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Length of showers with curly hair!?

since we all seem to have lengthy routines...i was just curious how long it takes you gals to shower. i enjoy showering but i think i am taking too long! i only wash my hair once every 5 days or so because it is really long, extremely thick and dry...when i wash, i take a whole hour in the shower! :oops:

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  • pitgirlpitgirl Posts: 162Registered Users
    I have learnt to seperate the two, mainly because I prefer to shower at night and focus on taking care of my skin, I hate sleeping on wet hair.
    I wash my hair once sometimes twice a week over the bath.
    The shower takes me about 20 mins every night including exfoliating and all the other blah.
    My hair takes me about 15 minutes.

    I used to spend an hour in the shower when I did everything and it was just ridiculous.
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  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    I am SO glad you posted this. We travel a lot and go on vacations with groups of friends quite often and I am always getting harassed for taking so long to get ready. I'm nowhere near as long as you, though -- I only take about 20-25 minutes in the shower when I have to wash my hair, but then scrunching in products, plopping, lotion, moisturizing, teeth brushing, makeup, diffusing and getting dressed seems to take me at least an hour and 1/2 -- sometimes 2 - from the beginning of getting in the shower until ready to go. Seems like all the other girls are ready in 1/2 the time I am.

    Of course, every single female there will say they would kill to have my hair -- after they're done razzing me for taking forever, of course. :roll: Luckily, my hair is a lot longer now and I can always put it up and save some time that way. Other days I just have to start earlier than everybody else or they just have to wait! :wink:
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    My shower is usually 10 min max. I guess it's because I rarely go beyond second day hair. I know that if I let it go much longer, I get too many tangles.

    I turn the shower water off when I am detangling also. No sense in wasting water and/or getting water on my conditioner and rinsing it off before I want to.

    My time hold up is diffusing dry. That's about 30 minutes. If I know I will be in some sort of rush, I'll wash it at night and sleep with it plopped in a T-shirt; or I'll just wear it up.
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  • heavengirl410heavengirl410 Posts: 821Registered Users
    Not sure exactly how long I take, but most of the time I use up all the hot water and have to rinse my hair in warm water. I like to leave in my condish as long as possible.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    I'm usually in there for about 20 minutes, when I co-wash (once or twice a week) it's a few minutes longer. I usually skip a day of conditioning on the weekend, in which case it takes me a little over five minutes.

    The subject of the thread confuses me a bit- I would imagine that it's more about the length, thickness, etc of our hair that would make us spend more or less time in the shower taking care of it, not so much whether or not it's curly... Also, even though I take longer in the shower than, say, my Mom (who has very fine, shoulder-length hair), it takes me less time once I'm out, since she blowdries to get whatever volume she can, while I just airdry.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I turn the shower water off when I am detangling also. No sense in wasting water and/or getting water on my conditioner and rinsing it off before I want to.

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  • curlytwirlycurlytwirly Posts: 360Registered Users
    Gemini13 wrote:
    I'm usually in there for about 20 minutes, when I co-wash (once or twice a week) it's a few minutes longer. I usually skip a day of conditioning on the weekend, in which case it takes me a little over five minutes.

    The subject of the thread confuses me a bit- I would imagine that it's more about the length, thickness, etc of our hair that would make us spend more or less time in the shower taking care of it, not so much whether or not it's curly... Also, even though I take longer in the shower than, say, my Mom (who has very fine, shoulder-length hair), it takes me less time once I'm out, since she blowdries to get whatever volume she can, while I just airdry.

    The reason I make the connection between curly hair and the length of the shower is that curlies here have mentioned that they have to do alot to get their hair to look the way they want it to...but then again, alot of this care is done outside of the shower. I am different from most because I dont do anything to my hair outside of the shower besides let it dry. I take such a long time because my hair gets super tangled...I guess if you go so long without washing it, the hair that naturally falls off doesnt get combed out and creates a lot of tangles. I might have to start washing it more often. I am trying to shorten my routine and hearing what other people do really helps.
  • memesmemes Posts: 785Registered Users
    I'm probably the exception the rule but I only take about 5-10 minutes max in the shower. I get in, get my hair wet, wash with shampoo, conditoner or water only, add conditioner and leave it on for about 60 seconds, comb through and then rinse for about 45 seconds, comb or brush through and add recoil or leave in conditioner.... scrunching and raking for about another 30 seconds. I wash my face, shave my legs, etc while the conditioner is on my hair so I'm ready to get out as soon as I'm done scrunching the recoil or leave in through.

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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    I haven't paid attention to the time that I'm in the shower in a long time, but I would have to say it's anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. The latter if I need to shave. I love taking showers, so I will just stand there under the water for a while - but most of the time I just co wash, or condition, do the rest, and then get out.

    Once I get out it takes a little longer, but I try to let my hair airdry, so I'm able to do my makeup and get dressed, and get B ready while I'm waiting for that, and then I'll blowdry whatever is still wet before I walk out the door.
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Gemini13 wrote:
    I'm usually in there for about 20 minutes, when I co-wash (once or twice a week) it's a few minutes longer. I usually skip a day of conditioning on the weekend, in which case it takes me a little over five minutes.

    The subject of the thread confuses me a bit- I would imagine that it's more about the length, thickness, etc of our hair that would make us spend more or less time in the shower taking care of it, not so much whether or not it's curly... Also, even though I take longer in the shower than, say, my Mom (who has very fine, shoulder-length hair), it takes me less time once I'm out, since she blowdries to get whatever volume she can, while I just airdry.

    The reason I make the connection between curly hair and the length of the shower is that curlies here have mentioned that they have to do alot to get their hair to look the way they want it to...but then again, alot of this care is done outside of the shower. I am different from most because I dont do anything to my hair outside of the shower besides let it dry. I take such a long time because my hair gets super tangled...I guess if you go so long without washing it, the hair that naturally falls off doesnt get combed out and creates a lot of tangles. I might have to start washing it more often. I am trying to shorten my routine and hearing what other people do really helps.

    It always takes me longer to detangle when I've skipped a day, nevermind two... not to mention, I end up losing gobs of hair! So it's defintiely possible that it would take you less time if you detangle more often.
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  • curlyninercurlyniner Posts: 130Registered Users
    I need my husband to read this thread :wink: ...he thinks I am THE worst at how long I take in the shower.

    I generally only wet my hair in the shower every 3-4 days (which would be the only time I comb it), so detangling - even in the shower with half a bottle of conditioner on my hair - is an unending nightmare. When I first started CG, I tried detangling in the shower and I consistently ran out of hot water. :( So now that I'm back to combing afterwards, I'd say I'm around 15 minutes - maybe 20 if I need to shave more than my ankles. :lol:
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I've been harrassed my whole life about how long it takes me to shower and get out of the house. It generally takes me 30 minutes to shower and wash my hair (which I do just about every day). Then 30 minutes to do my skincare and makeup, and another 30 minutes to diffuse dry my hair and get dressed. 1.5 hours is a long time to invest every day, but anything less and I don't look as good. It's hard to be gorgeous...sigh...
  • Kasey314Kasey314 Posts: 308Registered Users
    I feel like I actually take less time in the shower now than before I went CG. Before, my hair was so dry it would absorb EVERYTHING; smoke, cooking smells, stylers, shampoo, condish... and I would have to stand under the shower for what seemed like an eternity to try to get all the gunk out! No joke, I would take an hour, just b/c of all the rinsing I'd have to do.

    Now I take somewhere b/n 20-30 mins. My hair is much healthier, so stuff just coats my hair, it doesn't get sucked in by it! But I still run out all the hot water, poor hubby ;)
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  • katethegreatkatethegreat Posts: 801Registered Users
    mine take a loooong time....but not because of my hair routine....because I have to sing all of the songs in my head. :D
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I'm only allowed 15 min. max. but if that wasn't the case I'd probably take about 25. I like to take my time..
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    PixieCurl wrote:
    I turn the shower water off when I am detangling also. No sense in wasting water and/or getting water on my conditioner and rinsing it off before I want to.

    Don't you freeze?!

    Nah. :lol:

    The bathroom is small, and if I keep the door shut and the bathroom curtain closed I am fine. This was policy on Navy ships where we have to make our own water. I kind of got used to it during that time, and it sort of had its own merit after that. The longest part of my shower can often be detangling, so I figure that I do save on some water.
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I miss showers. I live in an old apartment with no shower, I don't even have an electrical outlet in my bathroom!!! My poor hubby has to shave his head in the kitchen with a hand-held mirror lol. When I did take showers about 15 min. The baths I take now, about 20-30. If Im going through the effort of filling up the tub Im gonna stay in it a while. But I usually dont wash my hair in the bath and most of my hair time is in air-drying.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,681Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm probably 25mins in the shower as I put all my stuff in while I'm in there, once I'm out I don't need to do any more. That said I then have to air dry for an hour or so, then diffuse for a few mins. Sometimes I just don't want to get up in a morning as I can't face it all!
    I've just come back from a camping trip and straightened my hair almost for the whole time as I'm quite embarrassed at the length of time I spend in the shower and other campers can get quite impatient and irritable at having to wait. I can understand their irritation but I wish they could understand that some of us weren't blessed with wash-n-go hair!
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  • Aries_jbAries_jb Posts: 1,556Registered Users
    Hmm...good question. I guess it depends on what I'm doing, though I wouldn't say that my hair took a long time. It's really the combination of all the things I have to do in the shower.

    If I...

    wash my hair with my shampoo bar, condition, detangle, rinse, put my hair up out of the way, shave more than my legs, wash and exfloiate: 30 min, more or less depending on how early it is and how sleepy I am.

    rinse my hair with water, condition, detangle, rinse, put my hair out of the way, tidy up any body bits with a razor, wash and exfloiate: 15 min.

    I only do my entire routine about once a week, mostly because I hate taking so long in the shower. So, I do a variation of the above. Maybe I'll wash my hair, but I won't shave and then on a day I just rinse and condition, I'll shave. That takes my average shower time to about 20 min. That's doable, but still longer than my SO takes. I've just come to the conclusion that I can't compare my routine to a man's. They don't shave their bodies to the extent we do, nor do they detangle, or even condition!
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  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    My shower takes about 30 minutes on wash day. On days that I don't wash my hair, I put on a shower cap and it takes me about 10 minutes. Now that my hair is getting longer, I've been about to do 2nd and even 3rd hair day! So, I have been washing only 2-3x's a week, which means shorter showers! :)
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  • MaloryMalory Posts: 379Registered Users
    I have my body hair waxed. I couldn't imagine having to shave every day. That's way too much time and trouble.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Not sure exactly how long I take, but most of the time I use up all the hot water and have to rinse my hair in warm water. I like to leave in my condish as long as possible.

    Same here. I guess on average it's a minimum of 30 on days I wash my hair. I usually let my condish sit on no less than 5 minutes, but preferably longer. What takes time is finger-combing and detangling. What I often do, is wash my hair over the side of the tub with the shower cord, add the condish, and then if I have time i'll fill up the tub and take a bath while the condish is on, then rinse. If not, I still prefer to do it all on the side of the tub because I waste less water that way due to the fact that the rest of my body isn't wet and therefore I don't have to leave the hot water on just to keep myself warm. So Pixie, I know what you're talking about, and that's my way around it. :wink: Then I get in and take the rest of my shower quickly.
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  • jennyfurrensjennyfurrens Posts: 708Registered Users
    Twenty minutes in the shower. My routine is:
    shampoo hair
    condition hair
    leave conditioner in whilst i wash my face with cleanser
    wash body
    shave once a week, so thats the one time i leave the conditioenr in for longer
    rinse out conditioner
    rinse my back as it can get a bit rough from all the hair product on it.

    but after the shower i take another 5 mins applying hair product, 5 mins finishing off my face care, then 10 mins applying body creams. i do all that whilst plopping.

    so over all, from start of shower to finish of hair and body care, about 40 mins.

    my hair is fine and doesnt tangle so brushing it out only takes a min really. but i do like to take time pampering myself, its sometimes the only 'me' time i get all day.

    and i wash my hair maybe 2-3 times a week.

    ETA: i just realised that some people shave daily and must think i go around like a hairy monster if i only shave once a week. but i have very fine white blonde leg hairs which grow is pretty slowly. and shaving armpits doesnt count as that takes literally 20 seconds. just to clear that up :wink:

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  • embudiniembudini Posts: 580Registered Users
    Probably about 20-25 min in the shower, then another ten for scrunching, products, getting dressed etc
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  • prettyhxcprettyhxc Posts: 59Registered Users
    i guess it depends on what i'm doing. i'd say about 20 minutes if i don't shave. if i do then it's probably around 45 and i'm probably also using my awesome exfoliating stuff. i like to wash my hair first and leave in the conditioner and then my face and wash everything else and then rinse off my face and then my conditioner. it works out nicely. if i'm in a hurry then it's like 5-10 minutes
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  • mllevaleurmllevaleur Posts: 21Registered Users
    since we all seem to have lengthy routines...i was just curious how long it takes you gals to shower. i enjoy showering but i think i am taking too long! i only wash my hair once every 5 days or so because it is really long, extremely thick and dry...when i wash, i take a whole hour in the shower! :oops:

    Oh I have the exact same problem, I dread taking showers just because it takes FOREVER!! I usually end up taking 30 to 45 min...but I just cut all my hair off (I posted pics in the "New Summer Cut" thread), so I'm excited that it should take a lot less time now, lol!!
  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    If I'm just taking a shower to get clean (rather than an OMG, it's April in New England and I'm still freezing and the only way to get warm is to let piping hot water flow over me in the shower), then it usually takes less than 10 minutes. A little bit more if I've let my hair go for too long and it's tangly.

    Once out of the shower, I probably take another 15 minutes if I have to be somewhere (if not, I'll just be lazy and hang out in my robe). I plop my hair in a head wrap, moisturize, get dressed, take my hair down to let it air dry and go.

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  • modegrrlmodegrrl Posts: 273Registered Users
    If I'm washing my hair, I probably take 15 to 20 minutes. I do a lot: shampoo, condition, comb out tangles, brush my teeth, wash my face (sometimes using a scrub), and shave. The bulk of the time is spent dealing with the loose hair, though, because I only shampoo twice a week.
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