Fabulous 1950s Video on Hair Care Will Make You Rethink Your Washing Routine (VIDEO)


vintage hair washingIf I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Washing your hair daily is a crime. I exercise regularly and still only wash it at absolute most three times a week usually twice. I know you're all Ew gross you're so greasy yuck oh my god do you have lice holy shit don't go near my kids, etc., and if you want to go on believing that those of us who understand the value of unwashed hair are disgusting, then fine. Read no further. I'm sure you have better things to do than read this post anyway, like washing your hair, for example.

But for those of you who know the truth, I think you'll love this vintage 1950s instructional video on how to care for your hair. One of their biggest tips? Wash your hair often. And their version of often is every two weeks.

Now that's what I'm talking about. They suggest washing your hair with water and a mild soap, rinsing, then adding a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar to the water, then rinsing, then rinsing again with clean water. That's a lot of rinsing, and why she's doing it in the sink is beyond me -- maybe they didn't want a provocative shower scene? I don't know about their recommended products, but I like their recommended frequency.

They go on to extol the virtues of hair brushing, which I am neither for nor against. I don't brush my hair with anything more than my fingers generally speaking, but every other day or so, I'll use a brush if I have knots. I don't like to brush too often because I find it makes my hair frizzy. Too each their own.

It takes a while to adopt a hair routine that includes less washing and brushing, but -- trust me, trust me please! -- it's so much better once you do. Your hair looks better, you're saving time, and it's way less damaging. If you're worried about your hair smelling between washes, there are some excellent hair deodorizers and powders out there to help with that.

Take a page out of your grandma's book and wash less often. It was hip in the '50s, and it's cool again, 60 years later. Just look how happy these ladies are!

How often do you wash your hair?


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nonmember avatar Handgun

I wash my hair every other day. I never work out, and I am a stay-at-home-mom.

My hair just feels gross on my scalp if I don't wash ever other day. It looks dirty and smashed from sleeping on it.

I can wash mine every other day because I dont chemically process my hair or straighten it.

My hair feels awesome after I wash it, but I really skip a wash just because its a hassle to dry it, and I don't feel like doing out everyday.

Stacey. Stacey.

I "rinse" it about 4 times a week, but I only shampoo twice a week. For some reason I hate taking a hot shower and not getting my hair and face wet, it makes my head feel hot and itchy. I also find just conditioning a few times a week without shampooing makes it feel amazing. Have you ever tried the no poo method? Its basically apple cider vinegar and baking soda, and it works pretty well too.

nonmember avatar Prometheus

"No poo method"? I never put poo on my hair. That's nasty.

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

its true oddly heard this long time ago and tried it and it works you have to stop all other hair care stuff though no more hair spray mousse all of it. then brush your hair daily it does help shine.

You can use traditional shampoo and conditioner but you have to rinse rinse rinse.

The lemon juice is to help clean and shine it but not necessary.

I do not wait 2 weeks to clean it though lol. little to long for me lol

prplecat prplecat

My scalp starts to break out in little water blisters after about 5 days without shampooing.

ashjo85 ashjo85

I think that seriously depends on your hair. I have very fine hair that gets greasy after about 5 hours. I've TRIED to go without washing, but it gets tangles, greasy-looking, flyaways, plastered to my head, and my head will be itchy by the end of day two. No thank you.

But I have friends who literally cannot put shampoo on their hair two days in  a row. Bad things will happen. I do not happen to have their hair.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I do mine about twice a week. My MIL does her once a week. The only time I had to do it daily was during puberty when my whole head just turned in to an oil slick.

nonmember avatar zizzler

wow, it REALLY depends on your hair type. If I don't was my hair every other day, it gets nasty real quick. I also never need to use lotion or moisturizers on my skin--they just make me greasy because I am naturally "well oiled" lol I've gone a week without washing my hair (camping etc) and it was foul! But my partner could probably go 2+ weeks without a problem--he has totally different hair. The one other thing I have to contest is not washing your hair after you exercise. You should at least rinse the sweat out....yikes.

paren... parentalrights1

I'd really love to be able to go longer without all the washing, but the best I can do is every other day without it looking horrifyingly greasy.

I was told by a teacher once though that our hair gets like that because we initially wash it so much so I don't know if I can go back from it now lol.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I imagine she's doing it in the sink because that was standard practice. Many homes didn't have showers and even if you had a fitted bathtub (something most but by no means all homes had) then you wouldn't do it there because that makes your hair dull. Right in to the nineties I was washing my hair mostly in the sink because the shower was expensive to run and quite inadequate for my hair, it was very low power if you wanted any sort of heat and it had difficulty penetrating my thick hair. My mother stil washes hers in the sink most of the time because she hates taking showers and she'd rather have a bath and wash her hair separately.

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