I'm not saying I don't shower, but the will to shower more than 3x a week diminishes in the winter and I am completely at peace with that decision. [Tangent: The dermatologist has repeatedly told me I can protect my skin by taking cold showers, but that prospect bums me out. WHO WANTS A COLD SHOWER? If the water from my showerhead is not 1000 degrees like a flood of hot magma, then I am simply not interested. If this means taking them 3 hot showers a week or 7 lukewarm ones, then clearly that's a no brainer. Dirty bird it is.] Lately I have found, through the Internet and other avenues, that I am not alone. In fact Jezebel recently ran this article where medical professionals weighed in on how often you really need to shower. Spoiler alert: It is pretty inconclusive, but there are definitely merits to spacing out your showers and letting the oils in your body do what they were programmed to do. I also share these words of wisdom from my friend Laura.
I've also gotten very much intrigued with the "no poo" method [Tangent: Because I am inherently 12, the name makes me giggle, but it's short for "No Shampoo." You can read about it here in more detail.] According to Inside Edition and the Internet, this is the hot new thing. [Tangent: Is it a problem that those are my news sources?]] Frankly, I am not earth mothery enough to totally ditch my shampoo, but like I have written about before, integrating a half vinegar/half water rinse into your shower routine (once a week) makes your follicles really happy and awesome feeling. [Tangent: Just keep it out of your eyes. That acidic nonsense smarts!] I still couldn't go cold turkey.
As a happy medium, I have just decided to try the Herbal Essence new naked line of products. They are all paraben-free, use mostly natural ingredients and don't leave a lot of residue. AND BEST OF ALL- THEY SMELL DELIGHTFUL! [Tangent: I can't be the only human who opens the packaging and sniffs all my options in the aisles of Target before concluding which hair products to purchase. I have been burned too many times by skipping this step and then having to deal hair that smells like a grandmother's sock drawer until the bottle runs out. Never Forget.] Of course I picked up their conditioner and their dry shampoo, especially after I learned it had a citrus/mint scent. SIGN ME UP!
For about a week, I have been using the Naked conditioner, and I do notice that my hair remains cleaner longer. It's not like day 1 is my only good hair day....I can get a couple days of my hair looking decent. But the real magic is the dry shampoo. As ya'll know, I will try just about any dry shampoo. [Tangent: Currently, this is my rotation to find the best.]
As shown by my app-happy depiction above, truly the Herbal Essence Naked variety of dry shampoo is my new favorite. [Tangent: I am not saying that in hopes of someone at Herbal Essences reading this blog and sending my a life supply of Naked products...but if that happens, so be it!] When I find something I get excited about, I feel the need to share and this stuff thrills me to bits. This dry shampoo hits the key high points.
- It smells incredible. You can smell the citrus and the peppermint oil, and I LOVE IT. It doesn't have that traditional soapy scent that most dry shampoo has. It just smells like a fancy dancy hair product or a light body splash.
- I feel like I am doing my body right by using something natural. Ever since working with Super Black lacquers and starting to use some products from Whole Foods Body, I've become slightly more conscious of this kind of stuff. It doesn't mean I am gonna start healing myself with crystals or giving up meat, I am just taking baby steps towards understanding the benefits of going more natural.
- There is zero film on my hair right now. I'm not sure if its the applicator or the substance itself, but I really love that I can run my fingers through it without feeling super matte and matted. It just feels like my hair...only cleaner. Here is my super flattering before and after.
|so flattering. Clearly selfies are not my strong suit. I'm old and should have put makeup on.|
Please tell me I am not alone on this.