As I’ve been researching the topic of natural hair care, I’ve found a few articles that talk about how often you really need to wash your hair. Some people wash their hair every day and others wash their once or twice a month. Why such a difference?
All on its own, your body’s sebaceous glands produce sebum. Sebum waterproofs and moisturizes your hair. When left unwashed, sebum can accumulate in your hair and you can get that look of unwashed and oily hair. This causes us to shampoo our hair to get rid of the excess oil. However,some shampoo gets rid of so much of our natural oils that we have to then condition our hair and replace the oil we just removed. That sounds a bit redundant to me.
The fact is, until recently, frequent hair washing was not common. It wasn’t long ago that women used to go to the hairdresser once a week to have their hair washed and styled for the entire week! Over the last sixty years, that trend has changed in North America. Now, it is largely unacceptable allow your hair to get too oily. Now, we largely choose to strip the oils out and promptly put them back in with a conditioning product.
As redundant as hair washing sounds, the fact is that when I don’t wash my hair every other day, it gets very oily. It doesn’t feel great and it looks worse! Some have turned to dry shampoo. This product is formulated to absorb excess oils and remove the need for excess washing. They’ve been used for many years and are seeing a bit more popularity right now. There are a variety of ways to make them and they are certainly for sale in regular stores. Can you guess what I’m going to try making next?