As a busy mom, I am always looking for shortcuts to reduce my time getting out the door. Since becoming a mom, I’ve taken to packing lunches, setting up my coffee machine and picking out CB’s and my school clothes the night before. As far as the actual morning goes, I’m still working on finding shortcuts, but my absolute must-do and favorite shortcut is using dry shampoo and washing and drying my hair less frequently.
Besides saving time, dry shampoo is healthier for your hair. You have probably heard that sulfates in shampoo are bad, bad, bad news bears. They are the same ingredients that are found in dish detergent, which make them extremely harsh on your hair, stripping it of its natural oils. Over time, hair grows accustomed to shampoo and whenever it’s not shampooed, your hair feels super greasy because the natural oils freak out and try to overcompensate for the oils that have been previously stripped. Very technical terms, I know.
There are sulfate-free shampoos on the market, some better than others. I use the L’oreal brand, but if it wasn’t so expensive, I’d use Wen instead. You can also make your own non-shampoo, like this cool gal – I definitely want to try this, but I’m not quite ready to make this big leap yet.
Anyway, I wash my hair maybe once every 3-4 days and can go as long as 6 if I have to. This includes days of “working out” (i.e. taking my dog for a brisk walk in the hot sun or throwing in a Jillian Michaels DVD), playing at the pool (with my hair up so it barely gets wet), etc. When I first started reducing the number of washes, it took a bit of time to “train” my hair to get used to the lack of shampoo. I’d start by washing every other day and wearing my hair up in a ponytail on the second day so the hair grease was less obvious. Classy, I know. On non-hair-washing days, I simply put my hair in a ponytail or bun and hop in the shower. The ends of my hair will often get wet, but it’s not a big deal. You can also be like my sister and wear an old lady shower cap instead.