Saturday, November 15, 2008

La Mom’s Dirty Little Secret

I have a little confession to make. I don’t wash my hair.


OK, just to clarify, I haven’t gone totally Frenchy. I do bathe once, if not twice, a day. And when I lived in the States, I absolutely had to wash, condition, and blow-dry my hair on a daily basis, come hell or high water. So what happened to this former Breck girl?

It’s simple. Kids.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not too keen on getting up at 5:30 a.m. before the morning madness begins just to make sure I have squeaky-clean cheveux. Anyway, given Paris’ cold, humid winters, it’s inevitable that my hair will end up in a fuzzy aura around my face as soon as I walk out the door. In fact, there’s no better frizz fighter than a little French grime. I’ve discovered that the longer I go between washes, the smoother my hair looks.

For all you moms who cut corners like me, I can assure you that Paris’ top hairdressers agree there is such a thing as too-clean hair. Sometime around 2000 B.C. (Before Children) I actually prepped to get a trim at my fancy-schmancy salon. I’d been submerged at work and hadn’t washed my hair in ages. I was terrified to show up with nasty hair and two-month-old roots, so I grabbed a box of L’Oréal and made a beeline for the shower.

When Frank, my fab stylist, examined my tresses, he was totally confused. “Mais vos cheveux sont tellement propres,” he said with a disgusted grimace.

Leave it to the French to turn clean into a dirty word. registered & protected


KimandCo said...

Along with using the Oil Cleansing Method on my face, I gave up washing my hair every day. I do condition it every day, though, which then requires that pesky blow drying and styling! I can already notice less frizz. A friend of mine, with really curly hair, uses the and it works great for her. Thought I should give it a try. I don't have super curly hair, but wavy and frizzy.

KimandCo said...

Oh, and my hairstylist recommened a product called WEN. She told me not to run screaming from the building, because this is only a TV and internet product, but she said her clients who use it, LOVE it. I may give it a try. My son has super curly, course and longish hair and he could probably benefit from this. I also have him not washing his hair as often. He's a sweaty 11 yr. old though, and does need that "destink" hair wash on occasion.

La Mom said...

I'll have to check out WEN, although I bet they don't sell it in France!

Another tip from a London Mom -- sprinkle a little baby powder in your hair and then brush it out. It's like an instant dry shampoo!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

The baby powder works, that trick is one of my favs. If I wash my hari too often it just get dry and frizzy so I just leave it. I agree My heair generally looks best on the second or thrid day!

Joanne Rendell said...

thanks so much for finding me and my blog. love your site! i will definitely give you a call when i next come through Paris (maybe a while!?) and i will not wash my hair for a few months beforehand!

ali said...

I always go a few days without washing my hair too. Especially when I straighten it. With all that work, I'm definitely making it last for a while!

Scandalous Housewife said...

I guess it's not as tres chic to not wash your hair daily, like "moi" who lives deep in the heart of Texas. Although, I must admit, I seem to get more compliments on my hair on day 3 of no hair wash. That's just how my hair rolls.
Or do you think these Texas beyotch's are simply messing with me?


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