughts. Have any hair-washing articles caught your eye lately? Would you ever try the no shampoo method? Does the idea gross you out? Or do you know anyone personally who has tried it (or is actively not-shampooing now)?
What about blowouts and dry shampoo? Do you agree that women aren’t washing their hair enough? Have you ever tried to make a blowout last?
Basically, I’d love to hear: Are your shampooing habits the same now as they’ve always been? Or have you tried new options over the years? Chime in!
P.S. — Not everyone agrees (NYT) that sulfates are really doing damage to hair or hair color. So interesting! Also, Olive received hair care products from the new Paul Mitchell line for teens, called Neon, and she loves them.