When you watch a shampoo commercial, where is the woman usually washing her hair? Usually in a hot, steamy shower or under a waterfall in a tropical paradise, right? The point is, she is usually standing upright massaging the shampoo through her scalp. Now, imagine watching a shampoo commercial with a woman hunched over her kitchen sink. Find that odd? Well, if you’re like me and a number of women I know, the kitchen sink was where our mothers washed our hair as little girls. It didn’t occur to me until recently that once I left for college and no longer had the space to wash my hair in a sink I took for granted that washing my hair in the shower was preferable, even when I moved into my own home. While using the shower is often presented as the default method, there are some advantages to using a sink.
Time and Convenience
How long does it usually take you to wash your hair? For me, it takes anywhere from 20–25 minutes depending on the products I used and the buildup that may have resulted as a consequence. Because I usually go through my entire shower routine when washing my hair (might as well since I’m in the shower), the entire process can take 30–35 minutes. While it may seem that it should take the same amount of time to wash your hair, irrespective of the method, I find that washing your hair in the sink can actually save time. It’s not a perfect analogy, but consider how quickly your hair is washed in the sink at a salon compared to the length of time it takes you to wash it in the shower?
One of the reasons it takes less time is that you can have a direct stream of water cleansing your hair from the shampoo, which is generally more efficient that the spray shower heads many of us use. If you have a spray attachment on your sink, then those are even more efficient when it comes to cleansing your scalp. Using the sink is also helpful when you want a quick rinse because you’ve had an intense workout or you simply want to “reset” your hair for another style. It may also be a great way to rinse out a deep conditioning treatment if you don’t feel like jumping back in the shower.
Detangling and Comfort
Perhaps one area in which the shower method of washing hair is superior is that it helps with keeping your hair tangle free. However, if you detangle your hair prior to washing and section your hair in large loose braids, the manner in which you position your head may not necessarily make a difference. What will matter is your level of comfort and hands down, washing your hair in the sink is more uncomfortable. Now, because it takes less time it may not necessarily be a problem for you. However, if you have neck or back issues or if you’re pregnant, I wouldn’t recommend this method of washing.
We know what the shower is for: washing our bodies. So, it isn’t strange that we would wash other parts of our bodies there such as our scalp and hair. For some people the challenge with washing their hair in the sink is due, primarily, to concerns about hygiene. It’s the space where they place dirty dishes and prepare foods such as meat and fish. If you do use the sink, you definitely want to clean it for any visible residue (i.e. food particles), then clean it with a disinfectant. Since sinks are rather small it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to properly clean the area. If you still cannot wrap you mind around placing your head in the sink, then I’d say skip it. You’re going to invest a bit of time either way, so you might as well choose a method that makes you feel comfortable.
What is your preferred method of hair washing: The kitchen sink or the shower?