Or: How you, too, can ditch the daily shampoo habit. Even if you’re a hot sweaty mess from your workout.
You know the lecture. The one from your stylist: “How often do you wash your hair? Twice a day?? Oh honey, you need to stop that.”
But I run! – you protest. I get so sweaty and nasty. There is no way I could NOT wash my hair every time I shower. I just can’t.
Well, I am here to tell you that maybe you can.
Believe me, I used to be a die-hard member of Team Daily Shampoo. I sweat when I run – profusely. But last year when I chopped my hair to a shorter bob that absolutely could not air dry, I started to rethink my stubborn attitude. With multiple showers and shampoos a day, I was spending way too much time with my blow-dryer.
And so I resolved to only wash every other day. And honestly? I have not looked back since. Sometimes I even go three days between washings. It took my hair a couple of weeks to adjust to this new routine – and yes, it was a bit greasy the first few days. But it is so nice to not have to deal with my hair every day now. And I actually think my hair looks much better on day two or even day three! This is day three hair:
(I am not saying my hair wins any awards for being the greatest hair on the planet – in fact, it’s kind of snaggly and in need to a trim at the moment. However. The point is, you don’t see any nasty sweat caked in there, do you? Nor any oil slicks. Or fleas or birds nesting. “Dirty” hair can look just fine!)
So: how do you get over the sweat problem? And the ponytail problem? Here is how I do it:
- On non-wash days, when I shower I pile my hair into a high messy bun and avoid wetting it. Post-shower, I blast it with the blow-dryer to dry out any sweat from my workout as well as any damp spots from the shower. This takes about a minute or two, tops.
- Avoid pony tails. Obviously I put my hair in a pony when I’m running or working out, but it comes out right away when I’m done – as in, I take it out before walking home from the gym, or the second I get in the door from my run. This greatly reduces the pony-tail-line problem, as well as allowing the sweat in my hair to dry a bit before I hop in the shower.
- Baby powder is my friend. Even as a fairly dark brunette, I don’t have any issues with it turning my hair white. I just dab a bit on my fingers and work it into my roots if they’re looking greasy, then brush my hair thoroughly to distribute it. If any chalky looking spots remain, I just blast them with the blow-dryer for a few seconds.
- I always blow-dry my hair on days that I wash it. If I don’t, it looks yucky the next day and I’m stuck washing or at least wetting it in the shower.
- If my hair gets really gross – say from running in a downpour or having a cat fling poo at me* – well, then I wash it even if I’m not “scheduled” to. Duh.
The topic of hair washing, dry shampoos, etc comes up frequently on one of the fitness forums I frequent, and a lot of people tend to say they just can’t do it. I used to be one of those people – so I would encourage you to at least give it a chance! And I know everyone’s hair is different, but this is what works well for me.
Anyway. Sheesh, did I just write that much about hair? I swear I am not a diva! Do you wash your hair daily – or do you skip days? Any tips??
Today’s EAT: Remember Lunchables? Well, that’s what I had for dinner. Basically.
By the time I got home from running and showered (and blow dried my hair – today was a wash day!) it was 9:30. I was starving and SO not in the mood to cook. So I went for one of my favorite types of meals: the snacky meal!
See, a grown up Lunchable! Instead of weird slimy mystery meat, I used a great hard salami. And instead of waxy yellow cheese, I used a sharp cheddar from the Greenmarket. With a big salad, of course.
This week has been sort of a fail when it comes to healthy cooking. Oh well – sometimes life gets in the way!
Today’s DRINK: Chuggin’ the agua tonight. Boring, I know! We are out of wine though. Boo.
Today’s RUN: Thursday means it’s CPTC tempo night, but I opted out of the “hard” workout so my legs would be fresh for my 10K on Saturday. Instead, I did a nice mellow meander of the bridle path with a fellow 10K-er. It was so nice just to run and chat and not worry about pace or distance! All told, between my little warm up run beforehand and the park loop, I probably did about 8 miles.
*This actually happened. The joys of being a rescue volunteer!