i'm LOVING that hygiene is such a hot topic.
when i was in high school, i'd often have loads of friends over after school. mom would provide us all with amazing food and we'd provide the round table discussion.
one day, i asked my dear friend, norm, " what is the #1 thing you look for in a girl?"
norm: (without skipping a beat) hygiene. definitely personal hygiene.
we were in stitches.
i thought a straight 17 yr old male would say something like "her personality" --or if he was being HONEST , "a hot bod!"...
but no, hygiene.
ok, dirty girls.
i'm going to give you MY guidelines for keeping yourself kept.
(you may agree with all of this, or you may be a little more crunchy..cool-
trust me, i've seen it all.. i teach yoga.
.... this is just how i do business....)
many of these are my own thoughts, observations from being naked with hundreds of broadway's finest ladies, and many are from years of mot's brainwashing...
either way, you may find it helpful:
1. ALWAYS wash your face & brush your teeth before bed.
seriously, NEVER go to sleep in your makeup.
not only is it disgusting, but it's horrible for your skin and linens!
it's helpful to take your makeup off before you wash your face with an unscented/natural baby wipe or remover wipe before you wash so you don't stain your wash cloth or towels.
2. shave your armpits & legs every day.
(even if NO ONE will see/touch them. grooming should be about you, anyway.)
3. ditto for your bikini area.
(y'all, NOBODY is dealing in my business, but you'd better believe, i'm always groomed. it's for me. i just feel cleaner.)
4. apply lotion after your shower-every time.
(your skin will thank me for it. )
5. wash your hair!
(for crying out loud! going 2-3 days without washing is ok... any more is nasty. YOU think you don't smell, but trust me, WE can smell your oily hair a mile away!)
6. deodorant: not optional.
7. always have fresh breath.
(you'll RARELY find me without gum/mint. ESPECIALLY backstage where whispering, singing at/on other people is an intimate and potentially smelly experience. and the #1 romance killer for me is nasty breath. can't/won't do it.)
8. be careful with scents.
(bathing in perfume does not make up for a shower.......don't make it too strong... and definitely lay off in the work place. a nice spritz on the nape of the neck (or in the hair) and wrist is all you need (and depending on the scent, that may even be too much). i often find that clean natural skin is the most delicious smell in the world. )
9. keep your paws kept.
(you don't have to fork it over for an expensive mani/pedi, just do it yourself! keep it neat- and for heavens sake, don't let your toe nails get claw-like!)
10. bathe daily.
(shower, take a bath, whatever... not optional. some days, i'll bathe 2x. even if you don't wash your hair, wash your body.)
11. brush your teeth in the morning.
(i do it before speaking... trust me, you can always return to bed and speak sweet nothings, smooch...it'll just be more enjoyable. i know lots of people like to brush after they eat...... i like to do it first thing).
a general rule: if you feel good about yourself, you'll be happier/more productive.
whenever i'm sick, mom asks,
"did you shower yet? you'll feel better after you shower! (and i do) and while you're at it, do your face... put some lipstick on and you'll be a new woman!"
clean girls, unite!!
pic by nic