How to Wash your Hair Once a Week
Remember when everyone was going "'poo-less?" We we aren't ones to shy away from interesting beauty trends, especially if it means more time and freedom. We'll admit, we were afraid our friends would smell us from a mile away if we stopped washing our hair or only washed it once a week. The "'poo-less" tribe was so adamant that they had the healthiest hair of their lives, so we had to give it a try, and while we are not ladies who completely forgo a vigorous shampoo, we are both down to washing our hair about once a week. What does this have to do with The Practical Minimalists or Freedom with Less? Well more freedom, more time and shampoo conservation for one thing, but you guys also wanted to know about it! When we released our podcast on Traveling with Less, we mentioned that we don't sweat using toiletries at hotels or at other people's homes in order to save space. While not our intention to launch a conversation about our beauty routine, you guys asked and we are delivering! So here is the process we used for getting down to one shampoo a week + some product recommendations.
1. Start Small
If you are someone who shampoos every day, we don't recommend going cold turkey. You'll hair will likely be oily and unruly and you won't know what to do with it if you don't ease yourself into it. If you shampoo every day, try starting going to every other day. Then once you have done that for a week or two, shampoo every two days...and so on. Your hair actually produces more oil as a result of frequent washings. When your scalp is used to less frequent shampooing, it should produce less oil.
2. Use a dry shampoo in between washes.
Now, we want to insert a caveat here. Don't OVER dry shampoo and we would recommend refraining from the dry shampoo as long as possible. Using lots of product in your hair between washes can cause build up and make your scalp start to feel yucky between washes. We like to refrain from it as long as possible but let's face it; dry shampoo is one of the best inventions ever. here is a recommendation if you want to buy it. This products scores really well on EWG's database and is relatively affordable. However if you want to MAKE your own, try Eryn's recipe: 1 cup starch (corn starch, arrowroot powder, etc), 1 TSP baking soda (to keep from caking) and 10 drops essential oil. (We like Lavender or Rosemary or a mixture). If your hair is darker, you can try mixing in tumeric or coco powder.
3. When you do shampoo, use a clarifying shampoo first then follow with your favorite shampoo
When you DO get read to wash your hair, the wash is going to need to be a little more thorough than when you were washing your hair more frequently. The products and oils have had more time to build up in your hair and the shampoo is going to have to work a little harder! For shampoos, we love Young Living's Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo, Art Naturals and Accure Clarifying Shampoo.