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4 Things That Will Happen When You Stop Washing Your Hair Daily

4 Things That Will Happen When You Stop Washing Your Hair Daily

Around a century ago, it was common to wash hair just once a month. But today, Americans are washing their hair on average 5 times a week. This is twice as much as Europeans who averaged just 2.5 weekly shampoos. According to many stylists and barbers, we should wash less often for hair that is healthy and easy to manage. Here are a few things that will happen once you forego daily shampooing.

1. You’ll Save At Least An Extra 30 Minutes Every Morning

One of the biggest benefits from washing your hair less often is the ability to sleep in. According to one poll, the average woman spends 10 minutes each day washing their day and another 30 minutes blow drying and styling for a total of 40 minutes. If you wash your hair 5 times a week, you’ll save an extra 3 hours each week to spend as you please.

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2. Less Exposure To Harmful Chemicals

You’ll reduce your exposure to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS, a harsh chemical found in many shampoos as well as a household cleaning product. SLS is responsible for creating the rich later and bubbles when we wash. Frequent exposure to SLS strips hair of its natural sebum and has been linked to cancer as well as skin irritation.

3. Your Hair Will Become Healthier

Your hair produces it’s own natural hair oils or sebum which helps to keep it smooth, moisturized and prevents breakage. Excessive washing strips hair of its natural oils and can lead to hair that’s dry and brittle. Invest in a boar bristle brush which is more efficient than a synthetic brush at redistributing your hair’s natural oils which form at the scalp throughout your strands. This will not only help to condition your hair naturally but also give it more sheen.

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Less frequent shampoos also equal less time spent blow drying for healthier hair. When you do decide to heat-style, pick a hair dryer with tourmaline technology which emits infrared negative ions for less heat damage to your hair.

4. Your Hair Color & Highlights Will Last Longer

You can extend the life of your hair color and highlights by washing less frequently. Colored hair can be more porous from damage and daily shampoos can cause the color molecule to leave the hair color.

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Hair color experts suggest washing dyed hair just twice a week with a gentle shampoo to preserve your color.

How to Get Started

So how often should you wash your hair? Experts agree that there isn’t one hard and steadfast rule; it depends on your hair type, comfort level, and daily activities. For example, if you exercise vigorously a few times a week, you may still end up having to wash more frequently compared to someone who keeps their hair dry.

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Find the thought of not washing your hair every 3-4 days a bit daunting? Here are a few simple tips to help you ease into it.

  • Start Off Washing Your Hair Just Every Other Day

Start off slow by washing hair just every other day. When shampooing, concentrate at just the scalp since this is the area that tends to accumulate the most oils. When applying conditioner there’s no need to apply it all over since this will weigh hair down; instead, concentrate the product towards the ends which tend to be driest. Once you’re comfortable with washing your hair every other day, you can try not washing for two days in a row.

  • Incorporate A Dry Shampoo

Start using a dry shampoo on the days you don’t shampoo. Dry shampoos work to absorb your hair’s oils and keep it smelling fresh. Most popular dry shampoos are available in aerosol form. Make sure to hold the can an arm’s length away from your scalp and concentrate the product at the roots which tend to get greasy first. Gently massage or brush the product into your scalp. One trick is to apply dry shampoo before you go to sleep; this will help to absorb oil at night.

  • Try A Scalp Tonic If You Have Thick Curls

Anabel Kingsley, a scalp hair specialist at Philip Kingsley Salon, suggests those with thick braids or curls to use a scalp tonic to help soothe and moisturize your scalp instead of using a dry shampoo. A scalp tonic can help to increase blood flow and diminish a flaky scalp for those who may find it difficult to use dry shampoo due to their hair type.

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Last Updated on February 12, 2019

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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