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This Spring: Wash Your House NOT Your Hair

March 20, 2009


Research confirms our great grandparents had it right when they washed their hair once or twice a month.

Washing your hair several times a week or even daily merely wastes the earth’s resources, your money, your time, and  your hair by stripping it of protective oils. According to a report I heard this morning on NPR, our current obsession with hair washing is the result of a very successful marketing program.

“There’s a lot of people doing this no-shampoo movement,” says 20-something blogger Jeanne Haegele. She writes a blog called LifeLessPlastic. In an attempt to buy fewer items with plastic packaging, Haegele recently went three months without using any shampoo. Instead, she washed her hair with baking soda twice a week and conditioned it with a vinegar rinse.

So make that a New Year’s* resolution: wash your hair less!

And of course, ride your bike more!

*Spring is the New Year according to the astrological calendar as well as some cultures.clean-hair1

At Burning Man, out on the Playa,  washing your hair rarely happens, but sometimes you get lucky and find a Brainwash where volunteers wash your hair! In the photo above while my hair is being washed others are waiting to leave the Playa;  lucky me, that year I got to stay and play! In the second photo, here I am with fresh clean hair–ahhh! And some classic wayfarers!

If you don’t have them yet, better get your tickets soon!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2009 3:20 am

    I will have to grow some more hair first. Being a baldy old bugger does have its advantages.

  2. March 20, 2009 8:33 am

    Yes no wasting of water, time, and shampoo on long locks!

  3. Jason permalink
    March 20, 2009 3:16 pm

    I loved the way this story was presented, very much Adbusters. I only wash 1-3 times a month, and I still have great circa-70’s Farrah Fawcett hair!

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