Squeaky clean ladies and gents, listen up! Do you shower every day? Are your friends sick of you bragging about your constant cleanliness? Does greasy hair scare you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Valley has a challenge for you: adopt some of the following “dirty” habits and see if you survive! Your body will thank you for it.
Give Your Hair A Break
“Washing your hair every two or three days would be the best, maybe two days a week if you can get away with it,” says Looks Hair Design stylist and cosmetologist Kelsie Johnson. This may seem a bit appalling, but your hair needs time to refuel without being stripped clean on a daily basis.
“Basically it shoots your sebaceous glands into overdrive, and they tell your hair to create more oil, so it gets dirty faster” says Johnson. “They stimulate themselves.”
If you absolutely need to wash your hair everyday to avoid grease, Johnson suggests taking baby steps by washing it every other day instead. She says to substitute dry shampoo on the off days.
Wait a minute, you’re thinking. What if I’m a sweat monster who works out every day?
“If you sweat, that doesn’t mean your hair is dirty,” says Johnson, who works out every day. “I would say, if it really bothers you, just rinse your hair and lightly condition the ends.”
Limit Your Showers
“Showering twice a day, three times a day, that’s too much,” says Johnson.
According to Christie Weidhaas, an esthetician at Looks Hair Design, even some over the counter soap can strip your skin of hydration.
If you’re dying for that extra shower, Johnson says that you can just rinse off with water. Weidhaas reminds us that that if you’re showering constantly to always make sure you’re moisturizing.
Stop Being A Germophobe
If you’re friends with a germophobe, it can make you feel like you’re not doing enough. You may find yourself stressing about taking up some of their habits or learning tips from them about how to stay healthy and safe.
But here’s an important tip to keep in mind: “You’re not protecting yourself by always washing your hands,” says Johnson. “You’re setting yourself up for more sickness because your system is going in reverse.”
Think about it. It makes sense, right? You’re body needs to learn to toughen up a little and fight its own battles without you acting like an overprotective parent.
Ease Off Washing Your Face
Weidhaas explains that the same concept applies to your face as well, so try to tone down the washing.
“You want something to control the oil,” she says. Weidhaas suggests using a corrective modifier or splashing some water on your face in place of washing it excessively.
If you give some of these tips a try, you won’t regret it! You’ll still be you, only a cleaner, healthier and shinier version of you.