Wednesday, October 9, 2013

No Hair Dryer, No Problem

Lately I've been on this quest to get my hair in healthier, shinier shape.  My hair is naturally dry so when I get it highlighted every 8 weeks, use blow dryers and straightening irons on it every day, well I'm certainly not doing my hair any favors. It was not only dry but it was starting to become brittle.  So I asked myself, what is one thing I could give up in order to give my hair a break?

The answer?  I decided to give up my hair dryer!

I started out by washing my hair every other day (I used dry shampoo on the days I didn't wash it) and then let my hair completely air dry.  I won't lie, I was not looking forward to styling my hair after it had air dried.  I loved the volume I would get from a blow dryer and I had a feeling I was going to be stuck with flat, lifeless, limp hair.

Here's how my hair would normally look after I blow dried it and straightened the ends.

The first time I styled my hair after it had air dried it was a little flat but not nearly as flat as I had thought it would be.  That's when I knew I could totally go a week without using my hair dryer.   By Day Five I could tell my hair was healthier and my volume was coming back thanks to a new shampoo and conditioner. 

Well one week went by and before I knew it I had gone two whole weeks without using my hairdryer!  Now I know to some ladies this challenge might seem silly but I'm telling you I was addicted to my hair dryer. I was using that sucker every single day (or damn near). So to go two whole weeks without it was a pretty big deal.   

I snapped a quick selfie around day 10 and looking at it now my hair looks the same (volume wise) as when I used the hair dryer.  It wasn't flat at all! And it even looked shinier!

Now it's been about a month since I originally started the get healthier hair challenge and I've used my hair dryer a total of 3 times.  On those 3 days I ended up having my hair air dry about 3 quarters of the way and then I did a quick blast, set on cool, directed at my roots. Oh, and I only used the hair dryer on days when I was really rushed. But 3 times in one month isn't all that bad, at least to me it isn't.

What about you? Have you done anything crazy for the sake of your hair lately?  Are you addicted to you hair dryer?  Please tell me I'm not the only one!

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