Shampooing less often for athletes.

Posted in Answers on August 8th, 2010 by Reagan

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Guys, dont be mad at me. I posted something about how I go 3, 4 and 5 days in between shampooing and this is what you had to say..

Youre a runner!!!! How do you do that?


But dont you get sweaty running? My hair gets drenched!


I got many emails and a few comments with people wanting an explanation, which is understandable. When I was reading them, I started reflecting on it my life..What do I do about a sweaty head?, I wondered. So I quit my job and traveled the world for a year eating food in Italy, wandering India and trying to figure out how I dealt with post-running hair.

I accidentally got my life mixed up with a popular book/Jula Roberts film for a second

What I really did, was pay close attention to my shampooing schedule this week. I dont usually decide, Hey, Its Monday so I am not going to shampoo my hair until Friday. Its really just Do I need to shampoo my hair today, or do I not?. So here is how it went.

Sunday-Did a 14 mile training run. Shampood my hair afterwards.
Monday-Day off from running, lifted weights. No shampoo
Tuesday-Ran 7 miles. No shampooing in shower, but used dry shampoo before leaving for work.
Wednesday-Ran 4 miles. No shampoo.
Thursday-Ran 8 miles, then I shampood my hair finally!
Friday-Day off from running, no shampoo.
Saturday-Ran 6 miles, no shampoo.
Sunday-Day off (actually I was supposed to do a long run, but didnt! hehe rebel) no shampoo.

I imagine Ill probably shampoo my hair tomorrow or Tuesday.

Some important things I discovered after traveling the world for a year, I mean, evaluating my shampooing routine for a week
~I dont sweat very much. Im sorry, but I dont. The hair at the nape of my neck is the only place that I can say really gets anywhere near drenched. My hairline gets a little sweaty, but for the most part, my hair isnt really wet when I finish my runs. Maybe that is because I run at 6 a.m. and not having direct sunlight on me works in my non-sweaty favor, Im not really sure. The only times I have sweated like a man, is if I go in the middle of the day, or if I run indoors on the treadmill, which I very rarely do.
~I would say that if I was drenched after running, I would probably shampoo my hair. Im not trying to have you walking around feeling gross all the time.
~Dry shampoo really is heaven sent. My head/hair never, never, never smells. never. I use it a few days after I shampoo in the shower, and then I dont really need anything more until its time to shampoo in the shower again. I take my hair out of its runners pony (panda tail) tail and let it dry before applying the heaven sent goods.
~I dont force my hair to go longer than it wants in-between shampooing. If my hair is dirty, I shampoo it!

Man, you all really love to learn about shampooing less often. I know, it makes life so much easier, right? Im going to change my header to shes always busy, busy busy, busy dry shampoo bottle.