Finding solutions to problems is one of my favorite things to do. Problem solving in my career to help others is even more rewarding. One of the MOST common complaints I hear from my wonderful clients is how their hair is always DRY and FRIZZY. I then ask them about their wash cycle. Most wash every day, some–every other. To feel clean (don’t we all LOVE that feeling?). So while things like shampoo and conditioner are fairly modern inventions (the last 100 years or so), other things, like hair, even healthy hair(?) have been around for, um, I don’t know, forever (Story of Sampson-BEST HAIR EVER!). So whats the missing link? Why did Sampson’s hair have so much power, and how did he grow it so long, when he didn’t shampoo and condition his hair everyday? Obviously this is a bit of a stretch, but there has to be some BALANCE, so that our hair can be both healthy, and yet clean and fresh. I’ve found some solutions and heck, why not save a little money (and the world) while we’re at it? Lets start a positive feedback cycle, to enhance our health, beauty, and overall lifestyle. Lets begin.
10 Reasons to Love Your (Oily) Hair
- Love Yourself, Embrace Who You Are, and Work With What You’ve Got. Lets start with realistic expectations. You’re never going to permanently change the structure of your hair, how it grows, growth patterns, degree of curl (or lack thereof). I’m not including elective cosmetic changes, like perms, relaxers, and keratin treatments. The hair that grows from your scalp is just that. So deal with it.
- Oil is Good. Very Good. Humans naturally produces oils (sebum) from our sebaceous glands. Everyday, all day. Use it to your advantage. IT’S FREE! Use a natural boar-bristle brush (these Mason Pearson brushes are classic for a reason) to distribute natural oils down the hair shaft. The brushing also stimulates the scalp to encourage hair growth (bonus!).
- Oils Prevents Breakage. Oil is required to keep your hair like a well-oiled machine. DUH! Oil is one of the best substances to lock in moisture to lubricate your delicate amino acid bonds, while blocking out external moisture (humidity=frizz!!). We call this property an anti humectanct. Keep your bonds moist => prevent breakage. Generally.
- Oil Protect from Heat. Natural oils create a barrier between your vulnerable hair strands, and the stress caused from flat iron and curling wands. Would you take a hot iron to your bare skin, sans protection? Didn’t think so. NEVER EVER apply heat to your hair without protection. Natural oils are great way to start.
- Replenish Thirsty, Porous, Dry Ends. Hair is like a sponge and accepts anything you put on it. Porosity is the measurement of empty space (holes of a sponge) in the hair. Healthy hair has very little porosity. Porosity is created by: 1. time, the long the hair lives, the longer its exposed to the environment, etc 2. heat styling, brushing, blow drying etc 3. chemical processing such as bleaching or perms, etc, etc, etc. Let natural oils fill in those holes, and your ends with stay MOIST and HEALTHY.
- Clean Hair Doesn’t Style Well. Kinda. Second day hair holds curl better, doesn’t lay flat, and looks naturally lived-in. Fold all your clothes and pack them in your suitcase. Fits perfect. Now rough them up and try to make them fit. No longer fits perfect. Same principal for hair. Most people love their hair the second day; the slightly roughed up cuticle, whether it be from sleeping, hair flips, or general sass) is enough to hold most styles. It also allows you to practice all those 5 minute up-dos you’ve been Pinning. But haven’t done. Seriously?
- Save Time. What can you do with the extra 3o minutes to an hour you spend every morning washing, blow drying and styling your hair. Pray? Make breakfast? Take an extra long walk with your dogs? Whatever you do, make sure its worth it. And think of how amazing your hair is going to be by NOT washing it.
- Save Money. Use less shampoo. Use less conditioner. Use less product. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Now use that money you saved and invest in high ends products that keep your hair feeling amazing (and moist!) at all times. Densifique from Kerastase contains hyaluronic acid, which, like an ant, can hold up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. Leave in on for a few minutes, the continue on your happy way.
- Save the World. Fresh water is more precious than anything in the world. Do your part by shortening shower times and daily washing. If everyone skipped a day or 2 between cleansing sessions, think of the grand impact it will make.
- Dry Shampoo. Instant refresh. Slight fragrance. Volume. Clean. Enough said. This one is pretty amazing. So I hear.
Try to find the solutions to your (hair) problems by focusing on what surrounds you. Use tools that are given to you naturally, or that you have acquired over time. Invest in yourself and your education before you jump on a trendy bandwagon, just because everyone else is doing it, or because “that’s just the way its always been done.” Question everything someone tells you; research, learn, experiment and makes mistakes until you find the solutions that work for you. Remember that while everyone is different, many solutions are applied for the common good. Start with something small to change the world in a big way. What would you do if you were given 5 extra hours a week? I decided to find my inner Sampson by wearing dirty hair and start a blog. Now, its your turn. Tag-your’re it. Good luck!