Truth be told.

Day 2 and loving it!

I know, I know, you haven’t heard from me in a while. It’s been so long in fact, I can’t even remember the last time I posted. I could figure it out, but that’s not important. What’s important is why I haven’t written.

You see a funny thing happened this summer. It’s been going on for a while and I had to get settled with it before I wrote about it. I needed to see if it was real. Or if I was just lazy.

Turns out both are true.

So (deeeep breath) here it goes. I’m not waiting 14 days to wash my hair anymore. (and exhale)

“What?! Hair Care Girl say it isn’t so!”

I know I can’t believe it either.

If you’ve been here a while you know the whole reason I started the Hair Care Girl lifestyle was because my hair was fried (really, really fried). The years of highlights, blow dryers, and hair straighteners had taken their blistering toll leaving me with hair that would shock a scarecrow.

It was that bad.

So I stopped washing it every day. And it helped. A lot!

But then I changed the color of my hair. I became a brunette. And I love, love, love it. (Although now that it’s dark I see I really do have grey hair!).

Now that I’m adding color rather than taking it away my hair is healthier, softer, and easier. And because it’s healthier I don’t have be so militant about my hair care routine.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still lazy. I still have way better things to do than wash, dry, and style my hair. I would still much rather sit around and drink coffee all morning than stand in the bathroom blow drying my hair. And I still truly believe the less heat you apply to your hair the better.

But 14 days? Not so necessary anymore.

So I’ve learned to compromise – to follow my hair intuition.

Now I wash my hair every 7-10 days. It’s not quite 14, but it’s certainly not every day either. I am also not doing as many fancy styles because I’m not trying to cover up my dark roots. Which is why there are fewer posts lately.

Also it gets dark by the time my kids photographers are available making photo opportunities slim pickins.

So there ya have it. And you know what?

I love it that I can change my mind, my life, and still stay true to my values.

I love it that I can over sleep, get distracted, and play in the morning instead of putting these things off because “I need to do my hair”.

And I love it that I’ve learned so much about what works for me and maybe, just maybe that has inspired you to look at what you do and make it work for you.

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Hair Math 101

Day 2: It's all in the  math

Yesterday I spent 90 minutes getting ready.  That may seem like a lot but I only spend this amount of time on my hair twice a month.  And it pays off because if my hair looks good on Day 1, days 2, 3, and 4, etc. need even less time.

It used to be I would spend about an hour getting ready.  Everyday.  This included showering, shampooing, conditioning, drying, straightening, getting frustrated and pulling my hair back anyway, applying make up, choosing jewelry, outfit, etc.

Of course I still do my make up, choose my outfits and jewelry.  But my showers are shorter (no waiting for that conditioner to “soak” in) and I skip the blow drying.  Which took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  I also don’t need the straightening time. 

Here’s the math for an average month:

The old way:
# of days = 30
25 days x 1 hour = 25 hours [these are the full getting ready days]
5 days x 30 minutes = 2.5 hours [these are the weekends when I didn’t care so much about my hair.
Total time using the old system: 27.5 hours

The Hair Care Girl way:
# of days = 30 (all days count in the Hair Care Girl lifestyle)
2 days x 1.5 hours = 3 hours
28 days x .5 hours = 14 hours
Total time using the Hair Care Girl System: 17 hours

This a savings of 10.5 hours a month.  That’s more than a full work day!

So you can see why that 90 minutes on Day 1 is no biggie.

What would you do if you had a spare 10.5 hours in a month?  Would you weed your yard, pamper yourself, spend time with friends and family?

Me?  I sit in my chair sipping coffee while my teenagers shower, blow dry, and straighten. 

By the way, the picture above is Day 2.  I don’t think I even brushed it today.

Total time from shower to shoes: 20 minutes

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