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The Things We Do To Our Hair For Love

By Amalah

Dear Amalah,
In 20 days I will be traveling to a foreign country where the showers are OK in temperature, but water pressure? The water pressure is akin to a girl scout shower at daycamp, where they know you are going home in two hours anyway and where merely showing you how to poke holes in that water jug in order to appease your pre-pubescent need to destroy things.
As a girl with decently long hair, I have a major concern just being able to rinse shampoo and conditioner out of my hair– or even get the water all the way through my hair in the first place.
I have three options:
1. Just rinse until the product washes out. This leads to a lack of hot water (the apartment is unheated, you DO.NOT. WANT.THIS.) as well as possibly running out of water all together which may or may not be replaced in a few days. I cannot take that option.
2. Shampoo and just have to rip my hair apart when I brush it later, also? The static!
3. Find a quick-rinsing, light shampoo and conditioner.
This is where I was hoping you could help with option 3. Do you know of any especially light products that rinse quickly and cleanly? I have to look good, I am seeing my husband for 10 days, for the first time in 6 months.
Super huge thanks,

S7E16_The_Shower_head.jpgOkay! I have thought long and hard about your question. I have done most of that thinking in the shower. My new shower, which actually HAS water pressure. For the first time in five years, I no longer have to worry about getting out of the shower and discovering a big clump of shampoo still in my hair. This is why I now do all my best thinking in the shower. I may make dinner and a salad in there later, like Kramer.
Anyway! In response to your three options, I have three possible solutions. (Yes, I maybe have a touch of an OCD tic when it comes to number symmetry, sorry.)
1) Wash your body in the nice hot shower, but wash your hair in the sink, using cold water. I know! Icky. Annoying. And cold. But did you know that cold water is actually better for washing and rinsing long hair? Something about closing up the follicles, I don

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Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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I have a couple of other thoughts, but first the caveats – I have wavy/curly hair that’s a bit oily, but not super greasy. YMMV – all of these things are meant to be tried at home first!! (And I’m one of those people who likes the Garnier Fructis leave-ins, so take this with that grain of salt, as well.) 1. Don’t shampoo every day. Use a light conditioner instead. Scrub your scalp with the conditioner, rinse as much as you want. It’s OK to leave some in. 2. Use a baking soda scrub in lieu of shampooing. Mix one… Read more »

mary ann

Get a gallon jug or a large plastic cup. Fill with water. Dump over head to rinse. One gallon does it for me for shampoo and conditioner, but I am weak and the heavy gallon jug over my head scares me, so I use a plastic cup.
Anyway, I’ve found that collecting the water and then pouring it over my head makes it much easier to rinse in bad water pressure situations.


Don’t they still make that stuff called “Pssssst!”? It was a dry shampoo that you sprayed it and then brushed out.
That might work.


Oooo, they do!
And they haven’t changed the packaging in 20+ years, either!


Amalah, I hate Fructis as well. You are not alone!!


There’s a whole faction of women out there with curly hair who rarely to never use shampoo. I never thought it would work, with me having Exxon like levels of oily skin and hair, but it does! Pick a nice conditioner that works well for your hair. If you have to, wet your hair before you get in the shower and apply the conditioner. The important thing is to scrub your head well, just like they do at a nice salon. Just slapping on even shampoo and then rinsing isn’t as good as some conditioner and a good scrub. Then… Read more »