While eating dinner with two good friends before the preview party of New Moon, we started talking about hair. Because that is one of things that girls talk about when we go out on 'girls nights out'. When I said that I had to wash, dry and straighten my hair EVERY DAY because of excess oil my girlfriend said with a gasp in her cute English accent, "Oh my gosh, April, you are a slave to your hair!"
I was taken a bit back, but instantly thought 'YES I AM' and this needs to change. So we talked and talked about shampooing, no shampooing, dry shampooing, second day dirty hair (but still showering) routine, third day dirty hair (but still showering) routine....to which I quickly blurted out, "I could never go three days. NEVER. I am too too oily." To which they responded that the oil starts decreasing and your scalp starts producing less oil because you aren't stripping it away everyday.
On a side note, I had a similar conversation during our camping trip in early November with a sweet girl named Angela that I got to know better that weekend. I guess hair has been on my mind lately. At the end of day two while camping, I was desperate for a shampooing and did so by standing in our trailer shower and having Dave deliver me hot water off of the stove to wash and rinse (our water heater had problems this last camping trip). Angela said that she goes two, three days regularly without shampooing and that she too was really oily before starting this routine. She swears that the oil goes away after a couple of weeks on the new routine and that I should try it. I enjoyed listening to her ideas but wasn't quite ready to grasp it.
But on this night when I was accused of (and agreed to) being a "Slave to my hair" it hit me. Somethings gotta give and can I live with some oil while I put this "the oil will go away over time" trick to the test. So here I am.....shampooing every other day (but still showering daily, because I just think that to not shower everyday is gross....unless you are camping or sick or just having a really lazy weekend on occasion). At first I was rinsing my hair on day two in the shower and using just a little bit of conditioner. I was surprised to find that my hair was not any oilier when using only conditioner, but I was still having to blow dry and straighten my hair on what was suppose to be my "day off." Now I am washing my body but keeping my hair dry on day two. All it needs is some re-straightening to it. I like day two....it is so liberating! But here is my dilemma....when I wake up on day 3.....almost no touch up is necessary and if my scalp wasn't so darn oily by that morning it would be my quickest 'get ready day' of them all....but I can't go three days. I just can't.
So I want to know......what is your shampooing schedule and how does it work for you? I'm interested....really really interested. I don't want to be a slave to my hair any longer....but I also don't want to smell oily either. I also would love product info that you love to help get through the less shampooing method! I can't wait to hear. Happy Friday!