Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Conserve Water - Don't Wash Your Hair
If you know me IRL (aka in real life), you may know that I have incredibly fine hair. It also gets super oily and super dirty. For example, conversation I had with my roommate the other day after not washing my hair in two days,
Me: "Do you think I should use dry shampoo?"
Her: "Didn't you just wash your hair?"
Me: "No, I haven't washed it in two days"
Her: "It looks wet! I thought it was wet!"
We are talking disgusting here. However, two of my favorite bloggers have been experimenting with not washing their hair as much, Christina of Second Skin and Mel from Idee Genaile. Why am I talking about this? Well, non-Nashville friends... we are working really hard to conserve water here in Nashville since we are only operating on ONE water treatment plant. I wanted to pass along some tips on how to go between washings.
1. Baby powder - for blondes its the cheapest alternative to dry shampoo and you'll smell like a baby
2. Dry shampoo - The key is to vigorously shake as much excess out, and don't hold it too close to your head. A cheap option is the kind from tresemme although not the greatest, it works and its $6 for a big can of it.
3. Use a boar bristle brush - this type of brush redistributes the natural oils down the hair shaft (haha, I just said shaft... oh man I'm a 12 year old boy)
4. Hands off - don't touch your hair with your hands... really. That oil can cause some serious dirty to your hair.
5. Fake bed head - Mel has this trick with hot rollers. You put hot rollers in and make sure you get a lot of lift at the roots... it will look like you went to bed with a head of curls and you get that great second day of curls style.
6. Hats - really way too easy
7. Headband + ponytail - the headband distracts away from your greasy grease and puts a little style in your hair instead. (This also works with a head scarf too)
8. Rinse with cold water - Do not use faucet water but you know the bottled water that you bought. Pull it out of the fridge and have a friend pour it over your head. Massage your scalp with your fingers to get some of those oils and gunk out.
9. Beer or vinegar- yep, its a great alternative to shampooing with water, make sure you rinse with bottled water though.
10. Braids - do a messy french braid and throw on a headband...
11. Messy bun - the messier, dirtier hair, the better these look. Tease your hair at the roots and get some volume and you should be able to rock something that looks really great.
And that's all. I have tried almost all of these to get my hair to look somewhat normal except for the beer. I have used vinegar before. Keep on conserving water Nashville. We will get through this flood.
How do you go between washings? Are you one of the few women with luxurious thick locks of dark hair? How do you handle dirty hair?