Lock It Up
Why you shouldn’t wash your hair
It’s easy to blame the freezing temps for your parched locks. But did you know that your daily washing habit might be the real enemy?
Here’s the thing: Shampoo strips hair of sebum, an oily but necessary substance for healthy strands. Your scalp then does damage control by creating more of it, meaning you’re constantly lathering, drying out your tresses, getting oily and repeating.
One way to break the cycle? Stop. Washing. Your. Hair.
Here, how to go suds-free without looking like a grease ball:
When you do wash your hair (three times a week, max), use gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, as they won’t cause frizz or damage colored hair, and apply conditioner to your ends only (natural oils originate on your scalp, so you don’t need extra hydration there). Between washes, use a boar-bristle brush to distribute scalp oil to your (formerly) dry ends.
Make dry shampoo your secret weapon, and stick to a powder, which absorbs oil better and is less drying than aerosol varieties. Hint: Squeeze a little onto your hair before hitting the gym--it’ll soak up workout sweat.
And the best news? Two of this season’s hottest hairstyles--textured waves and totally adult braids--are actually easier to pull off with day-old locks. Curls stay put longer with a little oil, while a textured fishtail conceals grease.