Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Great Hair Wash Debate

(Image: Pinterest HERE)

"Did you know Lucy only conditions her hair three times a week!"
"Really!? Ew!"

You can just hear it, can't you. Judgmental teenagers all over saying these exact words. I know whilst at secondary school I felt so much pressure to wash my hair excessive amounts but it's only recently that I've started to actually look into if it's good to or not. 

Shampooing ever day
Both dermatologists and stylists agree that there's little reason to shampoo every day. I understand that people often get freaked out thinking that anything less with leave them with smelly, dirty hair, but shampooing three times a week is apparently plenty. Although shampooing everyday is not good for anyone, that's not to say there' a set amount of washes that's perfect for everyone.

Factors that play a part
If you live in London or New York chances are you're hair is going to get greasier slightly quicker than I will down in rural Somerset. Other factors are things such as the scalp and hair type plus how many/what products you use on the hair. So essentially, what I'm trying to say is this is something that varies from person to person. There is no set 'good' number of hair washes to do a week.

As hair stylists all round the world will agree, hair is a fibre. Think of a wool fibre - the more you wash it the worse it's going to look. One thing I found really interesting when doing some research for this blog post is that the longer, curler and thicker you hair is, the longer it can go between washes. My hair ticks all three of those boxes so again this suggests that there is definitely no need for me to be washing my hair daily. Apparently this is due to the fact that oils from the scalp do not travel down the hair shaft as quickly as they would if he hair was fine/straight/short meaning that the hair tends to be dry and requires less frequent shampooing. (Info from Heather Wooler-Llyod, MD, director of skincare and hair care at the university of Miami) That being said, even most short, thin hair can skip a day too. Zoe Draelos MD writes that daily shampooing is only necessary if oil production in the scalp is high or if you want to have the fragrance. If you are washing your hair because of the latter I strongly suggest that you use a lightweight shampoo (also know as 'everyday shampoos') as they contain less detergents than others. Boots have quite a few good ones in store.

Because of this I guess I'm writing this blog post to try and urge you to have a little experiment with your amount of weekly washes. I'm obviously not preaching to try and get you to only wash your hair monthly because that is, quite frankly, not nice. All I'm suggesting is that we need to stop being so scared of the amount of times a week we wash our hair and try out different time periods in order to see if we're over-washing or not and find what works best for us.

How many times a week do you wash your hair?

Monday, 2 February 2015

OOTD: A day in Wells

Me and Leo

A couple weeks back myself, my cousin Leo and two of my good friends Becca and Alexa hopped on the bus and spent the morning have a lazy day exploring Wells. 

Wells is right on our door stop and is an amazing city! It is the smallest in the country and is so quaint and full of riches to be explored.

The cathedral there is actually one of my favorite places in the world and I may even do a whole blog post on the Cathedral with photos of its insane beauty soon! I actually did do a blog post with a couple pictures of Wells Cathedral last year which you can see HERE if you're interested.

First stop on our little outing was to Great Shakes. Great Shakes is the most insane milk shake bar that literally put any chocolate bar you could ever want into a blender with milk and a whole lot of icecream, whizz it up and as if by magic you're left with the most delicious, unhealthy drink to ever have existed. (Ok, slight exaggeration but they're seriously good!) 

Me and Leo went for the Kinder Beuno milkshake and it was sooo good!

Leo tucking into his milkshake

Next up we had a little explore in Waterstones. I have never been in the Waterstones in Wells before but it was so lovely in there. It was like a tardis as from the outside it looked fairly small but once inside you realised it goes back really far. It was so nice to have a proper little rumage through all the books. Especially because Alexa and Becca are little book worms so hearing them get all excited about certain books was cute.

Sidenote: I am going to read more in 2015!

Leo got rather excited over a book about Planets

The rest of the afternoon was spent eating and we met up with a few more friends and sat for a bit catching up in Coffee One. Once we were thoroughly warmed back up we went to see the ducks before heading for a nosy around the cathedral.

Me and My Cousin Leo

Leo and the Pigeons

Finally onto my outfit....

Coat - New Look
Bobble Hat - Primark
Cardigan - Primark
Dress - Joules
Tights - Primark
Boots - Primark

I adore this dress from Joules. I don't know if I've mentioned it on my blog previously but I started working at Joules over the summer. After looking at this dress hanging on the shop floor for months I finally caved and bought it.

The outfit I wore it with is exactly how I imagined styling it - tan boots. I think it looks really autumnal as the colour and print of the dress reminds me of autumn leaves.

So overall an outfit I love for a day with people who I love!

How has your week been?