When you have a long hair routine but possibly doing it all wrong…
In 8th grade, I started growing out my hair. Before that was the shoulder-length mom cut that I would normally wear gelled back in a semi-low pony and, before that, the bob — with bangs. I’m not really sure which was worse…
Regardless, the decision to let my hair go was one of the best I ever made — it’s now one of my favorite features. It was around the same time I realized I liked going to the movies with boys more than playing capture the flag at the local rec center on Friday night. Since then, I’ve never had the desire to revisit a short ‘do, or anything else, for that matter. My mom always warned me that using dyes would ruin it so, except for scoring a few highlights on Valentine’s day (treat yourself), I’ve never altered my light brown locks. Going completely blonde has crossed my mind, multiple times, but actually going through with it is something to which I may never commit. Will it completely ruin my hair? No, probably not. My hair will still be attached to my head, but I think it’s the supposed maintenance that holds me back, which leads me to a confession…
I used to wash my hair every single time I took a shower. Shampoo, and conditioner. Literally. Every. Single. Time. This routine sometimes took place twice, three times a day, depending on my shower schedule, for as long as I can remember…I thought this is how people washed their hair! It wasn’t until I became roommates with Brigette that I learned that was absolutely not the case. I still remember when she went no ‘poo and I thought it was the most wack thing I ever heard.
“Wait, so like, you don’t wash your hair…with anything?!”
After trying it myself, I now completely respect her routine, or lack of one. During my recent visit to Costa Rica, I decided to test the waters — how long I could go without washing my hair? It may have been a vagabond beach life that encouraged that decision, but I refrained from touching my hair that entire trip.
Result? I was into it.
So much so that I told myself that I’d keep up the “non-keep” once I got home. Unfortunately, Philly is not home to a convenient saltwater rinse (i.e., ocean), but I have tried to keep my shampoo and conditioner use to a minimum. Actually, conditioner no longer exists in my repertoire. Just shampoo, every two days or so.
Sans conditioner seems to make my hair more wavy — there’s less substance weighing it down. And shampooing every few days allows my scalp’s natural oils to build up and keep my hair moisturized. I like this routine, but I’m not so sure it’s the best thing for my hair. Which leads me to my other confession — I never brush my hair.
Like, not ever. Only If I plan on straightening my hair. In which case I have to brush it while wet, immediately after a shower. Otherwise, a dry brush creates an awkward-looking, half-straight, half-poofy mane.
Above photo by Magdalena Kernan
Is brushing so little also bad for my hair?
If you have long hair, what is your routine? Do you wash regularly, or not at all? Are there any special products or treatments you swear by? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments below!