If you’d told me even a few months ago that I would be okay going days without showering, I would have snorted in a way most unbecoming. A snort of complete disbelief. I mean come on. I am a girl with long, thick blonde hair that gets greasy after 24 hours! I need to shower! And who wants that kind of B.O.? I mean I’m not a terrible stinker, but by the end of the day I’m usually ready for a new rub of deodorant under the arms.
Today, as I’m writing this on a Monday, I can say in all honesty that the last day I showered was Friday morning. I’m on day four, and not only does my hair look normal, but I just took a sniff of myself and I smell great!
Here’s what happened. First, I went blonde. Much to my mother’s chagrin I started dying my hair a few years ago and never stopped. As soon as I went blonde everyone started telling me that I shouldn’t be washing my hair every day because the light colour would dry it out. Do you want hair like straw? I certainly don’t! Afraid of brittle hair, I spent hundreds of dollars on shampoos and conditioners to keep my hair moisturized. It’s always been a struggle. I tried not showering once or twice, and my hair goes greasy within a day.
And then… dry shampoo!
It took me six brands to find one that I liked. I had to like the smell and what it did to my hair. Dry shampoo tends to make my hair look either dull or feel like straw. One smelled so strongly of some kind of flower it made me feel sick. One made my hair look gray!! I kept trying and eventually find one by Pantene Pro-V that smells nice and doesn’t affect the color of my hair. It doesn’t feel the best, but it’s not bad at all. I’m still hoping to find one better without having to spend a million dollars, but we’ll get there.
Back to showering. I started going a day or two without showering because my hair wasn’t greasy. I’m not a huge stinker, so a little deodorant can get me through a few days pretty easily. I started showering only when I started to smell bad. Slowly, the time between showers started getting longer. Suddenly I was going five or six days without showering!! I usually notice when I have B.O., but I was surprised that I really didn’t smell all that bad. I even started getting compliments from people on day three and four ‘you smell so good!’.
I started doing some research on the people who live completely natural. You know the ones who just rinse off once in awhile and never use products. I loooove products. Anything that smells good. But now I use barely any. I use coconut oil and jojoba oil for my skin, and I bought a natural soap. The only real product I buy for cleansing is shampoo, and now I use so little I barely need to replenish!
So here I am, sitting here on day four. I smell fine, my hair looks fine and I don’t really have any immediate plans to shower. Not only has this saved my a ton of money on hair products, it has also saved me a crazy amount of time grooming in the morning. I like to wear my hair wavy. I shower, blow dry and curl on day one. Day two I get out of bed, brush out the tangles and re-curl anything that’s gone flat. I can go days with this, using minimal heat and never re-hairspraying (is that a word?). Once the product is in, I rarely need to re-apply.
And here’s another thing for all those people out there who suffer from itchy dandruff. Mine has almost completely disappeared! I’ve never been really bad, but if I don’t shower regularly with some kind of head-and-shoulders type product, I could get flaky. I haven’t noticed anything in months!
I once watched a youtube video of a model explaining how to keep her hair wavy and beautiful for days. I remember thinking how absurd it was when she talked about day two and three how she just re-curled the flat bits and kept going. I thought that was so unfair because I would never be able to do that with my hair. Turns out I just needed the right system!
So here are my tips if you want to brave these murky waters of non-showering.
1.) Make sure you love your dry shampoo and that it doesn’t build up or cause straw like hair. It’s going to be your friend. You have to be comfortable with it. Someone told me to use baby powder once and it ended up cakey and my hair felt dirty.
2.) Take it slow. First go two days, then three. Then brave it out for four. You’ll find out right away if your dry shampoo wasn’t made for more than a day. One of the first ones I bought on day two made me look like I was wearing a really old beehive wig!! Not attractive.
3.) Go natural with the deodorant. Since I started buying organic, natural, aluminum free deodorant, I’ve found that I don’t need as much. My theory is that my body doesn’t have to work so hard to just do its natural job, so it doesn’t try as hard. (No scientific proof or even lingo!). The more ‘natural and Organic’ products I try, the more my body stops annoying things like smelling really bad or getting skin irritations.
4.) Be choosy about your scents. I used to do it all! Coconut body wash, cherry blossom body butter, Sarah Jessica Parker perfume. I can’t imagine smelling like all those things now! I’ve never had anyone say to me that I smell really good until I stopped showering. The only scent I add now is a beautiful perfume I bought by Viktor and Rolf. Everything else I have is natural and usually odorless.
5.) Blow-dry your hair after you shower. I don’t have many in-between days anymore where you shower and throw your hair up without thought. Because I shower so seldomly now, I always dry and style my hair, because it’ll set me up for next week at work. If I don’t, it’s hard to fix after the fact, even with dry shampoo. I like to look put together and styled at work, so I need this base.
That’s it! Let me know if you have any tips to share. I’d love to hear more! especially if it’s product reviews. I’m still hunting for the ultimate low-cost dry shampoo.