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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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