Several years ago I read a supposed statistic that something like 50% of women don’t work out because they don’t want to mess up their hair. Now, I don’t know if that’s a ridiculous fabrication or an equally ridiculous truth, but I CAN tell you that I recently had a Workout + Hair Epiphany.
It happened when my roommate joined the legion of people, both Real Life- and Media-Based, that insist that you shouldn’t wash your hair more than, max, three times a week. It strips your hair of necessary oils and what have you and you’ll have a much healthier mane – nay, a shampoo-commercial worthy mane – if you leave it alone most of the time.
I think this sounds lovely and natural and holistic and it DOES NOT WORK FOR ME.
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Seriously. I don’t know if it’s because my hair is long or because’s it’s fine or because I have an unusually oily scalp or what, but if I don’t wash my hair on a given day there’s an odds-on chance that in little more than 24 hours it will look a MESS. Stringy and greasy and just gross. Gross, okay? And that makes ME feel gross. I will trade shampoo-damaged hair in return for not feeling gross if that’s all right with everyone.
This remains my stance on hair care, but for some reason it has always bothered me, that my hair doesn’t react with joy and luster to the natural act of not shampooing. And then I figured it out.
IT’S ALL THE SWEAT.
Sweat. Sweat in my hair from one to three hours of ballet classes on Monday & Wednesday & sometimes Saturday morning and right now also Sunday rehearsals because we have a show coming up. Sweat from my runs, of generally 10 – 11 miles, on Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday and sometimes Friday if I had to skip or cut one of the other runs short and need more mileage. That’s six out of seven days of sweat soaking right into my past-the-shoulder-blades-long hair. No wonder it needs cleaning more often.
And so, as an athlete – YEAH I SAID IT I’M AN ATHLETE NOW – I must hold my hair to a different standard. I recognize that I put it through rigors the average scalp does not experience. If I feel I need to shampoo just about every day, then I will go ahead and do that, with a weekly deep conditioning treatment as a compromise. The end.
All that having been said… how do you cope with post-exercise-gross hair? Have you found a dry shampoo that actually works? Do you shampoo daily too? I may have a pro-shampoo manifesto, but I’m definitely open to other ideas!
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