To Bathe or Not to Bathe? That Is the Question.

FlickrThe New York Times has an article online about a new hipster breed it has termed as "The Great Unwashed."

The story is all about people who've decided to forgo showers, shampoo, and deodorant in favor of looking, as the article terms it, "fashionably unkempt."

As someone who doesn't really like that not-so-fresh feeling, the story really skeeved me out.

It's not that I judge anyone who can get away with showering less and still smelling great (more power to them!), it's that I feel yucky when I haven't bathed in a while. What about you?


While some doctors are quoted in the article saying that some bacteria found on the skin can actually be beneficial, others warn that people who come in contact with lots of others during the day or take public transportation should probably bathe on a more regular basis, particularly since we're entering cold and flu season.

And there seems to be some controversy over whether those who have stopped using deodorant smell or not. Everyone who was quoted in the article insisted that they didn't need deodorant to smell okay, but more than one admitted that others who don't use deodorant smell.


As my mom used to put it, "If you can smell your own body odor, everybody else has been smelling it for three days."

Like Benjamin Franklin, my mom.

The no shampoo movement has gained more steam recently, particularly since dry shampoos are so popular now. I can see where it would be a good thing for women and men with very curly hair that's prone to frizzing. But once again, there's nothing grosser to me personally than having oily hair. I can't imagine people cultivating the greasy head look on purpose. Ew.

While I profess to be pro-clean, I'm probably middle-of-the-road in terms of my frequency in washing. I use anti-perspirant once a day. I brush my teeth twice a day and sometimes more. I wash my hair every other day. I shower once a day, but if I'm in a real rush, I'll skip a shower here and there.

What about you? Are you obsessed with keeping clean, or could you be one of "The Great Unwashed?"

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