It was because there were still some "natural oils" in my hair - which was allowing me to tug and shape it. I was getting some reliable "hold" and it got me to thinking:
My wife doesn't wash her hair every day. Why should I? Especially if I can get the same effects of gelling it without having to add any hair products?Boy was I right! I honestly might be the last guy on the block to know about this - but not washing your hair all the time is awesome! I've had the same bottle of shampoo ALL YEAR and I've not had to buy hair gel in ages - which is awesome.
When you wash your hair every day, you wind up with clean, but lame hair that just sits there and does whatever it wants - not washing it all the time gives you WAY more options and abilities.
So after a shower - I just dry it off, give it a combing, and it's right as rain all day - no extra steps. It's perfect for the man who was only gelling his hair because he didn't want to look like a slob at work, but wouldn't think twice to gelling it if he didn't have to.
Take the "Awesome hair challenge" and don't wash it for a couple days this week and see if you don't mind your hair being AWESOME without effort.
*may smell a little**
**might be a lot.