When it comes to hair care don’t “show me the money”. Show me how to save time! Over the past year I’ve been washing my hair on a bi-weekly basis. If I was a lady of leisure I would wash my hair every 5–7 days, just to keep that “just washed” scent ever present. Alas, I have to juggle a personal life and graduate school so I now wash my hair when necessary. Although I have found that my hair does just as fine in terms of general strength and length retention, I won’t lie: there is definitely more build up after 2 weeks than there is after one. It is therefore only expected that my shampooing sessions are a bit longer.
The problem I have encountered is that because my hair is so dense, I can spend quite some time shampooing. My issue isn’t only related to a desire to save time but I can become a bit dizzy and physically drained if I stand in the shower in excess of 25 minutes (In my poking around on Google dizziness, nausea and vertigo are not all that uncommon effects of spending time in a hot shower). In the past was able to curtail my time in the shower by removing detangling as a part of my in shower regimen. Since reaching waist length shampooing has become so time intensive that I sometimes have to stop before I’m completely done.
To reduce my shampooing time I have regularly incorporated three steps.
1. I make sure my hair is already damp before I enter the shower. I’ve experimented with sectioning my hair and heading into the shower with my hair dry. No ma’am! When my hair is already damp and I’ve applied conditioner to each section, it takes less time for my hair to become saturated in the shower, allowing my shampoo to work more quickly.
2. I have learned that a shampooing agent that is easy to apply makes a big difference in how long it takes for me to finish. I gave shampoo bars a try in the past and while I liked their ability to cleanse I found it took longer than a shampoo in liquid form. Moreover, even shampoos in liquid form can be time consuming if they are too thick and require multiple rinses. I typically dilute my shampoo at a 2:1 ratio and apply the shampoo directly to my roots using a color applicator bottle. This had helped tremendously with saving time. The only shampoo I don’t have to dilute is a liquid version of black soap I recently began to use. The consistency is comparable to water but it immediately begins to cleanse and leaves my hair clean without feeling stripped.
3. When I start to shampoo my hair I can be a bit of a slow poke. I tend to think, sing and relax in the shower, which while fine on a regular day is counter-productive on wash day. I now time myself using music. Yes, you read correctly, I use music. For example, I’ll put on my Whitney playlist and will give myself the length of a song to complete a section. So, after “How Will I Know?” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody?” I’m about a third of the way done. Usually after 5 songs I’m finishing up my last rinse.
Now, doesn’t that sound easy? How do you save time when shampooing your hair?